Vanessa Barklay

Ravenshoe, Australia

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Here is the 4th of this series. My calendar creation devoted to our Months of the Year.
This one proved a bit tricky until it came together because April has such a contrast of meanings in the ones I generally use to make each month up.

April has obscure origins but it is presumed it is named after the word aperire, Latin meaning to open, as in the spring buds of the Northern Hemisphere begin to open and trees and flowers start to bloom.
Most Roman months names are named after Gods and Goddesses so it is also sacred to Venus, her festival being held on the 1st day, possibly named after her Greek equal Aphrodite, Aphrilis…
Wikipedia tells us also that “the Anglo-Saxons called April Oster-monath or Eostur-monath, The Venerable Bede says that this month is the root of the word Easter. He further speculates that the month was named after a goddess Eostre whose feast was in that month.”

I have shown a goddess that combines the elements of the beautiful Aphrodite/Venus in honour of her festival and name association with the nature and meaning of Easter as Eostre the Spring Maiden who sits with the fertile rabbit and new eggs hidden away like little treasures waiting for someone to find them…there is 4 of them representing April as the fourth month on the Year.

The rabbit being a sign of the fertility of Spring and the eggs being the new life and natures abundance in this month with the meanings all based in the North of the World. The wood is there because the Finnish celebrate the time of April as Burnwood Month, as they clear and collect wood to stockpile for when Winter comes.

Then we have the meanings of Aries in there too…it all starts way back with Jason and the Argonauts, back when they travelled to the land of Colchis on the Eastern side of the Black Sea where the mighty King Aeetes held the Golden Fleece in the grove of Ares, guarded by Ladon the dragon. The Ram that had given the Golden Fleece was given a place in the Heavens and is known as the constellation of Aries, in Greek myth he is known as the God of bloodlust and war.

Mars rules the fiery sign, that is red by nature too, a favourite colour of many Aries rams, the sign of Mars is also the sign for male, a masculine sign in the realm of astrology. Look in the sky and you will see the constellation of Aries, only 3 stars make it up but what an important part of history and myth those 3 stars are. The story of Jason and Medea flows over into real history according to many ancient writers and the families of both are major players, in timeless stories, tales, religions and myths that still excite the imaginations of many today, like me…

Lastly, but not least, the pretty daisies are the flower of April – lots of meanings all collaborated together to create the magical month of nature, Spring, Easter and the story of Jason and his Argonauts sailing off to steal the incredible Golden Fleece eventually named the Greek God Aries….April.

Makes a great birthday card for an Aries, my computer is playing up and I cannot load up a preview image here, you can also see my Profile page for January, February and March…thanks :O)

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