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What is a Pink Moon?

It's not what you might think.

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Don’t be surprised when you look at the “pink Moon” on April 5, 2023, and find that she is her usual luminous yet colorless self.

What is a Pink Moon?

The term “pink Moon” refers to the first full Moon following the spring equinox and its moniker actually has nothing to do with the appearance of the Moon and everything to do with the vibrant pink flowers, known as wild ground phlox (Phlox subulata), that bloom in abundance beneath it.

The name originated with Native American tribes in the eastern United States, although it’s also referred to by other names in various cultures, including the Breaking Ice Moon (Algonquin), Peony Moon (Chinese), Budding Moon (Celtic), Moon of the Red Grass Appearing (Lakota), and the Frog Moon (Saanich).

What is the Spiritual Meaning of a Pink Moon?

The full Moon occurs when the Sun and Earth are situated in such a way that we can witness the full face of the Moon tilted toward us rather than just a partial view. This reflected light from the Sun illuminates what needs to be cleared from our dark corners and released before we can start anew.

Full Moons are considered to be the most aligned time to look within and identify the things that no longer serve you. It’s when you’re most supported in releasing whatever is holding you back in your “old” life in order to make space for the darling buds that you’ve been so desperately wanting to witness.

The full Moon has long been regarded as a spiritual time, typically related to themes of rebirth and renewal. Its significance takes on even more meaning when the lunar phase coincides with the change of season, with the pink Moon in relationship with some of the holiest days across religions and cultures—a reminder of a new cycle and reassurance that the light always returns. In Hindu culture, it marks Hanuman Jayanti, or the celebration of the birth of Lord Hanuman. Passover begins with the pink Moon, or the Pesach Moon. Easter, which celebrates resurrection, occurs on the first Sunday after what’s known as the Paschal Moon. In Sri Lankan Buddhism, it marks Bak Poya, a commemoration of one of the Buddha’s treks to the country.

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What You Need to Know About This Pink Moon

The pink Moon on April 6, 2023, will take place in Libra, a sign that is preoccupied—actually, some might say obsessed—with balance. Consider as well that Libra is ruled by Venus, goddess of beauty and love, making it an inspired time to focus on your relationships and partnerships.

Remember to slow down, breathe deeply, and listen as much as you speak. Also, are you tending to yourself enough? Or have you been mired in someone else’s winter blues? Ask yourself if you’ve been too focused on darkness to see the beautiful light in the moment as well as on the horizon.

This time also brings innovation, change, courage, and intuition, so look for ways to connect to your roots while still moving toward what you desire. The pink Moon quietly reminds you to keep your heads up, lovely, or you’ll miss what’s coming next.

About Our Contributor

Jenny Latreille lives in Northern Ontario, where the Moon often seems much closer than it is. Preoccupied with food, culture, the stars, and art, she spends a lot of time in nature as well as in her kitchen, where she looks for ways to combine everything–and sometimes it works. She lives in an urban jungle with a pack of cats known as “The Adorables.”

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