April 15th 2019
____ The April full moon is known as the Pink Moon.
This reference was used by early Colonial Americans, who learned from Native American Indians to observe the moon phases. Native Americans follow a lunar calendar, and name each Full Moon as it reflects the season, and the nature that happens below that moon.
The April full moon is named Pink Moon to reflect the first flowers to flourish throughout the U.S. and Canada as spring begins. These honored flowers are moss pink herb, and wild phlox — both bringing shades of pink across the landscape.
This year, according to The Old Farmers Almanac online, the Pink Moon will be at Full Phase Friday, April 19th at 7:12 a.m. Eastern Time, 8:12 a.m. Central time, and as we proceed west the full phase actually hits late evening April 10th, 11:12 a.m. Pacific Time. For the best view, watch for the moon the night of the 18th.
Now, in hearing we are about to behold the annual Pink Moon, we might relish visions of turning chins up to a big, round moon that has a pink hue.
Yet, most likely not. Remember, this name given the April Full Moon honors the flowers presently beneath it. Native Americans tribes have given this Full Moon other names, including “Sprouting Grass Moon” — and on the east coast “Fish Moon,” as this is the time shad swim upstream to spawn. Knowing that, we don’t expect to behold a pale green moon, and certainly not a moon that shows a fish.
So, nix the anticipation of beholding a moon that is pink, the nighttime hours of April 18th. Yet love that this moon shows full to illuminate our springtime. Gardeners might feel inspired to garden beneath the full moon.
Do you plan to gaze upon this year’s Pink Moon?
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