Visible last night (7 April) and tonight (8 April), tonight’s full moon is a “supermoon“, so called because it appears larger than most full moons due to being closer to Earth at it’s perigee, or closest point in its orbit. In fact it is the biggest and brightest full moon of 2020.
But it won’t be pink. The name “pink moon” comes mostly from America where the April full moon is named after the phlox (Phlox subulata) flowers which blossom at this time of year and are a vibrant pink. In other folklore, the April full moon has been known as the Sprouting Grass Moon, the Fish Moon, the Hare Moon and the Egg Moon. All of these names reflect the burgeoning Spring, the emergence of plants and animals after winter, and the fertility of nature at this time of year.
In Druidry, the full moon is traditionally a time to reflect and meditate on peace, or do a ritual to bring forth peace and send it out across the world. Peace in this sense is understood not as passive, or as simply the absence of conflict, but as an active, inspired and sacred way of being in the world. Welsh Druids use the word “Heddwch“, which means peace, but carries with it the wch ending that connotes an imperative, a command to peace.
It may seem at first that much of the world is peaceful right now if you look out your window and see the empty and quiet streets. But this is not real peace, this is a state of emergency and anxiety. People are struggling both to access material necessities and healthcare, and struggling psychologically with the effects of isolation – we are a social species after all.
Peace now, for me at least, implies a sense of mindfulness – an awareness of what we can control and what we cannot and an attempt, however difficult, not to spiral into fears and worries over the larger events outside of our influence. Peace means acting in love – looking after each other and staying inside to prevent vulnerable people getting ill, donating to food banks, checking in with friends and family. Peace means looking after yourself too, finding peace in your own skin and soul. Peace means finding those still small moments in the midst of chaos that make life joyful: the birdsong, the sunshine, the full moon.
The full moon is a regular reminder that no matter what human dramas surround us and affect us, nature’s cycles continue, with or without us. The moon orbits the Earth and pulls the tides, the Earth orbits the sun and turns the seasons. The Wheels of Time cycle on.
Take a moment tonight to step outside if you safely can, or look out of a window if not, and simply observe the moon, this ancient and beautiful companion who blesses our nights and moves our oceans and who has watched over this planet for billions of years, and seen life come and go and emerge again no matter what.
May the peace of the full moon’s gaze bring you peace in this difficult time.