This year, April’s full moon, called the Pink Moon, will reach peak illumination at 2:55pm EDT on April 16th. However, it will still be big and beautiful when it becomes visible above the horizon after sunset.
2022’s Pink Moon is the first full moon after the Spring Equinox, and it celebrates all of the joy of the Earth’s rebirth.
What is the Pink Moon?
Is the Pink Moon really pink? Not exactly. The name comes from the proliferation of a pink wildfower, phlox subulata, which blooms all over eastern North America in the early spring. This flower is colloquially called creeping phlox, moss phlox, and, most relevant to us, moss pink.
Native American tribes have a whole host of colorful names for April’s full moon, including the Breaking Ice Moon (Alongquin), Budding Moon of Plants and Shrubs (Tlingit), and Moon When the Ducks Come Back (Lakota).
In Anishinaabe tradition, the Pink Moon is the Sucker Moon. When the sucker fish come back to lakes and streams to spawn, Anishinaabe legend holds that they are actually returning from the spirit world to purify the water and all of its creatures.
This year, the Pink Moon is also critical to Judeo-Christian tradition. The first full moon of spring is used to determine the dates for Passover and Easter. The Jewish religious calendar is based on lunar cycles, and Passover begins in the middle of the month of Nisan, around the full moon. In Christian tradition, Jesus was betrayed at a Passover meal, and thus Easter is observed on the Sunday after the first full moon of spring.
Traditional gardening advice also posits that the Pink Moon is the perfect time to kill weeds, prune and thin your plants, mow, cut timber, and plant below-ground crops like potatoes, parsnips, and turnips.
What is the Spiritual Meaning of the Pink Moon?
The Pink Moon celebrates all of spring’s gifts. The planet has reawakened. Connect with the Earth, and you will see that right now, anything is possible!
The Pink Moon symbolizes rebirth and fertility but also rest. As we start a new quarter of the year, the Pink Moon encourages you to recharge and release anything that no longer serves you. If you are burnt out or struggling to juggle everything in your life, the Pink Moon invites you to strive for balance in all things. This year’s stabilizing energy is especially strong, because the Pink Moon occurs in Libra.
With this rejuvenated mindset, you can take advantage of the Pink Moon’s creative energy. Now is the time to make something or start a new project. The Pink Moon will imbue you with the courage, motivation, and innovative mindset to plant new seeds, both literally and figuratively.
The Pink Moon is also deeply magical. It supercharges your intuition. Explore your psychic gifts with divination, clairvoyance, and clairaudience.
Finally, the Pink Moon is about joy! Celebrate the new season, and share your happiness generously with others. Strive for a light-hearted, positive mindset, and see what beautiful things you can create. The joyful changes that you make now have the power to become permanent improvements.
What Crystals Can I Use on the Pink Moon?
To start appreciating the Pink Moon’s unique energy, take some time to connect with the Earth. Moss Agate tunes you into the planet’s natural cycles so that you can feel spring’s rebirth. Serpentine draws out the planet’s magical secrets, giving you access to the fairy and Devic realms while also balancing your emotional, mental, and spiritual bodies.
Use Amethyst to help you strike a balance between work and rest. This crystal channels divine guidance to identify the things, people, and habits that you need to release and discover profound calm. As you move forward, Amethyst will also help clarify your goals for the coming quarter of the year. Pair Amethyst with Larvikite to avoid burnout and ensure that you balance optimism and drive with practicality.
Labradorite’s magical, transformative vibrations will help you take advantage of the Pink Moon’s psychic frequencies and approach this fresh start with an innovative mindset. To channel this energy into your artistic and creative pursuits, reach for Iolite.
As lushly green as all of spring’s blooms, Jade’s extremely soothing frequency reveals your Inner Child. It infuses you with joy and luck, while also encouraging a connection to nature and introspection. Chrysanthemum Stone helps you embrace all of spring’s positivity and prosperity and encourages you to share your joy with others.
We couldn’t finish a discussion about the Pink Moon without a pink crystal: Rhodonite. This balancing crystal perfectly embodies the Pink Moon’s lessons. It expands your spiritual awareness, reveals new perspectives, and grounds you in joy and love.