Many people are unaware of the fascinating meaning behind April’s Full Pink Moon in 2022. Depending on where you live, Spring may be in full season or newly formed buds are just beginning to take shape.
Determined tulips and daffodils push their way forward destined to show off a bright brilliant display of colors. The air simmers with anticipation and possibilities! We are entirely immersed in the season of Spring and with it, themes of prosperity and a deep internal mindset shift.
The Full Pink Moon is a time to be fully focused on the present. We’re past the planning stages and have begun to implement the changes we’ve been plotting and scheming all Winter long.
As rain, thunder, and wind storms continue throughout the month of April, spreading seeds and life with it, we are reminded of the power and endurance of Mother Nature.
Every full moon has its own name based on the month or the season in which it appears. Creating a name for each full Moon allowed people to reflect on each season and how it affects them AND the natural world. There can be some variation on the Full Moon names due to the origins from whence they came.
Although the majority of Full Moon names are English translations of Native American names, others are rooted in Celtic, European (Anglo-Saxon and Germanic), and more recent Neo-Pagan origins. I created a guide to each Full Moon complete with their meanings and how you can celebrate.
Please note that I make every effort to ensure this information is correct and accurate through my own experiences and referencing sources at the bottom AND throughout this article.
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What Time is the Pink Moon in April 2022?
In 2022, April’s Full Moon is called the Pink Moon. It takes place on April 16th and peaks at 2:55 p.m. Eastern Standard Time.
After about April 10 the planet Mercury will begin emerging from the glow of dusk (about 30 minutes after sunset) low on the west-northwestern horizon. Mercury will appear above the horizon as evening twilight ends beginning April 14.
By the evening of Saturday, April 16, (the day of the full moon after next), as evening twilight ends (at 8:47 p.m. EDT), the full moon will appear about 9 degrees above the east-southeastern horizon, with the bright star Spica appearing about 9 degrees to the upper right of the Moon.NASA – Full Moon Guide: March – April 2022
Spiritual Meaning of the Pink Moon
Wild Ground Phlox (also known as Moss Phlox aka Phlox subulata, pictured below) take all the credit for naming April’s Pink Full Moon as they are in full bloom during this season and so are we. Let their joyful and vivacious hopefulness inspire you!
While many people are disappointed the Pink Full Moon isn’t actually pink, it still brings plenty of cheer. The Pink Moon’s spiritual meaning is all about optimism for the future and the anticipation of goals and dreams coming to fruition.
Trust yourself as you attempt to change and grow. Allow yourself the chance to fail and the courage to try again. Be willing to adapt and redirect from your initial strategy to help make your intentions and goals successful and long-lasting.
Remember to prioritize balance and the nourishment of your spirit and Self to avoid burnout. This will also allow you to remain focused and clear-headed. Place boundaries when needed and recognize what you need to let go of in order to move forward.
Relax, slow down, and embrace the happiness and pleasure the Pink Moon brings with it.
When is the Paschal Moon in 2022?
The Paschal (pa-skl) Full Moon helps to determine the date of the Christian celebration of Easter. The Easter holiday always occurs on the Sunday following the first full moon after the Spring Equinox. This full moon can appear in March or April depending on the year.
In 2022, the Spring Equinox took place on March 20th. April’s Pink Moon is the first full moon after Spring and will rise on April 16th, making it the Paschal Moon of 2022. Since Easter lands on the Sunday following the full moon, Easter lands on April 17th.
Pink Moon Alternative Names
- Planting Moon (Tahch’atapa) Tunica, Tunica-Biloxi Tribe of Louisiana)
- Frog Moon (Omakakiiwi-giizis) Anishinaabemowin (Ojibwe)
- Egg Moon (Anglo-Saxons)
- Full Sprouting Grass Moon (I’m unable to source the origins, but I believe it to be European)
- Bear a Child Moon (YitAruwakrere Nuti) Catawba Indian Nation, South Carolina)
- Moon of Windbreak (kwiyamuyaw) Hopi, Southwest, Arizona)
- Budding or Growing Moon (Celtic)
- Awakening Moon (this is a more modern term used by Neo-Pagans)
- Full Fish Moon (due to American Shad leaving the ocean and returning to the freshwater rivers and streams where they were born to reproduce)
For a list of even more Native American Moon names check out American Indian Alaska Native Tourism Association’s article here or Western Washington University’s article here.
Pink Moon Spiritual Meaning Correspondences
It’s easy to see why fertility, change, new growth, and adaptability are major themes during April’s Pink Moon. We shake off the heaviness of Winter and embrace the light-hearted days of Spring.
Spiritual Meaning and Intentions
- New growth
When it comes to April’s Full Pink Moon colors think of all the flowers that are starting to bloom right now. A lot of them are deeper and brighter hues than you’ve seen in earlier months, and they will continue to increase as the Spring and Summer seasons continue.
- Pink – of course!
Pink Moon Spells and Rituals In 2022
Here are a few Pink Moon rituals, intentions, and magical ideas to help you celebrate April’s Full Moon. If you’re looking for more ideas check out Full Moon Rituals You Need To Know!
It’s so simple to find ways to connect to Nature right now! Take a moment to sit outside and just be still. Ground yourself by standing barefoot on the grass or ground. Breathe in the Spring air and notice how Nature is blooming all around you! Feel that exuberant energy fill you up too!
Find a way to connect with yourself as well. You’ll need a strong and grounding root system as you attempt to accomplish your goals. What do you need to feel stable? What boundaries do you need to establish with yourself or your loved ones?
I once heard Elizabeth Gilbert say reading Julia Cameron’s book, “The Artist’s Way” helped inspire her to write “Eat, Pray, Love”. So I snagged my own copy and it was truly inspiring. My two biggest takeaways are prioritizing writing or journaling every morning and weekly Artist Dates.
April’s Full Pink Moon spiritual meaning embodies an Artist Date, so why not combine the two? An Artist Date is basically a solo adventure of assigned fun! It can be simple or more intentional. They should stimulate your imagination and indulge your curiosity.
Here are a few Artist Date ideas to spark your imagination:
- Take a long walk and notice the details of Nature all around you
- Visit your local library
- Binge a new YouTube channel – here are some ideas to get you started
- Go for a long drive and sing along to your favorite music
- Have a living room picnic with your favorite snacks
- Drop by a cafe and order something indulgent
- Take a class on something you’ve always wanted to try pottery, yoga, watercolors, learning a new language, photography, knitting, self-defense, etc.
- Spend the night in a hotel
- Reflect next to a river or stream
- Check out a local farmer’s market
- Indulge in a long bath
- Try a new restaurant
- Listen to a new podcast
- Go through your house and find some items to donate, and then actually go donate them!
- Visit a local brewery or vineyard and try something new
- Check out a local museum
- Go for a walk with a journal or sketchbook
- Try a new guided meditation
- Sit in your backyard and finish your garden planning and preparation
- Visit the tourist locations in your area
- Try a new recipe
- Set a small budget and visit a local thrift store, find something you can create a piece of art with. Think outside the box!
April’s Moon is also known as the Full Wind Moon or Moon of Windbreak due to the frequent wind storms spreading seeds and life. Spend some time reflecting on the beauty and wonder of that fact.
Why not embrace that dazzling wind energy? Sit outside and let it blow across your face and through your hair. Let the wind flow through you, around you, and embrace it within you. Bring out your crystals or tools to experience the wind cleansing as well.
Here in Idaho, April brings lots of dandelions! These “weeds” have many uses so don’t discount them! Here are a few ideas to get you started:
- Create a flower crown
- Make dandelion oil
- Decorate your home with them
- Use them to dye eggs or fabric
- Leave the dandelions alone and watch the bees enjoy them
- Eat them! The whole plant is edible, but make sure they haven’t been sprayed with weed killer. If you’d like to create your own powerful materia medica, check out the Best Herbalism Books for Beginners.
Every Full Moon is a powerful and effective time for manifesting. Combining that strong energy with the potent optimism during the Pink Full Moon is bound to create an impressive energy cocktail!
When manifesting, remember, that your mood and emotions are powerful. Make sure you’re putting positive energy out into the universe.
Here are a few tips I’ve found to be helpful:
- Wear headphones and play music that triggers strong and happy reactions. It should be powerful enough to make you emotional. Inspiring movie scores can be very helpful! Think A Dark Knight by Hans Zimmer & James Newton Howard, Lord of The Rings / Hobbit music by Howard Shore, or the Ocean’s 11 and 12 soundtrack – by David Holmes (my favorite is $165 Million + Interest Intro because it just makes me feel cool! Ha! Dear Old Southland by Louis Armstrong is another particular favorite of mine. Another good one would be Hans Zimmer’s Pirates of the Caribbean score! Sorry, I love music and can definitely get carried away. You get the point though, listen to your favorites!
- Always speak with gratitude as if you’ve already received what you’re trying to manifest.
- Imagine how you’ll feel once you’ve received your intention. Really concentrate on the feeling. Picture telling a loved one the amazing news and their excitement for you.
- Check out Best Positive Affirmation Songs and How To Manifest With Music for more ideas!
For an extra step, place your hands on either side of a container of water while doing the manifestation tips above. When you’re finished use it to make Moon Water. Ask the Moon to light the way and show you what obstacles might be standing in your way. You can read more about How To Make Moon Water here and 50 Creative Ways To Use Moon Water here. Make sure to thank the Moon when you collect your water!
You can check out more of the Full Moon series here:
- Dark Moon Spiritual Meaning and Ritual Intentions
- New Moon Rituals, Intentions, Spiritual Meaning, and Correspondences
- Blue Moon Spiritual Meaning, Definition, and How To Celebrate
- Black Moon Spiritual Meaning and Ritual Intentions
- January Full Wolf Moon -Spiritual Meaning, Definition, and How To Celebrate
- February Full Snow Moon | Spiritual Meaning, Definition, and How To Celebrate
- March Full Worm Moon Spiritual Meaning and Beautiful Rituals
- May Full Flower Moon | Spiritual Meaning, Symbolism, and Rituals
- June Full Strawberry Moon | Spiritual Meaning, Symbolism, and How To Celebrate
- July Full Buck Moon | Spiritual Meaning, Symbolism, and How To Celebrate
- August Full Sturgeon Moon Spiritual Meaning, Symbolism, and Rituals
- September’s Harvest or Corn Full Moon Meaning
- October’s Blood or Harvest Full Moon Meaning and How To Celebrate
- November Full Hunter or Beaver Moon Spiritual Meaning, Correspondences, and Rituals
- December Full Cold Moon Spiritual Meaning, Correspondences, and Rituals
I hope this post about April’s Pink Moon was helpful! Lots of love to you, and remember as always…