4TH DEGREE APRIL NEWSLETTER

 

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Symbols of April—The fourth month of the year, April is a sign that spring has definitively arrived. Although the weather can be quite a mixture (at least in the Northern Hemisphere), this month represents a time of full emergence and growth. Ever heard of the saying, “April showers bring

May flowers”? It’s true. April provides the gust that spring needs to bloom and flourish. Like the other months, April got its name from the Romans. Although we know that it came from the Latin word Aprilis, we are uncertain as to its exact derivation. Many think that it shares the traditional etymology of the Latin verb perire, which means, “to open”. This would make sense, as April is the time when trees and flowers begin to open and grow. This theory is also supported when compared to the Modern Greek word for “opening”, which is also used for spring. The Romans associated this month with the beautiful deity Venus, goddess of love and beauty.

Likewise, the Greeks called this month Aphrilis, equaling her to their goddess of beauty and romance, Aphrodite. Another group, the Angle‐Saxons referred to April as Oster‐month, or “Easter month”. This brings about a huge part of the April month’s symbolic meaning: Easter.

For Chrisô€†Ÿans, Easter is sacred, as it is representative of Christ’s ascension and return to the Earth. This holiday marks the end of the traditional 40‐day fast and is thus a very joyous day. In popular Western culture, Easter has become somewhat less associated with religion and more with the season of spring itself.

Taken from April Symbolism by Leah M. Bostwich

But on the first day of the week, at early dawn, they came to the tomb, taking the spices that they had prepared. They found the stone rolled away from the tomb, but when they went in, they did not find the body. White they were perplexed about this, suddenly two men in dazzling clothes stood beside them. The women were terrified and bowed their faces to the ground; the men said to them, “Why do you look for the living among the dead? He is not here, but has risen. Remember how he told you, while he was still in Galilee, that the Son of Man must be handed over to sinners, and be crucified, and on the third day rise again.” Then they remembered his words, and returning from the tomb, they told all this to the eleven and to all the rest. Luke 24:19

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