The month of the opening. Named by the Romans from the verb „to open”, it signifies the moment in which the buds of the plants open, allowing the leaves to show up mostly everywhere. The little daisies adorn the meadows next to the pea flower – the blood of the night in light purple colour. Insects and other small creatures begin to emerge from the earth that now begin their small lives, because everything is opening. It is April, the month of the opening.
As for the energies of the earth, this is giving now its last boost, the last burst of energy needed by the plants to come to life. Not coincidentally in April it is the day of the earth (the 22nd ). In Roman times the month of April was called “Prier” ( Favourable weather ) and the specific activities are the closing of the pastures (no longer allowing the animals to the plains in order to make hay for autumn) and sowing. The sheep are sheared and the flocks are prepared for the mountain, where the grass can still be eaten. The hay is grass grown at maturity. Straws are what remains after harvesting wheat and other similar plants. The hay is harvested in August. In the grass come all the pollinators, butterflies, insects, worms, lizards, snails that come out of the ground in April and begin to populate this grass.
In April, the explosion of vitality in nature (smells, etc.) can have an unpleasant effect on people creating a state of madness. You can fall crazily in love (this also has a connotation that April 1st is the fool’s day). The change within the calendar (the Roman calendar was starting in March) from the second month to the fourth created a crazy state: those who thought it was the second month but in fact it was now the fourth month. Another interesting fact about April is that the full moon of this month has a pink colour and the colour is related to the festivities of Easter.The first calendar was the one of the Romans, at 300 BC. Later, Caesar introduced the Ionian calendar shortly after Christ, at 100 AD. Then there was the Gregorian calendar approx. 400 AD which was agreed based on the idea that the number of days can be accurately measured and that there are 365 and something.
The difference of the regular calendar and the Wicca calendar is the difference in how astrologically the calendar is compared to the astronomical way the calendar is, and there is a difference of one month. (Wiccan calendar has 13 months). Astronomically it is the place where the Earth is with the sun and everything in the physical plane, on the sky of a month in the Northern or Southern hemisphere, compared to the main stars. April is astronomically Fish and Aries, astrologically it is Aries and Taurus. That creates the schism. From here comes the schism whether astrology is an exact science or not. In the case of retrograde, a constellation must be looked at whether it has the maximum energy or not whether it is fully visible or not. In all, there is a one month difference between astronomy and astrology.