April opens spring

April 6, 2013 

Already ankle deep in love with April, this temperamental young lass wearing the new gold of dandelions in her hair, we wait and watch as she opens the garden gates of spring, invites flowers to rise from a cold earth and, with feminine magic, lures wild birds home again, while inspiring fish to swim against cold and flooding waters, with irresistible urgings to return to their ancestral spawning waters.

Eric Bruton, a horologist who studies the measurement of time, writes: “Habits of all living organisms, including man, obey built-in ‘clocks’ with solar-daily, lunar-daily, monthly and annual rhythms. For example, the growth of a potato and the color changes of a fiddler crab both have daily cycles depending on the moon.”

One definition of time is that it is a dimension in which events can be ordered from the past, through the present and into the future.

While the source of April’s name is uncertain, language experts suggest one basis could be Greek anoixis, meaning the opening. In Latin, Aprilis translates to aspire. Some authorities insist that Aprilis, evolved from Aphros and was connected to the Greek goddess Aphrodite and the arrival of her annual feast of Ostar or “Eostur-monath”. The Venerable Bede says in his book The Reckoning of Time that Eostur is the root of the word Easter.

So let us celebrate this season of renewal with April, the fairest maiden of all, the lass who tells the trees and flowers it’s time to smile and begin their race towards the sun.

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