Roman God Venus Symbolic 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 compered 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, equating her to their goddess of beauty and romance, Aphrodite. Another group, the Anglo-Saxons, referred to April as Oster-monath, or “Easter month”. This brings about a huge part of the April month’s symbolic meaning: Easter.
Symbolic Meaning Of April
For Christians, 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.
Children awake on Easter Sunday morning and immediately begin searching for their hidden baskets, which are stuffed with candy, gifts, and eggs. This practice stuffs a whole lot of April symbolism into one day.
Baskets can also symbolize April because of Easter. Although typically associated with the bountiful autumn harvest, baskets during the spring represent the abundance of new life that comes during this time of year. Things are planted with the promise of growth and bounty that will come a few months later.
After all, this is how humans and animals begin their lives. Eggs are often hidden around the garden and children make a game out of finding them. Their attachment to life is much deeper, though. They, too, serve as a promise of the rebirth that comes with this time of the year.
Animals Associated With April
Trees Associated With April
Sweet peas are another plant thought to be indicative of April symbolism.
Flowers Associated With April
Although all plants seem to be reborn during this time, daisies are the flowers traditionally symbolic of April.
Zodiac Signs Associated With April
For those born during this fertile month, the lustrous diamond is your birthstone – a pretty nice one to have. Two Zodiac signs also fall during the month of April. Aries covers the first half of the month (up until the 19th), while Taurus brings up the second half.
Aries is characterized by an active and demanding personality type. People with this zodiac sign are supposed to be exhibit traits of determination and ambition, with all of their actions being effective and efficient.
Taurus, on the other hand, have a different style of personality. They exude subtle strength and take measures to ensure security. These people are thought to be very patient and are good with teaching and instructing others. They are also very appreciative and will always show their gratitude and thanks to those who deserve it.