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Freeport, ME, April 7, 2021

Spring is for Opening: As springtime unfolds, we consider what this season can mean for us

To better understand the spring months and how they got their names, we did a little research into the etymology of April, May, and June to unlock some inspiration on how to take advantage of the season.

April is for opening

There’s some debate around the naming of April. Some suggest that it is named for the Greek goddess of love, Aphrodite, but another is that the name is derived from the Latin aperire, meaning “to open.” We like this theory, especially as we think about the opening or blossoming of flowers and trees during spring. It’s also a good time to reflect on what it means for us to be open. Time spent outside can bring about feelings of awe—and awe is associated with all sorts of goodness from feelings of generosity to increased patience. When we are our most generous and patient selves, it’s easier to stay open to new things, from picking up a new hobby to repairing a relationship.

May is for greatness

May, just like April, has more than one origin story. It’s said to come from the Latin, Maius mensis, meaning, literally, “month of May.” It’s possible this is derived from Maia, a Roman earth goddess, often translated as “she who is great.” We’re going to channel that greatness as a state of mind this spring, especially when it comes to how we spend our time outside. May is after all when many observe May Day, known for its outdoor fun and festivities.

June is for rejuvenation

June comes from the Latin Iunius, “of Juno (Iuno),” referring to the Roman goddess who reflected all aspects of the life of women, most particularly married life and childbirth. The name Iuno itself (the J didn’t show up until the 1600s!) appears to come from the Latin iuventas, “youth,” which is related to words like juvenile and rejuvenate. June gives us lounging vibes—maybe on a rock by an alpine lake after a long hike, or on a blanket at your neighborhood park while the sun is high in the sky.

Whether you choose openness, greatness, rejuvenation—or all three—spring is a great time to reflect on what these months mean and what they can mean for us.