Calendar for March
1st - Rekindling of the sacred flame in the Temple of Vesta, Goddess of the Hearth. Preliminary hearings in the Salem Witch trials held 1692. Birthday of the Golden Dawn, 1888. Matronalia, Roman Festival of Women and Marriage.
2nd - Mother or Granny March, Bulgaria. This is where the mythical figure’ Baba Marta’ brings an end to the cold winter and the spring season starts.
3rd - Sacred to Idun, Norse Fertility Goddess and Keeper of the apples of immortality.
4th - Festival of Rhiannon, the Celtic Moon Goddess.
6th - The Compitalia Festival dedicated to the Roman Household Goddesses, the Lares. Mars Day.
7th - First Tuesday in the month to honour the Gods Mars and Ares.
8th - International Women’s Day. This day celebrates with respect, appreciation and love towards women for their social, economic and political achievements. Also known as Working Woman’s Day. Personally, I like to take this day of from all work and potter, read and relax as much as possible along with my familiars of course.
7th - The Junonalia Festival, dedicated to the Roman Supreme Goddess, Juno. Birthday of Laurie Cabot, Wiccan author.
8th - Birthday of Mother Earth, Chinese.
9th - Celebration of Aphrodite and Adonis.
10th - Dedicated to Venus, the Roman Goddess of Love and Fertility. Sacred to the Assyro-Babylonian Fertility Goddess Ishtar.
11th - Hercules Day. Execution of Jacques de Molay, the Grand Master of the Order of the Knights Templar 1314.
12th - Martyrdom of Hypatia, the Divine Pagan. Sacred to Marduk in ancient Babylonia.
Buddhist Butter Lamp Festival celebrated in Tibet where lamps made of butter are lit and huge butter sculptures made and displayed to commemorate Shakyamuni Buddha’s wisdom and his great debating victory about 2,500 years ago.
13th - Purification Feast, Balinese. Burgsonndeg Fire Festival celebrated in Luxemborg.
14th - Sacred to the Egyptian Mother and Cobra Goddess, Uazit. Veturius Mamurius, Roman Festival of Armour making.
15th - Festival of Attis and the Mother Goddess, Cybele.
16th - Feast of Dionysus, Greek God of the Vines.
The Liberalia Festival dedicated to Libera, the Roman Goddess of Viticulture.
17th - Festival of Astarte, Canaanite. St Patricks Day, the foremost patron saint of Ireland who burnt many books and felt that only the rich should be able to read. Hated Witches apparently.
18th - Feast of Athena, Greek. Celtic Tree month of Alder begins. Sacred to Shelia-na-gig, the Celtic Fertility Goddess in Ireland. Birthday of Edgar Cayce, psychic researcher 1877.
19th - Feast of Minerva, the Roman Goddess of wisdom, the arts, trade and strategies.
Elizabethan statute against Witchcraft enacted, 1563, this statute was replaced in 1604 by a stricter one from King James I.
20th - Feast of Ba-nab-dedet, Egyptian God of Sexual fertility. Death of Lady Sheba, Wiccan author of ‘The Book of Shadows’ 2002.
21st - Tea and Tephr’s Day, Irish. Mandate of Henry VIII against Witchcraft enacted in 1542, repealed in 1547. Autumn Equinox – Southern Hemisphere.
22nd - International World Water Day celebrates a specific aspect of freshwater. It focus’s attention on the importance and advocating for the sustainable management of fresh water resources. It was in 1992 at the United Conference on Environment and Development that this day was recommended.
23rd - Pagan Thanksgiving. Dance of the Salii, an invocation of Saturn and Mars, in ancient Rome.
Marzenna Spring Festival in Poland.
24th - St Gabriel’s feast Day. Dies Sanguinis, “Day of Blood” and traditional day of the Dedication of new priests to the Roman Mother, Cybele. Earth Hour. Honour the Earth and all nature. https://www.earthhour.org
25th - Roman Laughing Day. A day of fun, merriment and pranks similar to April Fool’s Day.
26th - Hijra, Islamic New Year.
28th - Birth of Kwan-Yin, the Goddess of compassion, celebrated in Taiwan. Scott Cunningham, Wiccan author dies, 1993.
30th - Festival of Concordia, the Roman Goddess of Harmony.
31st - Festival of Luna, the Roman Moon Goddess. Last Witch Trial in Ireland, held at Magee Island 1711.
Image by R Collins, Author of the NZ Witchy Lunar Calendar.
The Following dates have been supplied by the New Zealand’s Witchy Lunar Calendar.
The Harvest Moon falls closet to the Autumn Equinox and is sometimes known as the Wine Moon. This moon always looks brighter, like a large light in our skies that guides farmers as they harvest their crops. The various colourings of the moon if one watches closely are due to the atmosphere around her. Red, orange and golden hues are seen as she is closest to the horizon and as she moves higher and away she then takes on her usual white appearance.
Named of course after the harvest, however this moon is sometimes called the ‘Wine Moon’ and this is because the grapes are now ready to be made into wine. So be it a harvest or wine moon, the latter being a favourite name for vintners, the moon is full and brings us abundance under her watchful eyes.
2nd – Full Moon. The Earth is between the Sun and Moon. The Moon, rising at sunset and setting at dawn, is 180-135 degrees behind the Sun. The Full Moon is the time to celebrate the complete flowering and full manifestation of what was visualized at the New Moon. Enjoy your Esbat celebrations.
10th - Last Quarter Moon. Time to clear out anything that hasn´t worked or isn´t needed. Rising at midnight and setting at noon, this Moon is 90-45 degrees behind the Sun. Time to clear out anything that hasn’t worked or isn’t needed.
18th - New Moon. Start new projects and magick.
25th - First Quarter Moon. Rising at Noon and setting at Midnight, the Moon is 90-135 degrees ahead of the Sun. Light and dark are in equal balance. Consolidate and give form to projects. Be creative and deal with any challenges that may arise.
Apogee (Furthest away from the earth) Sunday 11th
Perigee (Closest to the earth) Tuesday 27th
THE MARCH STAR SIGNS
PISCES - February 19th – March 20th
Symbol – Fish, Element – Water, Planet – Neptune, Quality – Mutable, Personal Creed- I believe,Negative/Feminine sign. The Two fish that symbolize the spiritual and material, expressed through the natural world.
ARIES - March 21st – April 20th
Symbol – The Ram, Element – Fire, Planet – Mars, Quality – Cardinal, Personal Creed- I am, Positive/Masculine Sign. Assertive, courageous and ruled by the God of War, Aries will take on who or whatever ever comes his way.
CELTIC LUNAR ZODIAC
Ash – Nion - February 18th – March 17th
Artistic, flexible, imaginative and compassionate. It is said that the realm between earth and sky is connected by the Ash tree and has long been recognized for its magickal energies and connection to the Gods of the Sea, mainly Lir, a Celtic sea God. The staff of the traditional Witches besom is made from Ash, so too is the Stang. The Stang is a staff that represents the Teutonic world tree, Ygdrasill that connects to the Underworld and the physical world. The prongs, are seen as the antlers of the God. The Ash is said to attract lightening and as Lammas has much thunder and lightning around this season, then ideally you should not stand under the Ash tree during a storm! Ash is also a tree of love, prosperity and protection.
Alder - Fearn - March 18th - April 14th
Bold and courageous people, very strong willed. They also have a desire to seek new adventures and like to keep moving and stay busy. When the tree of the Alder is cut, the sap runs red and is seen as blood to the Celts and also a reminder of the sacrifice the tree has given so that it may be used for charcoal, house building and keeping one warm over the cold nights and days. The root system of the Alder is nurturing and provides essential nutrients for the soils, more so than other trees.
The Alder is a tree of divination and will make you face up to situations that you have been avoiding, it will of course help you do this and not just leave you alone as you work through these situations.