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March rolls in like the proverbial lion, and if we're really lucky, it might go out like a lamb. It's the time of the Storm Moon, the month when Spring finally arrives, around the time of the Equinox, and we see new life begin to spring forth. As the Wheel of the Year turns once more, heavy rains and gray skies abound -- the earth is being showered with the life-giving water it needs to have a fertile and healthy growing season. This is also a time of equal parts light and darkness, and so a time of balance.
- Full moon March 8, 2012 02:41:42 AM
- Last quarter March 14, 2012 07:27:01 PM
- New moon March 22, 2012 08:39:28 AM
- First quarter March 30, 2012 01:42:04 PM
The Full Moon of March is called:
Native Americans called this last full moon of winter the worm moon after the worm trails that would appear in the newly thawed ground. As the temperature becomes warmer and the ground begins to thaw, earthworm casts reappear along with the return of robins. The northern tribes called this the Crow Moon, with the cawing of crows signaling the end of winter. Settlers also knew this as the Lenten Moon. A biblical name referring to the last full Moon of winter. Other names include Maple Sugar Moon, Sugar Moon, Windy Moon, Storm Moon, Moon of Winds, Plow Moon, Hrethmonath (Hertha's Month), Lentzinmanoth (Renewal Month), Lenting Moon, Moon of the Snowblind, chaste moon, and death moon.
- Old Farmer's Almanac - Worm Moon
- Algonquin / Colonial - Chaste Moon, Crust Moon
- English / Medieval - Death Moon, Sap Moon
- Neo-Pagan - Crow Moon
- Celtic - Seed Moon
March’s Zodiac Signs:
- Pisces (Feb. 19-March 20)
- Aries (March 21-April 19)
Native American Astrology:
Scents: honeysuckle, apple blossom.
Colors: pale green, red violet, green, yellow, light purple
Stones: aquamarine, bloodstone
Animals: cougar, hedgehog, boar. Bird: sea crow, sea eagle.
Herbs: broom, high John root, yellow dock, wood betony, Irish moss, pennyroyal, apple blossom
Flowers: jonquil, daffodil, violet.
Trees: alder, dogwood, honeysuckle
Nature Spirits: Mer-people; Air and Water beings who are connected with spring rains and storms.
Gods: Isis, the Morrighan, Artemis, Cybele
Month Long Observances of March:
Vernal Equinox or Spring Equinox -- Most of us recognize this date as the beginning of Spring. As well as signifying changing seasons, March 20 (March 21 in some years), the Sun crosses directly over the Earth's equator, from south to north. This moment is known as the Vernal Equinox in the Northern Hemisphere. People south of the Equator get ready for the cooler temperatures of Autumnal Equinox. Due to different time zones, dates and times will vary.
National Chocolate Chip Cookie Week -- The first week of March every year you eat all the chocolate chip cookies you want on this day. Bake them yourself and share some with your friends.
March is National Women's History Month. Women's History Month, which has grown out of a single day dedicated to women, promotes the equality of women and celebrates women throughout history.
March is also National Nutrition Month. National Nutrition Month promotes developing a lifestyle consisting of informed food decisions and healthy nutrition.
March is Irish-American Heritage Month is a celebration of the many contributions
of Irish immigrants to the history and culture of the United States.
- 1st -- Matronalia (or Matronales Feriae) was a festival celebrated in Ancient Rome on March 1 every year in honour of Juno in her role of Juno Lucina, the goddess of childbirth
- 6th -- International Women's Day
- 11th -- Creation Day, March 11 a blot is done in honor of the Creation of the world bo Odin, Vili, and Ve on this day.
- 15th -- The Bacchanalia were wild and mystic festivals of the Roman god Bacchus.
- 17th -- In Ancient Roman religious tradition, Agonalia, or Agonia, was a festival celebrated several times a year, in honor of various divinities, such as Janus and Agonius.
- 17th -- The Liberalia (17 March) is the festival of Liber Pater and his consort Libera. The Romans celebrated Liberalia with sacrifices, processions, ribald and gauche songs, and masks which were hung on trees.
- 17th -- St. Patricks Day
- 20th -- Vernal Equinox or Spring Equinox
- 21st -- World Poetry Day
- Calendar 365
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- National Geographic, Full Moons: What's in a Name?
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- Native American Horoscope
- Pagan Calendar
- Pagan About.com