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Friday, March 01, 2013

March Rituals and Magicks

The name of March comes from ancient Rome, when March was the first month of the year and named Martius after Mars or Ares, the Greek god of war. In Rome, where the climate is Mediterranean, March was the first month of spring, a logical point for the beginning of the year as well as the start of the military campaign season..Many other cultures and religions still celebrate the beginning of the New Year in March as well.

This page serves as a jumping off point for March holy days, spells, magicks, lore, rituals, superstitions and  more.

General information on the month of March:
Astrology and Birth Signs for January:
(note: some of the dates will overlap with February and April)
Celtic and Nordic Tree astrology and signs for January:
(note: some of the dates will overlap with December and February)
Holidays, Feast Days and Holy Days in March:
(note: dates shown are for the year 2013)
  • 1: Matronalia, the Festival of Women 
  • 1: New Year's Day in the old Roman calendar.
  • 1: Saint David's Day
  • 1: Mother March
  • 2: Holy Wells Day, the day of Ceadda, the Celtic goddess of healing springs and holy wells.
  • 4: The Anestheria - Greek festival of flowers
  • 4: Feast of Rhiannon (Welsh)
  • 8: Pancake Day
  • 8: Birthday of Mother Earth (Chinese)
  • 10: Mothering Sunday - 4th Sunday in Lent
  • 10: The Daedala
  • 11: New Moon
  • 11: Hercules' Day (Greek)
  • 11: Russian Butter Festival (date varies year to year)
  • 12: Marduk's Feast Day
  • 13: Purification Feast (Balinese)
  • 14: Feriae Marti - Festival of Mars
  • 14: The Diasia to ward off poverty - Greece.
  • 15  Ides of March (Roman)
  • 16: Whale Festival 
  • 16 - 17 : Bacchanalia - The festival of Bacchus, the Roman god of wine
  • 17: Liberalia, the festival of Liber and Libera, a Roman fertility god and goddess
  • 17: St Patrick's Day
  • 17: Damballah's Day
  • 19: Ides of March
  • 19: Festival of Anna Perenna, the Roman goddess of the circle of the year.
  • 19: Day of Aganyu (Santeria)
  • 19 - 23: The Mivervalia and Quinquatria, main festivals of Minerva, the Roman goddess of war, wisdom arts and trades.
  • 20: Ostara - the  Vernal Equinox
  • 20: Festival of Isis
  • 20: Mabon (Southern Hemisphere)
  • 21: Tea and Tephi Day (Irish)
  • 21: Festival of Salii
  • 21: Sun enters Aries
  • 22: Hilaria
  • 23: Summer Finding (Norse)
  • 23: The Tubilustrium (also celebrated May 23)
  • 26: Plowing Day (Slavic)
  • 27: Full moon Crow Moon
  • 27: Ascent Of The Christ Of The Gypsies - Holy Wednesday
  • 28:  Birthday of Kwan Yin
  • 29: The Delphinia, or Artemis Soteira, of Artemis in Greece
  • 29: Good Friday
  • 29: Expulsion of the Demons of Bad Luck
  • 29: Festival of Ishtar 
  • 30: The Festival of Salus, the Roman goddess of public safety and welfare.
  • 30: Day of Bau (Babylonian)
  • 31: Easter Sunday
  • 31: Festival of Luna, the Roman goddess of the moon.
The Gods, Stories and Lore of March:
Just for Ostara and Easter:
(Note: Easter often falls in April as well as March and many pagans celebrate Ostara instead of Easter)
For anything newly posted on this subject and not on this list see: March Spells and Rituals
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