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MARCH, 2013

 

March 1 - 12:

3/1 (Fri):

In the ancient Roman calendar - that is, the calendar in use before Julius Caesar -- March 1 is the first day of the New Year, and the festival of Matronalia, in honor of the goddess Juno Lucina. Prayers for successful birth are offered on this day, and it is customary for men to give presents to women.

The Order of the Golden Dawn was founded on this day in March, 1888.

The Welsh celebrate this day as Dewi Sant, or the feast of St. David, patron saint of Wales.

This day is also Maslenitsa, the Russian "Butter Woman" Festival that marks the end of winter. The premise of it is that by March 1, the newborn calves have grown big and strong enough that they no longer need every drop of their mothers' milk, so that human beings who've had to get through winter without milk or cheese, sour cream or butter can now start to make butter again, and stacks of feathery, buttery blinis served with strawberry jam. The festival's main event is the burning of the Butter Woman effigy, and along with her, all the stiffness and cold of winter. There is also a ritual ring dance that is related to The Rite of Spring as Stravinsky heard it.
3/1 - 4 (four days): In the later Greco-Roman solar calendar, these days were what the Romans called the Liberalia: the festival of Dionysos or Bacchus, god of wine and the ecstatic experiences that are about to burst forth again weeks from now with the coming of Spring at the Equinox. In the older Greek lunar calendar, the Dionyseia was observed at the same time as the Anthesteria, over the four days culminating at the Pisces Dark Moon (see 3/11 below). The Anthesteria honors Dionysos as Plouton, Lord of the Dead. On these days, the virtuous dead may visit from Elysium to witness and sanctify the rite of the New Wine, when the first libations are poured in the god's honor, thus marking the passing away of the old vine and the fruition of the new.
3/2 (Sat):

First day of an 18-day Baha'i feast honoring the Deity as Ala, loftiness. Fasting and other purifications are practiced now, just as Winter is about to yield to Spring.
3/3 (Sun):
In the Japanese solar calendar, this day is Hina-matsuri, the Doll Festival, in honor of each family's daughters. The families display dolls dressed in Heian period court costumes -- often priceless heirlooms that are centuries old -- all arranged in an elaborate hierarchy of tiers that affirms the crucial role of women in the order of the realm. The families visit Shinto shrines and prepare elegant meals, as beautifully presented as the dolls, from time-honored recipes.

3/4 (Mon):

In the Khemitian calendar, the feast of Ra, Neter of the Sun, is held at Heliopolis ("City of the Sun"), the original center of Ra worship. This festival honors in particular the life-giving properties of the Sun, and his role in marking the order of time (Month of Parmuti, day 19).

 

In the Roman Catholic calendar, this is the feast of St. Casimir (born 1458), king of Poland. Given a choice between certain death from the austerities in which he sought mortification of the flesh, or a cure by food and marriage, Casimir chose a bony death at 25. His relics have long been especially efficacious; and when his tomb was opened in 1595, his body was incorrupt, and emitted the sweet odor of sanctity.

3/5 (Tue):

One of the main annual festivals in the Khemitian calendar, honoring Queen Aset (aka "Isis") as the Ocean Star - or Stella Maris, as Mary would later be called in Latin  -- the guide and protector of navigators. As the Khemitians identify Aset with the great star Sopdet (Sirius), she is the main beacon point in the sky for Khemitian sailors. And as in ancient times her heliacal rising - that is, the moment each year when Sopdet can first be seen rising in the east just before the rising of the Sun - always fell each year on July 26, the day that heralded the annual Nile flood, Aset in her star role embodies the boundless and eternal loam and fecundity of the river. On the evening of this festival, there are ceremonies and songs on boats that blaze with lamps and colors. This day is also an important time marker. It is now 140 days, or 14 decans (10-day  "weeks") until a new flow of red water should begin the next Nile flood on July 26.

This day also commemorates the birthday of Lao Tzu (300 BC?).

This is the day of St. Piran, the patron saint of Cornwall and of tin miners. Legend has it that the Cornish flag, featuring a white cross on a field of black, was inspired by Piran's discovery of a purer method of smelting tin.
3/7 (Thu):
In the Mayan calendar systems, this day begins the Uinal of Light, the ninth of the 20-day Uinals in the current cycle of the Tzolkin, or 260-day calendar (5 Imix, Tzolkin 161). The symbolic bird for this uinal is the Turkey, the energy principles those of Breakthrough and Budding.
Honen Memorial Day, honoring the founder of one of Japan's major Buddhist communities.
March 7 has been celebrated since 1887 as Women's World Day of Prayer, encouraging women of all faiths to affirm the core spiritual values that all world religions hold in common.
Also the feast of St. Thomas Aquinas (born 1226), the celebrated Angelic Doctor whose Summa Theologiae is the ultimate product of scholastic philosophy, and its effort to construct an intellectual foundation for the Roman Catholic faith.
3/8 - 19 (nine days):

One of the year's great Navajo Sing Festivals is held now to purify the fields and the people before the next planting season. In prayers, song and dance, and healing ceremonies, the Navajo honor Naste Estsan, the Spider Woman who spun the world and supported the warrior twins Tobadzistsini and Naymezyani in their struggle against the forces of evil. In her dual roles as Spider Woman and shapeshifter Estsanatlehi, the "Changing Woman" Creator Goddess, Naste Estsan carries and endlessly becomes the unlimited transforming power of nature.
3/10 (Sun):

This day is Mahashivaratri, the great annual Hindu festival in honor of Lord Shiva in his most beneficent aspect as the universal creator whose drum and dance bring the visible world into being. Shiva and his consort Shakti are honored with music, dance and other works of beauty, and with prayers for abundant vitality.

Om Nama Shivaya.

3/11 (Mon), 9:52 am HT; 7:52pm UT:
Dark Moon conjunct Sun in Pisces. The trickiest Dark Moon and New Moon sequence of all in the sense that while the New Moon normally favors beginnings, it's located this time in the mystical cloud of Pisces, which favors the holding of deep secrets over clarity of expression, and receptivity over assertive action. This is not the time to launch a new enterprise, but more a time for meditation and visualization to attract inspiration about what the new enterprise will be. This Dark Moon is strong, as Venus in Pisces conjoins the Moon and Sun, and all three are in a 120° "trine" to the Moon's North Node in Scorpio and a 90° "square" to Ceres in Gemini, thus promoting now at the inception of Spring a possibility of attracting and launching much-needed new outcomes for the health and restoration of Mother Earth.
In the Beth-Luis-Nion Celtic tree calendar used by devotees of the faerie path, this third New Moon following the Winter Solstice begins Nion, or ash month.
In the Celtic/Druidic and Wiccan calendars, this late winter New Moon is called Crow Moon, as food is still so scarce that crows, as well as wolves, are loud and insistent.

 3/11 (Mon):

In the Greco-Roman calendar, this day is sacred to the greatest of Greek heroes, Herakles, demigod son of Zeus and Alcmene, also said to be son of Zeus and Hera, hence his name. Alice A. Bailey wrote particularly well about the symbolism of Herakles' 12 labors.

 3/12 (Tue):
This day is the birthday of Marduk, king of the gods, in the ancient Mesopotamian calendar.

Mars enters Aries, the sign of his rulership, where his impetuous and fiery nature is apt to seek its most aggressive and driving expression. He remains here until April 20, and will be joined by Venus in Aries from March 22, which may prove to be the most incendiary red rag of the month, as Mars crosses the position of Uranus. Best bring extra ice when celebrating the March equinox week.

The Jewish month of Nisan begins. Nisan is important not just because it's New Year's day, and not even because it's the Month of Redemption, during which the Exodus from Egypt began. Nisan has extreme gravitas because it celebrates the remarkable edict by which God required that from now on the Jews calculate for themselves the beginning of the year.

This divine decision to challenge and empower humankind by giving us the duty to reckon time is elegant and profound. It implies that human beings are not only capable of, but are specifically designed for, mental and spiritual growth toward greater capacity. The Nisan imperative means that we were built to evolve and ascend. The moment when those who had received God's edict understood what it meant must be one of the most stunning realizations in the historic flow of the human mind.

 

Also the feast of St. Gregory the Great, revered as one of the four Great Doctors of the Roman Catholic church, and also as one of the truly great popes, whose reign was notable for the healing of schisms with other Christian communities; for the conversion of heretics and "pagans" in Spain, France and England; and for saving the church, and all of Italy, from the fury of the Lombards.

3/12 - 16 (5 days): 

    One of the great festival cycles in the Khemitian calendar, marking the cycle of cosmic death and rebirth, and the transition from the Spring season of sowing (Peret) to the summer harvest season (Shemu). The events of the cycle:
        
3/12    Admonitory rites supplicating Sekhmet, "the most powerful one", in her terrifying role as the punitive netert who purifies the world by fire (Month of Parmuti, day 27).
       
 3/14    Feast of Unnefer--that is, Ausar ("Osiris") in his aspect as the Lord of the Underworld and neter of fertility, who drives the vegetable energy up through the Earth and maintains the vitality of all green things (Parmuti, day 29).
       
3/15     Day of transition from spring to summer. Ceremonies of renewal and abundance are held in honor of Atum and Ptah, the primeval neters of creation, and also for other important male neters such as Ra, Ausar and Hor, aka Horus (Parmuti, day 30).
       
3/16    The summer harvest season, and the month of Pachons, begin with the Festival of Hor and his Companions--that is, the celebration of Light as winter is about to yield to spring.

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