March, the Third Month of the year of our Goddess, 2015

 

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“The March wind roars
Like a lion in the sky,
And makes us shiver
As he passes by.
When winds are soft,
And the days are warm and clear,
Just like a gentle lamb,
Then spring is here.”

- Author Unknown

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MARCH – CHASTE MOON

March is the third month of the Gregorian calendar, and it was the first month of the Roman calendar. The month is named for the Roman god of agriculture and war, Mars. Its astrological sign is Pisces, the fish (February 18 – March 20), a mutable water sign ruled by Neptune. March is a month of transition between winter and spring. Daffodils begin to brighten the early garden. The sap rises, and robins return. In the hardware stores, shelves are stocked with garden tools and packages of flower and vegetable seeds. Still, late-season snowstorms are not unusual in March. Ostara, the main holidy of the month, celebrates the lengthening hours of daylight and the awakening of the Goddess. Eggs, whether dyed or intricately decorated, are popular seasonal symbols of life and fertility. St. Patrick’s day, March 17, is rich with Pagan symbolism. For example, the shamrock was once used to depict the three aspects of the Goddess. Sunny, breezy days encourage kite-flying, another seasonal activity. Kites are magical because they soar toward the realm of spirit. The ancients used the March wind to carry their wishes to the divine. The winds of March bring the promise of a new season and a fresh start. March’s Full Moon was called the Chaste Moon, and it remains a potent time to work magic for change and renewal.

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THE CHASTE MOON

March’s Moon is called the Chaste Moon. March is a time of purity. The Earth has thawed and has loosened itself from the cold hands of winter. New life will soon emerge and the land will grow green with fertility. In March, however, the Earth is but a child. What will develop into the ripened fruits of summer is yet young and innocent,. It is the newborn babe; the youthful maiden yet untouched by love. In early spring, we celebrate the fleeting virtue of innocence. We see the certain potential of fruitfulness,yet give honor to the innocence of childhood as it is apparent in the maiden, and in this time upon the Earth. This Moon and it’s legend are the reflection of the Earth and it’s season.

March is the time for new beginnings, breaking illusions, and seeing the truth in your life however much it may hurt. The energy flow breaks into the open, a good time for growing, prospering, and exploring. Light and Dark are in balance now.

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 CORRESPONDENCES FOR MARCH

NATURE SPIRITS: Mer-people, Air and Water beings who are connected with spring rains and storms.

HERBS: broom, High John Root, yellow dock, wood betony, Irish Moss.

FLOWERS: jonquil, daffodil, violet

TREES: alder, dogwood.

COLORS: pale green, red-violet

SCENTS: honeysuckel, apple blossom

STONES: aquamarine, bloodstone

ANIMALS: cougar, hedgehog, boar

BIRDS: sea crow, sea eagle

DEITIES: Black Isis, the Morrigan, Hectate, Cybele, Astarte, Athene, Minerva, Artemis, Luna.

POWER/ADVICE: Energy breaks into open, growing, prospering, exploring. New beginnings, balance of light and dark, breaking illusions. Seeing the truth in your life no matter how it may hurt.

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Symbols for the Month of March

March’s Sign of the Zodiac
Pisces: February 19 – March 20
Aries: March 21 – April 20

March’s Birthstone
Aquamarine

March’s Birth Flower
March’s birth flower is the Daffodil

The daffodil, which means unequaled love; the sun is always shining whenever your significant other is around. The other March flower is the jonquil, which signifies desire for affection returned. It also is used to convey sympathy

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March’s Month Long Observations

Alport Syndrome Awareness Month
American Red Cross Month or Red Cross Month
Brain Injury Awareness Month
Child Life Month
Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month
Credit Education Month
Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT) Month
*Deaf History Month
(3/13 to 4/15)
Employee Spirit Month
Endometriosis Month
Expanding Girls’ Horizons in Science & Engineering Month
Honor Society Awareness Month
Humorists Are Artists Month
International Expect Success Month
International Ideas Month
International Listening Awareness Month
International Women’s Month
Irish-American Heritage Month
Malignant Hypertension Awareness & Training Month
Music In Our Schools Month
National Caffeine Awareness Month
National Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Awareness Month
National Clean Up Your IRS Act Month
National Color Therapy Month
National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month
National Craft Month
National Ethics Awareness Month
National Essential Tremor Awareness Month
National Eye Donor Month
National Multiple Sclerosis Education & Awareness Month
National Kidney Month
National March Into Literacy Month
National Nutrition Month
National Peanut Month
National Social Work Month
National Women’s History Month
Optimism Month
Poison Prevention Awareness Month
Quinoa Month
Save Your Vision Month
Sing With Your Child Month
Small Press Month
Social Work Month
Spiritual Wellness Month
Vascular Abnormalities Awareness Month
Women’s History Month
Workplace Eye Wellness Month
Youth Art Month

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OSTARA

The Spring Equinox

Many Holidays, Many Names

The word Ostara is just one of the names applied to the celebration of the spring equinox on March 21. The Venerable Bede said the origin of the word is actually from Eostre, a Germanic goddess of spring. Of course, it’s also the same time as the Christian Easter celebration, and in the Jewish faith, Passover takes place as well. For early Pagans in the Germanic countries, this was a time to celebrate planting and the new crop season. Typically, the Celtic peoples did not celebrate Ostara as a holiday, although they were in tune with the changing of the seasons.

A New Day Begins:

A dynasty of Persian kings known as the Achaemenians celebrated the spring equinox with the festival of No Ruz — which means “new day.” It is a celebration of hope and renewal still observed today in many Persian countries, and has its roots in Zoroastrianism. In Iran, a festival called Chahar-Shanbeh Suri takes place right before No Ruz begins, and people purify their homes and leap over fires to welcome the 13-day celebration of No Ruz.

Mad as a March Hare:

Spring equinox is a time for fertility and sowing seeds and so nature’s fertility goes a little crazy. In medieval societies in Europe, the March hare was viewed as a major fertility symbol — this is a species of rabbit that is nocturnal most of the year, but in March when mating season begins, there are bunnies everywhere all day long. The female of the species is superfecund and can conceive a second litter while still pregnant with a first. As if that wasn’t enough, the males tend to get frustrated when rebuffed by their mates, and bounce around erratically when discouraged.

The Legends of Mithras:

The story of the Roman god, Mithras, is similar to the tale of Jesus Christ and his resurrection. Born at the winter solstice and resurrected in the spring, Mithras helped his followers ascend to the realm of light after death. In one legend, Mithras, who was popular amongst members of the Roman military, was ordered by the Sun to sacrifice a white bull. He reluctantly obeyed, but at the moment when his knife entered the creature’s body, a miracle took place. The bull turned into the moon, and Mithras’ cloak became the night sky. Where the bull’s blood fell flowers grew, and stalks of grain sprouted from its tail.

Spring Celebrations Around the World:

In ancient Rome, the followers of Cybele believed that their goddess had a consort who was born via a virgin birth. His name was Attis, and he died and was resurrected each year during the time of the vernal equinox on the Julian Calendar (between March 22 and March 25). Around the same time, the Germanic tribes honored a lunar goddess known as Ostara, who mated with a fertility god around this time of year, and then gave birth nine months later at Yule.

The indigenous Mayan people in Central American have celebrated a spring equinox festival for ten centuries. As the sun sets on the day of the equinox on the great ceremonial pyramid, El Castillo, Mexico, its “western face…is bathed in the late afternoon sunlight. The lengthening shadows appear to run from the top of the pyramid’s northern staircase to the bottom, giving the illusion of a diamond-backed snake in descent.” This has been called “The Return of the Sun Serpent” since ancient times.

According to the Venerable Bede, Eostre was the Saxon version of the Germanic goddess Ostara. Her feast day was held on the full moon following the vernal equinox — almost the identical calculation as for the Christian Easter in the west. There is very little documented evidence to prove this, but one popular legend is that Eostre found a bird, wounded, on the ground late in winter. To save its life, she transformed it into a hare. But “the transformation was not a complete one. The bird took the appearance of a hare but retained the ability to lay eggs…the hare would decorate these eggs and leave them as gifts to Eostre.”

Modern Celebrations

This is a good time of year to start your seedlings. If you grow an herb garden, start getting the soil ready for late spring plantings. Celebrate the balance of light and dark as the sun begins to tip the scales, and the return of new growth is near.

Many modern Pagans celebrate Ostara as a time of renewal and rebirth. Take some time to celebrate the new life that surrounds you in nature — walk in park, lay in the grass, hike through a forest. As you do so, observe all the new things beginning around you — plants, flowers, insects, birds. Meditate upon the ever-moving Wheel of the Year, and celebrate the change of seasons.

 -Author: Patti Wigington, Paganism/Wicca Expert
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OSTARA LORE

A traditional Vernal Equinox pastime: go to a field and randomly collect wildflowers.* Or, buy some from a florist, taking one or two of those that appeal to you. Then bring them home and divine their magical meanings by the use of books, your own intuition, a pendulum or by other means. The flowers you’ve chosen reveal your inner thoughts and emotions.

It is important at this time of renewed life to plan a walk (or a ride) through gardens, a park, woodlands, forest and other green places. This is not simply exercise, and you should be on no other mission. It isn’t even just an appreciation of nature. Make your walk celebratory, a ritual for nature itself.

Other traditional activities include planting seeds, working on magical gardens and practicing all forms of herb work-magical, medicinal, cosmetic, culinary and artistic.

Foods in tune with this day (linking your meals with the seasons is a fine method of attuning with nature) include those made of seeds, such as sunflower, pumpkin and sesame seeds, as well as pine nuts. Sprouts are equally appropriate, as are leafy, green vegetables. Flower dishes such as stuffed naturtiums or carnation cupcakes also find their place here.

—Wicca: A Guide for the Solitary Practitioner

Scott Cunningham

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Prayer For The Resurrection of the Earth

The death sleep of winter has slowly faded,
the rigor of the ground loosens,
and the earth is once more reborn.
Like Mithras and
Osiris,
reborn from death,
life returns again to the land,
springing up as the snow melts away.
As the soil warms and the days grow longer,
dew forms along new sprouts of grass,
bringing life back.
Awaken! Awaken! Awaken!
And rise!
Let the earth come to life again,
and welcome the light of spring!

-Author: Patti Wigington, Paganism/Wicca Expert
Article Found On & Owned By About.com

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Flowers should be laid on the altar, placed around the circle and strewn on the ground. The cauldron can be filled with spring water and flowers, and buds and blossoms may be worn as well. A small potted plant should be placed on the altar.

Arrange the altar, light the candles and incense, and cast the Circle of Stones.

Recite the Blessing Chant.

Invoke the Goddess and God in whatever words please you.

Stand before the altar and gaze upon the plant as you say:

O Great Goddess, you have freed yourself from the icy prison of winter.

Now is the greening when the fragrance of flowers drifts on the breeze.

This is the beginning. Life renews itself by Your magic, Earth Goddess.

The God stretches and rises, eager in His youth, and bursting with the

promise of summer.

Touch the plant. Connect with its energies and, through it, all nature. Travel inside its leaves and stems through your visualization-from the center of your consciousness out through your arm and fingers and into the plant itself. Explore its inner nature; sense the miraculous processes of life at work within it.

After a time, still touching the plant, say:

I walk the earth in friendship, not in dominance.

Mother Goddess and Father God, instill within me

through this plant a warmth for all living things.

Teach me to revere the Earth and all its treasures.

May I never forget.

Meditate upon the changing of the seasons. Feel the rousing of energies around you in the Earth.

Works of magic, if necessary, may follow.

Celebrate the Simple Feast.

The circle is released.

 —Wicca: A Guide for the Solitary Practitioner

Scott Cunningham

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A Little About Moon Phases

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The Moon goes through four different phases every 29 days.

The full (Mother) Moon-this lasts from one night before until one night after the date the Full Moon is shown on a regular calendar. A full Moon is used to bring things to you. A good time for spells for your income to increase, protection for yourself, someone else or your home, etc. It is the best time to consecrate a Ritual tool, hold a Handfasting, marriage or Wiccaning.

Next comes the Waning Moon. This period lasts from the second night after the full Moon until one night before the New Moon. During this period, it is a time to send things away from you such as a build up of negativity around you or to charm an object to help you control a bad habit.

Then comes the New (Crone) Moon. This phase is from one night before until one night after the date the New Moon appears on a regular calendar. This is the time when being able to banish or send away bad habits, negative energy, do a house cleansing, etc.

Lastly is the Waxing Moon. This is a time of new beginnings and to bring good things to you. Use it to start a new project or job or getting to know someone better, etc. It is also a good time for a marriage or Handfasting. To charm an object to carry with you for protection or to do a house blessing, etc.

While I have only listed a very few things that work out better if done during the correct Moon phase. They are meant as a guideline to get you thinking about what else you may do during the correct phase.

Remember every time you do a spell or charm an object what energy you send out comes back to you three times as strong-The Law of Three.

Copyright 2011 Carla Schultz-Ruehl

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Exorcism Banishing Spell

 

EXORCISM BANISHING SPELL

This ritual can either be done by yourself or with others participating. (It may be helpful to have others assisting with this.)
Incense to burn: frankincense, pine, lilac, or rosemary.
This chant is to be said very forcefully many times over.
RITUAL
Chant:
You are not to come near my body.
You are not to go before me.
You are not to follow me.
Where I stop, you are not to stop.
Where I sit, you are not to sit.
At my home, you shall not enter.
You are not to step in my steps.
You are not to be in my shadow.
Where I go, you are not to go.

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Stay Away Spell

STAY AWAY SPELL

In a small pot, crush items that the person you are wishing away hates (say, if they hate china berries, then crush those!) While you crush, visualize that person staying away from a certain place. When everything is crushed, then add the four representations of the elements. These are:

1 pinch of salt (earth,)

1 sprinkle of water (water),

something flaming, (fire) (dip in, then pull out three times),
and incense (air) (do the same as the fire)
Crush again.

Before putting in elements, ask the lord and lady to bless them for you, so that they may work their purpose faster, longer, and stronger.
Visualize the person staying away, while you chant :
Berries of the trees, make true the wish to me.
Keep (name of person) away from here,
so that I may rejoice and cheer”
Then, smear a bit of the mixture over whatever you want the person to stay away from. 

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Poppet Spell to Bind an Enemy

POPPET SPELL TO BIND AN ENEMY

 

Make a poppet to represent the person you wish to bind. Burn patchouli leaves and frankincense on a charcoal block.Light a black candle and pass the poppet through the incense smoke saying:
“Hecate, great Goddess of life and death,
I ask you to acknowledge that this Creation
of cloth be known as Flesh and blood of (name).”
Wrap the poppet tightly in red ribbon, paying close attention to the area you wish to bind i.e.: the genitals of a rapist, the mouth of a slanderer. As you wrap, say:
“Between the worlds in Hecate’s eyes you (name)
Are bound powerless. In the eyes of this world You are harmless.”
Imagine a heavy net made from a white light. Imagine the net clinging to the poppet. Wrap it in a piece of white cloth and bury it close to the person’s house.

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Spell to Heal Wounds/Scars

SPELL TO HEAL WOUNDS/SCARS

 

For this you will need Four Pieces of dried pine or other wood, the pieces must be of equal length. Tap each piece of wood (lightly) on the wound and say five times for each piece of wood.
Upon Golgatha, upon Golgatha
Upon Cypress, upon Cypress
Upon Arrorat, upon Arrorat
Thy pains shall flee
Thy pains shall sink up the deep sea
As this wood burns, thy pain be sunk
Thy wounds be healed.
Burn the wood when you are through

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Spell for Separating Yourself from a Problem/Person

SPELL FOR SEPARATING YOURSELF FROM A PROBLEM/PERSON

 

Small issues can be handed in a magic circle, larger issues may need a full ritual.Think carefully about which is best for the situation.

Needed :
2 black candles, a long black ribbon, black gloves, scissors, cauldron containing small amounts of alcohol and a silver bell.

Cleanse and consecrate all the items, and dress the candles(to send negative energy away from you), then light the candles.Hold each end of the ribbon and name the ends.Pass the silver bell over the alter several times until you feel you are in tune with the Universal energies of love and peace. Anger is not a luxury afforded to you in the situation.

Put the black gloves on and say:

‘I call upon the energies of Universal balance
I call upon the ancient energies of my people
I call upon the living energies of the Morrigan
Underworld and heaven
Land and sea, I awaken these energies unto me.
Witness now that I renounce and sever
Break bonds and connections with ________
By all the powers that are One Power
May the great sisters of Karma now weave anew
and separate me from you
As I will, so mote it be’

Cut the ribbon and say:

‘It is so.’

Light the cauldron, and burn both the pieces of ribbon.

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Banishing & Cleansing Magick Ritual

BANISHING AND CLEANSING MAGICK RITUAL

 

Point your Athame at the sky, and then at the earth. Then pointing Athame horizontally either spin 360 or walk around the perimeter with the Athame held out in a threatening manner.

 

Spirits of evil, Unfriendly beings
Unwanted guests, Be gone!
Leave us leave this place, leave this Circle,
that the Goddess and the God may enter.
Go, or be cast into the outer darkness!
Go, or be drowned in the watery abyss!
Go, or be burned in the flames!
Go, of be torn by the whirlwind!
By the power of the Mother and the Horned One
We banish you! We banish you! We banish you!

 

Sprinkle the perimeter with salt and water.

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