The Equirria was an ancient Roman festival of horse-racing held in honor of the God Mars. It was said to have been established by Romulus and held in the Campus Martius on Caelian Hill. There was a similar festival held on March 14 called the Mamuralia.
Mars was originally a God of agriculture and guardian of fields and boundaries, known as Mamers, Maris, or Marmar. He became identified with the Greek God Ares and so assumed the major role of war God. He was regarded as the son of Juno, and the month of March was named after him. He had a succession of festivals in February, March, and October.
Magickal Activity for Equirria
The First Pentacle of Mars
The First Pentacle of Mars is used to invoke the powers of Mars for gaining courage, enthusiasm, ambition, and all physical accomplishments.
You will need:
A square of red card stock
1 Red red votive candle in a glass holder
A small red cloth bag
Inscribe the First Pentacle of Mars on the red square of card stock. Light the red votive candle, and place it on top of the pentacle as you chant:
“Almighty warrior and God of power,
Fill me with courage from this hour.”
Allow the candle to burn completely out. Place the pentacle in the red bag and carry for courage