Calendar of the Moon
Anthesteria Day 2: Khoes
Altar: On a purple cloth set a pitcher of wine, the ship of Dionysos, some children’s toys, six purple candles, and a wreath of grapevines and flowers.
Offerings: Ritual sex. Giving up of things left over from childhood. Wine libations.
Daily Meal: Goat or lamb. Lentils. Greek food. Wine.
On this day comes the child to his adulthood.
On this day comes the child to her readiness.
On this day he tastes the sweetness of maturity.
On this day she tastes the joy of ripening.
On this day we honor that which has come to fruition
And that which can no longer be protected.
We give up our self-enclosed innocence
For the promise of the deeper experience.
Come forth and join the rite of passage
That you may give up that which was before
And come to that which will be.
Fair-Flowering, Reveller, Stormer,
Twice-Born, Lord of the Dance,
We who kneel before you pray
That you will be gentle with our
Little madnesses, and if you must
Drag us by the hair
To some new understanding,
Let it be done soon, and quickly,
For we would rather leap to doom
Than delay on the edge of the cliff.
(Let all make a circle, and let cups of wine be passed around to everyone. Let two who have been chosen from inside or outside the community come forth and lay in the center of the circle, and perform the hieros gamos, whilst the others turn their backs and chant wordlessly. Afterwards, let the wine be poured out in a libation, with the last two cups used to anoint the couple, and have them drink in a toast. Later that night, sex is appropriate between those whose vows do not exclude it, but those who would lie together must meditate on the responsibility inherent in being a sexually active adult, and how it brought them out of childhood and into adulthood.)
Calendar of the Sun
Blot to Odhinn All-Father
Color: Dark blue
Altar: On a cloth of dark blue place a horn of mead, an evergreen branch, and a set of runes laid out in concentric circles.
Offerings: Mead. Do something in a leadership position, especially if it is difficult.
Daily Meal: Bread. Cheese. Goat milk. Meat. Mead.
Invocation to Odhinn All-Father
Hail Odhinn, Lord of Asgard,
Warrior and wanderer, valiant and wise,
You to whom all the gods of Asgard look,
Sky Father on the eight-legged steed,
You who traded an eye for wisdom
And ruled a turbulent realm,
Give us the wisdom to accept
The twists and turns of Fate
Even as you surrendered yourself
To the mercies of the Norns.
Protect us, All-Father,
From what harm may come to us.
Lead us through the wilderness
And bring us safely to that great hall
That you reserve only for the brave of spirit.
(Each comes forward and is purified with the evergreen branch. They choose a rune with their eyes closed, and one who is studied in such things tells them the meaning of the rune that they have selected. Then the mead is passed around in a toast, and the rest poured out in a libation to Odhinn.)
This is probably not going to be the easiest start of a workweek in recent memory. The main challenge comes from normally fast-paced Mercury slowing down completely from the Earth’s perspective, making a station at 7 degrees of Aries (12:49AM PDT), and beginning a retrograde cycle until April 4. All Mercury themes – communications, information exchange, words and language, intellectual prowess, reading and writing, classes and primary education, transportation and travel plans, health and medical matters, magic tricks and sleight of hand, stealth and theft – are emphasized throughout the day. Be careful concerning legal matters and signings. Don’t put your John Hancock on important papers if it is not required right now. Utilize the next three weeks to review and re-evaluate your literary, educational and business affairs. A Sun-Moon flowing trine in water signs (11:31AM PDT) seems to offer a promise of better times ahead since Jupiter is also about to trine Pluto (forming exactly at 9:45PM PDT). However, the Sun-Moon harmonious alignment at 11:31AM PDT also begins a 12+ hour void twilight zone that doesn’t end until 11:55PM PDT. During the lengthy void-of-course lunar marathon in Scorpio, Mars forms a dicey contra-parallel with dreamy Neptune (6:04PM PDT). Projecting your anger on well-meaning friends, associates or relatives is taboo. Instead of tapping into the creative, success-oriented energy-field being established when Jupiter trines Pluto at 9:45PM PDT, it is wise to wait until the Moon enters upbeat Sagittarius (11:55PM PDT) and then reaffirm long-range goals and hopeful objectives.
Can Fruits and Vegetables, Mow to Retard Growth, Prune Trees, Go Hunting, Jar Jams/Jellies
Correspondences for Monday, March 12th
Magickal Intentions: Psychic Sensitivity, Women’s Mysteries, Tides, Waters, Emotional Issues, Agriculture, Animals, Female Fertility, Messages, Theft, Reconcilliations, Voyages, Dreams and Merchandise
Incense: African Violet, Honeysuckle, Myrtle, Willow, Wormwood
Colors: Silver, White and Gray
Herbs/Plants: Night Flowers, Willow Root, Orris Root, Birch, Motherwort, Vervain, White Rose and White Iris
Stones: Carnelian, Moonstone, Aquamarine, Pearl, Clear Quartz, Flourite, Geodes
Oil: (Moon) Jasmine, Lemon, Sandalwood
Monday belongs to the Moon. Monday’s energy best aligns itself with efforts that deal with women, home and hearth, the family, the garden, travel, and medicine. It also boosts rituals involving psychic development and prophetic dreaming.
The Wicca Book of Days for March 12th
Mad March Hares
The mating rituals performed by hares that can be observed in England and other parts of northern Europe during March have long amused, resembling as they do erratic chases punctuated by frenetic boxing matches. In more superstitious times, such “mad” behavior was regarded as proof that the hares were, in fact, “were-hares,” or witches that had assumed a harelike form. Hares have profound symbolism in Pagan belief: they were considered sacred to the Greco-Roman messenger God Hermes/Mercury and the Norse fertility Goddess Freyja, among other deities, while Eostre, the Anglo-Saxon Goddess of Spring, was depicted with a hare’s head.
A Pagan Philosopher
Take a little time today to read about life and work of the remarkable Hypatia of Alexandria (c. 370 – 415), a female philosopher and teacher who was butchered and burned in March by a mob of bloodthirsty Christians, for being either Pagan or a Witch.