Worm Moon: Full Moon for March 2023

The full Worm Moon reaches its peak in the morning hours of Tuesday, March 7. Look for it to rise after sunset on both Monday and Tuesday! What is a Worm Moon? Here are the real meaning and origins of March’s full Moon—and when you can see this Moon at its brightest!

When to See the Full Moon in March 2023

The final full moon of the winter season will appear on the nights of Monday, March 6, and Tuesday, March 7. Specifically, March’s full Worm Moon reaches peak illumination at 7:42 A.M. ET on Tuesday, March 7, 2023.

Of course, you don’t have to wait until the middle of the night to see the Moon! Look for the spectacularly bright Moon as it rises above the horizon on Monday evening. If your weather is poor on Monday night, try again on Tuesday! See when the Moon will be visible in your area.

If you have just a bit of rain on either of these nights, you may even get to spot a rare phenomenon called a moonbow. A moonbow is just like a solar rainbow, but is created by moonlight (rather than sunlight) when it is refracted through water droplets in the air. Moonbows only happen when the full Moon is fairly low in the sky, so look for one in the hours after sunset when the sky is dark. Learn more about moonbows here!

This March Moon will look especially large to us when it’s near the horizon because of the “Moon illusion,” when it looks bigger when near comparative objects than it does when it’s high in the sky without any references.

Why Is It Called the Worm Moon?

The full Moon names used by The Old Farmer’s Almanac come from a number of places, including Native American, Colonial American, and European sources. Traditionally, each full Moon name was applied to the entire lunar month in which it occurred, not only to the full Moon.

The Surprising Truth Behind the Worm Moon Name

March’s full Moon goes by the name Worm Moon. For many years, we thought this name referred to the earthworms that appear as the soil warms in spring. This invites robins and other birds to feed—a true sign of spring!

However, more research revealed another explanation. In the 1760s, click here to read the rest of this article

A Laugh for Today – Computer Jokes

From Reader’s Digest


Autocorrect can go straight to he’ll. —Constance Normandeau


Whoever said that the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results has obviously never had to reboot a computer.

—William Petersen


Did you hear about the monkeys who shared an Amazon account? They were Prime mates.

Spell for Today – Warning Spell – Printable

Some of the Witchcraft/Magickal Correspondence for Wednesday

From gypsywolf.weebly.com

Wednesday, the fourth day of the week,  is named after the Scandinavian Woden (Odin), the “All-Father” of Norse mythology, god of wisdom, poetry and magic .  He sacrificed himself, hanging with a spear thrust in his side by his own hand, on Yggdrasil, the World Tree, to receive the knowledge of the Runes.  His symbols are the wolf, raven, and the valknut, Knot of the Vala.  Wednesday also corresponds to the Roman God, Mercury, also known as Hermes (Greek), messenger of the gods, and god of speed, travel, fortune and communication.


Latin: Dies Mercurii, the day of Mercury.
French: mercredi
Italian: mercoledi
Spanish: miércoles
German: Mittwoch
Dutch: woensdag

Rules: Communication, eloquence, education, travel, mental agility, intelligence, wisdom, self-improvement, divination, breaking  negative habits, overcoming addictions, writing.
Colors: Yellow, Grey, Mixed Hues
Planet: Mercury
Metal: Quicksilver, a liquid mercury that contains amounts of the platinum group metals, has been interpreted as the caduceus of the Greek Hermes (Mercury in Roman myth); Zinc
Stones: Agate, Aventurine, Jasper (mottled), Mica, Pumice
Herbs: Almond, Bergamot Mint, Caraway, Dill, Fennel, Lavender, Lemongrass, Lemon Verbena, Peppermint, Thyme
Zodiac: Gemini & Virgo

From angelfire.com

Wednesday/Mercury: wisdom, healing, communication, intelligence, memory, education, correspondence, phone calls, computers, messages, students, merchants, editing, writing, advertising, signing contracts, sibling, neighbors, kin, accounting, clerks, critics, music, editors, journalists, visual arts, hiring employees, learning languages, placing ads, visiting friends, legal appointments, astrology

WEDNESDAY: The day of Woden, whose name is also pronounced Odin, a Norse God of poetry, resourcefulness and all things mystical. Attune with these energies this day and you find Odin’s power will be with you.

Other correspondences for Wednesday are: Mercury

Rituals: Career

Element: Air

Colour: Orange

Number: 0

8 March 2023 Southern Hemisphere’s Planetary Positions

If you need to calculate the planetary positions for a specific use and time, click on this link


To figure out GMT (Greenwich Mean Time) to your local time use this link  

For Your Local Time and Date 

Southeastern Hemisphere

This local time is in Sao Paulo, Brazil, South America

8 March 2023
06:00 pm GMT 3:00 PM BRT
Zodiac: Tropical (Standard Western)

Sun:17 Pisces 54
Moon:01 Libra 41
Mercury:10 Pisces 10
Venus:20 Aries 05
Mars:22 Gemini 19
Jupiter:13 Aries 38
Saturn:00 Pisces 08
Uranus:15 Taurus 47
Neptune:24 Pisces 51
Pluto:29 Capricorn 41

True Lunar Node:04 Taurus 49 Rx
Mean Lunar Node:06 Taurus 40 Rx

Lilith (Black Moon):06 Leo 38

Chiron:14 Aries 15
Ceres:03 Libra 14 Rx
Pallas:12 Cancer 25
Juno:28 Aries 21
Vesta:12 Aries 45

Eris:24 Aries 11


Southern Hemisphere

This local time is in Cape Town, South Africa

8 March 2023
03:00 pm GMT 5:00 PM SAST
Zodiac: Tropical (Standard Western)

Sun:17 Pisces 46
Moon:00 Libra 08
Mercury:09 Pisces 56
Venus:19 Aries 56
Mars:22 Gemini 16
Jupiter:13 Aries 36
Saturn:00 Pisces 07
Uranus:15 Taurus 47
Neptune:24 Pisces 50
Pluto:29 Capricorn 41

True Lunar Node:04 Taurus 49 Rx
Mean Lunar Node:06 Taurus 41 Rx

Lilith (Black Moon):06 Leo 37

Chiron:14 Aries 15
Ceres:03 Libra 15 Rx
Pallas:12 Cancer 24
Juno:28 Aries 17
Vesta:12 Aries 42

Eris:24 Aries 11


Southwestern Hemisphere

This local time is in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

8 March 2023
04:00 am GMT 3:00 PM AEDT
Zodiac: Tropical (Standard Western)

Sun:17 Pisces 19
Moon:24 Virgo 30
Mercury:09 Pisces 07
Venus:19 Aries 23
Mars:22 Gemini 04
Jupiter:13 Aries 30
Saturn:00 Pisces 04
Uranus:15 Taurus 46
Neptune:24 Pisces 49
Pluto:29 Capricorn 41

True Lunar Node:04 Taurus 52 Rx
Mean Lunar Node:06 Taurus 42 Rx

Lilith (Black Moon):06 Leo 34

Chiron:14 Aries 13
Ceres:03 Libra 21 Rx
Pallas:12 Cancer 19
Juno:28 Aries 01
Vesta:12 Aries 29

Eris:24 Aries 11


Happy Witchy Wednesday WOTC Family and Friends – Charge of the Goddess – Part 1

(I am trying something new today to see if you like it or not. Instead of a short thing for “A Thought for Today” I decided to bring you something with a little more background on a piece of poetry and how it came about. Let me know in the comments if you like to see more of this type of post please. Thank you for your help!)

Charge of the Goddess History and Variations

From learnreligions.com

Charge of the Goddess is perhaps one of the best-known pieces of ritual poetry in today’s magical community, and is often credited to author and priestess Doreen Valiente. The charge itself is a promise, made by the Goddess to her followers, that she will guide them, teach them, and lead them when they need her the most.

However, before Valiente, there were earlier variants, dating back at least as far as Charles Leland’s Aradia: Gospel of the Witches. Because, like so many other writings in today’s Pagan world, Charge of the Goddess has evolved over time, it’s almost impossible to attribute it to one single author. Instead, what we have is a constantly changing and fluid piece of ritual poetry, that each contributor has changed, modified, and rearranged to suit their own tradition.

Did You Know?

The Charge of the Goddess first appeared in an early form during the late nineteenth century.

Doreen Valiente’s version, released in the late 1950s, is the most commonly referenced variation today.

Today, several traditions use unique versions that pay tribute to their own deities of a number of different pantheons.

Leland’s Aradia

Charles Godfrey Leland was a folklorist who roamed about the Italian countryside collecting legends during the final decade of the nineteenth century. According to Leland, he met a young Italian woman called Maddalena, who provided him with a manuscript about ancient Italian witchcraft and then promptly vanished, never to be heard from again. This, obviously, led some scholars to question the existence of Maddalena, but regardless, Leland took the information he claimed to have obtained from her and published it as Aradia: Gospel of the Witches in 1899.

Leland’s text, which reads as follows, is a speech that Aradia, daughter of Diana, delivers to her pupils:

When I shall have departed from this world,
Whenever ye have need of anything,
Once in the month, and when the moon is full,
Ye shall assemble in some desert place,
Or in a forest all together join
To adore the potent spirit of your queen,
My mother, great Diana.She who fain
Would learn all sorcery yet has not won
Its deepest secrets, them my mother will
Teach her, in truth all things as yet unknown.
And ye shall all be freed from slavery,
And so ye shall be free in everything;
And as the sign that ye are truly free,
Ye shall be naked in your rites, both men
And women also: this shall last until
The last of your oppressors shall be dead;
And ye shall make the game of Benevento,
Extinguishing the lights, and after that
Shall hold your supper thus…

Gardner’s Book of Shadows and the Valiente Version

Doreen Valiente played an instrumental part in twentieth-century Pagan practice, and her deeply evocative version of Charge of the Goddess may be the best known. In 1953, Valiente was initiated into Gerald Gardner’s New Forest coven of witches. Over the next several years, they worked together in expanding and developing Gardner’s Book of Shadows, which he claimed was based on ancient documents passed down through the ages.

Unfortunately, much of what Gardner had at the time was fragmented and disorganized. Valiente took on the task of re-organizing Gardner’s work, and more importantly, putting into a practical and usable form. In addition to finishing things up, she added her poetic gifts to the process, and the end result was a collection of rituals and ceremonies that are both beautiful and workable – and the foundation for much of modern Wicca, some sixty years later.

Although Valiente’s version, released in the late 1950s, is the most commonly referenced version today, there was an incarnation that appeared a decade or so earlier in Gardner’s original Book of Shadows. This variant, from around 1949, is a blend of Leland’s earlier work and a portion of Aleister Crowley’s Gnostic Mass. Jason Mankey at Patheos says,

“This version of the Charge was originally known as Lift Up the Veil, though I’ve heard it referred to as “Gardner’s Charge” on a number of occasions… Doreen Valiente’s version of The Charge of the Goddess dates back to sometime around 1957 and was inspired by Valiente’s desire for a less Crowley influenced charge.”

Some time after writing the Charge poem that has become well known to today’s Pagans, Valiente also crafted a prose variant, at the request of some members of her coven. This prose version has also become immensely popular, and you can read it over at the official Doreen Valiente website.

Newer Adaptations

As the Pagan community grows and evolves, so do the various forms of ritual texts. A number of contemporary authors have created their own versions of the Charge that reflect their own magical beliefs and traditions.

Starhawk included her own form of the work in The Spiral Dance, first published in 1979, which reads in part:

Listen to the words of the Great Mother,
Who of old was called Artemis, Astarte, Dione, Melusine, Aphrodite, Cerridwen, Diana, Arionrhod, Brigid, and by many other names:
Whenever you have need of anything, once a month, and better it be when the moon is full,
you shall assemble in some secret place and adore the spirit of Me Who is Queen of all the Wise.
You shall be free from slavery,
and as a sign that you be free you shall be naked in your rites.
Sing, feast, dance, make music and love, all in My Presence,
for Mine is the ecstasy of the spirit and Mine also is joy on earth.

The Starhawk version, which forms one of the cornerstones of her Reclaiming tradition, may be the one that newer Pagans are the most familiar with, but – as with any other piece of poetry or ritual – it is one that many have continuously adapted to suit their own needs. Today, several traditions use unique versions that pay tribute to their own deities of a number of different pantheons.

For a complete and in-depth breakdown of the various influences upon the different versions of the Charge, author Ceisiwr Serith has a great piece on his website*, comparing Aradia, Valiente’s work, and the Crowleyan variants.

(*Appears in a post for northern hemisphere’s Wednesday morning.)

Life in The Craft Magazine Update

I am trying to figure out how to make a contact list for all of the current subscribers but not having much luck figuring out WordPress email features. I will get the March issues out as soon as I can figure out how to make the email list for everyone otherwise, I have to send the magazine out to one person at a time. As I have been at my desk for 6 hours already today, I will make another stab at getting it out to you all tomorrow.

If anyone else would like to receive a free issue of Life in The Craft magazine, please send an email to ladybeltane@witchesofthecraft.com and I will add you to my emailing list whenever I figure out how to make one.

Life in The Craft magazine is 8 issues per year covering all the northern and southern hemisphere’s Sabbats plus other topics. Cost after the first two free issues is $3.00 USD per issue per month or $21.00 USD per year.

Apprentices enrolled in a course in WOTC’s School of Witchcraft receive a full year of the magazine for free as long as you are an active apprentice/student.

How to Celebrate the Worm Moon: Ideas and Rituals

From spells8.com

As we enter March, the month of the Spring Equinox, we experience massive energy shifts, and the world around us is changing. We are adjusting to the seasonal tides, just as the worms are transforming the soil.

March is a time to be mindful and stay alert, yet also to let our guards down and embrace the unpredictable energy of the season with optimism and courage. We must reaffirm our foundations and adjust our footing until we feel centered, balanced, and grounded.

Worm Moon Protection Spell

March is an excellent time to work magic and strengthen our protections, fortifying our courage as we open ourselves to the positive and fortunate unexpected possibilities that the quickening and invigorating energies of spring can bring.

Full Worm Moon Protection Spell

Recipe by Francisco Huanaco

Cast a spell on the Full Worm Moon of March. All you need is a white candle, a small bowl of salt, a piece of paper and pen, and a handful of soil. May the powerful energy of the full worm moon bring you the protection and peace you seek.



Sit in a quiet place where you won’t be disturbed. Light the white candle and place it in front of you.

Sprinkle some salt around the candle, forming a circle of protection.

Take the piece of paper and write down any fears or worries you have. Then cross them out as if cancelling these thoughts.

Break the paper inside the bowl of soil, and mix it around with your fingers.

Hold the bowl in your hands, visualizing a white light surrounding you and protecting you from harm.

Close your eyes and take a few deep breaths, feeling the energy of the spell surrounding you and protecting you.

When you’re ready, blow out the candle and bury the soil outside. Alternatively, you can burn the paper and bury the ashes instead. Be careful if working with fire.

Print this Spell for the Worm Moon

This PDF version comes with a transparent background so you can print it on any kind of paper you want and add it to your own Book of Shadows. Find more printable grimoire pages and more Moon Journaling Ideas.

The Full Moon


The Full Moon


This is a good time to try out forms of divinations such as scrying or tarot. Reflect about your goals, feelings and matters that have to do with relationship and family. It is also good for transformations, psychic abilities, strength, love, power and fertility.

The Full Moon is also an excellent time to cleanse, purify and charge your crystals. Lay them out so that the moonlight can hit them; if you can do so safely, leave them outside. If not, find a windowsill that catches the moonlight. Don’t just stop at crystals though, your magical tools will also benefit from soaking up the power of the moonlight.

As the Full Moon just passes, the time arrives to put the finishing touches on what you have been doing and to get ready for the quieter time to come. Enjoy beauty and art, listen to music. If you have argued with someone but do not feel the issues are really vital, make up now.

If you live near the sea the Full Moon is a wonderful time to visit the shoreline and (if safe and legal to do so) build a small fire. Collect small pieces of driftwood to buid your fire and, as you lay each piece onto the fire, add a wish. Once the fire is burning nicely, cast offerings into the flames as gifts to the Moon Goddess, such as herbs, flowers and leaves. Sit and watch as the fire burns. If you don’t live near the sea you could turn this into a visualization for a Full Moon meditation.


-Rachel Patterson, Pagan Portals – Moon Magic


A Laugh for Today

Spell for Today – Full Moon Amulet Protection – Printable

Some of the Witchcraft/Magickal Correspondence for the March Full Moon

From theastartehome.wordpress.com

Signifier for Life


  • Chaste Moon
  • Crow Moon
  • Crust Moon
  • Hrethkmonath (Hertha’s Month)
  • Lenting Moon
  • Lentzinmanoth (Renewal Month)
  • Moon of the Snowblind
  • Moon of Winds
  • Plow Moon
  • Raven Moon
  • Sap Moon
  • Seed Moon
  • Storm Moon
  • Sugar Moon
  • Windy Moon
  • Worm Moon

Angels:  Choose an angel that matches your intention

Animals:  Worm

Chakras:  Root


  • Green
  • Yellow
  • Light Purple


  • Amethyst
  • Aquamarine
  • Aventurine
  • Bloodstone
  • Jasper
  • Moonstone
  • Obsidian
  • Opal
  • Rose Quartz
  • Tiger’s Eye
  • Topaz (blue)

Direction:  West

Element:  Water

Goddesses and Gods:

  • Artemis
  • Cybele
  • Isis
  • The Morrighan


  • Apple Blossom
  • High John
  • Pennyroyal
  • Wood Betony

Intentions/Powers/Spell Uses:

  • Breaking illusions
  • Career Reinvention
  • Cleaning
  • Exploring
  • Fertility
  • Flow breaks into the open
  • Growth
  • Innocence
  • Lean living
  • Magikal tool cleansing
  • New beginnings
  • Prosperity
  • Purity
  • Rebirth
  • Seeing life truth even though it may be painful
  • Spirituality
  • Success

Reiki Symbol:  Hon Sha Ze Sho Nen


  • The Moon
  • The Sun

Time of Day:  Midnight


  • Cherry
  • Dogwood
  • Honeysuckle
  • Lilacs
  • Lotus


  • balance
  • justice
  • harmony

Zodiac:  dependent on the sign in which the full moon takes place

Goddess of the Day – Isis



Perhaps the most important goddess of all Egyptian mythology, Isis assumed,
during the course of Egyptian history, the attributes and functions of virtually
every other important goddess in the land.  Her most important functions,
however, were those of motherhood, marital devotion, healing the sick, and the
working of magical spells and charms.  She was believed to be the most powerful
magician in the universe, owing to the fact that she had learned the Secret Name
of Ra from the god himself.  She was the sister and wife of Osiris, sister of
Set, and twin sister of Nephthys.  She was the mother of Horus the Child
(Harpocrates), and was the protective goddess of Horus’s son Amset, protector of
the liver of the deceased.

Isis was responsible for protecting Horus from Set during his infancy; for
helping Osiris to return to life; and for assisting her husband to rule in the
land of the Dead.

Her cult seems to have originally centered, like her husband’s, at Abydos near
the Delta in the North (Lower Egypt); she was adopted into the family of Ra
early in Egyptian history by the priests of Heliopolis, but from the New Kingdom
onwards (c. 1500 BC) her worship no longer had any particular identifiable
center, and she became more or less universally worshiped, as her husband was.

Full Moon Symbolism and Meaning

Full Moon Symbolism & Meaning

Exploring the Full Moon’s symbolic meaning is a journey full of intrigue, mystery, and wonder. Cultural views play a significant role in shaping the Full Moon’s symbolism. The meaning of the Moon has become richer over time. There’s great irony in the fact that the Moon reflects sunlight; so too, the Moon’s symbols are reflective of societal beliefs, traditions, and people’s observations of the lunar body’s transit in the nighttime sky throughout history.

Full Moon’s Symbolism, Meaning, & Correspondences Table of Contents

Full Moon Symbolism & Meaning

The Full Moon & Femininity

The Full Moon & The Medicine Wheel

Cultural & Religious Full Moon Symbolism

Moon Symbolism & Numerology

Western Astrology & The Full Moon

Full Moon & The Tarot

Animals & Full Moon Symbolism

Full Moon Symbolism & Meaning…

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7 Must Have Crystals for Beginners