MARCH, 2007

 

March 1 - 12:

3/1 (Thu):

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 is founded on March 1, 1888.

3/2 (Fri):

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 (Sat), 1:18pm HT; 11:18 UT:

Full Moon in Virgo, opposite Sun in Pisces. The aspect of Sun in Pisces, Moon in Virgo entails a kind of role reversal in which the solar intellect is balanced by psychic receptivity and intuition, while lunar emotion is braced by practical mentality.  This alignment is therefore highly favorable for males who seek to develop their female qualities, and vice versa. This year the deck is stacked against the Virgo Full Moon, with Uranus and the Moon's North Node both opposing her, conjunct the Pisces Sun. Jupiter in Sagittarius is square to both the great lights. All in all, this is not the best weekend ever for smooth, happy relations between the sexes, or between intellectual and intuitive people. Power struggles are likely to come.

At this Full Moon a total lunar eclipse occurs.
This is still, however, the last Full Moon before the Solar New Year comes at the Spring Equinox, and is usually among the most raucous, joyous festivals of the year, as it’s the one that chases out ill will and bad memory, dispelling them with games and comedy in raucous festivals such as Purim (3/3 - 4) and Holi (2/27 - 3/3).
In some Buddhist calendars, this Full Moon is celebrated as Magha Puja Day, commemorating the occasion on which Lord Buddha taught a large audience of old and new disciples, thereby creating the sangha, or community of believers.

In the Celtic Tree calendar, the month of Fearn, sacred to the Alder tree, begins on this day. This month is considered efficacious for summoning spirits from the Spirit World.

In the Celtic/Druidic and Wiccan calendars, this is Chaste Moon, marking the Maiden phase of the Triple Goddess cycle. Also Plow Moon, Wind Moon and Faery Moon.

In the Chinese lunar calendar, this 15th day of the first month is the Feast of the Lovers. Since ancient times, girls have written their name and address on a mandarin orange -- modern people of both sexes add their mobile phone number and e-mail address -- and throw the fruit into a river with a prayer for a good love match. In the old festivals, the boys would dive into the river as soon as the girls threw their oranges in, hoping to find their beloved's orange before the water could wash her name away -- though the lovers really understod that this fine practical point was irrelevant, and the intention was everything.

3/3 (Sat):
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.
3/3 eve - 3/4 eve:

The fast of Esther and the festival of Purim in the Jewish calendar begin this year at the Virgo Full Moon instead of on its vigil, as 3/3 is the sabbath. Purim commemorates the heroism of Queen Esther in freeing the Jews of Persia from persecution. While it's a time for helping the needy, it is also the closest thing in the Jewish calendar to the universal Feast of Fools, when the mighty are humbled, the lowly are exalted, and the comic spirit rules. As the Purim scenario is inherently comic, with the powerless but clever Queen of the Jews outwitting the chief prosecutor of the King of Persia, it is not surprising that at Purim comedies abound, and comic talent is noticed. Purim is the spiritual ancestor to everything from Figaro to Yossarian to Charley Chaplin's claim, "Give me a park bench, a cop and a pretty girl, and  I'll make a comedy anywhere." L'Chaim!

The Chinese celebrate this Full Moon beautifully at the Lantern Festival, decorating rivers and parks with exquisite colored lights.

3/4 (Sun):

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.

3/4 - 6 (three days):

On this day, which immediately follows the climax of Holi (see 2/27) at the Virgo Full Moon, the Sikh community celebrates Hola Mohallah, which Gobind Singh, the tenth Sikh Guru, founded as a ritual of military preparedness before the coming of Spring. The men enact mock battles, which are followed in the evening by song and music contests.

3/5 (Mon):

One of the main annual festivals of Isis in the Khemitian calendar, honoring Queen Aset ("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 (aka 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).

3/6 (Tue): 

In the Greco-Roman calendar, 3/6 is the festival of Ares, or Mars, in his beneficent role as protector of the home. The Romans also honor their household gods on this day.

3/7 (Wed):

Honen Memorial Day, honoring the founder of one of Japan's major Buddhist communities.

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 (Thu):

Mercury "goes direct," reversing his retrograde movement of the last three weeks (from Feb. 14), and the trouble this invariably brings in Mercury-ruled areas of transportation, communications and commerce. It all gets easier now, at least for the ten days until March 18, when Mercury crosses from Aquarius into Pisces.

 3/11 (Sun):

In the Greco-Roman calendar, this day is sacred to the greatest of 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 (Mon):

This day is the birthday of Marduk, king of the gods, in the ancient Mesopotamian calendar.

 

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 neter 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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