Friday, March 2, 2012

Month of March

In Ancient Rome, March was the first month of the year - Martius named after Mars - God of War. March is the first month of Spring in the Northern Hemisphere - a time of planting and I guess a time of starting a long march to war in Ancient Rome! March hold mysteries of the Church - the Annunciation, the Crucifixion, Saint Patrick's miracles in Ireland.

Some have said that March "borrowed" 3 days from April:

March said to Aperill,
I see 3 hoggs upon a hill;
And if you'll lend me dayes 3
I'll find a way to make them dee.
The first o' them wus wind and weet,
The second o' them wus snaw and sleet,
The third o' them wus sic a free
It froze the birds' nebs to the trees.
When the 3 days were past and gane
The 3 silly hoggs came hirpling hame.


March has long been a favorite of mine - the birth of my favorite composer, JS Bach, falls on March 21 - the first day of Spring! I think of March as a series of beginnings:


first flowers, first green grass, first buds on the trees, first garden planting...  


first spin of the wheel of the seasons... Spring to Summer to Autumn to Winter... Birth to Death... Light to Dark...

the beginning and end of our Salvation Story. In Catholic tradition, March 25 is the date of the Annunciation - the conception of the Christ. Medieval Catholic tradition held that March 25 is the date of the Crucifixion. A beginning and an end - Light and Dark and Light again - in one complete, perfect cycle.

Trivia:

Great Britain and its colonies continued to use March 25 at the beginning of the New Year until 1752, when the Gregorian calendar was adopted.
March's birthstones are aquamarine and bloodstone - both stand for courage - a needed asset for a warrior!
The Daffodil is the Birth Flower for the babes of March - and it is also the national flower of Wales (and Saint David's Day is March 1)!

The vernal (Spring) equinox (in the northern hemisphere) occurs on dates varying from March 19 to March 21. This is also the date that the Sun moves into Aries, for astrology fans!