01 March 2011

March - the Month and the God

Much of the mystery about March meaning and symbolism is solved when we learn the month is named after the Roman God, Mars, associated with conquest, heroism and more importantly battle and warcraft.

Martius was the original term for the month of March, which was the first month in Roman calendars. In the Northern Hemisphere, the grips of Winter was just beginning to lose their hold in March which made sense that the year should begin as the season of new life also commences. For those of us in the Southern Hemisphere however, March heralds in the Autumn months.

Mars, whilst popularized as a warmonger, was actually believed to have been a fertility and agricultural Deity. He, along with other Deities such as Ceres and Cybele, oversaw the new growth of Spring, and encouraged the continuation of life (fertility, sex, procreation in human, plant and animal realms).

Whether a God of War or Agriculture, the personality of Mars is charging, unrelinquishing and brutally assertive. We find this kind of fervent focus in March too. At this point in the year, whilst in the Northgern Hemispherethere is no stopping the burgeoning birth of new life, this can also be seen to a certain extent in the Southern Hemisphere where, in temperant regions, Autumn crops are being planted and growth encouraged by the seasonal rains. March (and Mars) is a high-speed locomotive on a single-focused monorail with only one objective: Explosive Expression.

And so, March meaning embodies a kind of reigniting of the hearts and consciousness of humankind. This month we feel the initial kicks of Spring from the deepest womb of the Mother (Earth). And like our ancestors, we are quickened...our soul- palettes are whetted for new conquest and bold assertion and we set a course for forward-momentum.

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