March Moon Magick
"The first day of spring was once the time for taking the young virgins into the fields, there
in dalliance to set an example in fertility for nature to follow. Now we just set the clocks an
hour ahead and change the oil in the crankcase."
- E.B. White, "Hot Weather," One Man's Meat, 1944
Spring Clean
March is the month that welcomes the rebirth of spring and celebrates fertility as nature renews itself. A good spring cleaning is
due, especially if the muck of life is weighing you down. Use the positive energy of this month to set your life in order. Walk around
your space and look at your possessions. Look at all the things you have never used. Do you really need all this junk? Space
clearing is the act of making a space more livable by working with the energy within that space. The more space you make, the
more room for new energy to fill. This month is the perfect time to throw out the clutter and clean. If the task seems daunting, use
the divide and conquer approach by choosing one room to focus on and clear out the clutter. Make piles for trash, recycling and the
donation center and get rid of all the junk. Then clean. For added energy, employ an herbal infusion to your wash water. Just add 1
to 2 teaspoons of herb per cup of cold water. Bring the mixture gently to a boil. Cover and let steep for about 10 minutes. Then add
the infusion to your wash water and clean.
Click here for a helpful list of herbs and their magickal properties

After a good spring cleaning you can rid your space of residual energy with a good smudging, or if you need to change your luck,
work the spell below to refresh and renew as you toss out the old and make way for the new.

Spell To Clear Your Home Of Bad Luck
You will need:
1/2 cup each of dried rosemary, mint, and thyme

In a large bowl, mix the dried herbs as you sing or chant,
“Herbs of luck with this brew,
Charm this space, your power true.
All that's wrong, speeds away
as good fortune flows in to fill its place
opportunities open as my luck changes to good."

Sprinkle mixture across the floors. Leave over night. When you wake the next morning, sweep it up. Then carry it out your door and
burn it if you can. If not then bury it on the other side of your property line.
Thursday, March 1 the Full  Moon enters
Virgo at 12:57 am

Saturday, March 17
St. Patrick's Day the New Moon
goes V/C at 9:12 am enters Aries at 2:57 pm

Saturday, March 31 Full Blue moon in Libra
Spell for the March Full Moon
Thursday, March 1 the Full  Moon enters Virgo at 12:57 am  
Thursdays are charged with energy to manifest ideas into reality
making this the perfect day to launch that dream you've been honing in
your mind. The energy of nature will support all efforts for personal
growth.

The Virgo moon favors psychic breakthroughs and attention to details.
Use this energy to take an introspect look at ways to improve your
spirit and reenergize your life. If you have been brooding over some big
decision the energy today is favorable for positive life change. Use this
helpful spell when you must make a choice between different paths.

Right Decision Spell
You will need:
1 yellow candle
Basil oil
A piece of notebook paper for each option
(write one possible choice on the header of each page)
1 blue pen
1 black pen

Anoint the candle. Ground and center and light the candle.
"
By your power and by my right,
grant me the gift of clear sight
to see the value and know the truth
so my feet find the path that's true
."

On the first paper, take the blue pen and list all of the positive results
the decision most likely will bring.
When you have listed them all, turn it over and with the black pen list
all of the possible negative results on the back.

Do this for each options. Fold each page twice in half and meditate on
the options. When you are ready repeat, "By your guidance let me see
the path that is best for me."
Put the papers away until the next Full Moon then read again and make
your decision.
Saturday, March 17, St. Patrick's Day, the New Moon goes V/C at
9:12 am and enters Aries at 2:57 pm
St. Patrick's Day is known for
shamrocks, green beer, and corned beef and cabbage and possibly a pinch
if you're not wearing green. What is this day about and how did it come
to be on our calendar? Well, like the harvest days of old that slipped into
the Christian calendar, St. Patrick's day is celebrated with parades,
parties, and festivals on just about every continent as people everywhere
become Irish for the day because who doesn't love a reason to party?

The Drowning of the Shamrock
One good luck tradition known as the drowning of the shamrock is when
at the end of the day, the shamrock is removed from the coat lapel or the
hat and dropped into the final glass of beer, a toast to good health is
then drunk and then the shamrock is picked out of the empty glass and
tossed over the left shoulder to usher in good luck.

Saturday New Moon Magick
Combine springs burst of creative energy for growth and renewal with the
power of this Aries moon and you get a mighty day to start new projects
or conceive business ventures. The New Moon holds the power of
beginnings. Now is the time to plant seeds for what we what to harvest
at Full Moon. Use the energy present to initiate change and breathe life
into your desires for whatever is set in motion now will expand as this
new season of active growth and manifestations begins.

Sprouting Intentions Spell
This spell can be applied to any intention you wish to grow. It programs
your intention into the seed and sets it to grow with the life force.
Note: This spell requires daily monitoring so only begin when you have the
time to spend a few moments with it every day for up to six consecutive
days.
You will need: A  large strainer
You will need:
A large strainer
A few colorful jelly jars
Plastic needlework canvas or a thin piece of cheese cloth to top each jar
a canning band (lid ring) if you are using canvas. A rubber band to hold
the
cheese cloth securely in place
seeds of your choice
scissors
a lid to trace around for size
a marker
masking tape or jar labels
any symbol or image to tape to the jar to encourage your intention

Choose your seeds and rinse them well by putting them in a strainer and
running water over them.
Alfalfa (Medicago sativa), Daikon Radish spouts, (Raphanus sativus),
Garden Cress (Lepidium sativum), Mung Beans (Vigna radiata,) and Beets
(Beta vulgaris) all make good choices. If you can't find any locally,
Mountain Rose Herbs has a great selection.

Place the rinsed seeds in a large bowl and cover with water in a ratio of 1
part seeds to 3 parts water. Allow to soak (With the exception of: cress,
arugula, chia, flax, and basil - do not soak these, only mist to keep
moist.)
Soak small seeds 2-6 hours. Large seeds like peas, lentils, and grains
need
6-12 hours.

Each seed contains a dormant plant. The soaking process wakes it so
that it
begins to grow. This life force is brimming with potential and when imbued
with new moon energy awakens a visceral power that can fuel any
intention we set.

Set up your jars. The goal is to create lids that secure the seeds in the jar
while allowing for the water to drain out. You can use cheesecloth and
rubber bands, or plastic needlework canvas and the lid rings. Plastic
Needlework canvas is available at hobby and craft stores. It is cheap. It is
easy to work with as it can be cut to fit each jar. It comes in different
gauges to accommodate seed size and can be used repeatedly. It also
comes in a selection of colors to match to your working. The canvas is
ideal for sprouting because to allows a screened airflow to aid the seeds
in
sprouting. It also makes rinsing easier and quicker.

If you are using needlework canvas, choose the right gauge for your seed
size. Take the marker and trace the lid. Cut the canvas out. Set the
canvas
in your canning band. Fill jar with water and put the lid on the jar. Turn
upside down to, test whether it will stay in place and the water will drain
out.

When the seeds have soaked, rinse them again. Drain and place wet
seeds
in the jelly jar. Secure the top. If doing more than one jar, be sure to
label
and affix any symbol or image you want to imbue your working. Shake out
the excess water. Secure the top and place jar on a shelf lit with indirect
sunlight. Rinse and drain 2 or 3 times each day with fresh cold water.
Invert the jar on angle to allow excess water to drain. When most of the
water is out. Try to get more out. Gently shake as you say,

"By the light of the moon,
by the light of the sun.
Awaken the life force now begun.
Set it to course,
set it to grow.
Set its power to rise and flow
to cultivate this intention
(say your intent)
May this or something better now manifest
for the greatest good
."

Return to the shelf. Monitor closely. Seeds should begin to sprout in 3 to 6
days. When seeds have sprouted completely, remove from jar, rinse, seal
in plastic and refrigerate. Use in salads, sandwiches and other tasty ways.
You have just created a superfood brimming with life energy. When you
eat, remember your intention.  

Embrace a New You
Take an honest look at your life and look at yourself. In your heart you
know what is keeping you from being a better person, what habit is
keeping you from attaining your goal. Identify what it is that you want to
change and stoke the desire to do the work to change it. It is through
awareness and ambition you can turn your energy to becoming the person
you want to be. Start today. New Year's day holds the energy of the
threshold making it an auspicious time to renew and remake your life into
the life you desire. What is it you secretly call yourself? Are you a dancer,
painter, writer, actress, cook? Make today a Me day and invest in your
passion. It is time to become the person you truly are. Today's energy is
favorable for positive life change.
Spell for the March New Moon
Sunday, March 11 - Daylight Saving Time
begins

Monday, March 20 - Ostara or Vernal Equinox
waxing moon in Taurus
click here for Ostara recipes
Painting by Amanda Clark
The Secret Power of Scent
The importance of our sense of smell is often dismissed yet smell
facilitates a variety of human social interactions, both casual and
intimate. "The human sense of smell is often seen as insignificant, but
this sense is keener and more influential on our species than many
people realize"  -
Scientific American

Scent can affect your mood, your memory, in fact, your entire sense of
well-being. The olfactory nerves are connected directly with your brain,
where scent impulses create instant memories and reactions. Scents
can bring on feelings of peace, a sense of well being or induce good
night's sleep. We can't help but respond to comforting smells like
apple cinnamon pie, be lifted by the invigorating scent of lemon, lime
or tangerine, or think of love with the fragrance of rose and vanilla.

To employ this power, carry a spray bottle filled with water and a few
drops of your favorite essential oil. Need an emergency lift? Try lemon,
lime or grapefruit oil. Say, "Magickal mists with your power, lift my
mood with the scent of flowers. With just one spritz, peace fills my
being." Then spritz yourself with the scented spray.
On Saturday, March 31 there is a Full Blue Moon in Libra. A Blue Moon is
the second full moon of a month and as the term 'once in a Blue Moon'
suggests, is something quite rare occurring only every two or three years.
The next Blue Moon will be on May 18, 2019.
Full moons are power packed days and the Blue Moon is no exception.
Empower yourself with the Full Libra Moon. Libra energy has a social
romantic nature infused with creativity making tonight a great time to send
out energetic tendrils into the community to bridge gaps with others or
strengthen bonds.

Candle Blessing for a Friend
You will need: 1 white candle
a rose's thorn
a photo of the person you are doing this working for (Or a personal item)
an anointing oil (rose, rosemary, frankincense, or vanilla are good choices)

Take the thorn and carve the person's full name onto the candle and anoint
with oil. Then place the candle on the photograph. Light the candle and say,
"*Name*, may you be blessed,
May all good things come to you,
May nothing cause you harm
May your heart be light
May your travels be safe
May your health be good
May your mind be sound
May your friendships be fruitful
May you be blessed in every way."

Saturn's Blessing
This spell combines Saturn's energy with the waxing power of the moon to
open the door to positive, bountiful energy and allow happiness to flow
through your life.

You will need:
Prosperity oil (the recipe is below)
1 green candle
1 sprig of Rosemary
a handful of Jasmine blossoms
oil of Bergamot, Basil, Bayberry, Orange, Nutmeg, or Pine (These are money
drawing herbs)

Prepare your space and gather your things then take a cleansing bath
scented with a couple of drops of the money drawing herb of your choice.
Add the sprig of Rosemary and a handful of Jasmine blossoms to the water.
(Both Rosemary and Jasmine are known to give a bit of a boost to the
energy of other herbs used in prosperity spells.) After your bath, light your
favorite incense and meditate quietly until your mind is quiet and your heart
is at peace.
Anoint the green candle with the prosperity oil and light saying,
"I come here on the insightful day of Saturn, the ruler of both time and
fortune and light the flame of prosperity to signify what I seek.
Close your eyes and meditate. In your mind's eye, see what you desire. If
you are in sales, 'see' sales closing and new leads materializing. If you own
a shop then visualize customers walking through your door. Visualize that
your shop full. See a stack of receipts mounting as work is completed.
When you feel your spirit grow lighter as your middle swells with joy smile
and say,
"I feel your favor as your blessings flow upon me,
you have blessed me with your benevolence.
By your blessing, good luck flows into my life.
Good fortune is mine.
I have plenty.
Prosperity flows into my home, into my life, into my livelihood and I am
blessed.
I am blessed. I am truly blessed.
With harm to none as I will it, so mote it be."

Brew up me Prosperity Oil
Use this potion to add some oomph to any prosperity spell. Take a sterilize
canning jar and add 1 cup of fresh basil, 1 cup of fresh spearmint, and 3
cinnamon sticks. Cover with a base oil and seal the jar. Store it in a dark
place for at least two weeks. Then strain the oil into an amber or blue glass
bottle for a magickal oil to anoint candles or to burn in a diffuser.
For the ancients, time was divided by light and darkness, the year by the time of bounty, and the time of want. They looked to the
sky and marked the year by solstices and equinoxes. Ostara or Vernal Equinox on March 20 is when the hours of darkness and the
hours of light become equal as light once again returns to rule the year. Ostara is the celebration of the Saxon Goddess of
Springtime and on this day the earth transitions from the dark half to the light half of the year as light and darkness balance. From
this point forward light grows stronger by the day. This is a time of renewal, a time to celebrate beginnings. This is the celebration
of the arrival of Spring and all of the bounty that it brings as nature renews and recharges the world with life. Trees burst into
blossoms. Flowers sprout and bloom. Egg-filled nests hatch and mothers of all kinds give birth. Ostara marks a shift in energy from
storage to growth. It signals a change and we respond converting past plans to action as Spring dawns. Gardens are started as each
magickal practitioner considers which leaves, twigs, and fruits they need for future projects in the coming months. Baby bunnies and
chicks are symbols of Ostara along with the egg, which we paint and hunt or exchange, and the hare.