"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
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 arrival of Spring. Ostara is
an ancient holiday known by many names as cultures across the planet honored the return of light to the world. Eostre's Day, Rite of
Eostre, Alban Eilir, Festival of Lights, No Ruz, Lady Day and, of course, Easter are all names for this day of renewal, celebrating the
re-awakening of life.

Oatara marks a shift in energy from storage to growth. It signals a change and we respond with thoughts to the coming Spring. It is
the time for gardens to be planned and seeds to be considered as each Spellcaster takes into consideration the leaves, twigs and
fruits they will need for future spells.

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 make a strong
decoction of the herb of your choice by adding 1 to 2 teaspoons of herb per cup of cold water. Bring the mixture gently to a boil.
Keeping covered, simmer for about 10 minutes. Then add the decoction to your wash water and clean.
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Full Virgo Moon on Sunday, March 12
goes V/C at 10:36 pm

New Moon - Monday, March 27
Enters Aries at 10:11 am

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Spell for the March Full Moon
Full Virgo Moon on Sunday, March 12 goes V/C at 10:36 pm
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. You can use this
charged no-nonsense energy to bring order to your space. Just
throw out the clutter and clean. Add some herbal power by
brewing up an infusion to empower your cleaning. Use 1 to 2
teaspoons of herb per cup of cold water. Bring the mixture
gently to a boil and steep for about 10 minutes. Then add the
infusion to your wash water and clean.
Reference this
Herbal page to instill the desired magical power.

When you are finished, dispose of the left-over wash water by
tossing it out the front door into the front yard, toward the
East, if possible.

If you have been brooding over some big descion 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
oil of Basil
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
guidence 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.
Monday March 20 the New Moon enters Capricorn at 11:31 am bring a
burst of creative energy that is all about growth and renewal. Use it to
start new projects or business ventures.

New Beginnings spell
You will need: 1 green candle (substitution: brown)
a handful of seeds (any flower, vegetable, fruit or herb will work just do
some research to align your desires with the seed's magical energies)
1 eggshell
1 piece of parchment or paper
1 garden trowel

Gather your ingredients, prepare your space and take a cleansing bath.
Return to your spellplace and light your candle. Meditate until you have
come to center. Set the paper before the candle and place the seeds
upon the paper. Say, "Life and death, start to end, New beginnings, be
my friend.”
Crumb the eggshell over the seed.
“As these tiny seeds grow tall and strong, good fortune flows into my
life all the day long. For that which is, and that which shall be, as your
blessings shower upon me.
As I say, so mote it be!"."

Carry the paper with the seeds, outside to a place suited for their
growth. Dig a small hole with your garden spade and place the seeds in
the hole. Cover with dirt and mind the seeds to help them grow
knowing that as they prosper so shall you!

The structured Earthy energy of the Capricorn Moon can be used to
master organization and gell plans.

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.
Spell for the March New Moon
Sunday, March 12 - Daylight Saving Time
Friday, March 17 - St Patrick's Day
Monday, March 20 - Ostara or Vernal Equinox