We have plenty of places, planets, days, and months named after deities. We have also had quite a few months move around, be added, and things shift to get to our modern day calender. Case in point October = 8th month then someone went and added a couple of months a pushed it to 10th, which means it should be called Decem…oh I see. Back to March!
March was named after Mars, the Roman god of war. There are quite a few things that happen in March that have a strong place in mythology. It is the beginning of spring and at one point was the New Year. Oh look October is the 8th month again, suddenly it all makes sense now. March is also the beginning of the military season, and so most of the celebrations focused around the god of war happen then.
Another god associated with spring and new life, despite also being the god of the dead was the Egyptian god Osiris. Usually depicted as green, he became associated with flooding and receding of the Nile; an integral part of Egyptian agriculture. Demeter also had major celebrations to her held in March. Many celebrations, of the return of spring, the return of longer days, new growth and new life. March is a big month. Doesn’t it make much more sense as the new start of the year now?
Traveling in a bit of wibbly wobbly line, we then come across some other epic mentions of March. “Beware the Ides of March;” which I bet you’ve heard before. One of the many stories associated with this most famous assassination is the Spear of Mars, which was said to vibrate when the country was in danger did so on the Ides of March.
Another thing that happens during march is the explosion of green beer, shamrocks, and large influx of Kiss me I’m Irish shirts. Some may call it St. Patrick’s day. A celebration man who drove all the snakes out of Ireland. March has a lot of strong meanings to everyone, and as Team Mythology explores green as a whole, I will explore the many many mythologies, of March, be that through similar themes or actually having an important connection to March.
Marsha can usually be found, roaming twitter as @1geek2craftall or blogging at One Geek To Craft Them All. She has one question for March, “The first question; the oldest question in the universe. Hidden in plain sight.”