Witchology, the history of Wicca & Witchcraft
by Dr Leo Ruickbie

Study and learn the history of Witchcraft, Wicca, Paganism, Magic and the Occult with our courses and resources

About Archive Books Contact Courses Events Free News Newsletter Research Shop Students Support Francais

Read Dr Ruickbie on witchcraft and magic in Paranormal magazine.

What is Witchcraft?

That's what this website is here to find out. Witchology.com is the website of WICA - the Witchcraft Information Centre and Archive - founded in 1999 by Dr Leo Ruickbie as a research and education provider specialising in the areas of Witchcraft, Wicca, Paganism, Magic (Magick) and the Occult. We have been online continuously since 2000.

Read moreSite listJoin us

WICA Recommended by:

Course material comes in the form of pdf files which you can download online. This course is not free and costs money but it looks like it's worth it. Check it out. (Enchanted Forest, 2003)

Read moreRecommend us

Help spread the message by tweeting Witchology.com and sharing our info on witchcraft and Wicca with your friends.

From Witchology.com Visitors:

Read moreSend Feedback

About Leo Ruickbie's Books:

The Supernatural"The Supernatural is the perfect introduction to the world of all things eerie, inexplicable and otherworldly." - Jason Karl, Most Haunted
Coming in 2012!

Witchcraft out of the Shadows: A Complete History"Witchcraft out of the Shadows: A Complete History is an engaging book which deserves to be the benchmark for all future analyses of the Craft." More

Faustus: The Life and Times of a Renaissance Magician"Dr Ruickbie has re-evaluated the Faust tradition from a position of authority. A work of meticulous scholarship that can be read as a gripping page-turner." More


Open Source WiccaHistories of the Barbarians: Vandals, Goths and FranksBeowulf in Anglo-Saxon and English Translation


Get Involved with WICA:

Want to investigate magic (Magick), review a grimoire, or write for this website? We are looking for people to join us in our work. Whatever your level of skill or experience you can help.

Read moreTeam pageApply now

Other Opportunities at WICA:

Want to make some money? We'll help you do it now.

Free Witchcraft Newsletter:

Plus special offers, secret events and a free gift! Enter your e-mail address and click the button to get the free newsletter.

Find out more

Spread the Word about WICA:

Search Witchology:


Google
www Witchology.com

Witchcraft to Go:


In Nocte Greetings Cards

Click here for more designs

Walpurgisnacht Beltane Sabbat

March: Mars and Matronalia

March is named after the ancient Roman god of war and fertility, Mars, and is a time to honour the ancestors and orgiastically invoke the powers of fertility.

Pagan Festivals and Holy Days in March

Introduction

March is the month of Mars, the warlike god who personifies the protection of the state and the agricultural and business fecundity of the community. In this context Mars represents the terrestial origin of life and the rhythm of the ensuing year. Mars was known to the Greeks as Ares, a war god who was wild and ungovernable, and who glorified in conflict for its own sake and revelled in slaughter. Gloating over the death and destruction he caused, he was typically represented as accompanied by his two sons Deimos (Fear or Terror) and Phobos (Dismay or Flight from Fear). Ares was also often accompanied in his bloody campaigns by Enyo, the murderous goddess of war, known to the Romans as Bellona. The Romans held a milder, more honourable view of Mars, honouring him as the son of Zeus and the father of Romulus.

The Anglo-Saxons named March for the earth mother goddess of the Germanic peoples, Hertha or Nerthus, thus: Hrethmonath, meaning the 'month of Hertha'. In modern Asatru March is called Lenting. According to an old tradition, the weather in March is said to end in the opposite manner than it began: if it arrives like a lion, then it will leave like a lamb and if it arrives like a lamb, then it will leave like a lion.

Roman Calendar

  • 1: Birthday of Mars
        Women's festival of Matronalia
  • 5: Navigum Isidis, Blessing of the Vessel of Isis
  • 6: Day honoring the gods of one's household
  • 7: Festival of Junonalia
  • 11: Day sacred to Hercules
  • 14: Festival of Veturius Mamurius
  • 15: Festival of Attis and Cybele
          Day sacred to Anna Parenna and River Nymphs
          Assassination of Julias Caesar
          Guild festival
  • 16: Festival of Bacchus
  • 17: Liberalia
  • 19: Festival of Quinquatrus begins
  • 22: Procession of the Tree-Bearers
  • 23: Festival of Quinquatrus ends
          Invocation day of Mars and Saturn
  • 24: Day of Blood
  • 25: Hilaria (Festival of Joy)
  • 28: Festival of the Sacrifice at the Tombs
  • 30: Festival of Janus and Concordia
  • 31: Feast of Luna

Other Dates

  • 2: Mothers' March (Bulgarian)
  • 3: Doll Festival (Japanese)
  • 8: Birthday of Mother Earth (Chinese)
  • 10: Holi (Amerindian)
  • 13: Purification Feast (Balinese)
  • 16: Dionysus Festival (Ancient Greek)
  • 19: Day of Aganyu (Santeria)
  • 21 (approx.): Spring Equinox
          Ostara (Teutonic/Wiccan)
  • 23: Summer Finding (Norse)
  • 26: Plowing Day (Slavic)
  • 29: Ishtar Festival (Babylonian)

Anniversaries

Witchcraft Trials

Salem 1692

In March Sarah Goode, Sarah Osborne and Tituba were officially charged with practising witchcraft, thus beginning the infamous Salem Witchcraft Trials. Over the following months more than 150 men and women in and around Salem would be arrested and imprisoned on similar charges.

  • 1: Magistrates John Hathorne and Jonathan Corwin examine Tituba, Sarah Good, and Sarah Osborne for "witches teats." Tituba confesses to practicing witchcraft and confirms Good and Osborne are her co- conspirators.
  • 11: Ann Putnam Jr. shows symptoms of affliction by witchcraft. Mercy Lewis, Mary Walcott, and Mary Warren later allege affliction as well.
  • 12: Ann Putnam Jr. accuses Martha Cory of witchcraft.
  • 19: Abigail Williams denounces Rebecca Nurse as a witch.
  • 21: Magistrates Hathorne and Corwin examine Martha Cory.
  • 23: Salem Marshal Deputy Samuel Brabrook arrests four-year-old Dorcas Good.
  • 24: Corwin and Hathorne examine Rebecca Nurse.
  • 26: Hathorne and Corwin interrogate Dorcas.
  • 28: Elizabeth Proctor is accused of witchcraft.

March Events Guide

It's time to don the horned helmet one last time and indulge in some sacrificial ship-burning and sun-worship with the last Up Helly Aa of the season. Visit Italy an epic battle between the forces of good and evil called the rito del cervo, or 'rite of the deer', or see Spain's Festival of The Impaled. For those in South America, Mexico's Annual Witches' Congress is unmissable. [Click here for all the details]

Back

Share

Click on any of the icons below to share with your friends and contacts. Spread the message on Witchcraft and Wicca.

Back