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