Holy Days in March

Spring always seems to sneak up on me. Maybe it’s because I always mourn the passing of mild winters (it’s been mild in my area and I do love winter), or maybe it’s because the spring semester is always rather frenetic. I just know that the holy tides always seem to sneak up on me. This year March seems particular full since I’m toggling between my husband’s Bacchic calendar, and my own Heathen.

Right now, we’re in the middle of the Dionysia (my husband has written a play in honor of Dionysos here). If you’re interested in learning more about this festival, I would check out this page here.

We have the Heathen Ostara coming up, which falls on the spring equinox. I usually honor Mani and Sunna, as well as Eostre/Ostara at that time. I haven’t figured out what I’m going to do this year yet (I know, I need to get on it) and sometime this month I like to honor the Anglo-Saxon Goddess Hreðe. I suspect strongly that She had a feast-day around this time, but if so, that day has been lost to memory. Still, She gets Her share of offerings from us in March.

March 9 is for Olvir of Egg and company, martyrs. He and several other farmers were murdered  by King Olaf for not abandoning their faith in the Gods. It’s a good time to pour out an offering to them and to remember their sacrifices and most of all their steadfastness. The lesson I take from them? It’s simple: Never back down from honoring the Gods. Never apologize for devotion to the Holy Ones. Never hide your polytheism to make someone else comforable. Their discomfort is theirs to bear. We have ancestors and martyrs, fierce men and women who were tortured and who died for their polytheism. The least we can do is speak up and be present. That’s my rule of thumb and it’s sometimes very hard, but it’s a challenge I lay to myself and every other polytheist out there: never, ever yield. I look to men and women like Olvir and those who died with him as an inspiration when I encounter situations where it might be very had to be openly polytheist. I meditate on their stories and pray that in doing so, I will shape my own character to be as fiercely committed and fiercely subversive. This month is an opportunity to honor them all anew.

Finally, my household has started giving the first night of the lunar month (which is not necessarily the first night of the month) to Mani and we hold a small ritual where we praise Him, bringing offerings and making prayers. This month, the first day of the lunar month falls on the 25th, so pretty close to the equinox. It’s definitely going to be a Mani-centric month! I think that is pretty awesome. Mani can never have enough devotional attention.

It’s late so I’m going to wrap this up. I’d love to know what everyone has going for the equinox. Feel free to post in the comments.

About ganglerisgrove

Galina Krasskova has been a Heathen priest since 1995. She holds a Masters in Religious Studies (2009), a Masters in Medieval Studies (2019), has done extensive graduate work in Classics including teaching Latin, Roman History, and Greek and Roman Literature for the better part of a decade, and is currently pursuing a PhD in Theology. She is the managing editor of Walking the Worlds journal and has written over thirty books on Heathenry and Polytheism including "A Modern Guide to Heathenry" and "He is Frenzy: Collected Writings about Odin." In addition to her religious work, she is an accomplished artist who has shown all over the world and she currently runs a prayer card project available at wyrdcuriosities.etsy.com.

Posted on March 6, 2020, in Bacchic Things, Heathenry, hellenic things, Holy Tides, Uncategorized. Bookmark the permalink. 4 Comments.

  1. The 25th. Good to know. I just recently have Mani and Sunna on my mind lately and I’ve been given small hints that may indicate they want my attention.

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  2. The 21st, in Antinoan terms, is the festival for the Apotheosis of Diva Sabina Augusta, which is actually one of my favorite Antinoan festivals (even though it’s about fourth- or fifth-tier in importance). I often use it to not only honor her and other Divae and Sanctae and Heroines, but it also takes the form of playing quite a bit of music by/for/about polytheistic women and/or polytheistic subjects by women, etc. I generally play “Suvetar” (by Gjallarhorn, I think…?), for example, and also “Dea Noctu Imperatrix” by The Moors, for starters…

    We had Tetrad++ festivals on the 2nd and 3rd (the Births of Panpsyche, Panhyle, and Paneros on the 2nd, and the Marriage of Paneros and Paneris on the 3rd), and from the 5th to the 11th, we have festivals dedicated to the Treískouroi, the Trophimoi, and the family of Herodes Attikos (including his wife, the Heroine Appia Annia Regilla).

    And, there’s a few other Roman, Egyptian, Greek, and Irish and Welsh festivals in the mix, too, for me! Hurrah for being multi-culti! 😉

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  3. The spring equinox is New Year’s in Sumer. Nanna Suen the Moon is celebrated and reinstated as the God over the people. Babylon sees it at the recreation of the world by Marduk.

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  4. As my relationship with the Norse deities deepens, I feel called this month to honor the three god-brothers Odin, Hoenir, and Lodhr for their creation of humanity, and create ceremony with Ostara, Thor, Jord, and the Vanir twins in reverence to the fecundity of earth.

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