Spring Equinox and Calendar Dates

The next major pagan festival is the spring equinox on March 20th. It is popularly known as Ostara and in the tradition of Wicca I studied it is called Lady Day, after the maiden goddess image that is associated with the spring equinox and fertility of this time of the year.

Recent calendar events and dates (I actually was hoping to list these as upcoming calendar dates, but as I mentioned in my last blog entry, life just got in the way of me doing any writing at all):

February 9 – full moon at 9:49 a.m. EST and lunar eclipse at 9:38 a.m. EST; Snow Moon (folk name for the full moon)
February 11 – Strong Winds month in the Lakota calendar
February 17 – Ash month in Graves’ calendar
February 18 – Wind month in Kondratiev’s calendar; Rain Water segment in the Chinese calendar (occurs when the Sun enters Pisces)
February 24 – new moon at 8:35 p.m. EST
February 25 – start of the 2nd lunar month in the Chinese calendar, known as the Rabbit month in Chinese astrology
March 5 – 2nd solar month in the Chinese calendar, Excited Insects segment

Today, March 10 – full moon at 10:38 p.m. EDT; Quickening Moon (folk name for the full moon)

Upcoming calendar events and dates:

March 11 – Fast Waterflow month in the Lakota calendar
March 17 – Alder month in Graves’ calendar
March 18 – Sun-Tear month in Kondratiev’s calendar
March 20 – spring equinox aka Lady Day aka Ostara (occurs when the Sun enters Aries); also noted as a solar segment in the Chinese calendar
March 26 – new moon at 12:06 p.m. EDT
March 27 – start of the 3rd lunar month in the Chinese calendar, known as the Dragon month in Chinese astrology
April 4 – 3rd solar month in the Chinese calendar, Clear and Bright segment
April 9 – full moon at 10:56 a.m. EDT; Seed Moon (folk name for the full moon)
April 11 – Planting month in the Lakota calendar
April 14 – Willow month in Graves’ calendar
April 15 – Hawk month in Kondratiev’s calendar
April 20 – Grain Rains segment in the Chinese calendar (occurs when the Sun enters Taurus, which according to EDT occurs April 19 at 6:44 p.m.; the Chinese calendar is set for Chinese time, 13 hours ahead of ET)
April 24 – new moon at 11:22 p.m. EDT
April 25 – start of the 4th lunar month in the Chinese calendar, known as the Snake month in Chinese astrology

The next pagan festival after the spring equinox is Beltane on May 1st (if you are traditional) or on May 5th (if you want to observe the astronomical significance of the festival; I am of the opinion that anciently it was celebrated when the Sun was in 15 degrees Taurus).

In the next few months, perhaps you may want to celebrate one of the upcoming calendar dates mentioned. Try to determine a significance of that day for you. Pagans commonly celebrate the full moon and the sabbats (solar festival dates). Perhaps one of the calendar dates will provide an interesting meaning for you. As the weather gets warmer, I plan on being more active outdoors. I hope you enjoy the next few months ahead as well!

~~~C

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