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Days of the Month for March

 

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March 1 : The Day of Artistic Sensibilities
Celtic feast day of ‘David’, commonly known as ‘St. David's Day’. Some suggest that David did not actually exist but provided the church, the Catholic church with a vehicle for control of the Celts. He is the patron saint of Wales (UK) and believed to have been born during a violent storm at Menevia which can be found in Pembrokeshire, Wales. Associated with Paul Aurelian (12 March), he spent many years also at Tregaron. He established a stern manner of conduct and a frugal table with his monks. It is said the emblem of Wales, the leek, was inspired by David and the monks, as the main staple of their diet was the wild leek. Carantoc (16 May) was believed to be his uncle, and Weena (18 October) his aunt. David travelled with Teilo (9 February) and Padarn (15 April) on his travels to Jerusalem. Died 588. (See also February 13). Associated with Ismael (16 June), Finbar (25 September), Dyfrig (14 November).

‘First comes David, then comes Chad,
Then comes Winnol, roaring like mad.’

Wales (UK) generally : ‘St. David’s Day’ celebrations.

Lanark, Lanarkshire, Scotland : Traditional ‘Whuppity Stoorie’ festivities.

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March 2 : The Day of Undying Loyalty
Pioneer 10 launched in 1972, reaching the moon in less than half a day, and was anticipated to travel beyond our solar system.

Celtic feast day of ‘Chad’, seventh century, the first Bishop of Mercia, and Bishop of York. Established a monastery near Lichfield, England. Associated with the Synod of Whitby, England, and a disciple of Aidan (31 August). Died 672.

‘First comes David, then comes Chad,
Then comes Winnol, roaring like mad.’

Celtic feast day of ‘Joavan’, a monk and disciple of Paul Aurelian (12 March). Died 562.

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March 3 : The Day of Design
Alexander Graham Bell, inventor of the telephone, born this day in 1824.

Celtic feast day of ‘Winwaloe’, hermit, and later monk, instructed by Budoc (8 December), believed to have established a monastery in Brittany Associated with Gwen (1 June). Associated with Ethbin (19 October) and Cadfan (1 November).

‘First comes David, then comes Chad,
Then comes Winnol, roaring like mad.’

Celtic feast day of ‘Non’, or ‘Nonita’, a nun, said to be the mother of David (1 March), and sister of Weena (18 October). Has become synonymous with the holy church of Wales, the ‘mother of the church’. Revered for her qualities as a healer and mediator. William of Worcester, 1478, claimed she is buried at Alternon, Cornwall, England, but she is also believed to have lived with David in Brittany for part of her life, before returning to Cornwall, at Dirinon. (See also 15 June). Non has also been thought to be a companion to David, as highlighted in the ‘Saints of Cornwall’ by Canon G.H. Doble.

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March 4 : The Day of Creative Isolation
Traditional Welsh day of celebration to ‘Rhiannon’. (For more information see Mystical WWW Easter Special).

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March 5 : The Day of Heaven and Hell
Stalin, Russian Leader, died on this day in 1953.

Celtic feast day of ‘Piran’, also ‘Perran’, the patron saint of Cornish Tinners. Believed to have been a monk in the fifth century. There is some dispute as to whether he came from Wales or Ireland to settle in Perran-zabulo, Cornwall, England. Said to have travelled across the sea on a millstone with Buryan (29 May).

Celtic feast day of ‘Ciaran’ of Saighir, Ireland, a place sacred to the Celts, the place where for many years a perpetual fire existed. Suggested that this may have been the place of worship for Christianity before Patrick (17 March) travelled to Ireland. A monastery was built here by Ciaran who, according to folklore, is said to have enlisted the help of local badgers, foxes and wolves in its creation. (See Mystical WWW Mystic’s Menagerie for further folklore).

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March 6 : The Day of the Beauty Lovers
Elizabeth Barrett Browning, poet, born this day in 1806.

Celtic feast day of ‘Baldred’, hermit, eighth century, Scotland. Some believe as a result of his praying a treacherous reef near the site of his home moved to a new site, known as St. Baldred’s Rock.

Celtic feast day of ‘Bilfirth’, believed to have worked on the gems that adorned the cover of the leather bound gospels that belonged to Cuthbert (20 March).

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March 7 : The Day of Abstract Structure
Maurice Ravel, composer, born this day in 1875.

Celtic feast day of ‘Enodoc’, hermit, suggested to be linked to Bodmin Priory.

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March 8 : The Day of Nonconformity
The Chinese note this date as the birthday of Mother Earth.

William III died on this day in 1702.

Celtic feast day of ‘Senan’, sixth century, established many monasteries. Died in 544.

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March 9 : The Day of the Space Voyager
Greek Christian festival of St. Christopher, patron saint of travellers, mariners and ferrymen.

Celtic feast day of ‘Constantine’, converted Cornish King. Was a monk following the death of his wife in Ireland and then on to Iona, and studied with Columcille (9 June), later becoming a missionary. It was on one of his missionary works that he was martyred.

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March 10 : The Day of the Soul Searchers
Under research. Mystical WWW welcomes submissions for this day. See Mystical WWW email details on ‘What’s new’ Main Index.

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March 11 : The Day of Progressive Intuition
Celtic feast day of ‘Oengus’ the Culdee, hermit, and later monk in Ireland, associated with Maelruan. Died 824.

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March 12 : The Day of the Great Leap
Vaslav Nijinsky, great Russian ballet dancer and choreographer, born this day in 1890.

Celtic feast day of ‘Paul Aurelian’, from Wales, a hermit, and later a disciple of Illtyd (6 November). Said to have instructed David (1 March) at Cardigan Bay in Wales (UK) and associated with Joavan (2 March). A vision told him to travel to Brittany and continue his work there at Ile de Batz. Founded a monastery, later becoming Bishop of it, known as St Pol de Leon. (Buried at St Pol de Leon).

Celtic feast day of ‘Mura’, Abbot, seventh century, Ireland, established a monastery at what is now known as Fahan, in County Donegal.

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March 13 : The Day of Fateful Prediction
Planet Uranus discovered on this day in 1781 by Sir William Herschel.

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March 14 : The Day of Relativity
Albert Einstein, scientist, born this day in 1879.

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March 15 : The Day of the Heights
The ‘Ides of March’ : Roman.

Emperor Julius Caesar murdered on this day in 44 BC.

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March 16 : The Day of Realistic Inspiration
The day dedicated to the festival of Dionysus by the ancient Greeks.

Aubrey Beardsley, artist and illustrator, died on this day in 1998.

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March 17 : The Day of the Aerialist
St. Patrick’s Day : National Saint of Ireland (also March 18). The existence of Patrick is disputed, but he is said to have been born in what is now known as Cumbria. Suggested that Patrick travelled for nearly ten years as a missionary, preaching that a harsh way of life was the way to attain salvation, writing many manuscripts on this and his life. Believed to be the grandson of Potitus (priest), said to have escaped slavery. Reputed to have lit the paschal fire at Strangford Lough on Easter Saturday (the same time as the ancient druid Fire festival celebrations celebrate the return of the sun and the spring equinox). Believed to have died on this day, suggested date 461. (See also February 17, March 5, July 31 and Movable Dates). There is a Celtic belief that to ensure protection from Patrick on a journey, a circle must be drawn around the body and the power of God would stay with the traveller until the end of the journey. Associated with Germanus of Man (3 July) who is said to have worked with Patrick in Ireland, and with Murtagh (12 August). Thought to have baptised Macniss (3 September) and Monessa (4 September), and to have converted Erc (31 October). Patrick is associated with the Elder as it was believed that he used a sacred rod or staff to rid Ireland of the serpent (which has been suggested to symbolise the force of Christianity smashing paganism) (see Mystical WWW Trees).

The lorica of Patrick

‘For my shield this day, I call
Heaven’s might,
Sun’s brightness,
Moon’s whiteness,
Fire’s glory,
Lightning’s swiftness,
Wind’s wildness,
Ocean’s depth,
Earth’s solidity,
Rock’s immobility.’

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March 18 : The Day of Return
Ivan the Terrible, ruthless tyrant, died on this day in 1584.

Celtic feast day of ‘Finan’ of Aberdeen, said to have been instructed by Kentigern (31 January) in the faith and progressed on to found a range of Christian churches and communities across Scotland, with the majority being close to Aberdeen. Believed to originally have come from Wales.

Birth of Edgar Cayce (1877-1945) in Kentucky, USA. Psychic, renown for his trance readings, diagnosed illness and prescribed remedies. AKA ‘The Sleeping Prophet’. Died January 3.

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March 19 : The Day of Dogged Persistence
The Christian feast of ‘St. Joseph’, husband of Mary.

Serge Diaghilev, the ‘father of modern ballet’, born on this day in 1872.

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March 20 : The Day of the Labyrinth
The ‘spring equinox’ in Wicca beliefs.

Sir Issac Newton, scientist, died on this day in 1727.

Celtic feast day of ‘Cuthbert’, hermit, monk at Melrose Monastery (Boisil 7 July), and guest master as Ripon Monastery (Eata 26 October). Eventually to become Prior of Melrose. Associated with Trumwin (10 February). Ethilwald (12 February) who was a disciple of Cuthbert. Cuthbert travelled extensively and devoted his time to healing the divisions between the Celtic and Roman churches. He is associated with Holy Island and Lindisfarne, spending much of his time in isolation on Inner Farne Island, thus developing a connection with animals. One story tells that the seals and birds would have no hesitation in approaching him to provide warmth after he had been in the sea at prayer. Became Bishop of Northumberland. Initially buried on this day in 687 at Lindisfarne Abbey, later moved to Durham Cathedral. Associated with Eadbert (6 May), Aidan (31 August) and spent much time with Bede (27 May) cataloguing his work.

‘Despise not those of the household of faith, who come to you seeking hospitality.’

Cuthbert

Celtic feast day of ‘Hereberht’ of Derwentwater, hermit, priest. It is said that he was devoted to Cuthbert (20 March) and his practices. Each year he would visit him at Lindisfarne. Just before his death Cuthbert travelled to see Hereberht and believing himself to be dieing told him that this was the last time they would meet. Before he left they prayed and Hereberht prayed that they would see God together. He died on the same day as Cuthbert (20 March 687), taken ill after Cuthbert had left. At the moment recorded as Cuthbert’s last breath, his devotee died also.

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March 21 : The Day of Clarity
The first day of the ‘vernal equinox’ with day and night of equal length.

‘Ostara’ : the Anglo-Saxon name for this festival pre-dates the Christian Easter when celebrations included sacrificing livestock to ensure the strength of the herd. Ostara is dedicated to the ‘Sunrise Goddess’ or ‘Goddess of the Dawn’ and symbolised by the images of the moon, the egg and the rabbit (See Mystical WWW Easter Special for further information). A lunar holiday traditionally celebrating the fertility of the land and the Earth Mother. (Sometimes associated with Lady Day). Ostara is credited with the power of understanding the speech of animals, and is further connected with young children. The youngest of the ‘Three Fates’, the sacred ‘Triple Goddess’ who together depict the three stages of life. Also known as the ‘Three Norns’ or the ‘Wyrd Sisters’.

Johann Sebastian Bach, composer, born this day in 1685.

Celtic feast day of ‘Enda’, studied in Galloway, instructed Cieran of Clonmacnoise (9 September). Brendan (16 May) is said to have discussed his imminent travels with Enda before setting out. Thought of as one of the driving forces behind the development of the Celtic church. Believed to be buried at Tighlagheany, Inishmore. Died 530. Associated with Jarlath (6 June) and Cybi (8 November). Said to have received the present of an Aran island from King Angus of Munster with the help of Ailbe (12 September).

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March 22 : The Day of Direct Current
Jewish : first day of ‘Purim’ (some sources say it is March 23).

J.B. Lully, composer, died on this day in 1687.

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March 23 : The Day of Curiosity
Jewish : first day of ‘Purim’ (some sources say it is March 23).

Norse dedication to ‘Summer Finding’.

Celtic feast day of ‘Gwinear’, martyred, believed to have lived in the sixth century and travelled to Cornwall, England and later Brittany with Meriasek (7 June). According to legend it is said that pools of fresh water sprang from the ground when Gwinear stuck his rod or lance into the earth, (water for him, his dog and his horse). The scene of him out hunting when this is occurred is portrayed in stained glass in Pluviguen, Vannes, Brittany. (See also Ia or Ive February 3).

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March 24 : The Day of Beguiling Simplicity
Traditionally a day for Druid worship when fires were extinguished and rekindled as part of one of the four major fire festivals, to indicate the advent of the spring equinox.

Celtic feast day of ‘Dunchad’, Abbot of Iona, died around 716.

Celtic feast day of ‘Donhard’, established as site of worship upon a place of druid worship at Maghera, County Down so devoted to the faith was he. A convert, he established a hermitage for Christian worship. (See Mystical WWW Mystical Time : Days of the Week - Sunday).

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March 25 : The Day of Dynamism
Tichborne, Hampshire, England : Traditional ‘Tichborne Dole’ activities.

‘Lady’s Day’ : (See Mystical WWW Special Days 1 April, & Easter Special).

The Christian festival of ‘The Annunciation’.

An acre of turf at Runnymede identified by British Government in 1964 as a memorial to the late John F. Kennedy (USA President, assassinated under mysterious circumstances). (See Mystical WWW JFK article for more on JFK).

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March 26 : The Day of Integrity
Joseph Campbell (1904-1987), mythologist, scholar, writer, editor, teacher. Born in New York, USA. Fascinated with Native American legends. Most well known book ‘The Hero with a Thousand Faces’ (1948). Respected as a world authority on mythology.

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March 27 : The Day of the Originator
James I died on this day in 1625.

Celtic feast day of ‘Tyfil’, accidentally killed, a child saint, nephew of Teilo (9 February).

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March 28 : The Day of Innocence
Under research. Mystical WWW welcomes submissions for this day. See Mystical WWW email details on ‘What’s new’ Main Index.

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March 29 : The Day of the Observer
Ancient Babylonian : ‘Ishtar festival’.

Largest confrontation in the War of the Roses between the House of York and the House of Lancaster in 1461 at Towton. Two-thirds of English nobility lost.

Celtic feast day of ‘Gwynllyw Filwr’, or ‘Woolos’, sixth century, converted to Christianity in later life. According to one story he is said to have snatched Gwladys (his future wife) from her father at the court of Talgarth in Wales, who had refused them marriage, with the help of a small army of around three hundred men. Cadoc (25 September) their son, is said to have influenced their decision towards conversion. The decision of Gwynllyw and his wife to create a new settlement at what is now known as Newport in Wales is said to have been the result of a vision of a white ox marked with a black spot above the eyes. When he saw this Gwynllyw was to establish a place of worship. It is also said that despite the potential bawdiness of their relationship, theirs was a platonic relationship, one of harshness and severe austerity. Related to Beuno (21 April).

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March 30 : The Day of Uncompromising Vision
Easter Sunday : Christian celebration 1997, date varies each year.
(For more information on Easter see Mystical WWW Easter Special).

Alaska purchased by the USA in 1867.

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March 31 : The Day of Tenacity
Under research. Mystical WWW welcomes submissions for this day. See Mystical WWW email details on ‘What’s new’ Main Index.