As if you were on fire from within/The moon lives in the lining of your skin. ~Pablo Neruda
A Full Moon fully illuminates what is hidden or unconscious. It prompts us to take a good look at how courageous we are. Do we have what it takes to see things through? Are we brave enough to confront what is necessary to make long-lasting changes? A full moon is symbolic of the height of power, the peak of clarity, fullness and attainment of desire. Native American Indians recognized the full moon in each month as having a specific restorative quality. The full moon in March is known as the Crow (or Magpie) Moon. The name given by Native American Indians for the March full moon is largely based on it being considered the last full moon of winter; the crow cries its farewell to the season. It is also known as the Worm Moon as they start to surface, signaling the retreat of winter and the marching in of springtime
The full moon will arrive on March 27 and move into Libra. I am not an astrologer nor here to discuss the complete effects of this full moon as she moves into Libra all the while squaring Pluto as opposes the Sun, Venus, Mars and Uranus in Aries. There are those who have written about how this astrological set up could prove to be very dramatic and I encourage you to find out more if you are interested. I want to bring your attention to the full moon in March with all its meanings and symbolism.
The month is named after Mars, or Martius, which is the original term for the month of March in the Roman calendar. So what’s the big deal about Mars, and why is it associated with March? A principal god of war in the Roman Empire, an empire organized upon many fervent ideas like Conquest, Heroism, and Battle. Mars is the icon of these fiercely proud, patriotic and heroic qualities. Originally, Martius (March) was the first month in the Roman calendar. Symbolically, we can make sense of that arrangement. In their geographical region, the clutches of winter are just beginning to lose their hold in March and it stands to reason that a year should begin as a new season of life begins as well.
Interestingly, before he became popularized as a warmonger, Mars was actually a fertility and agricultural deity. He, along with other deities such as Ceres and Cybele, oversaw the new growth of spring and encouraged the continuation of life (fertility, sex, procreation in human, plant and animal realms). The personality of Mars is charging and brutally assertive, whether a god of war or agriculture. We find this kind of fervent focus in March too. At this point in the year, there is no stopping the burgeoning birth of new life. March (and Mars) is a high-speed locomotive on a single-focused monorail with only one objective: explosive expression. Therefore, March embodies a kind of reigniting of the hearts and consciousness of humankind. This month we feel the initial tremors of Spring from the deepest womb of the earth, and like our ancestors, we are quickened, our soul palettes are whetted for new conquest and bold assertion as we set a course in forward momentum.
Not to be overlooked in this turbulent month of March is another important symbol, the Daffodil. In the Victorian language of flowers, the Daffodil speaks to us about forgiveness, trust, honesty and true love. The flower looks like a trumpet to me, and I like to think the energy of the Daffodil announces the arrival of spring. The spiritual symbolism of the Daffodil is clear, bright, and it blasts away all illusion with simple childlike honesty and love. What better time than the oncoming Spring to be reminded of such heartwarming concepts. Use this time of the impending full moon to let go of what no longer serves you, seeking the balance that Libra offers and use the bravery of Mars to be courageous in your forward momentum, shooting forth from the Earth, spreading your joy and love to the universe. If we are to flourish, then we must be courageous in finding our inner wisdom and letting it shine. Happy Spring!
Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one’s courage. ~ Anais Nin