Welcome to March

by Erin on March 1, 2012

It’s the beginning of another month, and you know what that means - a little background on nomenclature, Mythography style. I’m sure you’ve recognized the similarities between the word March and a figure from myth. And indeed, the name of this month has its origin from Mars, the Roman god of war. For some reason, this association between the war god and the word March reminded me of an old English proverb : “March comes in like a lion and goes out like a lamb.” For Mars suggests ferocity, not only on the battlefield, but in general. I expect some tumultuous Spring storms, the fury of which would rival the legendary temper of Mars himself.

As for the rest of the month here at the site, I can tell you right now that I am eagerly anticipating the return of Spring. The vernal equinox is traditionally around the 21st of March where I live. So expect some celebration of that annual event, with deities garlanded in Spring flowers, even if its just in a painting or a poem. Some of my favorite artists and poets have created homages to this beautiful time of year, from Sandro Botticelli to Horace and Sappho.

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