As the saying goes, March rolls in like a lion, and if we’re really lucky, it might go out like a lamb. It’s the time of the Storm Moon, the month when Spring finally arrives, around the time of the Equinox, and we see new life begin to spring forth. As the Wheel of the Year turns once more, heavy rains and gray skies abound — the earth is being showered with the life-giving water it needs to have a fertile and healthy growing season. This is also a time of equal parts light and darkness, and so a time of balance.
Depending on where you live, this moon may be called the Seed Moon, Lenten Moon, or Chaste Moon. Anglo-Saxons called it Hraed-monat (rugged month), or Hlyd-monat (stormy month). A stormy March was an omen of poor crops, while a dry March indicated a rich harvest.
According to the Farmer’s Almanac, this month’s moon is sometimes called the Full Sap Moon and the Worm Moon — and no wonder, since after a storm, there are worms all over the place!
As the temperature begins to warm and the ground begins to thaw, earthworm casts appear, heralding the return of the robins. The more northern tribes knew this Moon as the Full Crow Moon, when the cawing of crows signaled the end of winter; or the Full Crust Moon, because the snow cover becomes crusted from thawing by day and freezing at night. The Full Sap Moon, marking the time of tapping maple trees, is another variation.
As the weather can be anything but predictable, the month of March in your area might not see the same weather as other locations, because your environment depends on a number of factors.
Colors: Use green, yellow, and light purple to represent the colors of the season. This is a great time to explore magic with pastel colors.
Gemstones: Bloodstone and aquamarine are often associated with early spring, the vernal equinox, and the month of March.
Trees: Dogwood, honeysuckle, lilacs, and cherry blossoms are just beginning to bloom this time of year in many areas, so find a way to incorporate them into your workings as needed.
Herbs: High John, pennyroyal, wood betony, and apple blossom can often be found during this season, depending on where you live.
Element: Water is the element most closely associated with the Storm Moon — after all, it’s one of the wettest time of the year, thanks to thunderstorms rolling through.
Storm Moon Magic
Use this month for magical workings related to rebirth and regrowth. New life is blooming during this phase of the moon, as is prosperity and fertility. Here are some things you can do this month and plan accordingly.
Begin planning your magical herb garden for the year. What would you like to grow? Consider whether you want specifically medicinal and healing herbs, or if you’re going for a variety of magical purposes.
Are you thinking about making a change in your career? Now is the time to tidy up that resume and get it up to date. Start researching the companies you’d really like to work for and figure out what you need to do to make it happen. Make phone calls, network, send in applications, and take control of the reinvention of your career.
Got a storm rolling in? Place a jar or bucket outside so you can gather rain water for use in ritual (bonus magical points to you if it’s collected during a lightning storm!).
Spring tends to be the time of year to begin thinking about going back to school in the fall — partly because for many colleges and universities, this is the season when acceptances are finalized. If you’re thinking about continuing your education, get those admissions forms completed.
If you’ve ever thought about changing your life (haven’t we all?), especially by making big changes, now is the time to plant the seeds for those efforts.
Place your magical tools outside for cleansing during the Storm Moon.
Keeping Track of the Weather
If you don’t have a copy of the Farmer’s Almanac, it really is worthwhile to invest in one — they’re less than $10. You can also visit their site online and see what the weather and agricultural markers are for your zip code on any given date.
Spring Full Moon Ritual Basics:
Celebrate the seasonal full moon with a water-themed ceremony.
Each participant should bring a cup of water, and you’ll need a flower cutting to symbolize the spring.
Include this as part of a larger celebration, or simply hold it as a single, short blot for yourself.
Along with the sun, water helps bring life back to the earth. It is the source of much of our existence and helps to cleanse and purify us. It can both destroy us and heal us. In ancient times, the well or spring was often seen as a sacred and holy place — a place in which we could truly bathe in the touch of the Divine. To celebrate the arrival of Spring’s full moons, we acknowledge and honor the many aspects of Water.
Before You Begin
If you cannot do this outside near water you may wish to have ambient Nature sounds playing in the background that include water sounds — a trickling stream, a waterfall, the waves of the ocean — but this is optional.
You’ll need a small bowl of water, a large empty bowl, a cut flower of your choosing, and a horn/cup of water for each participant.
For this ritual, you’ll want to go ahead and set up your högar/altar in a manner appropriate to this season. Add things that represent this time of year, like spring flowers, fresh cuttings from the garden, or packets of seeds. You’ll also need a small bowl of water and a large empty bowl. Ask each participant to bring a cup or jar of water from their own homestead, representing a place that is life for them. Finally, you’ll need a freshly cut flower (if you can’t find one, or if your flowers haven’t bloomed yet, a sprig of grass or a clipping from a newly blossomed shrub is a perfectly good substitute).
If in your practice you to cast a circle, you may do so. Although this rite is designed for a small group, it can easily be adapted for a larger group or even for a solitary practitioner.
1) Hold the small bowl of water to the sky, facing the moon, and say: The moon is high above us, giving us light in the dark.
Mani illuminates our world, our souls, our minds.
Like the ever-moving tides, Mani is constant yet changing.
Mani moves the water with his cycles, and so water nourishes us and brings us life.
With the divine energy of this sacred element of water, we stand within this sacred space.
Dip the cut flower in the blot bowl of water, and sprinkle it on the ground, on the högar, and on any items near the högar.
2) then say:
Spring is here, and the earth is bursting with new life.
Mornings begin bright and sunny, and afternoon gives way
to blustery showers of wind and rain.
We as Living Heathens welcome the water when it comes,
because it nourishes that which has yet to bloom.
We welcome the water from all around,
from places far and near.
3) take the large empty blot bowl and walk around the space. Approache each participant and pause so that they can pour their water into the bowl. As they do, invite them to share where the water has come from, and why it is special:
This water is from the ocean, from my last trip to the beach.
This is water from the creek behind my grandmother’s farm.
When everyone has poured their water into the bowl, use the cut flower once more, stirring and blending the water with the stem of the flower. As the water is mixing together, say:
Listen to the water, coming together,
the voice of the moon from up above.
Listen to the voices, growing with power,
feel the Old Magics and life and love.
4) Empower the Participants by taking the blended bowl of water and invite each participant to step forward. As they do, flick the water on them and say:
May the light and wisdom of Mani guide you through the coming cycle.
May the waters of our homesteads continue to give your family refreshing life.
May the Wisdom of the Ancestors reach you through the Well of Urd.
5)Take a few moments to meditate on the magical power of water. Think about how it flows and ebbs, changing all in its path. Water can destroy, and it can bring life. Consider how our bodies and spirits ebb with the tide, and how we connect to the cycles of water, of the moon, and of Jords returning cycles. Remind everyone that we are all traveling in the river of life itself, and while we may have different backgrounds, goals and dreams, bit we are all seeking the divine in ourselves and in those around us through Living Heathenry. By embracing the power and energy of water, we are able to welcome a pool of sacred space — ever constant, yet ever changing.
When everyone is ready, end the ritual. You may wish to move on to a Sumble Ale ceremony, or drawing down the moon for Spá.