Before the Ides of March…

Ncov spreading concept, Earth and virus models


It’s Saturday the 14th of March following a full cosmic and looney tunes week that included turning the clocks forward on Sunday, March 8th (thank you very much for the lost hour of sleep), a full moon on March 9th, the end of a Mercury Retrograde on March 10th, with the week ending on a (insert horror film music) Friday the 13th.

The most obvious course of energetic chaos is centered around the planet’s state of emergency during the ominous coronavirus pandemic – with the US having declared a state of emergency on Friday as public life in the country has come to an alarming halt leaving an eerie feeling of an apocalypse.

What the hell is going on?

I’ve been trying to take all of this in with an open mind and genuine curiosity without stoking the fires of my anxiety.   Meantime, I’m nurturing my OCD tendencies to wash my hands beyond religious ritual – to the point of requiring a good therapeutic dose of Bloody Knuckles.

I am not certain how important chronology is when reviewing what feels like cosmic phenomena, but, I’ll try to sequence things for my own understanding of the big stuff, the matter of where we are in the universe.  This isn’t astrology because I don’t know how to predict anything or read into any of it.  This is a look at traditions and energy.

Sunday, March 8th – Daylight Savings Time 
The idea behind DST was to make the most of sunlight during the summer months.  Farmers hated the concept of DST.  In the 1920’s opposition from dairy farmers repealed the law.  DST didn’t come back until after the bombing of Pearl Harbor and the US had entered WW2.  The idea of the new DST was to save fuel and energy.  Energy Policy rules DST today, though farmers organizations still oppose and continue to lobby against the practice.  The “cost” of DST is that millions of Americans experience disrupted sleep.

This is a time of major energy shifting – which can feel bonkers.   Amiright?

Monday, March 9th – Full Moon / Worm Moon & Supermoon
According to the Old Farmer’s Almanac, the name “worm moon” refers to the earthworms and grubs that tend to emerge from winter dormancy at this time of year, marking  sure sign of spring.  It’s also considered the last moon of winter.  It’s also the first of three supermoons in 2020.  So, we got to experience a bright Super Worm Moon!  On a positive note, this is considered a time that’s especially beneficial for winter retreat. Notice the return of robins (looking for those worms!).  Native Americans also call this a “crow moon” and the crow represents “justice, shape shifting, change, creativity, spiritual strength, energy, community sharing, and balance,” (Cherokee Billie, Spiritual Advisor).

According to Cherokee Billie, this is a time of “reflection and revising your journey in life. In the grand flow of life, these inward moving energies are conducive for fine tuning and helping to bring greater clarity, awareness, and focus… Use this extra Full Moon energy to make the necessary changes in your life.”

It’s also an important time for spring cleaning, including clearing your own energies, cleansing your spirit, clean out clutter, deep clean your home.

This has been an important message while we practice public distancing during the coronavirus outbreak.  Many advisors have touched upon the importance of not only washing your hands and practicing good personal hygiene, but also practicing good cleaning and sanitizing practices at home.  No better time than spring cleaning!

Tuesday, March 10th – End of Mercury Retrograde
The Old Farmer’s Almanac explains “[in Mercury Retrograde]… times in particular were traditionally associated with confusions, delay, and frustration.  Think email blunders and frazzled travel plans.” (Catherine Boeckmann, Feb. 3, 2020).

Mercury Retrograde is chiefly aligned with communication breakdown.  Boeckmann reports, “this is an excellent time to reflect on the past.  It’s said that intuition is high during these periods and coincidences can be extraordinary.”

This explains a lot for me, personally.  Especially around my logistical planning and execution of Spring Bottling – when I bottle my white, rosé and small lots of reserve wines.  But, on the global stage this is bananas.

Communication breakdown – there’s a lot of criticism around President Trump’s handling of the coronavirus.  The delays can potentially harm millions.  Frazzled travel plans?  Well, yes.  Confusion and frustration?  Mmm-hmmm.  Yup.  The question is now that this particular Mercury Retrograde is over (there are 3 scheduled for 2020), how will the recovery phase work out?  Will things suddenly become clear?  Will fears and anxieties subside, along with frustration around shutting down our communities and… waiting.  Here’s to hoping for better communication and understanding around this pandemic.

Friday, March 13th – Bad Luck?
The Old Farmer’s Almanac has all of the answers to everything under the moon here for this blog post!  OFA writer Heidi Stonehill addressed this particular Friday the 13th.   She answered the big questions – why this day is often associated with bad luck and what’s the meaning of Friday the 13th and how did this superstition even begin?

This is all from her March 11, 2020 report:

According to Stonehill, “Friday the 13th occurs one to three times each year. In many countries around the world, this date is considered unlucky and tied to misfortunate events.”

“The fear of the number 13 and the fear of Friday likely combined around the late 1800s into this new phobia; no clear mention of it had been discussed in published works before then.”

“According to Norse mythology, a dinner with 12 of the Norse gods took place excluding one God – Loki – who, known as a trickster and trouble-maker, showed up anyway.  Fighting ensued and a popular god (Baldur) was killed that day.”

“The predominant 20th-century theory suggests that Friday the 13th bad luck stemmed from an event that had occurred on Friday, October 13, 1307, when thousands belonging to an influential religious military order called the Knights Templar (officially, the Poor Knights of Christ and of the Temple of Solomon) were arrested for blasphemy and other affronts at the command of France’s king, Philip IV. Many were later tortured, coerced into making false confessions, and executed.  When the knights were burned at the stake in Paris, the order’s leader Jacque de Molay cried out, ‘God knows who is wrong and has sinned. Soon a calamity will occur to those who have condemned us to death.’ The holy warrior’s curse and wrongful death put a hex on Friday the 13th through the ages.”

“Another superstition associates Friday the 13th with the Last Supper, attended by 13 people—Jesus Christ and his 12 disciples. The number 13 is associated with 13th disciple, Judas Iscariot, who betrayed Christ shortly after that Last Summer. Christ was handed to Roman soldiers the next morning and crucified on Good Friday.”

“No matter how the phobia came about, superstitions abound concerning it. On Friday the 13th, some people refuse to cut their hair or nails, dine out, buy a house, start a job, conduct business, marry, or participate in any event. Other folks are so terrorized that they fear even crawling out of bed or going anywhere on this day (including Winston Churchill, who considered traveling on Friday the 13th unlucky).”

“Fun Friday the 13th Facts”

  • The horror novelist Stephen King is a triskie. He’s also a friggatriskaidekaphobe.
  •  Franklin Roosevelt had such an irrational fear of Friday the 13 that he would avoid traveling on Fridays.
  • Alexander Hamilon died in a dual with Aarono Burr on the 13th of Friday, 1804.
  • Jack the Ripper claimed his final victim on Friday the 13th in 1888.
In conclusion, I’ll let the dear reader draw their own conclusions about this crazy cosmic week ending on Friday the 13th.
I can only ponder, what lies in store for us tomorrow on the Ides of March?  Will we return to some semblance of balance and peace by March 16th?

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