The Contemporary New England Witch

The Contemporary New England Witch
Ms Faith

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Will March leave us like a lion?

 Good Evening,

Tonight's discussion centers around an old wives tale, or as I like to say an ol' witches tale.  March roars in like a lion and goes out like a lamb, is an old saying, with farmers being most likely responsible for it more so than any wives or witches, that refers to the month of March coming in harsh, cold and intense.  Going out like a lamb refers to the gentle breezes and milder weather usually found in April.   The funny thing is,  years ago, the saying was more specific.  "If March comes in like a lion, it will go out like a lamb.  But if it comes in like a lamb it will go out like a lion."  Inferring that just the opposite will happen at the end of the month from what occurred in the beginning of the month.  Well, will it this year? 

Exactly how did March enter this year? Well, I looked back and saw that March1st was a blustery day with wind gusts up to 40 miles per hour!  No snow and although cold, the winds speeds and temperatures recorded do suggest March came in roaring like a lion.  Well, that should mean this month will go out gently like a lamb, but .   .   .    according to our forecast we will have rain, snow and winds tomorrow into tomorrow night!  So maybe these old wives tales are fairy tales?   Regardless, April is just around the corner, yeah!

Not to be outdone though, April has had it moments.  Why, I remember in the last decade or so having a 12" snowfall on the night before April 1st. That's right a foot of snow graced the greater Hartford area on April 1st a few years ago. Quite the April Fool's joke on everyone by Mother Nature.  The old girl has a keen sense of humor.  We should be just fine though, you know what they say about the weather in New England? If you don't like it, wait a minute.  That saying is attributed to the late Samuel Clemens, pen name Mark Twain.  Mr. Clemens was right, just wait a minute things will change.  That's one reason I think Yankees, those of us from New England, tend towards being steadfast and slow to freak out about things, we've learned if we don't like a situation, wait a minute. Things will change, and there's always a 50-50 chance the change will be for the better!

So, even with a bit more of 'poor man's fertilizer' being set down around this area in the next day or so, April does always promise a milder weather experience. Remember this saying "April showers bring May flowers?"  So true, even though we should have some pretty blooms to enjoy in April.  Already the crocus are up and many spring bulbs are ready to make a spectacular appearance.  Besides, even with the worst of rainfalls I always say, it's not so bad .  .  .  after all .  .  .  it could be snow! 

The witch is always very aware of nature and what is happening around her. Weather magick is an ancient and regular practice for many witches.  No we can't change the weather completely or wouldn't you know, in the dead of January I would make it 80 degrees for a few weeks! Oh, if I could.  But those that practice weather magick understand that though we can't change the weather completely, we can speed up or slow down weather patterns. The native Americans also have a long and respected history in working weather magick.  I myself have had the opportunity to make the weather clear for large outdoor Sabbats in the past, although I must admit, weather magick does take a bit of energy out of one.  I learned about weather magick from my dad, even though he wouldn't call it magick.  Being a life long farmer, he always brought rain with him wherever he went! A picnic, party,  any outdoor gathering he loved it when it rained!! He feels its the best of luck, but then again, a farmer would, as rain can mean the difference between a crop succeeding or failing. 

During my wedding, many moons ago, it was again  .  .  .  you guessed it,  raining!  As he walked me down the aisle, it was an outdoor event, I asked him if he could make the rain stop for a time, and right at the time the vows were being said,  the sun came out and shone down on everyone.  Shortly afterwards, when everyone was under the huge tents set up for the reception, the rain came down again!  Dad was thrilled!!  Guess the magick apple doesn't fall far from the tree. 


Peace and Happiness

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  1. Here, March came in like a lamb.. it was sunny and relatively warm. It's supposed to go out with bluster, rain and wind.. perhaps at least here, the wives' tale is true? As my grandmother once said, "yes, they are old wives' tales, but who would know better than an old wife?" ;)

  2. Ah, Kallan, your grandmother was a wise woman! There is indeed a reason so many old wives tales are still around today, because the people took greater notice of the environment and the natural world around them, than we are apt to today. By paying close attention, we can learn so very much from nature, and old wives! Thanks for commenting. Ms. Faith