Daylight Savings Begins — March 14th
Remember to “spring forward” this Sunday at 2am. The clocks will tick from 1:59am to 3:00am, skipping over the 2 o’clock hour.
Sherwood Forest Faire continues
Sherwood Forest Faire is open each weekend until April 4th. Step back in time — to the year 1189 when Richard the Lionhearted is on the throne. For more information, see the article Sherwood Forest Fair opening soon. Their website can be accessed directly, too. Even though this is a Renaissance Festival, it offers a great many things that Pagans enjoy. Many of the vendors are Pagan-friendly or outright Pagan. The picture below is from the Sherwood Forest Faire website. It shows a circle of standing stones, called the Circle of the Seven Sisters. This is where the weddings which take place at Sherwood Forest Faire actual happen.
March 14th — Zilker Park Kite Festival
The 82nd annual Zilker Kite Festival takes place Sunday March 14th from 10:00am until 5:00pm. The Kite Contest will start at 1:00pm. The entire event takes place in Austin’s Zilker Park located at 2100 Barton Springs Road.
For more information about the festival, see the article Zilker Kite Festival and air magic combined.
If you are seriously looking to add a little magic to your Kite Festival experience, you might also be interested in learning more about the element of air.
New Moon on Monday, March 15th
The moon is 0% illuminated at 4:01pm in Austin, Texas. Many people consider the 36 hours prior the exact moment of the new moon and the 36 hours after the exact moment of the new moon to be the “Dark of the Moon.” In certain traditions, the Dark of the Moon is that time when magic in not performed. Not everyone adheres to this notion, however.
Whether you involve magic or not, the Dark of the Moon is an excellent time for reflection. Look inward. Consider that this is the ending that must precede a new beginning. This is the death that must precede a new life. Luna is gone for a time and those who will look can see stars that are usually blocked out by Her light. Go look. What do the stars reveal? They tell a story. They will reveal mysteries to those who know how to understand what they show.
The Dark of the Moon is the time of the Crone. She is wise and will help us find wisdom if we are brave enough to hear what she says. Fear not, the ebb and flow of time will bring the fine crescent back to the skies. Look for her on Tuesday evening. The sun will set at 7:40pm and the moon will set at 8:40pm. You should be able to find her low in the darkening western sky.
Saint Patrick’s Day — March 17th
While not the most Pagan celebration on the calendar this week, it is certainly an excuse to get out and about town. So much could be said here, but I will keep this short and sweet. If you want to know what is going on in Austin for Saint Patrick’s Day, check out the Saint Patrick’s Day Festival.
Ostara — March 20th
Ostara is the vernal equinox (or spring equinox). It is a celebration of spring. The Domestic Witchery Examiner has written some excellent articles as part of her Pagan 101 series.
- Pagan 101: What is Ostara?
- Pagan 101: Correspondences for Ostara
- Pagan 101: Activities for Ostara
Where is the Moon this week?
On Sunday, the moon is in Pisces all day
On Monday, the moon is it Pisces until it goes void-of-course at 7:01pm.
On Tuesday, the moon is void-of-course until it enters Aries at 1:33am and is their for the remainder of the day.
On Wednesday, the moon continues to travel through Aries.
On Thursday, the moon leaves Aries and goes void-of-course at 6:24am. It is void-of-course until 11:30am when it enters Taurus.
On Friday, the moon continues through Taurus.
On Saturday, the moon is Taurus until it goes void-of-course at 2:42pm. At 6:29pm, the moon enters Gemini.
Sunrise / Sunset Table
The table shows both duration of daylight and duration of darkness for calculating planetary hours. (Please refer to How to calculate planetary hours after sunrise and How to calculate planetary hours after sunset for more information.)
Duration of Daylight
Duration of Darkness
Sunrise (after darkness)
11 hr 57 min
12 hr 03 min
11 hr 58 min
12 hr 02 min
12 hr 00 min
12 hr 00 min
12 hr 02 min
11 hr 58 min
12 hr 04 min
11 hr 56 min
12 hr 06 min
11 hr 54 min
12 hr 08 min
11 hr 52 min
Moonrise / Moonset Table
The table converts the time from 24-hour clock to the common 12-hour civilian clock and includes information about the phase of the moon.
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For more information:
United States Naval Observatory Sun and Moon Rise/Set Table for One Year
Unites States Naval Observatory Phases of the Moon Table