Friday March 20 marked several astrological events, all of which gave power to this year's Spring Equinox. Not only was it the Equinox, when day and night are balanced, marking the shift into a new season and an acceleration towards the light in this waxing year, it was also a SuperMoon and a Solar eclipse. While the eclipse was not visible in most of the Americas, the timing and power of these events were felt, subtly and not so subtly, throughout the world.
Although many Pagans mark the “new year” on Samhain or Yule, for many ancient cultures the New Year started in Spring. For while the work of the new year may be seeded or dreamed of in the dark of Winter, it is now that this new life becomes evident. Just as the baby rabbits born weeks ago are starting to come out and explore, just as the new buds that have been plumping up for weeks are starting to pop, maybe we are aware of something stirring inside ourselves.
For this week, I pose the query: how is our relationship with money influenced by our relationship with war?
It's not an easy one to consider for Pagans. Some of us are devoted to gods of war, or otherwise acknowledge it as a fact of life, but many others work relentlessly for peace on this planet. My own relationship with war is complicated: my family was supported by work at a defense contractor when I was a child, so the Cold War put food on our table. I consider myself a proponent of peace, but I have a relationship with Ares. I also believe that population reduction is the only solution for the many problems facing humanity and the Earth, but no one has come up with a way to make that happen which is nearly as thorough as the horrors of war.
Ares is not a very popular god. I'd say in a lot of areas he is pretty reviled. People need to keep in mind that the gods can give or they can take. Ares is not only the bersker, the bloody warrior, the lover of battle. He is also the protective father, the defender of the home and land, the policeman. Some areas would chain his statue as a representation that they wanted him kept close to their home in order to defend it. If you believe that he is the same as Mars, then he also has agricultural aspects (which makes a lot of sense, since blood is a really good fertilizer). But today, I'm not here to discuss Ares but to offer a prayer to him.