|Alexandra Holzer is a member of the SCBWI Organization, Poetry.com, Firstwriters.com and IMDBpro.com. Her father is the original ghost hunter, published Author Professor Hans Holzer, Ph.D of 163 plus titles in the genres of parapsychology, the supernatural, religion and healing. Most famous for "Amityville Horror: The Possession", "Ghosts", "America's Haunted Houses" and most recently "The Journey of the Magi" and "Murder in Amityville: Fact or Fiction". While raising four incredible children, she wrote children's short stories, poetry, sci-fi/fantasy novels, screenplays and supernatural horror thrillers. Alexandra's complete bio is available here. Alexandra's new book 'Lady Ambrosia' has Field Nominated for the Printz Award for Young Adult Literature by the American Library Association.
'Spirit Talk' - a monthly column
by Alexandra Holzer
Posted: 15:34 March 1, 2008
March, March, March. No, I am not talking about the ceremonial process of marching but rather what is in this month we call March. Now, it is said that February that proceeds March is the most haunted month in the coldest regions. Supposedly, ghosts feel better about making an appearance then versus maybe in the month we are in now. So, what would one say about the unknown for this month? Does each month carry it's own twisted tales of ghouls, ghosts and goblins? Do humanoids and other life forms prefer a certain month over another? Here, you will find that Astrology plays an important role under my Paranormal Umbrella.
Well, let's see what we have in this month as it certainly has a full calendar of noted events.
March commences (according to non-sidereal astrology) with the sun in the sign of Pisces and ends in my sign, Aries. Always end with an Aries I say! Astronomically speaking, the sun starts in the constellation of Aquarius (that's my father's sign, Mr. Ghost Hunter himself who just turned 88) and ends in the constellation of Pisces (two of my four children are Pisces and my husband as well...another child.)
All kidding aside, March is the third month of the year in the Gregorian Calendar and one of seven months with a length of 31 days. This detail seems to fascinate my children as they look onto the calendar. You see, when they begin elementary school, one of the lessons they learn is actually based on Astrology. What's in a calendar year and how is it broken up? So, they understand that each month has a different amount of cycles in days and holidays fall differently each year including their favorites like Christmas and the celebration of their own birth.
The name March originates from ancient Rome. March was the first month of the year and was called Martius after Mars, who was the Roman god of war. In Rome, the climate is Mediterranean like, so logically March is the first month of spring, a sensical point for the beginning of the year. I also learned it is the beginning of the military campaign season. One never knows until we research and ask the questions. And even then, there is no gaurantee we will get the answers we seek. On March 1 in Russia, the numbered year started and continued until the end of the fifteenth century. Historically, it was Great Britain and her colonies that used March 25 until the year 1752. In that same year, they decided to adhere to the Gregorian calendar of which I mentioned previously. Since then, other cultures/religions still celebrate the beginning of the New Year in this month.
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