March 17th has been honored as The Green Man day for centuries long before the Catholic Church decided to replace the pre-Equinox celebration with St. Patrick’s Day.
According Steve Nelson (Mythological Astrologer): ‘St. Patrick’s Day, March 17th – “Wearing of the green” is a tradition of the Green Man who dances in the Spring. People become “crazy as a March hare” as Spring grows near and the sap rises. It’s time to chase out the old Mars (old year energy) and bring in the New. Patrick drove snakes from Ireland with a drum. Drumming breaks psychic congestion (drives out the snakes) and frees our vital energy.’
“The Green Man” has been around in metaphysical lore and history for thousands of years. There are some who believe it refers to our early spiritual history from when we were spiritual beings first manifesting in physical matter- with more direct awareness of our connections to earth and nature. According to “Soul Logos”, during our spiritual development as we were first manifesting in matter, we were much more aware of our sensitivity or reaction to the effects of sunlight and the movement of planetary bodies, including the stages of the moon from our position on earth. That is why the “Green Man” is honored at the time of the Spring Equinox in times of pre-history and we honor it now in modern day with the celebration of St. Patrick’s Day.
Also, The Green Man was a way for people to connect with nature and the Earth herself. Happy Green Man Day