February, the Second Month of the Year of our Goddess, 2018

“Blessings are the things we take for granted.
Each holiday we notice what we see.
Most know the Earth is utterly enchanted
Yet walk through life and love mechanically.
Valuing one’s gifts takes resolution
After days and nights of fantasy.
Love brings the sweet relief of absolution,
Enveloping our hesitance in need.
No touch inspires so swift a revolution,
Transforming all the hieroglyphs we read.
In your love is the charity of spring,
Nor self-obsessed nor blinded by some creed,
Embracing the grey dawns that blessings bring.”

– Cornelius Lyons

February – Snow Moon

February is the second month of the Gregorian calendar, and the year’s shortest month. It is named for Februa, an ancient purification festival, and its astrological sign is Aquarius, the water-bearer (January 20 – February 18) a fixed air sign rued by Uranus. In February,  Mother Earth begins to stir, daylight lasts a little longer, and the first crocuses begin to peek through the snow. the major holiday of the month, Imbolc or Candlemas, celebrates the strengthening Sun. This is a day of purification and banishment, candles are lit and Yuletide greenery is burned in a ritual fire to illuminate the waning darkness of winter. Corn dollies, called Corn Maidens, are dressed in scraps of white lace and ribbons. The maiden is placed in a basket, called the Bride’s Bed, with a small ribbon entwined wand representing the God. Romance is celebrated on Valentine’s Day February 14. Magickal activities include love divinations of all types and of course, treating your romantic partner to chocolates is a common custom . Long ago, February’s Full Moon was called the Snow Moon and the month is still known for powerful snow storms. Still, nature begins to sense the turning of the year. House finches begin looking for nesting sites, and in the still frozen woodland foxes begin searching for a mate.

Some Foreign names reveal more about the month of February. In Old English, February was called Solmonath, which means “mud month,” or Kale-monoath which refers to cabbage. The Slovene name Svecan invokes Candlemas. The Finnish name Helmikuu means “month of the pearl, in which melting snow forms pearly drops of ice on the trees. In Polish this is Luty, the “month of ice,” and in Czech it’s Unor, when the river ice submerges. Native American names include Wolf Moon, Snow Moon and Wind Moon.

This month is said to foreshadow the weather in the warm season. A wet February suggests a pleasant and fruitful summer. a dry, clear month hints at trouble to come. You can see echoes of this in Groundhog Day where again foul weather predicts fair.

February honors Aradia, Brigid, and Juno Februa. It also features the Maiden Goddess and the consort God as Youth or Rogue.

 

—Excerpt from LLewellyn’s 2017 Witches’ Spell-A-Day Almanac
Article Entitled “February” by Elizabeth Barrette

 

February’s Correspondences

Festival: Imbolc.

Symbols include candles, the Brighid cross, lambs, bulbs, and milk.

Moon name: Hunger Moon, due to the lack of food at this time of year. Other names include Snow Moon, Trappers’ Moon, Storm Moon, and Moon of Ice.

Astrological signs: Aquarius, January 21– February 20; Pisces, February 21– March 20.

Birthstones: Amethyst and rose quartz.

Nature spirits: All air spirits and young earth Fae.

Animals: Moles, badgers, and sheep.

Birds: Owls and herons.

Trees: Willow and hazel.

Flowers: Snowdrop, crocus, violet, and aconite.

Herbs: Rosemary and sage.

Scents: Pine, sage, and violet.

Colors: White, green, and silver.

Goddess: Brighid.

Powers: The stirrings of new beginnings; new energy and focus.

Other: Candlemas, St. Valentine’s Day, Shrove Tuesday (Pancake Day), Leap Year (every four years).

—Hedgewitch Book of Days: Spells, Rituals, and Recipes for the Magical Year
Mandy Mitchell

 

Symbols for the Month of February

February’s Festivals: Candlemas, St. Valentine’s Day, Shrove Tuesday (Pancake Day), Leap Year (every four years)

 

February’s Sign of the Zodiac
Aquarius (January 21 – February 20)
Pisces (February 21 – March 20)

 

February’s Celtic Tree Astrology
Luis(Rowan) (January 21 – February 17)
Nuin(Ash) (February 18 – March 17)

 

February’s Runic Half Months
Elhaz (January 28 – February 11)
Sigel (February 12 – February 26)
Tyr (February 27 – March 13)

 

February’s Birthstone
Amethyst

 

February’s Birth Flower
Snowdrop

 

February’s Goddess
Brighid

 

Other: Candlemas, St. Valentine’s Day, Shrove Tuesday, Leap Year

 

February Folklore

“When the cat lies in the sun in February, she will creep behind the stove in March.”

“Of all the months of the year, curse a fair February.”

“If it thunders in February, it will frost in April.”

“If February gives much snow, a fine summer it doth foreshow!”

 

Folklore Courtesy – Hedgewitch Book of Days: Spells, Rituals, and Recipes for the Magical Year
Mandy Mitchell

 

Calendar of Events for February

  • 2: Imbolc, the celebration of the goddess Brighid.
  • 2: Lammas or Lughnasadh (Southern Hemisphere), marking the grain harvest at the end of summer.
  • 12: Death of Gerald Gardner, founder of modern Wicca, in 1964.
  • 13–21: Roman Festival of Parentalia, a time of quiet, personal reflection, in which the ancestors were honored.
  • 14: Valentine’s Day
  • 15: Lupercalia, celebrating fertility and the coming of spring.
  • 17: Celtic Tree Month of Rowan ends
  • 18: Celtic Tree Month of Ash begins
  • 21: Birthday of author Patricia Telesco
  • 22: Birthday of author Sybil Leek

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Home and Hearth

For many areas of the Northern Hemisphere, the month of February is often the coldest time of the year. It conjures cozy visions of snowy days spent with friends and family, of hot cup of tea and coffee, or perhaps of curling up with a good book in the safety of one’s hearth and home. It simply feels to be the right time to do some hearth magick.

This month also contains Imbolc, a sabbat that honors the growing light but also all things hearth, with many celebrations paying homage to the Celtic hearth and fire goddess, Brigid. For many, the term “hearth” conjures visions of fire and of fireplaces or woodstoves with an accompanying brick or stone surround—an elemental juxtaposition yet perfect combination of earth and fire. However, the physical hearth is often not a fireplace; for example, we all have a stove and oven in our kitchens that we prepare meals for ourselves and our loved ones upon. Perhaps your hearth is simply a central altar in your home. One may even consider the dining room table, a common gathering point for fond memories, a form of hearth. However, the hearth is more than a physical location it is a feeling and a spirit.

As magickal persons, we strive to keep the energy of our hearth and home one of feeling safe, loved, nurtured, and cozy. The spirit of the hearth is more important than any physical manifestation of it. If you have the spiritual part taken care of, any physical manifestion of the hearth will radiate with the beautiful spirit you have nurtured. February is a perfect time to gather with close loved ones, nurture yourself, seek cozy experience, and work the magick of hearth and home! I like to do a simple blessing and cleansing spell to get the energetic vibes rolling in the desired direction and to honor the spirit of the home.

 

Hearth Blessing and Cleansing Ritual

Here is a quick and simple ritual honoring the spirit of the hearth and your home, designed to raise the vibes and fill it with blessings of the season and create a welcoming environment for those you love. Because of the rite’s simplicity, it is easy to personalize and embellish. All you need to gather is a small white candle, a bell or rattle, and a simple offering for the spirits of hearth and home that conjures a cozy feeling, such as fresh-baked cookies, a mug of a favorite drink, or favorite incense. You can perform this alone or gather the other persons in your household at what you consider to be the physical form of the hearth in your home. Light the candle and ring the bell or shake the rattle while focusing on calling on the spirits of hearth and house. Ceremonially place the offering near the candle as a gift to the spirits. Envision the purifying and radiant light of the candle growing. filling and permeating your entire home. Recite,

Spirits of hearth and home, with this light may your presence 

here be grown. We ask you to bless and protect our cozy home,

with this offering our gratitude be known.

Continue to hold the vision of the glowing radiant light bestowing the requested blessings upon your household. When you feel it’s reached its peak, you may ring or rattle again to conclude the simple rite. May your experience all the warmth and coziness of the hearth in this delightfully chilly time of year!

We are Witches
We walk the path of the Old Gods
From this moment forth
We will not walk alone
Together, we will worship
Together, we will practice our Craft
Together, we will learn and grow
We vow to work, from this day forward
In perfect love and perfect trust
According to the free will of all
And for the good of all
Creating only beauty
Singing in harmony
Our song upon the Earth
Love is the law and love is the bond
In the name of the Goddess and the God
So do we vow, and so mote it be.
–Circle, Coven, & Grove: A Year of Magickal Practice
Deborah Blake

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Since Today Is Friday, I Decided to Give You A Little Taste of My Path

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Since it is Friday and the Ruler of Friday is Venus, the Goddess of Love. You could say Friday is the Day of Love, well that’s the way I look at it anyway. I wanted to leave you with a prayer to one of my Divine Beings. It comes from the Hoodoo Tradition but if you are seeking love, it is very effect. Use with caution:

 

Nina Roja, my sexy and seductive Queen,
Mistress of passion and knower of all pleasures.
Nina Roja, please come forth from the underworld
Bringing with you the fires that consume the heart
With lust and love and desire.
Holy Death, I ask for your aid and protection
Acquiring the love of (your intended’s name goes here)
Make them rise with my name upon their lips
And sleep with my image behind their eyes.
Make my absences cause a fever in them
That only my return will remedy.
Nina Roja, within you is the power to
Attract and draw (name of intended) to me
And give to them a thirst that only I can quench
Please aid me and protect me now,
So Mote it Be.

 

The Witches Magick for Friday, February 23 & The Waxing Moon – Charm for Courage

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The Witches Magick for Friday, February 23 & The Waxing Moon – Charm for Courage

 
Materials
Ace of Swords from your favorite tarot deck
1 purple candle

 
Make a copy of the card by either scanning and printing, or taking it to a copy machine. Cut off the excess paper, then place the image in front of the candle and light the wick. See yourself holding the sword in your hand, and going into battle calmly and unafraid. Hold the image in your hands and empower it by saying something like:

 

Lord and Lady, Moon and Sun
Elements and Ancient Ones
Lend Your powers to this charm
So they mix— both cool and warm—
To bring the courage that I seek
Bring it forth in words I speak
Bring it forth in every action
Until it meets Your satisfaction
And every doubt slips far from me
As I will, so mote it be

 

Leave the image in front of the candle until the wick burns out, then carry the image with you.

 

 

Everyday Moon Magic: Spells & Rituals for Abundant Living (Everyday Series)
Dorothy Morrison

 

Friday Is Ruled By Venus

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Friday Is Ruled By Venus

 

Friday belongs to Venus, both the planet and its namesake Roman goddess of love. This day is sacred to many other gods and goddesses of love such as Eros, Venus, Aphrodite, and the Norse goddess that gave the day its name, Freya. This day of the week is for magical topics such as love, birth, fertility, and romance. Colors for today include pink and aqua.

Some suggestions for Friday enchantments would include:

Carrying a rose quartz with you today to send out some gentle and loving vibes to those crabby co-workers

Working a loving Tarot spell to charm a friend’s pregnancy with good health and safety

Working a little flower magic to enchant a single pink rose for friendship and inner beauty, and setting it on your desk. Or try empowering a red rose for passion and placing it in your bedroom

Burning rose-scented candles to encourage the same effect. Call on Eros to “bring a passion for life” to your days.

Sharing a romantic snack with your partner. Feed each other ripe, red strawberries. Those strawberries are love-inducing food, and are sacred to many love goddesses, including today’s patroness, Freya.

 

FRIDAY CORRESPONDENCES

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FRIDAY CORRESPONDENCES

Venus/Water/East/West/South/Dawn/Female/Libra/Taurus

 

Magickal Intentions: Love, Romance, Marriage, Sexual Matters, Physical Beauty, Friendship and Partnerships, Strangers, Heart

Color: aqua, blue, light blue, brown, green, pale green, magenta, peach, pink, rose, white, all pastels

Number: 5, 6

Metal: copper

Charm: green or white garments, scepter

Stone: alexandrite, amethyst, coral, diamond, emerald, jade, jet, black moonstone, peridot, smoky quartz, tiger’s-eye, pink tourmaline

Animal: camel, dove, elephant, goat, horse, pigeon, sparrow

Plant: apple, birch, cherry, clematis, clove, coriander, heather, hemlock, hibiscus, ivy, lotus, moss, myrtle, oats, pepperwort, peppermint, pinecone, quince, raspberry, rose, pink rose, red rose, rose hips, saffron, sage, savin, stephanotis, strawberry, thyme, vanilla, verbena, violet, water lily, yarrow, and all flowers

Incense: ambergris, camphor, mace, musk, myrrh, rose, saffron, sage, sandalwood, sweetgrass, vanilla, violet, all floral scents

Goddess: Aphrodite, Asherah, Baalith, Brigid, Erzulie, Freya (Passionate Queen), Frigg, Gefion, Harbor (Beautiful One), Hestia, Inanna, Ishtar (Lady of Passion and Desire), Lakshmi, Lilith, Mokosh, Nehalennia, Nerthus, Ostara, Pombagira, Sarasvati, Shakti, Shekinah, Sirtur, Al Uzza, Venus (Queen of Pleasure), Vesta

God: Allah, Bacchus, Bes, Cupid, the Dagda, Dionysus, El, Eros (God of Love), Freyr, Frit Ailek, Shukra

Evocation: Agrat Bat Mahalat, Anael, Hagiel, Mokosba, Rasbid, Sachiel, Uriel, Velas

Courtesy of Moonlight Musings

 

Friday’s Witchery

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Friday’s Witchery

 

Love magick is a perennial popular topic. However, there is more to this topic than meets the eye. There are many enchanting layers here for us to explore on this day of the week. What about creating a loving home, or producing a loving and nurturing family? What about keeping your intimate relationships vital and on track? How about promoting happy, healthy, and enduring friendships? See, there is more to be considered than just the “You shall be mine…” type of fictional love spell.

Don’t forget that many of the deities associated with Fridays are also parents. So, yes, while this is the day to work on romance, sex, and love spells, there is additional magick to be considered here, which makes Fridays a more well-rounded and bigger opportunity for witchery than many folks ever truly realize. The truest, strongest magick always comes from the heart.

 

Source

Book of Witchery – Spells, Charms & Correspondences For Every Day of the Week
Ellen Dugan

 

Friday–The Day of Freya

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Friday–The Day of Freya

 

In the stories of the gods and goddesses of the Angles and Saxons we find two goddesses, Frigga, the wife of Odin and queen of the gods, and Freya, the Goddess of Love. Some people think that Friday was named after Frigga, and others that it was Freya’s day. Since very similar stories are told of each of them, it is quite probable that they were really the same person. The Roman name for the day was Dies Veneris, the day of Venus, who, it will be remembered, was the Goddess of Love, and so corresponded to Freya. The modern French name is taken from the Latin and is vendredi.

 

Frigga was the Goddess of the Clouds, and, when she was not with her husband Odin, spent her time in spinning clouds. Her spinning-wheel was studded with jewels, and at night could be seen in the sky as the constellation to which the Romans gave the name of Orion’s Belt, as we have seen in the story of Orion.

 

Frigga was also the Goddess of Spring, and as such was known as Eastre, whom we have already mentioned as giving us the word Easter.

 

Freya, the Goddess of Love and Beauty, like the Venus of the Romans, received a great welcome when she came to the home of the gods, and was given a special kingdom called Folk Meadow, where was a vast hall known as the Hall of Many Seats. Here she received half of those slain in battle, the other half being entertained by Odin, as we have seen.

 

Freya is depicted as having blue eyes and golden hair, and often as wearing a robe of feathers, which enabled her to fly through the air like a bird.

 

The goddess is said to have married Odur, who was probably Odin under another name. Odur once had occasion to leave Freya and travel over the world, and the goddess was broken-hearted at his departure. Her tears fell among the rocks and were changed to gold, while some which fell into the sea were transformed into amber. All nature mourned with her: the trees shed their leaves, the grass withered, and the flowers drooped their heads. At last Freya in her distress set out to find her husband, and, passing through many lands, where her golden tears were afterwards found, came to the sunny south, and there overtook the wandering Odur. As the lovers returned, the fields and the flowers rejoiced with them. The frost and snow fled before them, and the earth became green again as they passed.

 

“And Freya next came nigh, with golden tears;
The loveliest Goddess she in Heaven, by all
Most honour’d after Frea, Odin’s wife.
Her long ago the wandering Odur took
To mate, but left her to roam distant lands;
Since then she seeks him, and weeps tears of gold.”
MATTHEW ARNOLD–Balder Dead.

 

This story, of course, reminds us of Ceres and Persephone, and is only another fanciful explanation of summer and winter.

 

Freya was the proud possessor of a dazzling necklace of gold, which had been made by the dwarfs, and which she wore night and day. On one occasion only did she lend the necklace, when Thor, disguised as Freya, went to the land of the giants to recover his hammer, which had been stolen by the Giant Thrym. Loki, by borrowing Freya’s robe of feathers and flying over the country of the giants, had discovered the thief, but had also found that Thrym would only return the hammer on condition that Freya would become his wife. When Freya heard of the giant’s presumption, she became greatly enraged, and vowed that she would never leave her beloved Odur and go to live in that dreary and desolate land of cold. Heimdall, the guardian of the bridge Bifrost, then suggested that Thor should go to Thrym disguised as Freya, in company with Loki disguised as Freya’s attendant. The gods at last allowed themselves to be persuaded, and Thor, having borrowed Freya’s clothes and necklace and wearing a thick veil, set out with Loki, who was dressed as a handmaiden. On reaching the giant’s palace, they were welcomed by Thrym, who was delighted at the success of his plan, and who led them to the banqueting hall, where a great feast was held. At the end of the feast, Thrym ordered the famous hammer to be brought in, and he himself laid it in his bride’s lap as a marriage gift. Thor’s hand immediately closed over the hammer, and in a few moments Thrym and all the guests invited to the wedding feast lay dead.

 

Freya was greatly relieved to have her necklace returned in safety, but the evil Loki, attracted by its wonderful beauty, determined to steal it. One night the god, by changing himself into a fly, succeeded in entering Freya’s palace. He then resumed his own shape, and, creeping stealthily to Freya’s bed, gently removed the necklace from the goddess’s neck. The watchful Heimdall, however, had heard Loki’s footsteps, and, looking in the direction of the Folk Meadow, became a witness of the theft. He at once set off in pursuit of Loki, and, overtaking him, drew his sword and was about to kill the thief, when Loki changed himself into a flame. Heimdall immediately changed himself into a cloud, and sent down a shower of rain to put out the fire. Loki then took the form of a bear, and opened his mouth to catch the water. Heimdall also took the form of a bear and attacked Loki, who, finding that he was being overpowered, changed himself yet again, into a seal. Heimdall followed suit, and fought again with Loki, and at length compelled him to give up the necklace, which was returned to Freya.

 

On another occasion Freya was sought by one of the giants, and it was only by the cunning of Loki and by an act of bad faith on the part of the gods that she was saved. The gods, ever anxious lest the giants should invade Asgard, decided to build a stronghold which would prove impregnable. They received an offer from a stranger, who was willing to undertake the work in return for the sun, the moon, and the goddess Freya. By Loki’s advice they accepted the offer on condition that he should complete the work in one winter, aided only by his horse. To the surprise of the gods the stranger agreed to these conditions, and with the help of his horse, which could haul the heaviest stone, set to work. The gods, who at first felt sure that their conditions had made the task impossible, were alarmed to find as time went on that the stranger was working so quickly that it seemed certain that he would be able to keep his promise. The gods on their side had no intention whatever of keeping their promise, since they could not possibly part with the sun and the moon and the Goddess of Love, and they angrily pointed out to Loki that since it was he who had got them into this difficulty, he must find some way out of it. Loki replied that the gods need have no fear, for with his usual cunning he had thought of a plan whereby the stranger might be made to forfeit his reward. On the last day, when only one stone remained to be dragged into position, Loki changed himself into a horse, and, trotting out from the forest, neighed loudly to attract the attention of the stranger’s horse. Tired of his continual labour and longing for freedom and rest, the horse broke free from its load and galloped after Loki. The stranger, after pursuing it vainly through the forest, at last made his way to Asgard, and, full of anger at the trick which had been played upon him, took on his real shape, for he was a frost-giant, and was about to attack the gods when Thor hurled his hammer at him and killed him.

 

Frey, the god mentioned in the story of Loki and Sif’s golden hair, was Freya’s brother. He was the God of the Fields, and sacrifices were made to him for the crops. In the early spring his wooden image was driven in a chariot through the countryside, in order that he might bless the fields and bring a fruitful harvest: Frey, as we have seen, became the possessor of a ship which could travel over land and sea, and though large enough to contain all the gods, yet could be folded up like a cloth, and he also possessed a boar with golden bristles. The god often rode on this boar, which was swifter than a horse, and was no doubt a symbol of the sun, which ripened the crops. We find the same idea of sunshine in Frey’s flashing sword, which fought of its own accord as soon as it was drawn from its sheath.

 

The month of the Angles and Saxons which begins just before our Christmas was sacred to both Frey and Thor, and it was customary at that time, as we have already mentioned, to bind a huge wooden wheel with straw, and, setting fire to it, to roll it down a hill. The wheel was a symbol of the sun, which at that time began to chase away the winter. At this time, too, was held a great feast to all the gods, and the chief meat eaten was a boar’s head, in honour of Frey. The missionaries who first brought Christianity to the Northmen, finding this feast was of great importance and was celebrated by all the people, did not try to do away with it. Instead, they changed it from a heathen to a Christian festival by putting Christ in the place of the Norse gods, and calling it the Feast or Mass of Christ. A similar change was made, it will be remembered, in the case of the Easter festival, held in honour of Eastre or Frigga, the wife of Odin.