“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 – THE SNOW MOON
February is the second month of the Gregorian calendar, and the year’s shortest month. It’s astrological sign is Aquarius, the Water-Bearer (January 20 – February 18), a fixed Air sign ruled by Uranus. February is named at the Latin word februum, it means “purification. This corresponds with the purification ritual of Februa on the full moon, originally the 15th in the ancient Roman calendar. Do some late-winter or early-spring cleaning. Get the whole coven involved in cleaning the covenstead. Solitary witches can clean their altars, their herbal cupboards, and plan on laying out that new herb garden for the coming season. There are lots of activities that can be done to celebrate the art of purification.
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 celebrate on Valentine’s Day., February 14. Magickally activities include love divination 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.
February 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. It also features the Maiden Goddess and the consort God as Youth or rogue
—Excerpt from Llewellyn’s 2019 Witches’ Spell-A-Day Almanac
Excerpts from the Article Entitled “February” by Elizabeth Barrette
February’s Full Moon – The Snow/Quickening Moon
In February, the nights are cold and we begin to feel a bit of cabin fever. This month’s full moon is called the Quickening Moon, although in some places it’s referred to as the Ice Moon, for obvious reasons. In other areas, it’s known as the Snow Moon. After all, this is the time of year when our ancestors began to feel the bite of winter in their bellies, sitting by a dwindling fire in the long dark night, wondering if they had stockpiled enough bread or meat or grain to get them through until spring.
By now, most of us are tired of being cooped up in the house, and there’s a part of us that’s just longing for a bit of warmth. This is the season of Imbolc, the days when we know that if we can just hold on for a few more weeks, we might get lucky and see little green shoots peeking out through the snow and slush.
The Quickening Moon is associated with the colors purple and blue, as well as with the gemstones rose quartz, jasper, and amethyst. If you want to incorporate tree magic into your workings and rituals, use rowan and myrtle for maximum effectiveness. To do some deity work, Brighid, Aphrodite, Juno, and Mars are all associated with this time of year. For herbal correspondences, try adding hyssop, sage, and myrrh into your Quickening Moon rituals and spells. Finally, keep in mind that this month is associated with the element of fire.
Quickening Moon Magic
This is a month when new life is beginning, but still lies dormant. Pregnant animals, due in the spring, begin to feel the quickening of their unborn young. The earth itself is quickening, as seeds and bulbs far beneath the soil begin their journey towards the light. We know these things are coming–and we know also that this is a good month to make plans for the future. We can dream and hope, and set goals for ourselves. Accept responsibility for mistakes you’ve made in the past, and move on. Magical workings this month should focus on personal achievements and advancement.
- Plant some seeds in a pot of warm soil, to represent not just the new life that is beginning in the earth, but also the things you hope to achieve this year. If you’re planning a magical herb or flower garden, select your seeds based on the needs of the coming seasons.
- Perform a meditation to do a bit of self-evaluation. Do you need to rethink the baggage you’re carrying around? Maybe this is the year you make big changes? A bit of reflective meditation is a good way to gain focus not only on what you hope to achieve, but the path you’ll need to take to make things happen.
- Do a winter full moon ritual, to to reflect on darkness of the season, and know that without it, there can be no light. Think about what brings darkness to your own life, and recognize that if you never faced the dark, you’d have far less appreciation for the light.
- This is a season of hearth and home. If you’re someone who’s crafty, get hands-on with your magic. Develop your skills and hone your talents, and channel that creativity into magical purposes. Try knitting a warm hat or scarf to wear for outdoor rituals, sewing a new altar cloth, crafting some jewelry that reflects your beliefs, or writing a song or poem honoring the gods and goddesses of your tradition.
Thanks to its proximity to Imbolc, the Quickening Moon season is a time of magical energy related to the feminine aspect of the goddess, of new beginnings, and of fire.
Divination and Ritual
It’s a great time to focus on divination and increasing your own magical gifts and abilities. Take advantage of these concepts, and plan your workings accordingly.
- Take an Imbolc Cleansing Ritual Bath to clean the body, but also to cleanse the mind and soul.
- An Imbolc House Cleansing Ceremony is a good way to get a jump on your spring cleaning before the weather gets warm.
- Since this time of year is associated with fire, do a Fire Scrying Ritual to see what the coming months hold in store for you.
- Do some Lithomancy divination by combining symbols with your own intuitive powers. You can craft a set of divination stones easily following some basic instructions.
- Do a meditation to honor Brighid, the Celtic hearth goddess. She is associated with the crossroads, and can be called upon when you need help making decisions or tough choices, particularly as they relate to domestic life.
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Festivals: 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.
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
Symbols for the Month of February
February’s Festivals: Imbolc
February’s Sign of the Zodiac
Aquarius(January 21–February 20)
Pisces(February 20-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)
Amethyst and Rose Quartz
February’s Birth Flower
Bridhe (January – February 19)
“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
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
- 19: Full Moon—Quickening Moon at 10:53 a.m. Magical rituals in this cycle often focus on new beginnings and plans for the future.
- 21: Birthday of author Patricia Telesco
- 22: Birthday of author Sybil Leek
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 cups 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 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 you 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 manifestations of it. If you have the spiritual part taken care of, any physical manifestation 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 experiences, 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 spirits 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 to 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 in the spirits of hearth and home. 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.
“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 growing, 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 you experience all the warmth and coziness of the hearth in this delightfully chilly time of the year!
Blake Octavian Blair
—Llewellyn’s Witches’ Calendar 2018
Witchy Ways to Celebrate February
Decorate your home and altar with candles to welcome the return of the sun. Place a pot of bulbs in your home as your magical focus.
Make Brighid dolls from stems of straw; light a fire to welcome in the new.
Get out and about to search for signs of spring (wrap up warm, though).
This is a good time to find a wand, so hunt for the one that’s meant for you and spend time focusing on it and making it individual to you.
Organize your Book of Shadows to get ready for the start of the spring. Cook with milk to celebrate the ewe’s milk of
–Hedgewitch Book of Days: Spells, Rituals, and Recipes for the Magical 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.
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