Celtic Tree Months
By Patti Wigington, About.com
Rowan Moon: January 21 – February 17
The Rowan Moon is associated with Brighid, the Celtic goddess of hearth and home. Honored on February 1, at Imbolc, Brighid is a fire goddess who offers protection to mothers and families, as well as watching over the hearthfires. This is a good time of year to perform initiations (or, if you’re not part of a group, do a self-dedication). Known by the Celts as Luis (pronounced loush), the Rowan is associated with astral travel, personal power, and success. A charm carved into a bit of a Rowan twig will protect the wearer from harm. The Norsemen were known to have used Rowan branches as rune staves of protection. In some countries, Rowan is planted in graveyards to prevent the dead from lingering around too long.
Calendar of the Sun
Hocktide: Day of the Amazon
Altar: Upon cloth of red put six red candles, a chalice of clear water, crossed swords, a bow and arrows, crossed spears, and a crescent moon.
Offering: On this day all women in the community must wear red and carry upon them some blade, large or small. Upon meeting them, each man must bow to them.
Daily Meal: Red food.
On this day we honor
The Saxon women who turned away
The attacking Norsemen from the sea
When their menfolk had failed
Or been slaughtered, their bones lying
In graves still fresh and bare.
For when the need arises,
Anyone can find the courage
To face what must be faced
To dare what must be dared
To fly in the eye of the storm
Heedless of life or death.
We honor the spirit in women,
For millennia put down and buried,
But that rises when in need,
And shows its brave spirit.
On this day we do penance
For a thousand years of repression,
For a thousand years beating down
The spirit of the Amazon.
May she burn within you all!
(The women of the community approach the altar and place their blades upon it, and vow to always be strong. Then they take the blades to wear for the rest of the day, and each anoints the next with the clear water.)
[Pagan Book of Hours]