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February is named after the Roman goddess Februa, patroness of passionate love and sex. Her feast day in February was a part of Lupercalia.
Magical works to concentrate on in February: clearing obstacles, fertility, forgiveness, healing, banishing winter, banishing negative energy, spiritual purification, finishing projects.
February 2011's Moon Phases:
- Feb. 2nd: New Moon
- Feb. 11th: First Quarter
- Feb. 18th: Full Moon
- Feb. 24th: Last Quarter
The Full Moon of February is called:
- Celtic: Moon of Ice
- Cherokee: Bony Moon
- Chinese: Budding Moon
- Choctaw: Little Famine Moon
- Colonial America: Trapper's Moon
- Dakotah Sioux: Moon of the Raccoon, Moon When Trees Pop
- Eastern Comanche: Sleet Moon
- English Medieval: Storm Moon
- Haida: Goose Moon
- Hopi: Month of Purification and Renewal
- Kalapyuya: Out of Food
- Neo Pagan: Snow Moon
- Northern Arapaho: Frost Sparkling in the Sun
- Omaha: Month When Geese Come Home
- Passamaquoddy: When the Spruce Tips Fall
- Pima: The Gray Month
- Potawtatomi: Month of Rabbit Conception
- Shawnee: Crow Moon
- Sioux: Coyote Moon
Other names for February include:
- Finland: helmikuu, meaning "month of the pearl"
- Iceland: Gói
Zodiac signs for February:
- Aquarius Jan. 20-Feb. 18
- Pisces Feb. 19-Mar. 20
February's birthstone is the amethys. It's birthflower is the violet. The number of February is 2.
Usually the heaviest snows fall in February. Hunting becomes very difficult, and hence to some Native American tribes this was the Hunger Moon.
Since the heaviest snow usually falls during this month, native tribes of the north and east most often called February's full Moon the Full Snow Moon. Some tribes also referred to this Moon as the Full Hunger Moon, since harsh weather conditions in their areas made hunting very difficult.
Consider working with the colors light-blue, aqua and purple in February.
If you are looking for stones to work with this month, consider amethyst, aquamarine, jade, jasper, pear or clear quartz crystal. Carry one or more on your person, use them in a monthly magic mojo bag, or set them out this month on a window sill to charge throughout the month. Choose one or more to research and add to your book of shadows.
February's animals: duck, eagle, otter, raccoon, wolf. To incorporate these animals, add a statue or photo of your choice of animal to your altar or read about how them can be used as totem animals.
Mythical animals to work with: domestic fairies and the devas of house plants.
Plants associated with February include: alder, cedar, hyssop, primrose, sage, violet and willow. Keep a small pot of one on your altar, add one or more to your monthly mojo bag, research them, plan recipes around them or make an infusion of them to add to your cleaning water. Add a bowl of pine cones to your table as a centerpiece, or get the kids to smear peanut butter and seeds on some and hang them out for the birds!
Deities of February:
- Goddesses: Aphrodite, Atargatis, Brigid, Demeter, Diana, Juno, Juno Februa, Kore, Persephone, Prosperine
- Gods : Dis Pater, Februus, Pluto, Quirinus
Invoke February's deities for ritual. Honor them on your altar. Research them for your BOS or create an artwork in their honor.
Month Long Observances of February:
- Bake for Family Fun Month
- Library Lovers Month
- Marfan Syndrome Awarness Month
- National Black History Month
- Spunky Old Broads
- Confessions of a Pagan Soccer Mom
- Examiner.com: Magical Correspondences for February - National Domestic Witchery
- The Pagan Book of Days: A Guide to the Festivals, Traditions, and Sacred Days of the Year by Nigel Pennick
- The Old Farmer's Almanac 2011
- The Spellcaster's Reference: Magickal Timing for the Wheel of the Year by Eileen Holland
- National Geographic, Full Moons: What's in a Name?
- The Moon Book: Fascinating Facts About the Magnificent, Mysterious Moon by Kim Long