Calendar for February

 

1st - Lammas Eve (Southern Hemisphere) Imbolc Eve. (Northern Hemisphere) Wives Feast, Irish.

2nd - Lammas Day Southern Hemisphere. Imbolc, Northern Hemisphere. Groundhog Day. Roman Cerealia Festival, Oimelc. Oya’s Day,Cuban.

3rd - Hopi Pwamu Festival, Native American.

4th - King Frost Day-English.

5th - Sacred to Isis, the Egyptian Supreme Goddess.  Birth of Apophis, Egyptian.

6th - Waitangi Day, NZ. Day dedicated to Aphrodite the Greek Goddess of love and fertility.

7th - Selene’s day, Greek. Chinese New Year.

8th - Nirvana or Parinirvana Day, a Buddhist hioliday celebrated in East Asia and celebrates the day when the Buddha is said to have achieved Parinirvana or complete Nirvana upon the death of his physical body. Some celebrate today but many celebrate this day on the 15th of February.

9th - Feast of Apollo. Narvik Sun festival, celebrated in Norway.

10th - Sacred to Anaitis, the Assyrian War Goddess. Feast of Santa Escolastica, Mexican.

Zsuzanna Budapest arrested and later convicted for fortune telling, 1975.

11th - Traditionally the first day of the Christian pilgrimage to the shrine of ‘Our Lady of Lourdes,’ France.

12th - Gerald Gardner dies 1964. Day sacred to Artemis, Greek Goddess of the Moon and hunting.

13th - Parentalia begins, Roman Festival of purification.

14th - Valentine’s Day. It seems that only one day of a year is allocated to love as people exchange gifts with their loved one or special ‘Valentine.’ This day is named for a Christian martyr and dates back to the 5th century but is said to have its orgins in the Roman holiday of Lupercalia. And should not every day be celebrated with a loved one?

15th - Nirvana Day, Buddhism. Lupercalia festival dedicated to Lupa the she-wolf who suckled Romulus and Remus, the founders of Rome.

16th - Celebration of Victoria, Roman Goddess of victory.

17th - Fornacalia, Roman festival of Bread and ovens. Birth of Kali, the Hindu Goddess of Birth and Destruction.

18th - Celtic Tree month of Ash begins.

19th - Birth of Minerva, the Roman Goddess of war and intelligence.

20th - Society for Psychic and Paranormal Research founded in London, 1882.

21st - The Feralia Festival, dedicated to Roman household Goddesses, the Lares and families. Birthday of Patricia Telesco, Wiccan author. Stewart Farrar initiated into Alexandrian Wicca 1970. Parentalia ends.

22nd - Charistia Festival, honouring Concordia, the Roman goddess of Harmony. Birthday of Sybil Leek, Wiccan author. St Lucia’s Day, Italian Goddess of light.

23rd - The Terminalia festival, in honor of the Roman God of boundaries.

25th - Day of Nut, Egyptian. Time of the Old Women begins, Moroccan period of dangerous weather.

26th - Sacred to Hygea, the Greek Goddess of health and hygiene.

27th - Pope John XXII issues first papal bull to discuss the practice of Witchcraft, 1318.

Losar, Tibetan New Yea. Celebrated for 15 days with three main celebrations on the first three days.

28th - Buddha’s Conception, Tibetan.

 

 

MOON PHASES 

The Following dates have been supplied by the New Zealand’s Witchy Lunar Calendar. 

The Barley Moon is the Moon that sits in our skies during the month of February. This Moon symbolizes the harvest within the land and our own lives. The ancient grains that have sustained us with their energies of rebirth, protection, healing and from going hungry. A Moon to honour all grains. Barley, Hordeum vulgare L. is the oldest cultivated grain, pearl barley is the most common form. It is husked, steamed and then polished. Pot barley is the whole grain with the inedible outer husk removed. Added to soups, stews, the old fashioned barley water and porridge. Barley is used for making beers and whiskey and on a magickal note it is added to sachets and blends to bring comfort to one’s life, nurtures the spirit and physical body, helps in money matters, virility and fertility charms.

1st – Full Moon. The Earth is between the Sun and Moon. The Moon, rising at sunset and setting at dawn, is 180-135 degrees behind the Sun. The Full Moon is the time to celebrate the complete flowering and full manifestation of what was visualized at the New Moon. Enjoy your Esbat celebrations.

8th - Last Quarter Moon. Time to clear out anything that hasn´t worked or isn´t needed. Rising at midnight and setting at noon, this Moon is 90-45 degrees behind the Sun. Time to clear out anything that hasn’t worked or isn’t needed.

16th - New Moon. Start new projects and magick.

23rd - First Quarter Moon. Rising at Noon and setting at Midnight, the Moon is 90-135 degrees ahead of the Sun. Light and dark are in equal balance. Consolidate and give form to projects. Be creative and deal with any challenges that may arise.

Apogee (Furthest away from the earth)           Monday 12th 

Perigee (Closest to the earth)                          Wednesday 28th 

 

Eclipses for February

The following information is from https://www.timeanddate.com

 

Total Lunar Eclipse

31st January - 1st February also the full moon.

Seen from East Europe, Asia, Australia, North/East Africa, North America, North/West South America, Pacific, Atlantic, Indian Ocean, Arctic and Antarctica. A total lunar eclipse takes place when the Earth comes between the Sun and the Moon and covers the Moon with its shadow. When this happens, the Moon can turn red, earning it the nickname of Blood Moon.

 

Partial Solar Eclipse

16th Feb 2017 Also the New Moon. Seen from South in South America, Pacific, Atlantic and Antarctica. A solar eclipse always occurs about two weeks before or after a lunar eclipse. Partial solar eclipses happen when the Moon comes between the Sun and Earth, but the Moon only partially covers the Sun's disk. During a partial solar eclipse, the Moon, the Sun and Earth don't align in a perfectly straight line, and the Moon casts only the outer part of its shadow, the penumbra, on Earth. From our perspective, this looks like the Moon has taken a bite out of the Sun. Solar eclipses can only happen at the New Moon because the Moon passes between the Sun and Earth during that moon phase. 

 

  

 

THE FEBRUARY STAR SIGNS

AQUARIUS – January 21st – February 18th Symbol – Water Bearer, Element – Air, Planet – Uranus, Quality – Fixed, Personal Creed - I know, Positive/Masculine Sign Individual, independent and inventive. This sign is really "out there."

PISCES - February 19th  – March 20th

Symbol – Fish, Element – Water, Planet – Neptune, Quality – Mutable, Personal Creed- I believe,Negative/Feminine sign. The Two fish that symbolize the spiritual and material, expressed through the natural world.

 

CELTIC LUNAR ZODIAC

Rowan - Luis - January 21st – February 17th 

Creative and a passionate thinker with original and inspiring ideas. Sometimes however you are so ‘out there’ with your ideas others will wonder what you are on about! The berries of the Rowan tree are said to be food of the Gods. The tree is known for its protection especially against Witches and yet it is known as a Witch tree and greatly revered by us. Rowan is used for banishing and binding spells, divination and vision work.

 

AshNion - February 18th – March 17th

Artistic, flexible, imaginative and compassionate. It is said that the realm between earth and sky is connected by the Ash tree and has long been recognized for its magickal energies and connection to the Gods of the Sea, mainly Lir, a Celtic sea God. The staff of the traditional Witches besom is made from Ash, so too is the Stang. The Stang is a staff that represents the Teutonic world tree, Ygdrasill that connects to the Underworld and the physical world. The prongs, are seen as the antlers of the God. The Ash is said to attract lightening and as Lammas has much thunder and lightning around this season, then ideally you should not stand under the Ash tree during a storm! Ash is also a tree of love, prosperity and protection.

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