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.
The Following dates have been supplied by the New Zealand’s Witchy Lunar Calendar.
Sunday 2nd - 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.
Sunday 9th - Full Moon aka the Barley 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.
Sunday 16th - 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.
Monday 24th - New Moon. Start new projects.
THE BARLEY MOON
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.
APOGEE AND PERIGEE From timeanddate.com
The Moon's orbit around Earth is not a perfect circle, but elliptical, with one side closer to Earth than the other. As a result, the distance between the Moon and Earth varies throughout the month and the year. On average, the distance is about 382,900 kilometers (238,000 miles). The point on the Moon's orbit closest to Earth is called the Perigee and the point farthest away is the Apogee.
Apogee (Furthest away from the earth) Thursday 27th
Perigee (Closest to the earth) Tuesday 11th
The Full Moon in October is usually known as the Hare Moon. Why? One ancient legend says that in the month of Beltane the Hare was seen to be gazing at the full moon. It was believed that the Hare or sometimes said to be Rabbit once lived in the moon and was longingly looking back at this home and that of his family who still lived in the moon. However his moon goes under many names and faces and is also known as the Bright Moon, Dyad Moon, Flower Moon, Leaf Moon, Love Moon and Milk Moon. You will know if a Witch has Hare as their familiar, as the Witch will seem to be darting off in all directions, be very, very nimble and will gaze intently at the full moon closest to Beltane.
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.
Some of the Pisceans. Laurie Cabot, Prince Andrew, Peter Fonda, Ivana Trump, Fats Domino, Johnny Cash, Rudolph Steiner, Elizabeth Taylor, Mario Andretti, Ron Howard, Dr Seuss, Mikail Gorbachev, Jon Bon Jovi, Jean Harlow, Rex Harrison, Elizabeth Barrett Browning, Rob Reiner, Alexander III, Prince Edward, Michael Caine, Liza Minnelli, Billy Crystal, Jerry Lewis, Kurt Russell, Glenn Close, Spike Lee, Holly Hunter, Rob Lowe, Nat King Cole, Michelangelo, Albert Einstein, Pierre Auguste Renoir and George Harrison.
CELTIC LUNAR TREE
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.
Ash – Nion - 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.