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Monday, February 25, 2013

February Full Moon Correspondences

The February Moon derives its name from the Roman Goddess Februa, who was also known as Juno Februa.  Februa was also the name of a Roman purification festival held on the fifteenth day of February in ancient times.  Others say that the name came from the god Februus, who was later identified with the Roman Pluto or Dis.

During the month of February, the Great Solar Wheel of the year is turned to Candlemas, one of the four Great Sabbats celebrated each year by Wiccans and modern Witches throughout the world.

Other names for the February Moon include:
  • Chaste Moon
  • Storm Moon
  • Snow Moon
  • Quickening Moon
  • Moon of the Seer
  • Full Hunger Moon
  • Ice Moon
  • Horning Moon
  • Wild Moon
  • Red & Cleansing Moon
  • Solmonath (Sun Moon)
  • Big Winter Moon

Correspondences:
  • Element: Fire
  • Astrological signs: Aquarius the Water-Bearer and Pisces the Two Fishes
  • Colors: light blue, violet, purple
  • Stones: amethyst, jasper, rock crystal, rose quartz
  • Nature Spirits: house faeries, both of the home itself and of the   house plants 
  • Trees: rowan, laurel, cedar, myrtle 
  • Herbs: balm of Gilead, hyssop, myrrh, sage, spikenard
  • Flowers: primrose,  
  • Scents: wisteria, heliotrope 
  • Animals: otter, unicorn 
  • Birds: eagle, chickadee 
  • Deities: Brigit, Brighid, Juno, Kuan Yin, Diana, Demeter, Persephone, Aphrodite, Mars

In the Celtic Tree Calendar:

February 1 – 17: Rowan
Associated with the coming of new life born from the dark of winter, protection, and strength; the goddess Brigid.

February 28 & 29: Ash
Associated with the sea (myths tell of it having come from the undersea realm of Tethys), protection; the god Manannan.

Power Flow: energy working toward the surface: purification, growth, forgiving yourself, and making future plans.