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Monday, January 28, 2013

January Full Moon Correspondences

January is named after the Roman God Janus.  However, the January Full Moon is known by a variety of names:
  • Cold Moon
  • Wolf Moon
  • Old Moon
  • Storm Moon
  • Moon after Yule
  • Snow Moon
  • Ice Moon
  • Quiet Moon
  • Chaste Moon
  • Moon of Little Winter

Correspondences:

Element: Air
Colors: Black and white, silver, brilliant white, blue-violet, violet, lilac, black
Stones: Hematite, garnet, onyx, jet, chrysoprase
Nature Spirits: gnomes, brownies
Trees: Birch, Hazel
Herbs: Marjoram, Holy Thistle, nuts, seeds and pine cones
Flowers: Snowdrop, crocus
Scents: Musk, mimosa, oakmoss
Animals: Fox, coyote
Birds: Pheasant, blue jay
Deities: Freyja, Inanna, Sarasvati, Hera, Ch'ang-O Sinn, Juno, Pax, Venus, Antu, Janus

In the Celtic Tree Calendar: 
January 1 – 20: Birch
Associated with new beginnings, the birth/rebirth of the sun, protection, and purification.
January 21 -31: Rowan
Associated with the coming of new life born from the dark of winter, protection, and strength.

Power Flow: Sluggish, below the surface; beginning and conceiving. Protection, reversing spells. Conserving energy by working on personal problems that involve no one else. Getting your various bodies to work smoothly together for the same goals.

This is a good time to work on magic related to protection, both physical and spiritual. Use this time to develop your inner self, and advance spiritually, becoming closer to the higher aspects of your deities.

Projects to make:
Moon Candle (from about.com)
Moon Braid (from About.com)

Other full Moon info from About.com




  • Full Moon Ritual
  • Winter Full Moon Ceremony for a Group
  • Drawing Down the Moon

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    sources:
    January Full Moon on About.com
    Farmers AlmanacNames given to Moon by other cultures
    http://www.examiner.com/article/magical-correspondences-for-january
    http://paganwiccan.about.com/od/moonphasemagic/g/Cold_Moon.htm
    http://witchery.wordpress.com/2008/02/04/january-esbats-information/



    Imbolc - Feb 2, 2013

    Imbolc, one of the eight Sabbats on the Wiccan Wheel of the Year, is Feb. 2, 2013.  It is the time of year halfway between the Winter Solstice and the Spring Equinox.  The Romans called it Lupercalia, the Egyptians celebrated it with the Feast of Nut while Celtic traditions honor the Goddess Brighid, or Saint Brigid after Christianization.  In addition to Saint Brigid's day, another Christian celebration for this time is Candlemas when the clergy would bless candles and people would light them in each window of their homes to ward off the darkness of mid-winter.  But what most children know this time for is Ground Hog Day where Punxsutawney Phil serves as the official weather forecaster by coming out of his hole and if he sees his shadow, we have 6 more weeks of winter.  I personally hope dear little Phil does not see his shadow and we can move on to Spring. 


    Here is an old English saying:

    If Candlemas be fair and bright,
    Winter has another flight.
    If Candlemas brings clouds and rain,
    Winter will not come again.

    One of the things that I associate this time of year with is my Father's birthday on February 1 who was born just after midnight and only minutes after his twin brother.  He was an inspiring cancer warrior that lost his battle at the Fall Equinox of 2009.  And yes, I can hear you now. Love you Dad.

    For more information about Imbolc, visit History of Imboc on About.com.


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