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February gets its name from the word februare, meaning "to purify." This is likely due to the fact that February was the traditional month of cleansing in Rome, when people repented of holiday excesses. The official day for focusing on purification is February 15. (I suspect the ancient cure for hangovers, onion juice, saw a lot of use this day). This cleansing theme also explains the prevalence of water-themed celebrations during this month, along with festivals for the dead.

By now the hectic pace of the holidays has begun to settle down, and life returns to some semblance of normalcy. Nonetheless, the need for the Goddess does not go away during day-to-day activities. If anything, making life an act of worship means including her in even the simplest of things. In terms of energy, any magic focused on growth, well-being, purification, cleansing, or initiation is suited to this month's aspects.

From 365 Goddess and Moon Magick
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February Moon Names

Avunnivik Moon ~Inuit
Big Winter Moon
Bony Moon
Chaste Moon
Cleansing Moon
Coyote Frighten Moon
~San Juan
Dark Storm Moon
Geese Moon
Gray Moon
Horning Moon ~other
Hunger Moon ~Janic, Algonquin
Ice Moon
Lateness Moon ~Mohawk
Little Bud Moon ~Kiowa
Little Famine Moon ~Choctaw
Long Dry Moon ~Assiniboine
Nuts Moon ~Natchez
Old Moon
Purification Moon ~Hopi
Running Fish Moon ~Winnebago
Quickening Moon ~other
Rabbit Moon ~Potawatomi
Raccoon Moon ~Sioux
Red Moon,
Shoulder Moon ~Wishram
Snow Moon
~Neo-Pagan, Algonquin
Solmonath Moon ~other
Sparkling Frost Moon
Spruce Tips Moon ~Passamaquoddy
Storm Moon ~Medieval English
Sucker Moon ~Anishnaabe
Trapper’s Moon ~Algonquin
Trees Pop Moon ~Sioux
Wild Moon
Wind Moon
Winter Moon
Wolf Moon
February Celebrations:

February was named for the Roman goddess Februa, mother of Mars. As patroness of passion, she was also known as Juno Februa and St. Febronia from febris, the fever of love. Her orgiastic rites were held on February 14th, St.Valentine's Day. In Norse traditions, she is equated with Sjofn.

The Irish called this month Feabhra or an Gearran, the gelding or horse. The horse was used to draw the plough, but Gearran also means 'to cut' and 'Gearran' can be used to describe the 'cutting' Spring winds. To the Anglo-Saxons, this was Solmonath, "sun month," in honor of the gradual return of the light after the darkness of winter. According to Franking and Asatru traditions, this month is Horning, from horn, the turn of the year.

Aquarius and Pisces share power over February, with Pisces taking over around the 19th of February. Violet is the flower for those born in February. Though jacinth and pearl appear on some lists, amethyst is the jewel for those born in this month and for Pisces, while aquamarine is the stone for Aquarians.

Other stones associated with Aquarius are chrysoprase, garnet, labradorite, lapis lazuli, and opal. Albite, aquamarine, chrysoprase, fluorite, green tourmaline, labradorite, moonstone, and opal are linked to Pisces.

This is a month for contemplating the coming new year and what one plans to do with it. Ideas are formed and allowed to germinate until the new year has started, but one must begin thinking about it.The month of February, truly a month of ice in many parts of the Northern Hemisphere, is a dormant time, when all activity and life appears to be low-key or below the surface movement. In both the Celtic and Roman cultures, it was a time of spiritual purification and initiation. The country of Tibet celebrated the conception of Buddha and the Feast of Flowers during this time of year.

February can be an ideal time for dedicating or re-dedicating oneself to whatever deity or deities one worships. It is also a wise practice to cleanse and purify yourself, your dwelling place, and even your property lines before the dedication. Purifying changes the vibrations by removing negative ones and inviting in positive ones. The month of January was a time of ending old cycles and preparing for new ones. February prepares the environment and the body, mind, and spirit for receptivity of new spiritual and life experiences.

Hatun-pucuy, or the Great Ripening, was celebrated among the Incas.

The Lesser Eleusinian Mysteries of Greese was also called the Festival of the Returning Daughter. This was a celebration of the Kore's return from the Underworld and the rebirth of earthly vegetation. This ceremony, unlike the Greater Eleusinian, was open to many people and was a time of initiation into the lower Mysteries. Initiation into the Lesser Eleusinian Mysteries was open to all free men and women who were not guilty of murder and similar crimes. All initiates were bound by an oath of silence so effective that the secrets of the mysteries were never told. Today we know very little about the actual ceremonies, except what was performed in full public view.

Kuan Yin is the Great Goddess of the Oriental people. She has been known to offer her aid primarily to women and girls, but there is no reason why men cannot honor her and ask her help. She is said to guide lost travelers, protect from attack by humans or animals, bless a family with children, and heal. She is called the Compassionate and is revered for her wisdom and love. Oriental women offered oranges and spices before her statues.

The Roman Lupercalia festival was a time of purification and fertility. A priest of the god Pan signaled the beginning of the Lupercalia with sacrifices of a goat and a dog. The skins of these animals were made into whips which chosen young boys used to strike people, particularly barren women. This was thought to bring good luck in conceiving and having a healthy baby. It is quite possible that our present Valentine's Day has seeds of its beginnings in this ritual.

The Roman Parentalia and Feralia celebrations were a time to honor the ancestors. It was a period of solemnity with no feasting or marriages; all the temples were closed. Houses were cleaned thoroughly and food offerings made to the spirits of the dead. The goddesses Mania and Vesta were honored with solemn rituals.

The priestesses of Vesta (the Vestal Virgins) were accorded great respect and trust. They kept the wills of the citizens of Rome and saw that they were properly fulfilled when the maker died. At a word or appearance of any Vestal, any condemned criminal was set free without question or argument.

Later in the month, the festival of Carista was held as a fmily celebration for peace and accord. This festival was known as the Concordia. Condordia, or Caristia, was the goddess of harmony. It was a time for exchanging gifts with family members and resolving provlems. Differences and feuds were not to be carried within the family beyond this date.

The Roman god Terminus was the deity of land boundaries. His festival was the Terminalia. Boundary stones marking the property lines were annointed and blessed by the head of the household. This ceremony is rather like the one honoring the household guardians, as the Nature spirits residing in the boundary stones were asked for protection and prosperity for the land and family. This ritual could be adapted for today by blessing the boundaries of your property, stones or not.

From: Moon Magick
By D J Conway
February Birth Signs
(Celtic, Nordic, Astrological, etc)

Jan 20 to Feb 18
Sun in Aquarius

Jan 21 to Feb 19
Sign of the Orchid

Jan 22 - Feb 18
Sign of the
Rowan Tree

Jan 25 -Feb 3
Sign of the
Cypress Tree

Feb 4 - Feb 8
Sign of the
Poplar Tree

Feb 9 to Feb 18
Sign of the
Cedar Tree

Feb 18 - Mar 17
Sign of the
Ash Tree

Feb 19 to Mar 20
Sun in Pisces

Feb 19 - Feb 28
Sign of the
Pine Tree

Feb 20 to Mar 20
Sign of the
Water Lily
Ring of Fire
Dark Shadows
Midnight Moon
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Nature Spirits:
house faeries -
both of the home
itself and of house
balm of Gilead,
light blue,
rock crystal
Kuan Yin,
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