We welcome February with the celebration of Imbolc - the midway point between Winter Solstice and Spring Equinox. Now is the time to begin decluttering your home, donating what is no longer used or needed and freshen up your ritual space. If you haven’t physically cleaned your ritual space in awhile, now is the perfect time to take everything off your altar and clean every nook and cranny of your ritual space. Dust your candlesticks, gently cleanse your statues, quickly submerse your crystals in cold water and of course, let some fresh air into your space. Nothing improves the energy of your ritual space more than fresh air and sunlight! Go ahead, open your windows - even if just for a couple of minutes.
February 4th is the Dark Moon in Aquarius. When the moon cannot be seen and is in the dark phase, this is referred to as the Dark Moon by the Old World Witch. The Witch's Dark Moon is a night of stillness, contemplation and banishment. The only types of spellwork that should be done on the Dark Moon is banishment work or curses/hexes. The Dark Moon is also ideal for all types of divination, as well as working with the departed. The Dark Moon Aquarian influences bring about emotional highs and lows, with increased sensitivity to your surroundings. Is the music just a little too loud today? Are the lights too bright? Most of you will crave solitude (or the company of only your lover) on a deep, soul level for the next 36 hours.
On February 5th the new Lunar Year begins in the sign of the Boar (Pig) in the element of the of Earth, which is considered a female Boar year. After the very serious year of the Dog (2018), the female Boar bring great comfort and a deeper sense of home. Comfortable surroundings, delicious food and overall contentment in life will be the main focus of this year. For most, this will be a very relaxing year. You will finally be able to take a deep breath, put your feet on the bare Earth and JUST BE.
Be careful with your money this year. The Boar loves luxury and tends to overspend. A couple of generous gifts to yourself are in order, but be careful with investments and financial dealings. The energy of the Boar can be quite naive when it comes to money. Similarly, this is not the year to attempt big career transitions. Plan this year, move forward in 2020 - the year of the Rat.
Depending on where you are in the world, the Witch’s New Moon falls between February 6th and 7th. As soon as you see the very first sliver of the moon, know that is the Witch’s New Moon is upon you. This is the ideal time for beginning new ventures, planting new seeds of manifestation and drawing new love into your life.
I am guided to share with you that on February 9th you may feel seemingly random bouts of depression and low self-worth. The Aries Moon on its north node induces feelings of alienation, loneliness and despair. Know that this will pass and that all will be well within 48 hours. If you have an Old World Floral Smudge or some Palo Santo, burn it around your bedroom (shortly before bed) and all around your physical body. Be easy on yourself. In a seeming contradiction, a Mercury/Mars sextile tends to bring prosperous, successful ideas. If you have an idea for a new project or goal, write it down. Then come back to it a week later, when you have enough energy to follow through with it or consider it from a new vantage point.
If you are working on increasing your financial independence, begin your 8-Day Opulence Ritual the morning of February 12th.
When Sun enters Pisces on February 18th, you will notice an increased sensitivity to your surroundings (light, scents, vibration) and your compassion for the world around you will grow. Many of you will have sudden urges to eat less meat (or take it off the menu entirely), plant some trees and donate to charitable organizations that speak to you. I urge you to please follow those instincts. Although I do not believe in karma in the literal western sense, I am a big advocate for doing good in the world and leaving the Earth in a better condition than when we were born. If it's already warm where you live, this is the perfect day to plant a tree. Under the roots of the tree, place remnants from a prosperity ritual or a love ritual. As the tree grows and spreads its roots, so too will the results of your ritual.
The feelings of generosity and deep connection to the world around you continues through the Snow Full Moon of February 19th - which is also a Super Moon. The Moon will appear much larger, grander and will inspire a new sense of purpose. You will notice you have an unusually high number of projects, promises and obligations around this time. Time will feel like it’s running out - but that is merely an illusion. The Sacred Full Moon Ritual will ease your nerves and will align you with your highest good. This magickally potent moment of the month is ideal for smudging your home with Juniper to welcome to happiness, Rosemary to protect your family, Lavender to bless and Roses to awaken the love within. The Old World Floral Smudge Bundles (comes in two sizes) contains all the mentioned herbs and is specifically made for Full Moon rituals. In addition to the herbs stated, contain a seasonal variety of herbs and flowers to purify, bless & protect.
On a rather sour note, the night of the Full Moon we also walk into the shadow of Mercury Retrograde. Mercury rules communication, travel, technology and the legal system. When Mercury is in Retrograde, these areas of life are at their absolute weakest point. It is the absence of Mercury that is the cause of these problems. Make sure to wrap up all important financial dealings, documents and computer repair projects by the end of February. And please, file your taxes before March 1st.
Mercury Retrograde is March 5th - 28th, with the final post-shadow ending on April 16th. To help you deal with Mercury Retrograde and counteract its annoyances, we are offering you a FREE* Mercury Retrograde Mini Ritual Kit with every order made between now and February 8th. (*See below for promo code) Simply perform the ritual between the morning of March 1st and the night of March 4th. If dealing with Mercury-affected unpleasantries (court, legal paperwork, home purchase, costly repairs), perform the rituals on a weekly basis throughout Mercury Retrograde. For more information on Mercury Retrograde, click here.
How to claim your FREE Mercury Retrograde Mini Ritual Kit
Free Mercury Retrograde Mini Ritual Kit offer expires February 8th and quantities are limited!
If you have been following us on Instagram, you may have seen our announcement that we are leaving the city of Portland, Oregon and are moving closer to our wildcraft herb growers & suppliers in central Oregon. Due to the move, our shipping department will be closed February 10th - February 18th as we set up our new facility and make our Old World Witchcraft home in the country. Therefore, if you are wanting to receive your Sacred Full Moon Ritual or the Old World Floral Smudge (or anything else!) before the February Full Moon, please submit your order by February 9th. All ritual services, readings and customer support will still be available throughout the shipping suspension.
As Mother Earth awakens with the first heartbeats of spring, I am sending you my blessings and wishing you joyous beginnings and soulful awakenings.
Wishing you a blissful February & a comfortable Lunar New Year!
Love & Magick,
Keep in mind...
Astrological events are similar to acts of weather. Some people choose to dance in the wind and the rain. Others stay indoors. Your reaction, your mental attitude and your choice of thoughts will create your own experience and outcome.