February

Even if you aren’t into spirits and myths this months advice will strike a truth and maybe inspire you to actually meet those New Years resolutions you’ve already considered abandoning. 😀

February

For most of us, February means shorter days, longer nights, and colder temperatures. Our ancestors coped with the dead of winter by hunkering down by the fire and conserving energy. They got up later, went to bed earlier, stayed home with the clan or family, and generally did less. Unfortunately, our modern society doesn’t lend itself to this approach, and we often end up pushing ourselves too hard during a season when energy is hard to come by.February

February is a good time to turn inward. Hibernation isn’t just for bears. People can benefit from slowing down and following the natural inclination of the season toward quiet and introspection. You can start to plan the year ahead, even though it is to early to actively do much with your plans (that can wait for spring). If you write – whether it is journaling, poetry, short stories, or books – now is the prim time to reconnect with your muse. Pain, play music, or have small intimate gatherings instead of big parties. Or just spend time by yourself, rediscovering your inner witch.

And don’t forget to use this quiet time to get in touch with your spiritual side. In the silence, you may be able to make a deeper connection with deity that you can during the hustle and bustle of the warmer months. Sit by your altar and speak from the heart and listen for the answer that comes out of the dark. Slow down and sit tight – spring will come soon enough.

Hibernation Spell

Darkness falls and nights grow cold

And like the Witches of old

I turn my speed from fast to slow

And bank the fires down to low

Looking inward in the night

I seek that sacred shining light

Ancient God and Goddess wise

Watching down from moonlit skies

Quiet home and quiet heart

I’ll hibernate ’till springs new start

Content to be at peace and warm

Entranced by winter’s slower charm

Stone: Amethyst

Flowers: violet, primrose

Animal: Otter

Ruling planet: Uranus

Deborah Blake, Llewellyn’s Witches Callender 2013

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A Witches Calender: January

I brought a calender this year – I know, not exactly thrilling news. I picked out one themed with witches because I liked the pictures, when I got it home I discovered each month tells a little story. Today I thought I’d share January’s. Sitting comfortably? Then I’ll begin…

HoldaJanuary

We are in the time of the Snow Queen, who is also known as the Northern Germanic goddess Holda. Holda, or Holla, is a deity associated with spinning, fertility, childbirth, and domesticated animals. Holda is the keeper of a sacred pool through which the souls of newly born infants enter the world. It was thought that if women bathed in Holda’s sacred pools, they would quickly conceive. Holda is also one of the leaders of the Wild Hunt. The season of the Wild Hunt began at the Winter Solstice and continues throughout the months of winter. Holda is a patroness of Witches, and she has a shamanistic type of energy, as Witches called on her for nighttime flights or to aid in astral projection.

Holda may appear as an old, bent crone cloaked in gray or as a beautiful young maiden dressed in shimmering white. According to folklore, when Holda makes her bed and fluffs up her feather pillows, it snows. This is how she earned the title of Snow Queen. When fog rolls in during the winter months, it is believed that this is the smoke for Holda’s fire. In southern Germany, this deity is known as Perchta (sometimes spelled Berchta). The name Perchta translates to the “bright one”. Also, a goddess of the Wild Hunt and childbirth, she was accompanied by and cared for the souls of children and babies who had passed to the other side. The festival day for Perchta/Berchta and Holda is January 6.

These goddesses of fertility and death walked here between the worlds of the living and the dead. During the month of January when the snows settle in and the night seems very long, you may call upon Holda to watch over and protect you.

Spell to Call on Holda

All around me now icy, winter winds do blow, 

I call Holda and Perchta, the Queens of the Snow.

Leaders of the Wild Hunt, great ladies, please hear my cry,

Watch over and defend me as you sail through the sky.

By the powers of the earth, air, fire and water,

Guard and protect you magickal sons and daughter.

January Correspondences

Stone: Garnet

Animal: Snow goose; owl; bear

Flower: Carnation; snowdrop

Ruling planet: Saturn

(Not my own words, copied from ‘Llewellyn’s Witches Calender 2013’: Ellen Dugan)