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. 😀
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 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.
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
Flowers: violet, primrose
Ruling planet: Uranus
Deborah Blake, Llewellyn’s Witches Callender 2013