Tonight marks February’s Snow Moon, so named because (although the days are getting longer) we are still in winter’s firm grip…and snow is mother earth’s way of painting the world in soft, sparkling white magic.
In addition to the banishing ritual many of us are doing tonight (see previous posts) the Snow Moon is also a good time to enter a period of self-reflection and meditation about what you want to “grow” when the spring equinox occurs next month.
It’s time to order your seed catalogs and plan your garden. Take a moment to blend an earthy perfume to wear when the weather warms (my personal favorite is a blend of patchouli, ylang ylang, sandalwood and vanilla). Go through your closet and purge. If you haven’t worn something in the last month, turn the hanger around…and if you haven’t worn it by the equinox, it’s time for a trip to Goodwill. Make a list of Farmer’s Markets that will be cropping up in your area over the next couple of months, and start purchasing the majority of your food there (if possible). Write a poem about how you’ve outgrown your own skin.
The Snow Moon is also the closest to Valentines Day, so light a candle to the patron saint of love and marriage (pink or white candles work well, especially when anointed with rose absolute oil).
If you’re looking for love, on St Valentine’s Day, fasten a yellow crocus or yellow flower in your buttonhole or in your hair, and say three times:
St Valentine, the lover’s friend,
I ask this flower my love to send.
…then let the universe take her course.