February 2016 Spiritual and Magical Properties of Essential Oils, Fragrance Oils, and Herbs
We note Lunar Holy Days observed in ancient Celtic practice on the new or full moon closest to what are now date-fixed cross-quarter days. Seasonal celebrations of most cultures cluster around these same natural turning points:
Aquarius Moon by day: Relax, check in with community, network; the vibe is friendly, open-minded but stubborn, political but not intimate. Have meetings, work with teams, discuss philosophy, find new allies and common goals, just keep emotional expectations light.
This full moon is on the date of 222, which in Angel numbers this means keep the faith, that all of the letting go and releasing that you are doing is on the right path! This is the most Cleansing Moon of the year. Time to let go. On February 22, 2016 – no matter where you are on Earth, look eastward as soon as darkness falls for the February full moon! Then watch for the dazzling planet Jupiter to follow the moon into the eastern sky somewhat after nightfall but by early evening.
February’s full moon is also known as the Snow Moon, Ice Moon, Hunger Moon, and Cleansing Moon. Native American tribes of the north and the east called it the snow moon as it use to be the time that the greatest amount of snowfall came. The name Hunger moon refers to the difficulty to gather food this time of year. The Celts called it the Moon of Ice.
This moon represents the coming of spring. It’s the time when the seeds start stirring to life under the cold ground. The farmers start planning crops for their gardens. The animals will start to feel their young in their bellies as they are readying for their spring births. The long sleepy winter is finally ending and the earth is in its early awakening to the longer days in the warmth of the sun.
A simple ritual you can do on the full moon to invoke the angels. Light a White or silver candles which suggest the lunar powers, though you can use any color that evokes your ideal of high energy or fulfillment. Large, spherical glow candles would be nicely symbolic. For candle scent, anointing oil, or incense, the fragrances that seem to be most popular for Full Moon blends are lavender, sandalwood, frankincense, lemon, and, rose. Though any pleasing fragrance will do. A simple prayer of thanks and gratitude will bring about untold blessings.
Focus on new beginnings of your dreams and goals for this year. Work to realize where you past mistakes may have been, forgive and love yourself, and plan for your future. Ask the Creator for blessings for all on this planet.
Full Moon Blessings,
Leap Year Day—Monday Feb. 29th
comes in quiet like some ordinary day
the rising tide of light
washes up on the shores of morning
now indigo . . . now easter blue
spirit returns from the adventures of night
and leaps into—rock, deer, tree, you, me.
up onto the ridge
throwing the glow of life
all over everything
giving us one more chance
from everyday mind into
the wonder of being!
out of your eyes
leap into your body,
into this very day
where there are
a thousand ways
to know love
and Spring is a promise
that will be kept.
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