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February: Folklore, Moons, Symbols & Correspondences

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Written by: Dawn Black (Witchipedia)

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Reviewed by: Tina Caro

February is the second month of the year according to the Julian Calendar and the Gregorian Calendar and it is the shortest month of the year, having only 28 days in common years and 29 days in leap years.

Those born in the first part of February are born under the sign of Aquarius while those born in the latter part of the month are born under the sun sign Pisces.

The name February comes from the ancient Roman Februarius. According to the Ancient Roman Calendar, February was the last month of the year, except when it was occasionally followed by Intercalaris, a month of variable length periodically added to the end of the year to keep the seasons properly aligned.

The name Februarius comes from Februa, meaning “to cleanse”.

KEY TAKEAWAYS

In witchcraft, February is often seen as a time of transition and preparation. As the last month of winter in the Northern Hemisphere, it signifies the final phase of introspection and hibernation before the arrival of spring.

Witches may use this time for deep inner work, reflection, and planning for the coming seasons.

February is also associated with themes of love, fertility, and purification, with rituals and spells focused on attracting love, strengthening relationships, and cleansing negative energies.

Additionally, witches may honor deities associated with love and fertility, such as Venus, Aphrodite, and Brigid, and work with symbols like hearts, flowers, and candles in their magical practices.

Other names for February

  • Old English Solmonath “cake month” or kalemonath (for cabbage)
  • Finnish helmikuu “month of the pearl” referring to melted droplets that refreeze and look like pearls
  • Polish luty month of ice
  • Ukrainian лютий month of ice
  • Macedonian sechko month of cutting wood
  • Czech únor month of submerging (river ice)
  • Croatian veljača (possibly) month of increase
  • Slovene vesnar for Vesna or svečan which referenced Candlemas

Magickal Practices in February

February is a month of transition and preparation in witchcraft, marked by the celebration of Imbolc and the gradual lengthening of days as winter gives way to spring. It’s a time to honor the growing light, embrace the energy of renewal, and plant the seeds of intention for the coming season.

We often engage in rituals, spells, and meditations that reflect the themes of purification, creativity, and new beginnings, aligning themselves with the natural rhythms of the Earth.

PracticeDescription
Brigid DevotionFebruary is a time to honor the Celtic goddess Brigid, associated with healing, poetry, and craftsmanship. Witches may create altars dedicated to Brigid, perform rituals in her honor, and work with her energy for inspiration and creativity.
Candle MagicCandle magic is particularly potent during February, with the celebration of Imbolc emphasizing the importance of light and purification. Witches may perform candle rituals for healing, protection, and manifestation, using the flame to symbolize growth and renewal.
Seed Planting RitualsAs the first signs of spring appear, February is a favorable time for planting seeds—both literal and metaphorical. Witches may perform rituals to bless seeds for the coming growing season, imbuing them with intentions for abundance, fertility, and growth.

The Moon in February

A new moon falling in February will be either in the sign of Aquarius, in the first half of the month or the sign of Pisces after about the 21st.

A full moon falling in February may be called The Full Snow Moon, The Storm Moon, The Full Quickening Moon, The Full Ice Moon or the Full Hunger Moon and it will be in the sign of either Leo or Virgo.

Symbols and Correspondences for February

CorrespondenceDescription
SymbolsCandles, snowdrops, Brigid’s crosses
ColorsWhite, yellow, light blue, silver
Herbs and FlowersLavender, rosemary, snowdrop, chamomile
CrystalsAmethyst, aquamarine, clear quartz
ThemesPurification, initiation, creativity, new beginnings
Gods and GoddessesSjofn, Mars, Juno, Brigid, Diana, Apollo

Some February Folklore

Borrowed Days

The days of February 12th through the 14th were said to be borrowed from the month of January and so it was expected that the weather should be cold and January-like. Stormy winter weather on these days foretold fair weather for the rest of the year.

But if these days are pleasant, or indeed if any days in February are too pleasant, it didn’t bode well for the weather the rest of the year.

More weather lore

If the weather be fine and frosty at the start of February, there is more winter ahead than behind.

When the cat lies in the sun in February, she will hide behind the stove in March.

Cursed be a fair February.

If February has much snow, a fine summer it doth foreshow.

If there be thunder in February, there will be frost in April

“If Candlemas Day be fair and bright,
Winter will have another flight
But if it be dark with clouds and rain,
Winter is gone, and will not come again.”

If Candlemas be fair and clear, there’ll be two winters in the year.

And, of course, it takes a nice day for a groundhog to see his shadow.

Then again

A wet February, A wet Spring

(not such a bad thing)

Important Dates in February

Note: Seasonal holidays celebrated in February in the Northern Hemisphere are often celebrated in August in the Southern Hemisphere.

  • Imbolc in the Northern Hemisphere, Lughnassadh in the Southern Hemisphere
  • Candlemas
  • Februa: February 15th or the first full moon after the lunar new year
  • Valentine’s Day February 14th
  • Valisblot
  • Lupercalia
  • Parentalia
  • Quirinalia
  • Equirria
  • Fornacalia
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