Arc of the Goddess – Fresh new February

Feb 12th, 2016 | By | Category: Articles, Work in Progress, Year of the Goddess

Arc of the goddess front page FebruaryFebruary always feels like the start of the turning point, although it is not spring yet February sees the beginnings of new growth and even (hopefully) a few sunnier days.  And of course the beginning of February brings the festival of Imbolc which is traditionally sacred to the goddess Brighid.  This is the month where we celebrate the maiden awaiting the return of her sun god; it is a time for renewal, new beginnings and a good ‘ole clear out, spring clean, sort clutter and smudge, smudge, smudge…

It is also the time of year for all the baby sheepses to be bouncing around the fields and to celebrate that spring is on its way, prepare for growth and renewal of all kinds and keep an eye out for the first spring flowers.

 

Crystal for February – Turquoise

 If you need help with your throat chakra or communication then this is the stone for the job.  It can also help to diffuse arguments and to help you say what you really mean…

A good detox stone for the whole body and system (don’t eat it obviously…).

Turquoise is a stone of prosperity and success but also for protection.

Give a piece of turquoise to a child to carry if they are being bullied or to give courage and boost self esteem to shy children.

It not only absorbs negative energy but turquoise also brings wisdom and helps boost your psychic abilities.

Turquoise brings energy and balance and helps sort out any emotional issues.

 

Herb for February – Nettles

(Urtica dioica)

Hans Christian Anderson wrote about stinging nettles in his story The Wild Swans, the princess having to weave coats for them out of nettles.

Nettles are also said to mark the place where Elves live.  Carry nettles with you not only to protect against lightening but also to draw money to you.

Historically nettles have held the power of protection quite often against demons and witches … eep!  They have also been used as anaesthetic and apparently also as a weird kind of rheumatism remedy (apparently the pain of the sting puts the rheumatism pain to shame).

The leaves of the nettle also make a very good green dye.

Nettle can be used to remove curses and send back hexes it also works well for exorcism and to protect against negative energies and avert danger.

Use in amulets and medicine bags to allay fear and ward against ghosts.

Nettles are very good for putting into poppets or witches bottles to remove curses.  Make a magic powder with dried nettles and sprinkle around your property to keep out negative energies.    Use nettles in medicine pouches for healing.

 

Deity for February – Shakti

Shakti is the divine force, manifesting to destroy demonic forces and restore balance. Every God in Hinduism has his Shakti and without that energy they have no power.  So Shakti is the mother goddess, the source of all, the universal principle of energy, power or creativity. The worship of Shakti as this energy is the main objective of Tantra Yoga. Shakti is inseparable from the one who beholds her, the Shakti-man, the masculine principle or universal father. Shakti-man is called Brahma or Shiva.  The play of female energy has no beginning and no end. Although it is restless, the energy moves through alternating periods of motion and rest, during which order is re-established. Tantra believes that as long as the phenomenal world exists, it is the Universal mother who is the creator, preserver.

 

Tree for February – Rowan

Sorbus aucuparia

The Rowan is often associated with the goddess Bridgit and as February is the month of her Sabbat it seems appropriate to include it in this month’s newsletter.

The Rowan is a very tough and hardy tree, it can grow in overworked and poor soil conditions and it is often found growing high on craggy mountains.  Rowans ability to thrive in these locations teaches us perseverance.

Displayed on the base of the Rowan’s red berries is a natural pentagram, a symbol of the Goddess and of protection.  It is because of this that the tree has been given associations with healing and protection.

Rowan trees were often planted in graveyards to keep evil spirits at bay.  Wearing a sprig of rowan is said to protect against being kidnapped by faeries.

You can make a simple protection charm from two rowan twigs tied together with red string to make a cross.  You can then hang this above your door to protect your house.  Another way to use the Rowan as a protection charm is to make a necklace from the dried berries, use red thread to string together the berries as if they were beads.

 

 

Rachel Patterson & Tracey Roberts

Kitchen Witch

www.kitchenwitchhearth.net

www.rachelpatterson.co.uk

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