February 2021 Seasonal Poster
February is certainly an interesting time. Outside of my window it is currently snowing, and it feels more bitterly cold than it has most of the winter.
At the same time, there are signs that spring is coming - crocuses and snowdrops delicately grow at ground level, and the days are getting longer. On the first of the month is Imbolc, a pagan festival that celebrates the half way point between the Winter Solstice and the Spring Equinox - it is the last quarter of the darker half of the year.
This month is also the start of the lunar calendar, marked by Chinese New Year on 12 Feb after the New Moon in Aquarius, and the Chinese Lantern Festival on 26 Feb, to celebrate the Full Moon in Virgo - the first Full Moon of this new year.
For Christians, this is also the start of Lent on 17 Feb, Ash Wednesday, a period of fasting for 40 days and 40 nights. This period of fasting also coincides with what was called ‘The Hungry Gap’ - a time in traditional agricultural communities when the winter veg has gone to seed and the first spring crop is a month or so away. A time of eating through your stores from the harvest and trusting in the coming spring.
February is traditionally a month of difficulty and scarcity but also new beginnings and hope. The Full Moon in Virgo has been called many names signifying these two aspects: The Moon of Purification + Renewal, The Bone Moon, The Moon of Little Famine, The Budding Moon.
When everything seems so changeable and unstable and abnormal, it is comforting to see these patterns of the sun, the moon, the earth still playing out. Spring always follows Winter.