Valentine’s Day, snow, and February’s Snow Moon all occur in February. This post is for you if you love cultural interpretations of what this full moon represents, or if you are a huge admirer of everything lunar. We’ll examine what our forefathers thought about the full moon in February and all the superstitions and folklore associated with it. Prepare your telescope and binoculars for this evening event. This Saturday, February 24, 2024, at 7:30 am EST, is the Snow Moon, the full moon for February. Let’s find out how it came to be and what it means.
Origin of the Snow Moon
The Snow Moon’s name was not assigned for a single reason. It is probably because February is a very snowy month in the Northern Hemisphere. Not everyone referred to it as “Snow Moon” at first. The winter full moon is known by different names among the Native Americans. Because it was so difficult to hunt during the chilly month, the Cherokee called it the “Hungry Moon” and the “Bony Moon.”
It has long been believed that because they had no other means of determining when a month had gone, Native Americans named each full moon. This is probably untrue because Native Americans were significantly more knowledgeable about time than anyone realised. The “Wolf Moon” in January is named after a tribe that may have heard numerous wolves howling at one time.
Because most of them likely to bring major snow storms in the area, tribes in the northwest called the moon the “Storm Moon.” Because the full moon coincides with the birth of bear cubs, some tribes have named it the “Bear Moon.” It is referred to as the “Storm Moon” and the “Ice Moon” in Celtic and Old English literature.
Every 19 years, February experiences the so-called “Black Moon” in place of a full moon. A missing moon event won’t occur in every region of the planet due to time zone differences.
Lunar Traditions and Beliefs
Different civilizations and organisations around the world have varied interpretations of the meaning of the snow moon. Astronomers who pay great attention to details think that the Snow Moon represents The Snow Moon has arrived in Leo this year.Leos are recognised for their flamboyant vitality, imaginative expression, and generous hearts. A lot of people will be eager to try new things and to publicly express themselves via writing, painting, or music. Some could sense that their reserves are depleting. It’s time to wait and tidy the old “pantry” in order to get ready for what’s to come.
This is consistent with Native Americans’ idea that the Snow Moon marks a time of hunger and depletion before replenishment. Now is the perfect moment to enjoy the peaceful, frigid winter days and remember that soon enough, the days will become longer and life will get hectic again, replenishing the reserves that were once exhausted. In our minds, that means relishing this quiet and peaceful moment while we get ready for the next phase of our lives. For further information, be sure to review your horoscope for February 5, 2024.
Celebration and Rituals
Pagans commemorate Imbolc, which falls on February 1, during the Snow Moon. The Winter Solstice and Spring Equinox are separated by midway on Imbolc. It is a period of enlightenment and rebirth. To get rid of the old, think about having a bath and lighting some candles. This clears the path for the upcoming year and phase of your life. You can choose the colour of the candles based on what you want to manifest. To provide even more relaxing effects, add a small amount of lavender to the bath.
Use palo santo or sage if you decide to smudge your house. Spend enough time in each room, making sure to explore every area. Open the windows in every area before you start, allowing any negative energy to leave. In order to welcome in the new chapter and cleanse your crystals of any residual harmful energy, you can also smudge them. After deciding what you want to concentrate on for the upcoming quarter of the year, gather the relevant crystals. You can finish this up before having a cleansing bath.
Rituals & Ceremonies Around the World
Certain ceremonies were employed by Native Americans to ward off malevolent spirits. Some tribes think that because so many people and animals pass away in the winter, the Snow Moon is particularly full of lost souls. The dead had to be acknowledged or they would keep coming back to haunt the living. Since the Snow Moon is the final winter full moon, they utilised dance and ceremonies to drive the spirits back to their proper places and prepare the way for Spring.
The Snow Moon marks the start of planting season in Europe. As the difficult winter months came to an end, the ancient Persians lighted fires as a sign of the regeneration of the land. The Celts believed that the Snow Moon was the time when the veil between the living and the dead was the thinnest, thus they performed rituals of purification. During this period, the goddess Februa—who represents death and purification—was honoured in rites by the ancient Romans.