Hello Dear Ones
Welcome to our February Newsletter. We have managed to make it through January… more or less intact, maybe with a few more bumps and bruises that we would have liked!
It’s now more than halfway between the winter solstice and the spring equinox. I can hear a few hoorays! I know I am certainly excited to see the light starting to return.
February is a transitional time, a tipping point, a time for letting go of the old, to make space for the new. You can already sense the change in the air, the evenings are getting lighter and we are starting to feel ourselves waking from our winter hibernation.
In ancient Roman times, February was known as the “Month of Purification”. February is still considered to be the month for cleansing and purging ourselves from any residual negativity. This makes February an excellent month to balance our Chakras (link in the recommendations) or consider a ritual or spell for health. It’s also a good time to eat right, get plenty of rest, stay active mentally and physically.
It's February, can you believe it? I always think that when February is gone then the rest of the year just flies by. So, what's my intention for February? To live every minute of it, to feel every minute of it, to be awake. I love waiting to see the first snowdrop, that is always the highlight of February for me.
And January? Well, it was a dismal, COVID, America, the ice. But it was also magical. Just watching the snowfall and then seeing the dog trying to navigate it once it had turned to ice. Watching the birds coming for food. And noticing the first buds on the honeysuckle. I received a delivery of seeds, they are waiting to be planted, it is exciting to think about summer and what the garden could look like.
And then the inauguration and Amanda Gorman! If you did not see it, the link to a video of it is included below. The hill we climb was just wonderful: " For there is always light. If only we're brave enough to see it. If only we're brave enough to be it."
I don't know about you, but between Amanda Gorman and Kamala Harris, I was very proud to be a woman that day.
My message for you this month is to enjoy the returning of the light and to be the light.
YouTube: Poet Amanda Gorman reads 'The Hill We Climb'
Living in the UK for the last 11 years, I have come to associate February with a liminal space… it’s still winter, but not quite spring. A space where nature begins to wiggle her toes and fingers before she takes a soul-satisfying stretch and slowly starts to unfurl from the depths of her slumber.
January has been… well simply rubbish. Lockdown here in the UK has certainly been a challenge, amplified by the long winter nights, it has often felt like the walls have been closing in. But this has leant itself to tipping the situation on its head and looking for creative ways to negotiate these unusual times.
January brought with it some interesting synchronicities. While feeling into the energy for February, the word sovereignty came through and more recently it has appeared in books, Oracle Cards and at a recent Cacao Ceremony, I attended.
It felt like this word was trying to get my attention. *woohooo* I am over here. Don’t you love it when the universe winks at you…
Stepping into our sovereignty means that we are free of the illusions of being something that we are not. It means we are complete; we are the creators of our own destiny and we give voice to our creative expression. We lay claim to our space, body, soul, mind and heart. We accept full ownership of ourself, including our shadow and are personally responsible.
Next up was a very persistent swan (you know how much I love an animal guide 😉) and very timely too, as Swans are the symbol of the Goddess Brigid, whom we honour at Imbolc. She was showing herself in oracle cards, appearing in journey’s and in various other places.
Her message is to love yourself first and know yourself. She symbolises the awakening power of self, spiritual evolution, and transformation.
The message feels very strong this month, the time is now. Time to clear out and step up. To make space, to remember who we are and reclaim our sovereignty.
Which syncs in nicely with the Oracle Card for the February, which inviting us to dive deeper into getting to know ourselves.
The Owls Witchy Tip
To plant your intentions for this year ritual:
Buy a small packet of your favourite flower seeds, find a pot that can sit on a windowsill for now. On the waxing moon fill your pot nearly to the top with soil. Now create some sacred space, breathe deeply and spend a few minutes thinking about what you want the summer and the rest of the year to hold for you. Pick a few of these plans and plant a seed for each of them. As you plant the seed name it after your intention. All the time just breathing and visualising your intentions coming true. Once you are done cover the seeds with some more soil and water it. Now water your seeds on a regular basis, tending to your intentions and watch them grow. They will be a reminder for you throughout the summer.
The Wolfs Wild Tip
Imbolc is the gateway to spring. It’s an in-between place. In Shamanism we are very interested in the in-between places. We see these as the cracks between the worlds as a powerful portal for healing.
February can be an immensely powerful time to do Journeywork, and below are some ideas on what kind of journeys you can take:
- Journey to the lower or upper world to meet your power animal to ask for guidance for the coming year.
- Journey to specifically tune into the energy of this time of year, for healing to clear out the old and prepare for the new.
- Journey to the middle world, envisioning the future and putting energy into it, by seeing yourself moving through the coming year putting your plans in action.
If you have never done journey work before, here is a link to a Shamanic Journey by Sandra Ingerman who for me, is my go-to teacher on all things Shamanic. This link is suggested Shamanic Drum Music to use on your journey.
Recommendations of the Month
- The Holy Wild, Danielle Dulsky
- Foxfire Wolfskin, Sharon Blackie
Reclaim your Sovereignty - Cacao Ceremony
Join Belinda and Fionn for a Cacao Ceremony, on Sunday, 21 February 2021 at 19:00 where we will be connecting with the Goddess of Love to help us return home to ourselves, through the act of self-love and reclaim our sovereignty. RSVP here.
Goddess Archetype Workshop
In this 6 Part Workshop, beginning on 7 March 2021 (online), we will be exploring aspects of the Triple Goddess, deep-diving into each of the archetypes: The Maiden, The Mother, The Enchantress / Wildwoman and The Crone. We will also explore the shadow aspect of each of these archetypes. This workshop will enable you to develop the goddess within you. We will be hosting this workshop online via zoom.
There is only 1 more space available. If you feel a YES to join us..... More details here.
Shamanic Power Retrieval
Fionn is facilitating Power Retrievals at Santosa in Edinburgh (in-person sessions will recommence after lockdown). A Shamanic Power Retrieval is a healing technique used for reclaiming your lost personal power. We have all experienced the loss of our personal power at some point in our lives. Through a Shamanic Power Retrieval, the idea is to retrieve your lost power and return it to you. If you are not in Edinburgh / Scotland a Power Retrieval can be facilitated remotely. More detailshere.
Oracle Card of the Month
Sea Turtle, Stability – Divine Animals Oracle
In the current vibes, it’s hard to feel stable, emotions are all over the place and we are feeling stuck. In February we are still in transition between Winter and Spring, it’s the in-between place… we hunger for more, but right now we have to be patient.
The Sea Turtle magic flows to us with stability and resilience. She is asking us to ride her wave of magic with ease and surety. Don’t allow yourself to feel pressured, follow the currents and hitch a ride.
She is inviting us to operate from a stable base, so instead of skimming the surface, dive deeply into study or learning your craft. Delve a bit deeper into getting to know yourself.
Let us nurture the spirit of renewal and embrace the light of the lengthening days.
and bits of brightly coloured string
and placed them in her hair while she slept
so that she would remember
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