Welcome to January and the stillness of winter...This January, turn inward, cocooned by the new year. January is the time of the new moon and the crone. And in these days after the Winter Solstice and the season of Yule, the days will again grow longer, inching closer to spring on the horizon.
But until those days, snow creates a soft blanket over the north's lands and allows the space to develop internal magic. January is a beautiful time for dream divination, candle magic, and altar building.
Festivals and Gatherings…
Epiphany, or Three Kings Day, is celebrated on January 6th. La Befana, the Christmas Witch, is known to fly on this day. She is a witch from Italian folklore who delivers gifts to the good children of the land.
Imbolc is the day of the poet Goddess Brigid, celebrated between February 1st and 2nd. Halfway between the winter solstice and the spring equinox, Imbolc is a crossroads between the seasons.
In Ireland, Imbolc represents the beginning of the year. The Celtic Goddess Brigid presides over this holy day. Brigid is the goddess of fertility, sacred waterways, the forge, and poetry.
Other than Sabbats…
The Wild Hunt is the procession of spectral haunts across the sky in the days following the Winter Solstice. Some say this procession continues into January. The myths surrounding this parade are varied depending on which part of the world you call home, ancestrally or otherwise.
Cŵn Annwn are the hellhounds in Welsh Mythology. They are associated with The Wild Hunt. They are said to hunt on specific sacred nights of the winter months. Legends say that their howling is at its loudest while furthest away and that it becomes quieter as the hounds approach.
Legends say that in the early days of January, the moon goddess Diana, accompanied by Satia and Abundantia, respectively, the personifications of satiety and abundance, used to fly over the fields to make them fertile. Diana, Satia, and Abundantia, can be called upon as you stretch your wings in the New Year.
Connect with Moonstone in January.
Moonstone is associated with compassion and empathy, supports tapping into your intuition, and enhances psychic abilities and clairvoyance.
On the Celtic Tree Calendar, the month of January is Rowan.
The Rowan is associated with astral travel, personal power, and success. A charm carved into a bit of a Rowan twig will protect the wearer from harm.
The Earth & Stars...
January is ruled by the sign of Aquarius. Aquarius is known to be progressive, independent, intelligent, unique, and idealistic. How can you work with your astrological placements in Aquarius during January?
The Full Moon in January will arrive on January 6th.
The New Moon in January will come to us on January 21st.
During January, it’s time to connect with your psychic ability, Aquarian eccentricity, and the element of air.
It's time to create, craft cocoons, and celebrate your shadows, inner crone, and wise woman. The veil between this world and the next is thin; on these long nights, ancestors whisper messages from the beyond. This month write poetry, take time to be still, and in the cold, feel renewed in this new year. If you listen closely, you might hear the paws against the earth of the Welsh hellhounds.
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