February’s full moon is known by many different names one of them is the cougar moon. It receives this name due to the fact that at this time in the winter season food is scarce (which is why it is also known as the Hunger Moon) and the predators like the cougar have be out prowling for food for longer periods of time which allows for us to catch a glimpse. As a big cat they are solitary animals only seeking companionship during their mating season which will soon be arriving.
During this month as well we celebrated Imbolc which is known as the time of Quickening, when the crone becomes a maiden once again full of new life and potential. We also can start perceiving nature awakening from her slumber. We start to see some snowdrops, crested iris or crocuses peaking through the snow and the trees start developing their buds. This is the time for new beginnings and it is full of magical potential.
With this theme of new beginnings this is a good moon to make plans for the future and for the Spring to come. This is the time we should dream, be filled with hope and aspirations and set wonderful goals. Due to these powerful energies it lends itself for us to do magical workings that involve personal achievements and advancement. The Moon will enter Virgo at 4:25 am MT (Feb 22nd) and its influence will add even more power as it rules intellectual matters and matters relating to employment and business. Virgo also lends itself to help in health matters, like making dietary changes and/or working to heal the intestines and nervous system.
With all these energies at play it gives us many opportunities to work with the full moon in many different ways. If you are focusing in physical health maybe this is the time to do an intestinal cleanse and help our body get rid-off the toxins. You can prepare a gem elixir of a Green Moss Agate to assist you during the cleanse. If you are focusing on your nervous system, you can make a gem elixir of Nephrite Jade and use it in your tea. I know that Live and Feel suggest that Oolong, Green or Black tea are all good for the nervous system. If you would like to learn a little more on others way you can bring healing to your nervous system please visit Herb Hands Healing.
If you decide to focus in career building, seeking employment or bringing success to your business then this is a good time to craft a Business Success Oil to anoint yourself prior to working with anything related to your business (marketing materials, your business cards, CV’s or resumes) so that everything you touch is infused with the energy.
When you craft remember to create a magical atmosphere! Dim the light a little, light an incense in this case I would recommend High John the Conqueror as it increase your power, draws money and remove hexes or curses which can be limiting your prosperity or Pine which draws money and prosperity. Light a green candle and play some inspiring music. Gather all your ingredients and have fun!
Business Success Oil
- 5 ml of Sesame Oil (to open doors) or any other carrier oil you have
- 5 ml of Almond Oil (to bring money, business success, prosperity and wisdom) or any other carrier oil you have
- 2 drops of Scotch Pine EO (to bring steady money, banish scarcity)
- 4 drops of Blood Orange EO (to add luck, attract money and prosperity)
- 3 drops of Cinnamon EO (to add power, wealth, prosperity, business success)
- 1 drop of Basil (to bring wealth, prosperity and luck, protect you from the evil eye
- 1 drop of Patchouli (to bring money)
- pinch of Allspice (to bring money, luck and business success)
- pinch of Cinquefoil or Five Finger Grass (to bring luck, money and abundance)
- pinch of High John the Conqueror (to bring money, success and happiness)
- one Clove (to bring business success, wealth and prosperity)
- a chip or 2 of Green Aventurine (to bring money, luck, career success, prosperity)
Remember these are guidelines only. Use the ingredients that you have at hand. Feel free to tweak the quantities to suit you and your needs. This is done to serve as a starting point. Keep in mind if you are allergic to any of these ingredients. Please research them prior to using.
Here is a simple but effective ritual you can do this evening. First gather a green candle, the newly crafted Business Success Oil, a bay leaf, matches, a fire resistant dish, John the Conqueror Incense or Pine. Then proceed to set the atmosphere and the tone for your work (create scared space, call the quarters do whatever your tradition calls for). Light the incense put some wonderful background music. Grab your bay life write on it your desired out come. Anoint the green candle towards you with the Business Success Oil and keeping in mind what you want to bring to you. Then light the candle and proceed to burn your bay leave. Place the bay leaf on the dish so it can finish burning. While looking at the flame of the candle concentrate on the outcome you want, see it happening in your life, see the outcome of getting this becoming a reality, hold that thought for as long as you can while staring at the flame of the candle. Once you are done envisioning, say a few words from your heart, express gratitude for receiving the outcome you want and say something like So Mote it be or May it be so. Let the candle finish burning in a safe place. Once the ritual is completed, if there are any remnants of the leaf (ashes) or the candle I would bury them in the earth.
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