|**original artwork by: Yamichi**|
Tonight's full moon is also known as the Snow Moon, Ice Moon, Hunger Moon, and Cleansing Moon. Native American tribes of the north and the east called it the snow moon as it use to be the time that the greatest amount of snowfall came. The name Hunger moon refers to the difficulty to gather food this time of year. The Celts called it the Moon of Ice.
As I sit here writing this I'm looking at well over a foot of snow in my yard, and it's hard to imagine that tonight's moon represents the coming of spring. Yet, I know it's just around the corner. It's the time when the seeds start stirring to life under the cold ground. The farmers start planning crops for their gardens. The animals will start to feel their young in their belly's as they are readying for their spring births. The long sleepy winter is finally ending and the earth is in it's early awakening to the longer days in the warmth of the sun. I already have noticed the longer hours in the day, and how warm the sun feels upon my face.
Correspondences for the full Quickening Moon
Crystals: Rose Quartz, Amethys, Jasper
Deitie: Brighid, Aphrodite, Juno, Kwan Yin, Persephone and Mars.
Colors: blue purple and violet.
Herbs: hyssop, sage, myrhh and spikenard.
Scents: Wisteria, Heliotrope
Trees: Rowan, Laurel, Ceder
Animals: Otter, Unicorn
Birds: Eagle, Chicadee
The element that corresponds to tonights full moon is fire.
Your work tonight should focus on new beginnings of your dreams and goals for this year. It's a night of purification. Work to realize where you past mistakes may have been, forgive and love yourself, and plan for your future. Consider making a dream board for tonight. Find a blank piece of paper or cardboard then spend some time cutting pictures out of magazines representing your dreams for your future. Ask for the Goddess's blessings to help you with it during tonight's moon.
Love and Blessings,