The Wolf Moon is named after the wolf packs that howled hungrily outside of Native American villages in the cold and deep snows of midwinter January.
The January full moon name was sometimes known as the Old Moon, the Moon After Yule, Full Snow Moon, Quiet Moon, Silent Moon, Disting Moon, Terrible Moon and even the Moon of Little Winter
Traditionally during this month Pagans perform purification and protection magic. Creating amulets to carry with you or place in a secret or sacred place are especially common during the Wolf Moon. The ritual burning of written charms so that their magic may be released is also popular.
Making an amulet with magical markings is a very personal project, but worthwhile. It does not need to be restricted to this time of year, in fact you can make a magical amulet at any time.
Before you begin it is good to give careful thought to what symbols you wish to include, if any. (Some amulets are made to carry materials objects like locks of hair, crystals, ribbons, string, etc.)
Symbols might be taken from runes, ogham, sigils, zodiac signs, depending on your personal path or preference of course. Classes on working with sigils are often available at Mystikal Scents. Click here to browse upcoming classes and events, or contact us regarding your interest in this class.
Even words have been used over the centuries on amulets of protection. The word "ABRACADABRA" was used during times of plague in ancient Europe and adorned silver amulets to ward off the sickness.
Since the snow piles heaviest in February, Native American tribes often called this moon the Snow Moon.
Among tribes that used this full moon name for the January moon, the February moon was called the Hunger Moon due to the harsh hunting conditions. Storm Moon, Hunger Moon, Little Famine Moon, Full Bony Moon, Horning Moon, Wild Moon, Quickening Moon, Big Winter Moon are other traditional names for February’s full moon.
This month is still known for powerful snow storms. Still, nature begins to sense the turning of the year. Birds begin looking for new nesting sites and some mammals like the fox begin their search for a mate at this time.
It's a time to look forward, to plan coming seasons. This is true in your magical workings too. New beginnings, launching a successful business or new relationships are excellent in this time.
Magic can be as simple as lighting candles with great intent, prayer or meditation. Candle magic is a good starting point for those who are seeking to connect with old traditions or paths. If you'd rather have someone else prepare your candle for a magical purpose with good intent, then take a look at the Candle Dressing Option on the bookable services here.
Mystikal Scents stocks chime candles in many colors that correspond with things like Healing, Love, Money, etc. Other candles are in store that are not only beautiful, they are carefully crafted for magical purposes. You can browse the Candles in the online store here.
As the temperature increases and the snow begins to melt in March, the ground softens and earthworms begin to show giving the name Worm Moon. Sometimes referred to as the Chaste Moon to encourage abstinence, for a child conceived now would be born in the winter months when food supplies would be lower.
Another sign of spring is the cawing of crows, hence another name for this moon is the Crow Moon. The Crust Moon is another name taken from the observation of nature. In some parts of the world the way the snow forms crusts prior to melting.
In parts of Canada it's more familiar as the Sap Moon as it's the time for the tapping of maple trees.
To the European settlers, this moon was also known as the Lenten Moon and was considered to be the last full moon of winter.
No matter which name you call it, this moon remains a potent time to work magic for change and renewal. Looking at the bigger picture and learning your own place in it through introspection is also a key attribute that may be sought at this time of year.
Guided meditation is a relaxing and a relatively simple way to stand back and look at the bigger picture, or to rejuvenate.
Guided Meditation is a service provided at Mystikal Scents for individuals or groups. These pre paid sessions are required to be booked in advance for scheduling. You can view session details like group size and cost here. Or you can contact us to answer your questions.
The full moon that appears in April is called the Pink Moon. This name came from the herb moss pink, or wild ground phlox, which is one of the earliest widespread flowers of the spring.
The Pink Moon of April is sometimes referred to by names associated with other signs of spring like Seed Moon. In other cultures, this full moon is sometimes called the Sprouting Grass Moon, the Egg Moon, and among coastal tribes the Fish Moon, because this was the time that the shad swam upstream to spawn.
Early herbalists and folk magicians used this period to enhance spells concerning health and general well-being.
Burning herbs indoors to cleanse and purify the hearth and home was performed during this season. Removing negativity or vibes from a particularly harsh winter was just as important as clearing insects that had laid dormant in the rafters and thatches. The ground of the home was smoked at the walls and doorways before recovering the dirt or stone with new rushes.
"Smudging" is the term used by Native Americans and pagans in North America. There are variations in the types of sage used, depending on what you wish to achieve. You can browse our sage bundles and types in the online store here, or come on in....we'd love to see you.
Mystikal Scents also has a wonderful range of Abalone Shells, burning bowls and cauldrons that can help you in successful smudging. If you'd rather have a House Cleansing & Blessing done for you please contact us with some basic details. We do have a service for this but it is limited by location and availability. Unsure which option is best? Ask us so that we can point you in the right direction.
May’s abundant blooms give its full moon the name Flower Moon in many cultures. Other full moon names include the Hare Moon, the Corn Planting Moon, and the Milk Moon.
Flowers are popular during Beltane rites, so many of the flowers and trees that bloom this month are associated with magic. Gatherings with floral headdresses (even for the men)
and dancing with ribbons, cords or kerchiefs would be the celebrations surrounding the planting of the fields.
The fertility was represented by decorating eggs, or carving the hare into wooden objects like spoons. Taking old rushes of corn and weaving them into four spoke wheels was also a tradition among Celtic tribes.
The old rushes would be burned up on the hills and runners sent with new lights for the cleansed hearth. It was symbolic of the spark of life being brought to an empty womb.
May festivals in Europe would include the maidens seeking a husband. The most popular maid was elected queen of the May and invited to choose her king with the aid of a scrying mirror.
It's been suggested that the birth rate for January and February was higher due to this Flower Moon. So if you're looking to increase fertility, this is a month to create your magic with that intent.
Browse the selection of herbs, oils and candles in the Mystikal Scents online store that can assist you to manifest the greatest of pleasures. Better still, come in and see us, sit and relax or find answers, because you deserve to.