The Witches Almanac for Tuesday, February 23
Tuesday (Mars): Passion, sex, courage, aggression, and protection.
The Waning Moon (from the Full Moon to the New) is a time for study, meditation, and little magical work (except magic designed to banish harmful energies).
Moon phase: Third Quarter
Moon Sign: Virgo
Virgo: Favors accomplishment of details and commands from higher up. Focuses on health, hygiene, and daily schedules.
February 20- March 19
20– Day of Tacita (Roman)
21– Feralia (Roman)
22– Concordia, Carista (Roman)
23– Terminalia (Roman God of Boundaries)
24– Shiva(Hindu God of Destruction and Renewal)
26– Pentagram Night
27– Runic Half Month of Tyr(cosmic pillar) Begins
28– Zamyaz(Ancient Percian Diety), Earth Goddesses: Ceres, Demeter, Gaia, Ge, Mauri
1– Juno Lucina, Granny March(Bulgarian Witch-Goddess), Matronalia, Roman New Year
2– Ceadda(God of Healing Springs and Sacred Wells)
3– Aegir(Teutonic God of the Sea), All Triple Goddesses)
4– Feast of Rhiannon(Celtic/Welsh Mother Goddess), Anthesteria
5– Navigium Isis, Blessing of the Vessel by Isis
6– Mars, All Roman Household Gods
8– Mother Earth Day Festival
12– Martyrdom of Hypatia(the Divine Pagan)
14– Runic Half Month of Beorc(birch tree) Begins, Goddess of the Birch Tree, Ua, Zit(Egyptian Serpent-Goddess)
15– Rhea(Greek Earth Goddess), Festival of Attis and Cybele
16– Dionysus, Bacchus, Holika(Indian Demon-Goddess)
17– Bacchus, Dionysus, Festival of Astarte
18– Celtic Tree Month of Fearn(alder) Begins, Sheela-Na-Gig(Irish Fertility Goddess)
19– Eyvind Kinnrifi(One of Odin’s martyrs), Birth of Athena/Minerva, Sitala(Indian Goddess)
The Wicca Book of Days for February 23
Blessing the Boundaries
February 23 was once dedicated to Terminus, the Roman Supreme God of boundary markers, and to the termini, the individual spirits that were associated with each boundary stone. During the Terminalia, as the festival that honored these deities was called, Terminus would be worshiped in Rome at the stone that embodied him in the temple of Jupiter Optimus Maximus, on the Capitoline Hill, and also at the sixth milestone of the Via Laurentia. The boundary stones that represented the lesser termini, in fields and elsewhere, were anointed with aromatic oil and garlanded with fragrant flowers, and animals were sacrificed to them.
The ancient Greeks – believed that February’s birthstone, amethyst, has the power to prevent intoxication, so if you are attending a function where it would be rude to refuse an alcoholic drink, but want to remain sober, wear a piece of amethyst jewelry.