In ancient Rome, February was traditionally a time to repent of previous misgivings, and to offer sacrifices to the gods to purify oneself.
The moon this month was the quickening moon, also known as the ice moon or the hunger moon.
Yes, it’s cold, and the ground is still frozen, but we innately sense hidden activity taking place below that blanket of snow. The sap is running through the trees, the sunrise arrives earlier each morning, and the animals are going into heat, howling, mewing, and scratching the night with desire. Have you felt the stirrings of power? The quickening of land and beast?
February 26 celebrates Hygeia Day, the North African and Roman goddess of healing and disease prevention.
On this festival, honor vitality and physical well-being. Have you seen a doctor for your annual physical? Made your appointment for a mammogram and PAP? Had your eyes checked? Improved your diet or sleep habits?
This is a good time take the steps necessary to take care of yourself. Hygeia is the preventer, the patroness of foresight to avoid illness, so put her birthday on your calendar every year!