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An Old Craft Witch's Calendar 22nd February




The word ‘spring’ is of Old English origin and has many other meanings; According to Chamber’s Book of Days it was probably chosen as the name of the season because this is the time when plants spring up and grow.  The Latin name for the season was ‘ver’, a word that is found in the adjective vernal, meaning ‘of the spring’.  “In those vernal seasons of the year, when the air is calm and pleasant, it were an injury and sullenness against nature not to go out, and see her riches, and partake in her rejoicing with heaven and earth.” John Milton.


22nd  Full moon and a time for replenishing depleted magical energy by bathing in the moonlight.  Some charms can also be revitalised by leaving it on the window sill overnight.


24th One of the feasts of St Matthias, the apostle who was chosen to replace Judas Iscariot. According to various weather proverbs, a frost on St Matthias’s Day will last for anything from a week to two months.  On the day in1582 Pope Gregory XIII announced that the Roman Catholic world would use the new Gregorian calendar.


29th Leap Year Day often connected with romance but beware of what you wish for …


Toads have a mixed reputation in folklore: they are lucky and more often, unlucky; they can be used in healing charms or as a poison. It is considered lucky to meet a toad – but unlucky to kill one. A toad is capable of eating hundreds of insect at one meal and in times past, was often kept as a household pet and used to clean up cottage pantries infested with ants. They emerge at dusk


and often hibernate in disused animal burrows, although they can be encouraged to remain in the garden by providing a suitable spot, so that they deal with snails, slugs, caterpillars and woodlice. For the traditional witch the croak of a frog or toad atthe culmination of a magical working is a sign of its success.


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Mélusine Draco originally trained in the magical arts of traditional British Old Craft with Bob and Mériém Clay-Egerton. She has been a magical and spiritual instructor for over 20 years with Arcanum and the Temple of Khem, and writer of numerous popular books on magic and witchcraft. Her highly individualistic teaching methods and writing draws on ancient sources, supported by academic texts and current archaeological findings.


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