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Snow Moon: The Extraordinary Full Moon of February 2024

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It’s no secret people are fascinated by full moons and want to know their meanings and spiritual significance. In 2024, the February Full Snow Moon has a certain mystique and power that instantly draws us in.

Winter is still ever-present, and freezing winds cut through our jackets and force us to tighten our scarves. Depending on where you live, snow continues to fall, and it can start to feel like these bitter and icy days will never end.

However, a stir is just beneath the surface, a quickening heart full of tiny changes that may go unnoticed by others. The days begin to get longer, some animals begin their mating season, and the birds are a bit more active. As the sunlight strengthens, your dreams and ambitions for the year are beginning to take shape as well.

Every full moon has its own name based on the month or the season in which it appears. Creating a name for each full Moon allowed people to reflect on each season and how it affects them AND the natural world. There can be some variation on the Full Moon names due to the origins from whence they came.

Most Full Moon names are English translations of Native American names, others are rooted in Celtic, European (Anglo-Saxon and Germanic), and more recent Neo-Pagan origins. I created a guide to each Full Moon, complete with their meanings and how you can celebrate.

Please note that I make every effort to ensure this information is correct and accurate through my own experiences and referencing sources throughout AND at the bottom of this article.

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When is the February Full Snow Moon in 2024?

In 2024, the Snow Moon occurs on February 24th, reaching its peak at 7:30 a.m. Eastern Standard Time.

What Pagan Holiday is associated with the February Full Snow Moon?

Imbolc is a fire festival celebrating the home and the halfway point between Winter Solstice and the Spring Equinox. It is quite literally mid-winter, and while the days continue to grow lighter, it is still dark and cold outside.

Since Imbolc takes place on February 1st, the Snow Moon is often linked or associated with this Pagan Holiday.

Learn more about Imbolc and How to Honor Midwinter here!

February Snow Moon Spiritual Meaning

The Snow Moon in February signifies a period of change and transition. The weather is unpredictable during this time, swinging between bright sunshine and snowy, cloud-covered days.

Take a moment to reflect on what people in ancient times had to contend with during this season. They spent so much time storing their food and supplies and slowly watched them dwindle. Will they make it through the last of the cold winter days that lay ahead?

You can begin to understand why this moon is also referred to as the hungry moon. Really reflect on the true spirit of this time frame. The last of the heavy late winter snow and frost is about to be elevated by the fresh spring days ahead.

However, it’s so much more than literal snow. February’s Snow Moon symbolizes change, hope, creativity, and growth. That’s the spiritual meaning of the Snow Moon!

February Snow Moon Spiritual Meaning

February Full Snow Moon Alternative Names

  • Hungry Month (Kagali) Cherokee Native American origins
  • Storm Moon, Ice Moon, and Snow Moon (Celtic and Old English origins) (source: Time and Date)
  • Thorri (Þorri) Norse origins (source: Nordic Culture – Skjalden)
  • Frost Sparkling in the Sun Arapaho Native American origins
  • Moon of Purification and Renewal Hopi Native American origins
  • First Flower Moon (Siwekure Araskehe Nuti ) Catawba Native American origins
  • Dassie Moon South African origins (source: Centre for Astronomical Heritage)

For a list of even more Native American Moon names, check out American Indian Alaska Native Tourism Association’s article or Western Washington University’s article.

February Snow Moon Correspondences

Remember, growth during the Snow Moon isn’t always comfortable or easy. Figure out ways you can relax and surrender to this transitional season. How can you clear out the unnecessary to make room for the meaningful?

During this time, we start to move past the goal-setting stage and into the realistic planning stages. How are you going to make your intentions come to fruition? Direct your magical intentions on rituals this month focused on new habits, goals, and plans for the future.

Take some time to really focus and be present. Contemplate your personal and spiritual intentions. This is a truly magical time, full of beautiful energy and momentum! These are the days the Full Snow Moon rises.

Snow Moon Spiritual Intentions

  • Ambition
  • Fresh beginnings
  • Creativity
  • Change
  • Deep internal reflection
  • Abandoning bad habits

February Full Moon Colors

  • Purple (Amethyst)
  • Soft pink (Rose Quartz)
  • Blue (Ice)
  • White (Snow)
February Snow Moon Correspondences

How To Celebrate and Ritual Ideas

It’s easy to lose connection with the moon and nature during these brisk and chilly days. Here are a few ways to help you reconnect and realign with February’s Full Snow Moon spiritual meaning during these cold days of mid-winter.

Reflection

This can truly be one of the most important rituals to engage in during the February Snow Moon. Too much focus is put on goal setting, achievement, and pushing yourself to do more and improve. However, take a moment to stop to reflect on how freaking awesome you are!

How have you grown in the last year? Five years? 10? What challenges have you overcome? How have you educated yourself? Maybe you learned a new creative skill, read a non-fiction book that helped change your perspective, tried a new recipe, made new friends, changed jobs, etc.

Did you make a drastic change in your life or a series of small ones to create a meaningful life you love? Maybe you FAILED at something! I sure hope so because you learned a lesson you can truly flourish from. Give yourself permission to try again because you’ll start off on better footing the next time. Recognize your ability to achieve amazing things!

Spend some time writing or making a list of how you’ve grown into who you are now. Maybe even go through some old photos to help remind you. When you’re through, hang it somewhere you can see it often to remind yourself just how strong and tough you really are! Especially on a challenging day when you really need to refresh your memory.

February Snow Moon Guided Meditation

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Here’s a guided candle meditation I created focused on February’s Full Snow Moon and its spiritual meaning! I hope this helps you connect and focus on this beautiful season filled with fresh beginnings!

Creative Endeavors

In these final weeks of being cooped up inside, why not push yourself with a new creative project? Try something that scares you or pushes your boundaries. Something you always felt you wouldn’t be good at, so you’ve never even tried.

Try taking that local pottery class, learning to knit or watercolor by watching YouTube videos, or trying a new way of cooking. Your options are limitless! Pushing your creative boundaries right now can really help lessen the burden of late winter’s heaviness.

Light a Candle

Your spiritual intentions can be totally uncomplicated and as easy as lighting a candle. Take a moment to be fully present, say a small chant, or meditate. Such a simple but powerful ritual to connect to nature and yourself.

You can also try using specific candle colors based on their spiritual meanings. Candles are an essential element of every spiritual practitioner. They can be used in rituals, spiritual intentions, or spells to strengthen and spread magical energy.

If you’re feeling a bit EXTRA, why not try crafting your own beeswax candle? You can find a kit with beeswax sheets to keep it simple!

Collect Snow For Your Moon Water

If you’re able, adding snow to your Moon Water in February really helps add a bit of *oomph* to your water. Take a moment to meditate quietly with the container of water. Placing both hands on the container, imagine your goals and intentions flowing into the water. Use your Moon Water to help your ambitious plans come to fruition.

Try adding your Moon Water to your clothes before a big interview (maybe even in the washing machine?) or dabbing it onto your vision board to strengthen your intentions.

Love In Many Forms

February is known as a month of love. However, it doesn’t only have to be romantic. It can be friendship, family, or self-love, too!

Enjoy a Gal-entines or Guy-entines celebration with your friends! This can be a simple meal together or a weekend away! You could even have a potluck dinner and a movie marathon. The choice is totally up to you! Make time for your VIP friends and tell them how much you value them.

Self-love is all about nourishing your mind, spirituality, and physical body. Try to aim at all three of these to create a more well-rounded self-care plan. Focus on activities you get excited about doing. This is all about you, after all! If it doesn’t give you a little thrill, why bother?

Speaking of the month of love, do you know if the Pagan festival of Lupercalia is the origin of Valentine’s Day? You’ll never guess the answer!

Full Moon Schedule 2024

  • The Full Wolf Moon occurs on January 25th, 2024, reaching its peak at 12:54 p.m. Eastern Standard Time.
  • The Snow Moon occurs on February 24th, 2024, reaching its peak at 7:30 a.m. Eastern Standard Time.
  • The Worm Moon occurs on March 25th, 2024, reaching its peak at 3:00 a.m. Eastern Standard Time.
  • The Pink Moon occurs on April 23rd, 2024, reaching its peak at 7:49 p.m. Eastern Standard Time.
  • The Flower Moon occurs on May 23rd, 2024, reaching its peak at 9:53 a.m. Eastern Standard Time.
  • The Strawberry Moon occurs on June 21st, 2024, and peaks at 9:08 p.m. Eastern Standard Time.
  • The Buck Moon takes place on July 21st, 2024, and peaks at 6:17 a.m. Eastern Standard Time.
  • The Sturgeon Moon occurs on August 19th, 2024, and peaks at 2:26 p.m. Eastern Standard Time.
  • The Harvest Moon takes place on September 17th, 2024, reaching its peak at 10:34 p.m. Eastern Standard Time.
  • The Hunter Moon takes place on October 17th, 2024, and peaks at 7:26 a.m. Eastern Standard Time.
  • The Beaver Moon occurs on November 15th, 2024, and peaks at 4:28 p.m. Eastern Standard Time.
  • The Cold Moon takes place on December 15th, 2024, and peaks at 4:02 a.m. Eastern Standard Time.

Is the Full Moon of February 2024 a Supermoon?

No, the Full Moon of February will NOT be a supermoon.

However, there will be TWO Supermoons in September and October this year!

The astronomical term for this [supermoon] phenomenon is perigee-syzygy Moon. The alignment of the Sun, the Moon, and Earth that occurs at both new and full moon is known as syzygy.

Britannica – Supermoon

Will February’s Snow Moon Have A Lunar Eclipse in 2024?

No, February’s Snow Moon will not have a Lunar Eclipse this year.

However, there will be two Lunar Eclipses AND two Solar Eclipses in 2024! (see chart below)

Lunar and Solar Eclipses in 2024

Lunar Eclipse (Penubral)

March 24th – 25th

Visible in North America, Europe, Asia, Australia, South America, and partially Africa

Solar Eclipse (Total)

April 8th

(when the Moon passes between the Sun and Earth, completely blocking the Sun)

Visible in North America, Western Europe, and the Northern part of South America

Lunar Eclipse (Partial)

September 17th – 18th

Visible in North America, Europe, Asia, Australia, South America, and Africa

Solar Eclipse (Annular)

October 2nd

(when the moon passes between the sun and the earth, creating a ring of fire)

Visible in the southern part of North America and South America.

penumbra, (from Latin paene, “almost”; umbra, “shadow”), in astronomy, the outer part of a conical shadow, cast by a celestial body, where the light from the Sun [or other light source like the moon] is partially blocked—as compared to the umbra (q.v.), the shadow’s darkest, central part, where the light is totally excluded.

Britannica – Penumbra Eclipse

Is There a Black Moon in February 2024?

No, February doesn’t have a seasonal Black Moon in 2024.

However, there will be a calendrical Black Moon on November 30th, 2024.

A Black Moon is a modern phrase that is very similar to the definition of a Blue Moon. However, it involves two NEW MOONS inside a specified time period rather than two FULL MOONS. Since two New Moons take place in the month of November, it makes this a calendrical Black Moon.

A Black Moon brings success and good luck. While a Black Moon is not an astronomical phrase, it’s honored and celebrated by Pagans, witches, and other spiritual practitioners.

Enjoy the February Full Snow moon; lots of love to you, and remember, as always…

Sources

Gregersen, Erik. “supermoon”. Encyclopedia Britannica, 4 Oct. 2023, https://www.britannica.com/science/supermoon.

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