FEBRUARY BIRTHSTONES

February is the second month of the year in the Julian calendar and the last month of the ancient Roman calendar. The Roman month Februarius came from the Latin word februum meaning purification, and was named after a purification ritual held on 15th February.

In the neopagan Wheel of the Year, 1st February is the festival of Imbolc in the Northern Hemisphere. Imbolc is the festival of the Goddess Brigid, patron of poetry and healing. The spring is about to return. This time of strengthening light and regrowth is a time for getting rid of personal, spiritual and psychological baggage. This is a time of the first stirrings of Mother Earth; spring-cleaning, a time of cleansing & purification, preparation for growth and renewal.

Traditional birthstone: Amethyst
Modern birthstones: Hematite, Jasper, Labradorite, Onyx, Topaz