February's full moon is known as the Snow Moon, though it has many other nicknames by different cultures. The full moon occurs Sunday, Feb. 9 at 2:33 a.m. For the best view of this Moon, look for it on the night of Saturday, February 8; it will rise in the east and reach its highest point in the sky around midnight.
The Snow Moon or Hunger Moon, always shines in or near the stars of Leo. Full moons always rise around sunset and set around sunrise. The position of the lunar body on winter nights causes February moons to peak high in the night sky and cast shadows similar to midday summer sun. This full moon occurs 1.5 days before the point in the moon's orbit when it is closest to Earth, which makes this almost a super moon. However, a trio of true super moons will occur in March through May of 2020.
Now that you know the technical details of the snow moon, let’s dig into the personality of this wintry luminescent. The symbolic features of the Full Snow Moon meaning can teach us. Knowing and responding to the traits of the snow moon can lead to insight and inner growth.
Here are some highlights of this month’s full moon.
The Snow Moon is linked with the woodpecker who becomes more active during this time of year. Knowing that winter is starting to wane to reveal spring, the woodpecker starts drilling trees now in anticipation of the new season. This is his way to determine the readiness of the tree, if it’s soft and prime enough to start making new cubbyholes. This woodpecker’s behavior during the Snow Moon reminds us to start knocking at opportunities. This is a good time to set an intention, to take advantage of the opportunities available to us and a time to move forward to better disciplines.
Bears are affiliated with the Snow Moon because it is around this time of year they start to stir from their deep sleep. They will usually start to rouse around the Snow Moon — symbolic of renewal and embracing the new light of spring. February's moon is a time to arise for humans too. Bears remind us to renew our visions and celebrate new beginnings during the full snow moon.
The beaver reminds us to conceive of new goals, ideas, projects and habits during the Full Snow Moon. Then, apply your focus and action towards this new goal for the next four months. This moon is a powerful influence. Set your intention under the Snow Moon, it offers greater chance for realizing your endeavors.
Every full moon has a special kind of energy. Harness the Full Snow Moon energy as you set intentions.
~ Howl at the moon ~
Declare your power, your purpose and your potential.
Under February's full moon,you can connect with the freedom of self-acceptance and give yourself permission to have a second chance to do things better.
The Snow Moon is also a perfect time to eliminate clutter and discard non-essentials. It is a reminder that we are in a season of change. The snow melts, the earth warms and we transition.