Although we don’t get much snow here at Howling Creek, it is the time of year to at least be dreaming of rolling hills blanketed in white. But while I may think you’ve got it made, I know those of you stuck shoveling your driveways right now have less than fuzzy feelings for winter wonderlands. So this January take a moment to reacquaint yourself with the ever awe-inspiring snowflake (and maybe, just maybe, that snow shovel won’t seem like such a pain anymore!)
The best way to get a good look at a snowflake is to stand outside with a small piece of black velvet cloth. Once you catch one, you can examine it under a microscope or strong magnifying glass to see all the sparkling crystals that make it up.
Snow is great for magick, too, though. Use a scoop of it in a bowl to represent water or even air on your wintertime altar (keep it from melting by placing the bowl inside a larger one filled with ice.)
As the reverse, go ahead and melt a few scoops of that snow in a saucepan on your stove, strain it and use as you would moonwater, for blessings and the like. For even extra oomph, use melted snow to create moonwater by leaving a glass jar of it out in the light of the next full moon.
Using a stick (or a magickal tool if you use one), write wishes or blessings for the new year in the snow. Personally, I then like to take a photo to preserve the words since seeing snow long after it has melted must certainly be a form of magick! (We do very occasionally get some flurries. :D)
If you don’t actually have snow though, don’t fret! You can still get in on the magick. Simply make paper snowflakes (this is a great project to do with kids), then write your wishes for the new year on the white paper. Hang the snowflakes up in a window or from a chandelier to be enjoyed and then come Imbolc or the start of spring, burn them as a ritual to release your wishes.