The Labors of February

[perfectpullquote align=”full” bordertop=”false” cite=”Anonymous Middle English lyric from the Bodleian MS. Digby 88″ link=”” color=”” class=”” size=””] Februar And with my spade I delfe my landys.   [/perfectpullquote]

The typical labors of the month for February (represented astrologically as the sign of Pisces, the fish) as depicted in Medieval books of hours tended to depend in part on where the labor was occurring. Colder, northern climes feature people warming themselves and their clothing by the fire, chopping wood, or possibly attending church.

Warmer, more temperate lands depict people working the soil with spade and plow, or trimming and pruning hedges and vines. That said, there’s a noticeable overlap in terms of the kinds of labors performed in February and the labors of March.

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