The Esbat ritual this month was written by Adept Dawn of the Day and Novice Luna Llena. We welcome all witches and/or pagans from any tradition especially if you are a solitary practitioner and would like to meet some other brothers and sister of The Old Ways/The Craft.
Elder Moon (Full Moon) Esbat Gathering
Thursday December 12, 2019
Social Hour 6:00 to 6:59 PM CT
Circle Cast at 7:00 PM CT
Please do not enter the chat room after the circle has been cast. The reason being is we have students casting and leading the circle as part of their learning and this could break the circle causing it to have to be recast. Thank you for your cooperation and understanding.
WHAT YOU WILL NEED:
1 small white candle – 4 inches tall
Small to Medium Size Bowl of Water
Cookie or Cracker
Beverage of Your Choice
For the Northern Hemisphere Include on your Altar
1 Small Dead Twig from the ground – Symbolizing Death as we approach Yule
1 Piece of Fruit – Symbolizing Renewal as we approach what will come in the Spring
For the Southern Hemisphere Include on your altar
Some Flowers, or Fruit – Symbolize the Abundance of the Summer
Elder Moon – Esbat Ritual
Adept Dawn: We call the watch tower of the East and ask Auriel to help protect this circle and empower the work within our circle.
We call the watchtower of the South and inviting Gabriel to protect the circle and empower our work within the circle.
We call Raphael for the West and to protect the western part of the circle and empower our work within the circle
We call Michael to the watchtower of the North to protect the North part of the circle and also empower our work within the circle.
I will now draw the circle by starting in the East and point at the ground first and
walk clockwise saying I close this circle with Earth so that no harm may come to anyone inside or outside of this circle. I would then point to the ceiling and say I close this circle with Air so that no harm may come to anyone inside this circle, then I would out stretch arm at shoulder level and invoke Fire by saying I close this circle with Fire so that no harm may come to anyone inside or outside of this circle. Finally, I would say what is above is below what is east is also west and what is north is south we are now enclosed in an orb of light and empowered to do our work within the circle. I will then walk the circle one more time touching each of the elements starting with a Feather to represent the East and Air, a Candle to represent the South and Fire, a Bowl of Water to represent the West and Water and then Earth in the North we welcome and thank you for helping us with this circle.
We would welcome the goddess (Isis) and the god (Odin) to the circle and thanking them for attending and helping us with our work.
Everyone: Please tell us your name and where you live – your first name or pagan name and just the country or state only please
Novice Luna: I will ask everyone to turn to their altar with open arms. Tilt your head back, look at the sky/ceiling and say –
Elder Moon give us your light and
Guide us in this ritual
We ask for your eternal knowledge as
We light this candle to fulfill this rite
Remembering the gifts that you so freely give us
So mote it be
Novice Luna: At this time light the Elder Moon candle and take a few minutes to reflect on what you accomplished this year and the challenges you have faced, what you have discarded and what you have kept, the changes you wish to make and the future you perceive. Give thanks to the entities of the pure white light for the guidance they have given us as we honor the last full moon of the year, the Elder Moon
Everyone: Hold the water receptacle to the sky and say:
Bless this water so that it nurtures us
God Odin and Goddess Isis guide us as we journey the cycle of life
As we experience the challenges and changes we make daily
As we try to live a life harmonious with the universe that surrounds us
So Mote it Be
Adept Dawn: We say to the god Odin thank you for working with the circle today you can go if he must or stay if you would like. We say to the goddess Isis thank you for working with the circle you may stay if you would like or go if you must.
We would dismiss the watchtowers starting with the North. We thank Michael for coming to this circle you may go if you must or stay if you like.
Moving to the West We thank Raphael for coming and protecting this circle you may go if you must or stay if you would like,
We would then thank Gabriel for coming to the circle say you may go if you would like or stay if you want
Auriel with the words of thanks for coming to the circle say you may go if you must or stay if you like.
I would then hold my arm out and rotating counter clockwise thank fire for protecting the circle and please return from where they came. I would then point to the ceiling and rotate counter clockwise and thank air for helping us with the circle today and to please return from where they came and finally pointing to the ground rotate counter clockwise and then the earth for helping us with the circle today and to please return from where they came. I would then raise my arms over my head and slowly bringing them down and point to the ground with open hands toward the earth to release the rest of the energy.
The circle is now open but never broken all my brothers and sisters please go in peace and in the safety of the gods and goddesses.
Snack, drink, relax
I tried to find out what the numbering on the right is for but no luck. If someone knows what it is for please post the information in the comment section. They will appear in the Moon phases in both hemispheres. Also by click on the blue colored words, it will take you to that specific information. All this Information comes from Date and Time Website You can also use this site to find out the time of the full or special Moon where live or very close to it.
|Lunation||New Moon||First Quarter||Full Moon||Third Quarter||Duration|
|1188||Jan 6||12:28 pm||Jan 14||5:45 pm||Jan 21||4:16 pm||Jan 28||8:10 am||29d 19h 35m|
|1189||Feb 5||8:03 am||Feb 13||9:26 am||Feb 20||2:53 am||Feb 26||10:27 pm||29d 19h 00m|
|1190||Mar 7||3:03 am||Mar 14||9:27 pm||Mar 21||12:42 pm||Mar 28||3:09 pm||29d 16h 47m|
|1191||Apr 5||7:50 pm||Apr 13||5:05 am||Apr 19||9:12 pm||Apr 27||8:18 am||29d 13h 55m|
|1192||May 5||8:45 am||May 12||11:12 am||May 19||7:11 am||May 27||2:33 am||29d 11h 16m|
|1193||Jun 3||8:01 pm||Jun 10||3:59 pm||Jun 17||6:30 pm||Jun 25||7:46 pm||29d 9h 14m|
|1194||Jul 3||5:16 am||Jul 9||8:54 pm||Jul 17||7:38 am||Jul 25||11:18 am||29d 7h 56m|
|1195||Aug 1||1:11 pm||Aug 8||3:30 am||Aug 15||10:29 pm||Aug 24||12:56 am||29d 7h 25m|
|1196||Aug 30||8:37 pm||Sep 6||1:10 pm||Sep 14||2:32 pm||Sep 22||12:40 pm||29d 7h 49m|
|1197||Sep 29||4:26 am||Oct 6||3:47 am||Oct 14||8:07 am||Oct 21||11:39 pm||29d 9h 12m|
|1198||Oct 28||2:38 pm||Nov 4||9:23 pm||Nov 13||12:34 am||Nov 20||8:10 am||29d 11h 27m|
|1199||Nov 27||2:05 am||Dec 4||5:58 pm||Dec 12||4:12 pm||Dec 19||3:57 pm||29d 14h 08m|
|1200||Dec 26||4:13 pm||29d 16h 29m|
|* All times are local time for Melbourne. Time is adjusted for DST when applicable. They take into account refraction. Dates are based on the Gregorian calendar.|
Special Moon Events in 2019
- Super Full Moon: Jan 21
- Micro New Moon: Feb 5
- Super Full Moon: Feb 20
- Blue Moon: May 19 (third Full Moon in a season with four Full Moons)
- Partial Lunar Eclipse visible in Melbourne on Jul 17
- Black Moon: Aug 30 (second New Moon in single calendar month)
- Super New Moon: Aug 30
- Micro Full Moon: Sep 14
- Super New Moon: Sep 29
Articles About Moon Phases
- About Moon Phases
- What Is a Super Full Moon?
- Why Is the Full Moon in the Daytime?
- What Is a Micro Moon?
- Full Moon Names
- Moonrise/set Photography Tips & Tricks
- cedar or sage smudging wand
- white candle
Cast the circle
Use the smudging wand to purify the space as you move around the circle.
Invocation to the Goddess
(ring bell with arms in Goddess position, arms in a V above your head)
Queen of the Underworld
Protectress of all Wicca
It is my will on this night of the new moon
to overcome my shadows
and bring about change
I invite you to my circle to assist and protect me in my rite.
FOr the rest of this ritual please click on this link: http://www.paganlibrary.com/rituals_spells/solitary_new_moon_ritual.php
The Working MoonEvery magikal practitioner should know which days to work and which to take off. Which moon phases are best for what kind of casting and which are for rest. These guidelines are not cast in stone and certainly if you have a friend in dire need of healing, you don’t need to wait until the next Waxing Moon to cast. But for some of the best results, here are a few guidelines, interesting tid-bits, and helpful information.
For the rest of the article please click on this link: https://www.paganspath.com/magik/moon.htm
It is worth your time to read it especially if you are just learning The Craft.
Index of moon gods and goddesses
Westerners are familiar with (female) moon goddesses. Our word lunar, as in the lunar cycle of full, crescent, and new moons, comes from the feminine Latin Luna. This seems natural because of the association of the lunar month and the female menstrual cycle, but not all societies envision the moon as a woman. In the Bronze Age, the East, from Anatolia to Sumer and Egypt, had (male) moon gods [Source: “The Myth of Europa and Minos,” by P. B. S. Andrews. Greece & Rome, Vol. 16, No. 1 (Apr., 1969), pp. 60-66]. Here are some of the moon gods and moon goddesses of major ancient religions.
Arma is the name of a Hittite lunar personification whom some think is connected with the Greek god Hermes.
Reference: “Hittite Ritual at Sardis,” by Noel Robertson. Classical Antiquity, Vol. 1, No. 1 (Apr., 1982), pp. 122-140
For pictures and to read the rest of the index created by N.S. Gill please click on this link: https://www.thoughtco.com/moon-gods-and-moon-goddesses-120395
In April, about halfway through the month, the thunderstorms of March are beginning to subside, and the wind picks up. Seeds are being blown about on the breezes, spreading life all around from one place to the next. In fact, this lunar cycle is often known as the Seed Moon. Trees have buds on them, spring daffodils and tulips abound, and the birds are nesting once more. Much like March, this is a time of conception and fertility and new growth.
Colors: Bright primary colors — red, yellow, blue — and their combinations
Gemstones: Quartz, selenite, angelite
Trees: Hazel, forsythia, lilac, willow
Gods: Ishtar, Tawaret, Venus, Herne, Cernunnos
Herbs: Dandelion, milkweed, dogwood, fennel, dill
For more information on the April full Moon as written by Patti Wigington please click on the following link: https://www.thoughtco.com/wind-moon-2562397