Esbat Spells

Full Moon Scrying Ritual

Full Moon Scrying Ritual

The upcoming summer months are the perfect time for Full Moon Scrying and I’d like to pass on an old, time honored scrying ritual originally written by D.J. Conway that I have used many times during the long summer nights:

Items Needed:

1 bright, shiny silver coin

1 small, black cauldron or scrying bowl filled with water

Perform this ritual outside where the rays of the Moon can fall directly onto the water in the cauldron. If you cannot go outside, stay in a darkened room near a window that the Moon shines through. Place the coin in the water and take the cauldron in both hands. Gaze up at the Moon and say:

“Lovely Lady of the night,  
Mysteries old and futures bright,  
Give me a glimpse of that to be  
And as I will so mote it be.”

Look down at the coin shimmering in the cauldrons water. With your eyes half closed, adjust your vision as if you were looking into and through the coin. Don’t try to analuze anything you might see or that might come into your mind. Just accept it. Some people, rathar than seeing actual pictures within the cauldron, will have mental impressions, feelings or pictures. When you have finished, bow to the Moon and say thank you. Pour the water out on the ground. You’re done!

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How To Draw Down the Moon

How To Draw Down the Moon

By , About.com Guide

 

In this beautiful and powerful rite, the practitioner invokes the Goddess directly into herself (or himself, as the case may be). In some variations, a High Priestess (HPs) may go into a trancelike state and speak the words of the Goddess, or it may be a formal monologue calling upon the Goddess in her many forms. Regardless of how you practice it, Drawing Down the Moon is best performed on the night of the full moon1, or on one of the nights immediately before. While it’s more suitable to be performed outside, if the weather is inclement or your neighbors are easily startled, you can hold the ritual indoors. 

Difficulty: Average
Time Required: 30 – 60 minutes

Here’s How:

  1. Stand at your altar with your arms crossed over your chest, and feet together. Face towards the full moon. Say:

    Goddess of the Moon, You have been known by many names in many lands in many times. You are universal and constant. In the dark of night, You shine down upon us and bathe us in Your light and love. I ask You, O Divine One, to honor me by joining with me, and allowing me to feel Your presence within my heart.

  2. Move your feet apart to about shoulder width, and raise your arms up and out to welcome the Goddess into you. The next part is one that you can memorize and learn, or you can speak spontaneously from the heart. You will begin to feel a surge of energy, a palpable tingle – don’t worry, that’s the Goddess making Herself known to you. Feel free to change these words as you like. You are speaking for Her, in Her voice, so let Her say what She wishes. Say:

    “I am the Mother of all life, the One who watches over all. I am the wind in the sky, the spark in the fire, the seedling in the earth, the water in the river.

  3. Continue:

    “I am the vessel from which All Things spring forth.

    Honor Me from within your heart! Remember that acts of love and pleasure are My rituals, and that there is beauty in all things.

    Honor Me on this night of the full moon! I have been with you since the moment you were created, and shall remain with you always.

    Let there be beauty and strength, wisdom and honor, humility and courage within you. If you need Me, call upon Me and I shall come to you, for I am everywhere, always.

    Honor Me as you seek knowledge! I am the Maiden, the Mother and the Crone, and I live within you.

  4. Feel the power of the Goddess within you. When you are ready, conclude with:

    I look down upon the sands of the desert, I crash the tides upon the shore, I shine on the mighty trees of the forests, and watch with joy as Life continues every cycle.

    Be true to Me, honoring that which I have created, and I shall be true to you in return.

    With harm to none, so it shall be.”

  5. Take a few moments to stand and bask in Her glow, and to meditate upon that which you have just experienced. Once the energy surge has subsided, lower your arms, and proceed with your ceremony as you normally would at the conclusion of a ritual.

Tips:

  1. Drawing Down the Moon is an altered state of consciousness, a ritual possession by the Divine. It is not uncommon to feel the energy of the Goddess for quite some time following Drawing Down the Moon, so don’t be alarmed if you feel a heightened sense of clarity over the next few days. You may also feel extremely emotional — it’s not uncommon to cry or laugh spontaneously during this rite.
  2. The above ritual is one that I created myself, but for more variations on Drawing Down the Moon, there are excellent versions in Wicca For One by Raymond Buckland2 (pp. 87 – 89 and The Grimoire of Lady Sheba (pp. 167- 168).

 

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Full Moon Ritual – Letting Go

 

Full Moon Ritual

Letting Go

By , About.com Guide

 

The monthly lunar cycle gives you many chances to do rituals to mark a personal turning point or let go.  At the New Moon, you can go into the dark and be symbolically reborn.  New Moon rituals1 help you summon your whole Self, and in that magic moment, commit to intentions.

At the full Moon2, the energy builds and builds….there’s an explosive outgoing aspect to it.  All of nature grows and is more vital at the full Moon.  This surge allows you to take action on behalf of those new Moon intentions you set two week prior.  A full Moon ritual might involve taking one solid step, with a symbolic action.  And it can be a powerful time to release, cast out, unburden yourself, purge, etc.  You celebrate your emergence by stepping out of an old skin, identity, behavior, attitude, relationship.  The ritual helps you by marking this inner transformation in a formal way.

A full Moon ritual might involve purification by one of the elements.  Most often, it’s fire, and done by casting something you don’t want into the flames.  One idea:  1)  Write what you’re releasing down on a stick.  2)  resolve to let go as you throw it into the fire.  3)  Throw the stick into the fire.  This can be done as a group, with everyone sitting ’round the fire…or in your own private ceremony.  Each person can seal their action of letting go by speaking it aloud, if there’s trust in the circle.

Water can be used to cleanse in rituals.  I remember a very meaningful full Moon ceremony I had at my house with three other women.  We had filled a blue bowl with water and some rose petals.  Each of us wrote down what we wanted to draw into our lives on a piece of paper.  After we read them aloud, we put our hands in the bowl to signify the cleansing of the old, to open to the new.  It’s still one of my favorite memories.  Mainly it worked because we all trusted each other to be open hearted and share our dreams.  When that’s there, you can evoke the magic of shifting consciousness at will because the support is palpable.

Full Moon Release Ritual Items you’ll need:  Floating candles, a large bowl, water, matches, a pen.

  • 1.  Create sacred space with candles, sage smudging, and setting up altars with powerful totems.  For some rituals, I’ll use an owl’s wing that a friend gave me, to represent wisdom.
  • 2.  If possible, stand or sit under the Moon.  Allow yourself to feel a direct relationship to it, as a mover of the living waters of the Earth and within our own bodies. 
  • 3.  Do a grounding exercise, to bring you out of the chatter of small talk and into ritual space.  Feel the earth under your feet and shake out the tension in the body.
  • 4.  Place the large water-filled bowl in front of you, or in the middle of your gathering on a table.
  • 5.  Each person writes what they’re releasing on the floating candle.  It’s not important that it shows up, just that the intention is there.
  • 6.  As you place the candle into the bowl, declare what you’re releasing.
  • 7.  Light the candle.
  • 8.  Allow yourself to feel the transfer of what you’re releasing to the candle.  As a group focus on letting go into the water, holding hands if that feels right.
  • 9.  Celebrate this release by sharing a feast under the full Moon!

 

Allow the candle to keep burning in the bowl as a symbol of the letting go process.  The flame is a purifier, and symbolizes the sparks of inspiration as well.  If you blow out your floating candle, and your bowl is in your home, relighting it will remind you of your commitment.  Place inspiring pictures and totems around it that remind you of who you’re becoming.  Above all, give yourself kudos for honoring your own growth.

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Salt and Water Clearing Spell (Hare Moon)

Salt and Water Clearing Spell

(Hare Moon)

Cast this spell to rid yourself of pain, hurt and sadness.

After dark, draw a magick circle and call in the elements. Put three pinches of sea salt in a chalice of water. Stir the water counterclockwise with your athame. Sit quietly and turn you mind toward what you want to get rid of your worries, problems, disappointments, sadness, hurt feelings, and fears. Hold the cup in between your hands, and say three times:

Clear the pain. Clear the hurt. Clear

the sadness.

Sip three sips of the water. Before each sip, repeat:

I rid myself of all negativity, right now.

Allow all of your negative feelings to be cleansed with the salt water. Imagine transforming any pain or sadness into positive change elements in your life. Feel yourself being cleansed of all that burdens you. When you are done, bid farewell to the elements and pull up the circle.

Empty the remaining water down the drain, and clean your chalice thoroughly with clear, cool water.

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Spring Star Power Spell {Hare Moon}

Spring Star Power Spell

Hare Moon
Celebrate the power of love and friendship with this power spell.
Take a spring picnic under the moon and stars. Gather together a great picnic dinner with plenty of finger foods and beverages. Share the  picnic with the ones you love and find a safe and private place to dine after dark. Draw a magick circle around your picnic area, and call in the elements.  Set up your picnic. Pour everyone something to drink and say this toast to those you love before you begin eating:
Here’s to you!
Thank you for your love and laughter
For your understanding and patience
For your caring and kindeness
Here’s to you!     Blessed Be!
Identify star constellations with a glow-in-the-dark star chart or select a favorite star. Have fun and enjoy your  adventure under the night sky. When you are finished picnicking, bid farewell to the elements, pull up the circle, and leave the area as undisturbed as  possible.
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Honeysuckle Dreams Spell(Hare Moon)

Honeysuckle Dreams Spell

(Hare Moon)
The purpose of this spell is to tap into the power of your dreams through dream divination.
  For this spell, use nine bay leaves, one-third cup of dried rose petals, one-third cup of mugwort, a white sock and honeysuckle-scented oil.
After midnight, write down exactly what question you want the answer to in your journal. Be specific and date your entry!  Keep it simple: for example, I want to know what the best possible career is for me. Turn your mind toward the information you would like to receive in your  dreams. Put the bay leaves, dried rose petals and mugwort into the sock. Anoint the sock and yourself with several drops of the scented oil. Hold the sock in  between your hands, merge with Oneness and say three times:
“Honeysuckle dreams, show the answer to me.
As I will, so shall it be!”
Tuck the sock inside your pillowcase. As you drift to sleep, repeat to yourself:
“Honeysuckle dreams, show the answer to me.”
When you awaken, make a note of all the impressions, any symbols, people, feelings and so forth, that you recall from  your dreams.
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Sound Sleep Candle Magick (Hare Moon)

Sound Sleep Candle Magick
(Hare Moon)
You will need a lavender-scented pillar candle, one-half cup of lavender flowers, and a cloth pouch.
  Place the candle next to your bedside. Just before you go to sleep, light the candle, dedicating it to your favorite Goddess or God. Now, walk slowly around  your bedroom counterclockwise three times. As you do, chant slowly and quietly:
“I remove all negative energy from this place.”
Imagine all the negative, unwanted energy flowing out of the area. Now, put the lavender flowers in the pouch. Crush them  softly as you walk clockwise three times around your bedroom, all the while imagining weaving a protective space around you and your sleeping space. As you  do, chant:
“Sound sleep, pleasant dreams, blessed be.”
Gaze at the candle for a few minutes and think about sleeping soundly and having pleasant dreams. Next, snuff out the  candle and repeat three times:
“I sleep soundly.”
Put the cloth pouch inside your pillowcase for three weeks to encourage sound sleep. Each night, relight the candle and  let it burn for a few minutes. Gaze at it again for a few minutes, then snuff it out and repeat three times:
“I sleep soundly.”
(Hare Moon)
You will need a lavender-scented pillar candle, one-half cup of lavender flowers, and a cloth pouch.
  Place the candle next to your bedside. Just before you go to sleep, light the candle, dedicating it to your favorite Goddess or God. Now, walk slowly around  your bedroom counterclockwise three times. As you do, chant slowly and quietly:
“I remove all negative energy from this place.”
Imagine all the negative, unwanted energy flowing out of the area. Now, put the lavender flowers in the pouch. Crush them  softly as you walk clockwise three times around your bedroom, all the while imagining weaving a protective space around you and your sleeping space. As you  do, chant:
“Sound sleep, pleasant dreams, blessed be.”
Gaze at the candle for a few minutes and think about sleeping soundly and having pleasant dreams. Next, snuff out the  candle and repeat three times:
“I sleep soundly.”
Put the cloth pouch inside your pillowcase for three weeks to encourage sound sleep. Each night, relight the candle and  let it burn for a few minutes. Gaze at it again for a few minutes, then snuff it out and repeat three times:
“I sleep soundly.”
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The Emerald Rose Meditation (Hare Moon)

The Emerald Rose Meditation

(Hare Moon)
Before you go to sleep, turn on meditative music and recline. Take a few deep and complete breaths to center your  awareness. Quiet your thoughts and let go of any tension you may be feeling. In your mind’s eye, imagine a beautiful emerald colored rosebud. It is a  dream rose, a flower bud more incredible and exquisite than you have ever imagined before. Instantly, a magickal doorway appears as the emerald rosebud opens  slowly. You step through the door with your imagination and find yourself in a world of plenty. In this magickal world, you live like a God or Goddess with a  carefree heart and immortal spirit. You are free from fear and pain. There is no trouble, problems, heartache, or old age. Your energy is always vital, and  you feel wonderful, inspire, and uplifted. You are strong, vital and sensual, and you play with the delight of a young child. So many good things are yours.  Your life is prosperous and your ideas are fertile and productive. Everything is abundant and unforced, willing and effortless. As you experience this world,  a renewed sense of abundance and prosperity fills you. The loving spirit of the divine embraces, guides and illuminates your path to plenty.
Now take another deep, complete breath, and imagine stepping out of the emerald rose in your mind’s eye. Continue  relaxing and drift to sleep. As you do, imagine being in the magickal world of plenty.
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