Category Archives: Esbats

Elder Tree/Moon

ElDER 1 Elder

The Celtic lunar year ends with the Elder Moon, representing a cycle associated with death and renewal, prosperity and healing.

Before the year turns to its next cycle, allow the elder to help heal your body, mind, or spirit with its energies. Either in the physical world or in deep meditation, find the niggest, strongest elder in the forest. ASk if you may use its regenerative powers to heal yourself. If you don’t know of anything you need to have healed, ask the elder to protect you from illness. You may be rewarded with a falling limb, leaf, or piece of bark to take with you as a talisman of health and well being.

Be sure to thank to elder for its gift:

Elder tree of ancieElnt rhyme,

Standing strong in winter time;

Healing tree of body and mind,

Thank you for your gift so kind.

Copyright Edian McCoy Lleweylln’s Witches’ Datebook 2004 Page 123

Ivy Moon

IVY

Ivy can take over once it starts to grow. It can bind itself to anything, and shove out of the way any other growth that tries to hinder its progress. You can use it to do the same.

If you have something you wish to bind to you–for example, a piece of heirloom jewelry you’re lending–tie the vine from it to you and say:

By the vine, what’s mine stays mine.

Visualize your item coming back to you safe and unharmed. If you have something you wish to banish, such as a bad habit or a bill, tie the vine from it to you and say:

By the vine, you are not mine.

Cut the vine with scissors or sharp knife and visualize the unwanted things breaking its hold on you.

Copyright Edian McCoy Lleweylln’s Witches’ Datebook 2004 Page 107

Vine Moon

VINE

The Vine Moon heralds the harvest of the fruits: apples, blackberries, blueberries, raspberries, pears, grapes, and peaches. Some of these are made into jams and jellies, others are dried to last out winter, and some are sugared to be places in pies and strudels.

For the Celts, this final harvest of the year foretold how the clan would fare during the lean winter months. The wines made from the fruits were central features of your convivial harvest feast. Invite family and friends to share the bounty while you take turns making toasts of thanks to the gods who granted you a bountiful harvest

Blessed be the God of vine,

Blessed be the Goddess divine;

Bless all those who come now to dine,

And drink deeply of the sacred wine.

Copyright Edian McCoy Lleweylln’s Witches’ Datebook 2004 Page 99

Hazel Tree/Moon

tree-hazel

The Hazel Moon comes as summer wanes and the God and Goddess are entering their elderhood, bearing inside themselves the knowledge that comes from experience.

Fix yourself a Celtic-style meal of wisdom during the Hazel Moon. Gather nine hazel nuts and place them around your plate. Cook yourself the largest, juiciest piece of salmon you can find (salmon is symbolic of wisdom in Celtic lore). Pour some apple juice (apple is the fruit that guards the entrance to the realm of deities) in a chalice or wine goblet. Be sure to keep your goal of knowledge in mind as you prepare this meal.

Before eating, call on the blessings of the deities to help attain their knowledge:

With apple wine so golden ripe,

With salmon speared in one great swipe,

With hazel nuts for wisdom be,

Send the blessings of wisdom to me.

Copyright Edian McCoy Lleweylln’s Witches’ Datebook 2004 Page 91

Drawing Down the Moon a Full Moon RItual

Full Moon Ritual (with Drawing Down into moonstones)

A group of us got together to perform this ritual. It is based on one they did 5 years ago. At that time, they drew the moon down into one of the other participants so it originally had more protective elements built into that ritual. This is a shortened version for drawing down the moon into the Moonstones.

Portions taken from a ritual at
http://blessedbe.sugarbanse.com/fullmoons.htm

Items needed:

Moonstones

Candles: white, red, black

Cakes and ale

Ground & Center
(as usual)
Cast the Circle

(walking around the circle first with the white candle, then with the red candle, and thirdly with the black candle)

(light the white candle)

Maiden, cast your circle white, Weave a web of healing light.

Round and Round the Circle’s Cast, Joining Present, Future and Past

(light the red candle)

Mother, cast your circle red, Weave the strands of family threads.

This Sacred Space shall now be Bound, As I cast this Circle Round.

(light the black candle)

Grandmother Crone, cast your circle black, Weave the wisdom that we lack.

Thrice is the Circle cast this Night and thus begins our Magick Rite.
Call the Elements

Hail Mighty Ones of the Airy Tower. Guard this circle with your power.

Powers of Air weave the round, Between the worlds the power bound.

Till we send it at the last, Guardians keep it strong and fast.”

“Hail Mighty Ones of the Fiery Tower. Guard this circle with your power.

Powers of Fire weave the round, Between the worlds the power bound.

Till we send it at the last, Guardians keep it strong and fast.”

“Hail Mighty Ones of Water’s Tower. Guard this circle with your power.

Powers of Water weave the round, Between the worlds the power bound.

Till we send it at the last, Guardians keep it strong and fast.”

“Hail Mighty Ones of the Earthly Tower. Guard this circle with your power.

Powers of Earth weave the round, Between the worlds the power bound.

Till we send it at the last, Guardians keep it strong and fast.”

Declaration of the Circle

As Above, So Below

As Without, So Within

As the Universe, So the Soul

In this space out side of time, we stand between the worlds

What we do between the worlds, is felt in all the worlds

Call down the moon

“Oh, Triple Goddess of the Moon,

You have been known by many names in many lands in many times.

You shine down upon us and bathe us in Your light and love.

We ask You, O Divine One, to honor us by joining with us tonight,

And allowing us to feel Your presence within our hearts.

Bless these stones, infusing them with Your divine wisdom”
Petition the Goddess

“Goddess of grace, Goddess of power, Goddess of wisdom,

We come here from our separate ways with our separate troubles,

We join together to celebrate and welcome you on this night,

We ask you to show us what we need to be shown,

To give us the things we need to be given,

And ease our hearts’ strife where we require ease,

Goddess we come to ask this and ask your power within us and these stones to guide us”

Chant to Raise Power/Energy

Goddess, Maiden, Mother, Crone

Spirit, Flower, Ivy, Bone

Energy we Raise and Hone

Goddess, Maiden, Mother, Crone

(direct energy into moonstones)

(Each person picks out a stone, and then meditates for a few minutes with it)

Cakes & Ale

Goddess, we thank you for blessings and abundance

Join with us, Feast with us, Enjoy us!

Blessed be

(offering to each member in turn)

 

May you never hunger, may you never thirst-

Release the Goddess

Grandmother Crone, for the wisdom now woven in our hearts

We offer our thanks as you depart.

Mother, we thank you for the bonds of friends and family

Depart in Peace, and Blessed be.

Maiden Fair, Release us now to times natural flow.

And hear our thanks, as in peace you go.

Release the Elements
“Powers of earth, with thanks from my heart
An ye will, ye may depart.

“Powers of water, with thanks from my heart
An ye will, ye may depart.

“Powers of fire with thanks from my heart
An ye will, ye may depart.

“Powers of air with thanks from my heart
An ye will, ye may depart.

Open the Circle

(walk widdershins around the circle once with each candle)

“Black Circle Round, now be Unbound as I make my way around.

I now Dissolve this Sacred Space and send all Powers back to place.

(extinguish the black candle)

Red Circle Round, now be Unbound as I make my way around.

Stay if you can, Go if you must, with Perfect Love and Perfect Trust.

(extinguish the red candle)

White Circle Round, now be Unbound as I make my way around.

My Work is finished for the Night/Day and now I End my Magick Rite/Way.”

(extinguish the white candle)

Thrice Cast, and Thrice released

The Circle is open, but unbroken

Blessed Be

Re-Ground (if needed)

Take a deep breath, and release it. Take another breath, following your breath to the swirling energy in your center. Feel the energy in your center. Feel how it fits inside you. Decide if you’ve got too much energy or not enough. On your next breath, let the energy move down to your feet. Now let it flow down into the earth like roots. Past the concrete, past the top soil, past the stones and bones of our ancestors. if you had too much energy, let the extra flow down into the warm center of the earth. If you need a little boost — you’ve got a bit of a cold or just need a little extra, bring some of that warm earth energy back up with your breath. When you feel that your energy balance is just right, pull your roots back in. and when you are ready, return to the group

By Wolf Woman Ways Copyright April 2015

A Recipe for our Readers Downunder

Smoky Eggplant and Pomegranate Dip

Step one is to char an eggplant.  This post has pictures of the methods I use.  You can still make this with fried or baked eggplant, but smoky eggplant is another thing altogether and it’s worth doing. While you are charring the eggplant, roast a clove or two of garlic too, in its skin, till soft.

Step two is to juice a pomegranate.  The easy way to do this is to cut the pomegranate in half, then hold one half upside down over a bowl, with your fingers spread.  Tap it sharply on the back with the back of a heavy knife.  The arils (seeds) will fall out, through your fingers, and into the bowl. Do this for both halves, then blend the arils and strain off the juice.  You will get about 1/3 cup of juice from a large pomegranate. Reserve a good quantity of arils for garnishing.

Step three is to make macadamia butter.  You can substitute tahini – I used half and half this time.  Both work in different ways.  If you are using macadamia butter, dry roast 1/3 cup of roughly chopped macadamias in a heavy frypan for just a couple of minutes till they start to turn light gold. Tip them into a mortar and pestle and grind to a paste. (A food processor just doesn’t do it – they need to be ground. It only takes a couple of minutes with a mortar and pestle though.)

Once you have the ingredients, it’s just a matter of blending the flesh of a large eggplant with the juice of a large pomegranate (or use a medium one of both), with a clove or two of roasted garlic, a pinch of salt, and a couple of big spoonfuls of macadamia butter or tahini.

Serve with pita bread and/or crudites for dipping.

This comes from the web site http://witcheskitchen.com.au/ It comes straight from Australia!!!

Storm Moon

Celtic & British Isles Graphics

Storm Moon

 

THE SECOND ESBAT or full moon after Yule is the Storm Moon. A time of duality and polarity, it represents both positive and negative change. A large body of folklore is related to storms and the weather (as above, so below). If there is a halo around the moon, it will rain, and when stars appear in the halo’s ring, rain will continue for several days.

 

 

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How To Celebrate the New Moon

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