The Full Moon

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The moon has always been associated with the Goddess, Witchcraft, and the occult side of nature. In many cultures, the Moon Goddess and the Creatress were one and the same. Ancient Egypt identified Isis and Hathor with the crescent moon. The Phoenicians called their goddess Astarte the Queen of Heaven with Crescent Horns. The Greek goddess Artemis, lover of the woods and the wild chase, was symbolized by the moon. The Romans named their moon goddesses Diana, Luna, Herodias, and Lucina, who governed the tides. Later, the mysterious Hecate joined the pantheon, and was known as the Goddess of the Dark of the Moon.

During the Middle Ages, occult philosophers believed the moon to be alchemical silver and the sun alchemical gold. Those who worked magic of any kind observed the movement of the moon. Witches invoked the Goddess by drawing down the moon, a rite dating back to centuries before the Christian era.

There are 13 full moons in the Wiccan calendar, and each is related to the season in which it falls. The naming of the full moons was started during the early centuries of the Christian era as an aid in farming and animal husbandry. This is why most of the designations reflect natural phenomena and the importance of hunting and agriculture. Even though most of us do not hunt or farm, the subtle implication of the energy present at each full moon can be focused for spiritual or intellectual endeavors.

Full Aioon Names

November (Snow Moon): Scorpio brings in the dark season and Winter begins. This is the death of the season, a time to dispose of the dead wood of the year and analyze what is healthy and unhealthy within our lives.

December (Oak Moon): The mighty oak withstands the cold hardship of winter. The oak is revered for its longevity and the fact that such a mighty creature comes from the smallest acorn. Now is the time to remain steadfast in convictions and principles as plans are made for the coming year.

January (Wolf Moon): The wolf is a fearsome creature of the night and a companion to the Witch and Shaman. The wolf protects and guards his home and family. This is a time to protect what we have as we consider new options.

February (Storm Moon): A storm is said to rage most fiercely just before it ends, and the year usually follows suit. The end of winter, death, and darkness is coming. It is time to plan for the future and what we will pursue in the months to come.

March (Chaste Moon): All is new, fresh, and virginal as life begins anew. The antiquated word for pure reflects the custom of greeting the new year with a clear consciousness. Now we can begin to plant the seeds of desire.

April (Seed Moon): Spring is in the air. This is the time of sowing seeds (spiritual or physical), the time when we physically put our desires into motion.

May (Hare Moon): The sacred animal was associated in Roman legends with springtime and fertility. All life is blossoming forth. Now is the time we use the creative spirit to reaffirm our goals.

June (Dyad Moon): Dyad is the Latin name for pair, the twin stars of Castor and Pollux. This is a time of equality, union of opposites, and duality. It is the time to seek balance between our spiritual and physical desires.

July (Mead Moon): Mead was the traditional beverage in old Europe. This was a time for working to preserve some of those crops (mostly for wine- and ale-making) for winter and future use. It is the time to plan for what we will do when we reach our goals.

August (Wort Moon): Wort is the Anglo-Saxon term for herb or green plant. This is the first harvest and a time to celebrate. It is a good time to plan for preserving what we have attained.

September (Barley Moon): We enter the sign of Virgo, the virgin who carries sheaves of barely and grain. This is the great harvest, a time for celebration and the realization of desired goals.

October (Blood Moon): This moon marks the season of hunting and the slaughter of the animals for winter food and clothing. Blood is the force of life. Now is the time for thanksgiving, rest, and reflection.

Blue Moon (Variable): This occurs when the full moon appears twice within the same calendar month. A blue moon is considered to be extremely lucky and is used for magical rites that are in alignment with luck, prosperity, and good fortune.

Celebrating: the Full Moon

The moon is more than just the sun's reflected glory; it is the majestic personification of the past, present, and future. Even our ancestors noted how the moon's waxing and waning corresponded to the sea tides and the behavior patterns of people, animals, and plants. To the modern Witch, the moon is the mistress of all magic, and a symbol of the Goddess, who rules the night sky, the earth, and all in the land of spirits beneath it.

The full moon is a time of immense —and intense — psychic power. When there is a difficult task at hand, the Witch will use the full moon to resolve it. This is why magical activities are planned to coincide with rising of the full moon. The Witch knows it is in his or her best interest to take advantage of the moon's power when it is at its peak. Any good astrological calendar will provide you with the date and time of the full moon. It will also be listed in the Old Farmer's Almanac, which you'll find in almost any book or grocery store.

A Full Moon Ritual for Solitary Practice

Items Needed:

► Two white altar candles.

► One silver pillar candle to represent the Goddess.

► Incense burner and incense.

1. Consecrate the elements, cast the circle, and call in the Guardians.

2. Light the two white altar candles. Begin with the right one, as you say:

Right Candle

Lunar mistress meek and mild

Look upon your seeking child, With this candle I now light

Please bring me joy on this night.

Left Candle

I now approach thee of gentle grace

To bless and protect this sacred space, With this torch of truth and praise

Guide me through my nights and days. So Mote It Be!

3. Pick up the censer, add incense, and walk to the East. Hold the incense in offering as you say:

I offer the element of Air, for insight and wisdom.

Return the censer to the altar, pick up the right candle, and proceed to the South. Hold the candle in offering as you say:

I offer the element of Fire, for strength and power.

Return the candle to the altar, pick up the water bowl, and go to the West. Hold the bowl in offering as you say:

I offer the element of Water, for control and dominion.

Return the bowl to the altar, pick up the salt bowl, and go to the North. Hold the bowl in offering as you say:

I offer the element of Earth, for the manifestation of desire.

4. Return the bowl of salt to the altar. Light the Goddess's silver pillar candle as you recite the following prayer:

Mistress of magic, lady of the night, mother of mist, moor, and moonlight. Great indeed is your awesome power,

Which illuminates my world this hour. I ask you keep my heart - happy and free,

And bless me with love, health and prosperity. For this I will, so let it be!

5. Remain facing the altar and invoke the Goddess:

Thou who whispers gentle yet strong

Thou for whom my soul doth long; By most men you are seldom seen

Yet you ever reign, as virgin, mother, queen. Through the veil you pass with pride

As I beckon thee now to be at my side, Cerridwen!

Thou who knows, thou who conceals,

Thou who gives birth, thou who feels, For you are the Goddess, and mother to all

Pray thee now, come as I call, Now through the mist, I hear your voice

And invoke thee most gracious goddess by choice, Cerridwen!

Thou who suffers as all men die

Doth with her victim in love lie, For you are the Goddess and crone of despair To our ending with you, we must share. I feel thy passion, and feel thy presence

I desire to be one with thy vital essence, Cerridwen!

I pray thee dancer of eternal bliss,

Bestow upon me thy wondrous kiss Let now thy light, love, and power

Descend, become one, with me this hour, For you are the creatress of heaven and earth

To my soul and spirit you have given birth, Cerridwen!

6. After the invocation, the intention of the ritual is expressed.

This is where your personal input and energy will make the ritual unique. Use this time to focus your attention on magick, meditation, or spiritual healing.

7. When you have completed your ritual work, you will want to perform the solitary Rite of Union. Pick up the chalice and hold it in offering as you say the following:

My Lord is the power and force of all life,

My Lady is the vessel through which all life flows.

My Lord is life and death,

My Lady is birth and renewal.

The Sun brings forth life,

The Moon holds it in darkness.

Place the chalice back on the altar. Pick up the athame and plunge it into the chalice as you say:

For as the Lance is to the male,

So the Grail is to the female,

And together they are conjoined to become one

In truth, power, and wisdom.

8. Begin the closing of your ceremony by extinguishing the altar candles. Start with the left one:

Left

Let now the power, potential, and force Return unto the original source.

Right

Let now the motion, direction, and sight Return unto the original light.

9. Dismiss the Guardians and take up the circle.

A Full Moon Ritual for Three or More

There are advantages to working and worshiping with others of like mind. For one thing, everyone shares in setting up, ritual participation, and closing. Another benefit of group ritual is the ability to raise and channel great amounts of energy toward magickal endeavors. In addition, there is the personal bonding that takes place when people share spiritual activities.

The following ritual is designed for at least three people, with the ideal being six or more. Two people will be chosen as the leaders and there will need to be two to four attendants. All of the speaking parts are labeled LM, LF, or ATT (for attendant).

When working with other people in a group setting, it is best to have copies of the ritual for everyone, especially for those people who have speaking parts. Always take a few moments before starting the ritual to go over individual speaking parts and activities. When people know what is expected of them, the ritual runs smoothly and everyone has a good time.

For this full moon ceremony, the altar is covered with a white cloth. On it are placed the two main altar candles (near the back, one to the left and one to the right), the chalice filled with white wine (on the left side of the altar, in front of the left candle), the athame (on the right side of the altar in front of the right candle): the salt and water bowls (front and center), and the censer (to the right of the bowls). In addition, there should be a bowl filled with spring water, fresh flowers, and a floating candle set in the center of the altar as a symbol of the Goddess.

1. ATT lights the altar candles, first the right one and then the left one, as he or she says:

Gentle mother meek and mild Look upon your seeking child, With this candle I now light Please bring us joy on this night.

I approach you lady of gentle grace To bless and protect this sacred space, With this torch of truth and praise Gently guide us through all our days. So Mote It Be!

2. LF consecrates the elements and casts the circle. LM calls in the Guardians of the four quadrants.

3. ATT offers the elements at each of the four quadrants (East-censer, South-altar candle, West-water, North-salt). He or she picks up the censer, walks to the East, and holds it in offering, saying:

There is but one spirit and it dwells within For it is the truth from where we begin.

4. ATT returns the censer to the altar, picks up the candle, walks to the South, and holds it in offering, saying:

There is but one spark and it burns us like fire

It comes from a passion brought forth from desire.

5. ATT returns the candle to the altar, picks up the water bowl, walks to the West, and holds it in offering, saying:

There is but one feeling and it is our emotion

It swells deep within, crashes forth like the ocean.

6. ATT returns the candle to the altar, picks up the water bowl, walks to the West, and holds it in offering, saying:

There is but one reason and it comes from rebirth To live, love, and die with wisdom on Earth.

7. ATT returns to the altar. He or she leads the group in the following proclamation, in unison:

There is but one spirit and it dwells within For it is the truth from where we begin.

There is but one spark and it burns us like fire

It comes from a passion brought forth from desire.

There is but one feeling and it is our emotion

It swells deep within and crashes forth like the ocean

There is but one reason and it comes from rebirth To live, love, and die with wisdom on Earth.

Ayea, ayea, Cerridwen

Ayea, ayea, Cerridwen

Ayea, ayea, Cerridwen

Ayea, ayea, ayea.

8. ATT approaches the altar and lights the floating candle. He or she holds the bowl in offering and recites the following:

Lady of desire, reflection, of light

You are motion, direction, and our second sight.

Mother of creation, the original source

You are potential, power, the ultimate force.

Grandmother of time, wise one from above,

Do we summon thee here with honor and love.

9. ATT hands the bowl to LM, who says:

Gracious Goddess and mother of all, Give us the wisdom to discover you, The intelligence to understand you, The diligence to seek after you, The patience to wait for you, The openness of mind to accept you, And the dedication to proclaim you. We welcome you within our hearts Now and forever, So Shall It Be!

10. LM places the bowl back on the altar. He picks up the chalice and kneels facing LF. He holds the chalice in offering to her as he says the following:

Lady of the morning star

Queen of the heavenly sea Power of the mighty wind

You alone were chosen to be.

Lady who guides the mighty angels

Mother of selfless devotion Enchantress of the mysteries

And keeper of time and motion.

Lady we now invite thee here As the virgin of pure love The one who moves the soul man With her splendor from above.

Lady we now invite thee here

As the mother of sacred Earth Whose power is beyond compare When dreams are given birth.

Lady we now invite thee here

As the wisdom from the past That within this holy grail

Come blessings that will last.

11. LF places her hands over the chalice as she blesses the wine, saying:

Behold the brilliant evening star

The virgin of celestial light-Behold the Goddess from afar The mother of second sight.

Behold the Queen of twilight hour

The wise and vigilant protector Behold the Goddess's silent power

The mother most regal and splendor.

Behold the lady who must descend

The mystery hidden beneath the veil Behold the Goddess who rises again The keeper of the golden grail

12. LF picks up the athame and, before plunging it into the chalice, exclaims:

I offer to thee courage and wisdom

And I bring the strength and might I offer to thee warmth and pleasure And I bring thee love and light.

I offer to thee the seed of the sun

And I bring thee honor and power I offer to thee the staff of life

And I bring thee fruit and the flower.

13. LM hands the chalice to LF, who invokes the Goddess, as outlined earlier.

14. LF takes a sip of the wine. She hands it to LM, saying, "perfect love and perfect trust." He takes a sip of the wine and hands it to the person closest to him, saying, "perfect love and perfect trust/' The wine is then passed around the circle, with each person taking a sip and saying "perfect love and perfect trust."

15. Beginning in the North, ATT says the following, and extinguishes the candle:

There is but one reason, it came from the Earth So to our dreams the gods would give birth.

ATT walks to the West, says the following, and extinguishes the candle:

There is but one feeling, it comes from the ocean To help us learn control over each emotion.

ATT walks to the South, says the following, and extinguishes the candle:

There is but one spark, it comes from fire Brings us the passio?i to create desire.

ATT walks to the East, says the following, and extinguishes the candle:

There is but one spirit, it came from the air And with us its knowledge and wisdom did share.

16. The first ATT will now extinguish the altar candles, first the left and then the right, as he or she says:

Let now the potential, power, and force Return unto the original source.

Let now the motion, direction, and sight Return unto the original light.

17. LM dismisses the Guardians and LF takes up the circle. The rite is now ended. Those members who served as attendants take down the altar and put all the items away.

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