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love their holidays, but they need days specifically set aside to do
the magickal work for a friend in need, to set the stage for a new endeavor,
etc. These work days (and nights) are called Esbats. Full and New Moon
celebrations are usually the days and nights of an Esbat, so as to use
the correct moon phase for ultimate results. This does not mean that
you cannot honor the God during an Esbat (even though the moon energy
is usually attributed to the Goddess). Rituals have been written for
both deities. Another term for esbat is Lunar Ritual.
Full Moon energy is used for banishing unwanted influences in your life,
protection magick, and divination. Planning, releasing and working backwards
in time are done on the Full Moon as well. It is said that the best
Full Moon magick can be conjured for seven days: the three days prior
to the Full Moon, the night of the Full Moon itself, and three days
after the Full Moon. Sometimes the results of Full Moon magick take
approximately one moon cycle to take hold and come to completion.
The New Moon is used for personal growth, healing, the blessing of a
new project or venture, etc. If done correctly, success should be obtained
by the first Full Moon.
Between the New and Full Moons is the period we call the Waxing Moon.
This is a good time for attraction magick, especially between the New
Moon and First Quarter.
The period between the Full Moon and New Moon is called the Waning Moon.
This is a time for banishing and rejecting things in our lives that
we no longer wish to carry around with us. Negative emotions, bad habits,
diseases and ailments can successfully be banned during this time.
The three days before the New Moon is known as the dark of the moon.
This is when you can't see the moon at all in the heavens. Traditionally,
this is a time when no magick is performed. It is a period to give yourself
a break; a time of rest. Deep meditation and vision questing can be
performed now, but not for a specific magickal purpose. However, Hecate
rules this time, and if her magick is needed, now is when you should
Due to the rotation of the earth, there are thirteen Full Moons, and
each carries a tradition name. They are:
Wolf Moon ~ January|Storm Moon ~ February|Chaste Moon ~ March|Seed Moon
~ April|Hare Moon ~ May|Dyad (pair) Moon ~ June|Mead Moon ~ July|Wyrt
(green plant) Moon ~ August|Barley Moon ~ September|Blood Moon ~ October|Snow
Moon ~ November|Oak Moon ~ December|Blue Moon ~ Variable
In addition, the Harvest Moon is the Full Moon that falls nearest Mabon.
It allowed farmers extra moonlight hours to bring in the crops. You
can use it to call in favors or add extra protection. A Blue Moon occurs
when the moon with its 28-day cycle appears twice within the same calendar
month, due to that month's 31-day duration. A Blue Moon is a Goal Moon.
It is here where you set appropriate long-term goals for yourself, and
review accomplishments and failures since the last one.
Esbats are considered working celebrations. They are times for you to
raise energy, cast spells, perform healings, solve minor difficulties
in your life etc. This does not mean that you can't just have a ritual
to honor a deity if things are going smoothly. During a Full Moon Esbat,
the Witch usually Draws Down the Moon. In a coven environment, this
is performed by the High Priestess.
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