With the full moon upon us I thought I'd take the opportunity to write about the moon, her phases and their correlation to Wicca, celebrations and the feminine aspects in nature.
Let's face it, there aren't many people who would dispute the power and beauty of the full moon. The moon is at it's most enchanting when full and it is celebrated by Wiccans, witches and pagans alike. Esbats are usually, but not exclusively, performed under a full moon or a day or two either side as magick is most potent at this time though each phase is valuable in it's own right.
I am a nurse and have seen the effect of the full moon first hand! Completely lucid patients would become disoriented at night, one night I helped an elderly lady brush the flies off her bed - of course there were no flies on her bed but she could see them and would not settle until I had helped! So brush we did and then she hopped into bed with the spring of a teenager, completely at ease and fell asleep only to wake fully lucid the next morning! We would get overdoses, people with exacerbated psychiatric disorders, road accidents and general chaos through Emergency! People become ill at ease for no known reason - the fact that our bodies are made up of 70% water may have something to do with it! The moon's power moves tides, farmers and gardeners plant crops at the right aspect of the moon, people connected to the earth have faith in the power of something completely natural.
My cat Molly, who is 9 years old, becomes the stalker, hiding in wait, eyes fully dilated and aglow, waiting for our unsuspecting legs to pass by! She becomes kitten-like, playing with objects, tearing around the place, it is absolutely amazing and hilarious to watch! I know the word 'lunacy' comes from the misconception that the moon was the cause of intermittent insanity! The words month, Monday and menstrual come from the word 'moon' as it correlates in time with these natural cycles.
The full moon represents the 'Triple Goddess' - the waxing moon represents the Maiden, the full moon represents the Mother and the waning moon represents the Crone. The Maiden is young and full of vitality, naive and fresh. The Mother is fertile, a time of childbirth, guiding her young. The Crone is wise, prophetic, respected. The cycle of life!
At a Full Moon Esbat witches often perform the Drawing Down The Moon, a rite drawing the energies down, entering your head at the crown chakra and filling you with her glorious light. Doreen Valiente wrote 'The Charge Of The Goddess' in the 1970's and has been adopted and adapted by covens and solitary Wiccans alike. You can do a full rite or just bask in her glow but many Wiccans and Covens will hold Esbat's at the full moon to take advantage of the most powerful time for magickal workings.
The waxing phase of the moon is the time for constructive magick, for protection, health, positivity, affirmations, creative workings. The waning phase of the moon is for destructive magick, binding spells, dark (not black) magick, introspection. The dark moon is like a day off but can also be used for the most private, internal workings. Spellcraft is a fine art and there is so much symbolism that can be used and acknowledged to make magick effective but always keep in mind "An' it harm none, do what thou wilt." - never mess with the free will of anyone and be mindful of this when wording your spells!
This is just the tip of the iceberg, there is so much more involved and in time I will have the opportunity to share the finer details with you. For now, enjoy the Full Moon in all her splendid glory, bask in her glow, search for the face, delight in the magick and take time to think of what the moon means to you!
Bright Full Moon Blessings,
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