December Dark Moon Esbat

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Moonlight glitters on the frosty earth. Time seems frozen, but the night air tingles with energy. This is the Moon of Completion. We have come full circle through the twelve months. As the Wheel of the Year makes its final turn and begins a new cycle, we pause to reflect on the path that brought us here and where it may lead us in the year to come. Through ritual we focus our minds and energy on intention. Stating an intention is the first step in manifesting what you want into the physical realm. Stating intention is a sacred process and a magical act when it is invested with your heart and soul.

Dark Moon Ritual

Supplies you will need:
a bath,
two black candles,
cauldron,
paper and pen.

Place the cauldron in the center of the altar and put the paper and pen beside it.

open circle:
This circle I cast at year’s finish,
Faith and unity never diminish.
As above, so below, so mote it
Sacred this space I now decree, blessed be.

Face each direction as you speak. For the Lord and Lady, face center.

Spirits of North, of Earth, I call to you this night. Be with me as the quiet meadows wrapped in a blanket of welcoming snow. I bid you welcome to my circle.

Spirits of East, of Air, I call to you this night. Be with me as the soft whisper that is heard in the frozen stillness of the woods. I bid you welcome to my circle.

Spirits of South, of Fire, I call to you this night. Be with me as the pale sunlight that softly illuminates but does not disturb the sleepers. I bid you welcome to my circle.

Spirits of West, of Water, I call to you this night. Be with me as the clear ice that holds Nature’s secrets until the spring. I bid you welcome to my circle.

Lord of All, I call to you this night. Be with me as the vital spark that rests quietly within the world, within the womb. I bid you welcome to my circle.

Lady of All, I call to you this night. Be with me as the slumbering Goddess who renews the world through a long peaceful sleep. I bid you welcome to my circle.

Light the black candles and say:

The moon is dark.
She hides her face from humans.
Only women can know the true secrets of the Dark Mother.
Wise one, let me feel Your presence and power.
I need Your wisdom of releasing and removing.
If punishment be needed by those who work against me,
I leave it within your hands.
Move counter clockwise to the East and say:
Remove all negatives from my thoughts amd mind, Dark Mother.
Let them bear no fruit within my life.

Go to the North and say:
Remove all negatives from my body,
Dark Mother.
Let them bear no fruit in my life.

Go to the West and say:
Remove all negatives from my emotions,
Dark Mother.
Let them bear no fruit in my life.

Go to the South and say:
Remove all negatives from my spiritual life, Dark Mother.
Let them bear no fruit in my life.

Return to the altar and stand facing North.
Say :
I accept no negative thoughts, words, or deeds from others.
They ase destroyed by the powers of the Dark Mother.
If these negatives comefrom within myself, turn them into lessons of good.
Help me to become balanced, a true Goddess-daughter/son of light and wisdom.

Face the altar now. Write down on the paper negative things you wished removed from your life in reguards to the spiritual path you are on. Think of the December moon and get in touch with the darkness. Read each one out loud to the Dark Mother to release them to Her. Light the paper from one of the black candles and drop it into the cauldron and watch it burn and say:

I release these unto Your keeping.
Show me how to move beyond these negatives into a position of light and power.

Burn the paper until it is reduced to ashes. Raise your arms in reverence to the Goddess when the paper is finished and say:

Dark Mother,
Crone Goddess,
Wise and Elder One,
teach me Your deep mysteries,
the Ancient Goddess magick known to my foremothers and fathers.
Guide and protect me, Dark Mother.

Now would be a good time to mediatate and see what insight you may receive from the Mother. Bury the ashes of the paper somewhere off of your property.

Face each direction as you speak; turn to center for the Lord and Lady.

Lady of All, you have come to me this night and witnessed my intentions. I ask for your blessings as I complete this year and prepare to move on to the next. Thank you for your presence with me this night. Stay if you will, go if you must. I bid you farewell.

Lord of All, you have come to me this night and witnessed my intentions. I ask for your blessings as I complete this year and prepare to move on to the next. Thank you for your presence with me this night. Stay if you will, go if you must. I bid you farewell.

Spirits of West, of Water, may your clear ice that holds Nature’s secrets also hold my intentions. Thank you for your presence with me this night. Stay if you will, go if you must. I bid you farewell.

Spirits of South, of Fire, may the pale winter sun illuminate my intentions. Thank you for your presence with me this night. Stay if you will, go if you must. I bid you farewell.

Spirits of East, of Air, may the crisp air whisper my intentions through the winter. Thank you for your presence with me this night. Stay if you will, go if you must. I bid you farewell.

Spirits of North, of Earth, may your meadows receive my intentions and help them grow in the spring. Thank you for your presence with me this night. Stay if you will, go if you must. I bid you farewell.

Walk around your circle as you say:

Wheel of the Year, cycle complete.
Endings, beginnings, both shall meet.
What lies ahead, I cannot see.
My faith I will follow, blessed be.

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