April Dark Moon Esbat

Background
Water, fons et origo—the source of all possible existence. It provides outward purification and serves to symbolically purify us within. Springs and wells are considered holy because of the power of spirit that resides there. They also serve as gateways between the worlds and are places to commune with the Divine. Like its opposite element, fire, water has the diametric powers to destroy or heal. In the ancient Goddess-worshipping cultures, the Goddess was portrayed as both woman and water bird and many of her symbols were aquatic. This mother, life-giving aspect was not only connected with giving birth, but also encompassed life-sustaining, nurturing and protective aspects of her being. In our over-bearing society it is important to emphasize and honor our abilities to nurture. It is equally important for men to do this. This ritual is intended to help you acknowledge yourself as a creator and nurturer.

April Dark Moon Ritual
Moon of the Waters

Setup
Items needed for this ritual include: Gather water from several places or do separate visualizations to have water represent different sources you have visited. Before starting your ritual, place the jars of water at various points on the perimeter of your circle; Small bowl of water; An empty bowl; An empty pitcher; One cut flower; Six candles for the altar; A tape/CD of a waterfall or bubbling stream, or a trickling fountain (optional). Also: 2 black candles

The Ritual

Take the small bowl of water and flower from the altar. Dip the flower into the water and sprinkle the ground as you walk around the circle saying:

Tempus vernum—springtime brings
Dewy mornings and gentle showers,
Trees in leaf and fragrant flowers.

When you return to your starting point, say:

From water I am born, with water I am nourished. Tonight I create a pool of sacred space with this precious element.

Face each direction as you speak and then light the respective candle. For the Goddess and God, stand facing the altar.

I call to the North, Realm of Earth. You are my foundation on this planet of great oceans. Your color, brown, represents the sustenance of the Goddess. Be here this night to celebrate. I bid you welcome.

I call to the East, Realm of Air. You deliver rain in gentle showers and stormy torrents. Your color, light blue, represents the nurturing breath of the Goddess. Be here this night to celebrate. I bid you welcome.

I call to the South, Realm of Fire. Your heat warms the water that flows across the world. Your color, red, represents the life-giving blood of the Goddess. Be here this night to celebrate. I bid you welcome.

I call to the West, Realm of Water. Your gift feeds me, soothes me, and washes me clean. Your color, dark blue, represents the protection of the Goddess. Be here this night to celebrate. I bid you welcome.

I call to the Lord, Manannan, Neptune, Poseidon. May the mysteries of your watery realm bring magic and strength to my circle. Be here this night to celebrate. I bid you welcome.

I call to the Lady Brigid, Boann, Aphrodite. The moisture of your womb gives life to the world, and your holy wells provide sustenance and solace. Be here this night to celebrate. I bid you welcome.

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.

After speaking each part, extinguish the appropriate altar candle.

Lady of Water, Brigid, Boann, Aphrodite, thank you for the gift of life and for bestowing life on this beautiful world. Thank you for your presence in my circle this night. Stay if you will; go if you must. I bid you farewell.

Lord of Water, Manannan, Nepture, Poseidon, thank you for the magic that your watery realm provides. Thank you for your presence in my circle this night. Stay if you will; go if you must. I bid you farewell.

Powers of West, of Water, thank you for your sacred gift, and for your presence in my circle this night. Stay if you will; go if you must. I bid you farewell.

Powers of South, of Fire, thank you for the heat that warms the water, and for your presence in my circle this night. Stay if you will; go if you must. I bid you farewell.

Powers of East, of Air, thank you for bringing the rains, and for your presence in my circle this night. Stay if you will; go if you must. I bid you farewell.

Powers of North, of Earth, thank you for supporting the great rivers and oceans, and for your presence in my circle this night. Stay if you will; go if you must. I bid you farewell.

Walk the perimeter of your circle as you say:

River of life knows
Nurturing love flows
From deep inside me
With faith, blessed be.

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