April Waning 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 Waning 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: 1 black candle, 1 pink candle, Sage, frankincense or myrrh incense (for clearing)

Ritual Bath
Add salt to the water, or tie the following herbs in a small piece of cloth: hyssop, lavender and rosemary. Run under faucet.

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.

As you inhale the aroma of the steaming herbs, visualize the steam breaking up any tension in your body, and exhale. Ask your body and spirit to release any thoughtforms that are not in accordance with your highest potential, and be willing to look at where you might be harboring doubt, suspicion, or fear. With each inhale, affirm that you are breathing in the healing energies of the Universe, and that you can transform yourself through meditation, patience and faith.

With each exhale, affirm that the outmoded thoughtforms are transformed into NEW ENERGY that can be utilized for growth. ENERGY is neutral, so it is up to us to REDIRECT it!

Light your white altar candles and incense. They are symbolic of peace, truth and protection. Meditate for a few minutes on what that means to you personally. Is there anything in your life now that is not in sync with your personal truth?

Light the black candle. The color black is an absence of color, and therefore ABSORBS… the black candle will represent the absorbing/transforming power of the dark moon, and as we work with it, imagine the pain or anger being pulled out of you and absorbed and transformed by the energy that is symbolized by the black candle.

Take a small piece of paper, and write WITH AS MUCH EMOTION AS YOU CAN MUSTER one thing you want to release / transform.

Light one corner of the paper, and immediately drop it into a flameproof / heatproof dish (a large ashtray or a ceramic pot with some soil on the bottom would be ideal).

Repeat with any and all emotions, fears, resentments, gripes, angers, resentments, excuses, obligations, etc. etc. etc.
Until you feel CLEAR! If you still feel bad, keep going for a while!

When you’ve cried, griped etc as much as you can stand, put out the black candle.

Light the pink candle. Put on your favorite music: something that makes you feel energized, happy and motivated! Now you need to focus on filling up the spaces left wher the old pain was! Time to fill it in with the AFFIRMATIONS of your choice…
Always write affirmations in the PRESENT tense! Keep repeating them over and over until you feel GREAT! BREATHE IN your new TRUTH.

When you are finished, put out the pink candle, and save it and the black candle until the next time you do this exercise. For maximum effect or serious depression or apathy, do this spell 3 days in a row (finishing on New Moon day).

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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