February Waxing Moon Esbat

Background
The growing light gives us hope, but there are still hard days of winter ahead. Even with the icy grip still upon the world, you feel the life-force awakening and know that your life must begin to quicken. Many things can unfold this year, but which way should you go? The Sabbat of Imbolg and the month of February are times for divination. This is the time of the “seer” within. This month is touched by the rowan and ash. The rowan tree brings magic and the protection of Brigid. As the Goddess who governs crossroads, Brigid can see all possible paths for the traveler. The ash tree is also associated with divination. It was upon the ash that Odin hung himself and from which he perceived the runes. This is why ash is frequently used as rune tiles. In times past, the wood of the ash tree was used for divination fires where one would scry the flames for images and signs. Finding an ash leaf with an equal number of sections on either side of the center vein is considered a sign of good luck.

February Waxing Moon Ritual
Moon of the Seer

Setup
Items needed for this ritual include: Six candles; Cauldron (made of cast iron or other metal in which you can safely burn things); A stick inscribed with the Runic alphabet. Cards with Runes and aspects/attributes for divination; Pencils and a small piece of paper; A set of runes to decorate the altar (optional); Wand or athame (optional).

The Ritual

Using a stick inscribed with the Runic alphabet, begin walking around the perimeter of your circle as you say:

Cold wind, skies gray,
Light grows each day.
Life stirs secretly,
Soul awakens in me.
By the powers of Odin and Brigid, sacred is this space decreed

Walk to the edge of the circle in the respective direction as you call each. After speaking, light a candle on the altar. Stand in front of the altar to evoke the Goddess and God.

Come ye spirits of North, of Earth my foundation. Hidden in your belly are the secrets of what will be. You know where all seeds lie and wait to be sent forth. I bid you welcome.

Come ye spirits of East, of Air cold and invigorating. Your icy blasts keep the world in the grip of winter, yet you bring a hint of milder times to come. I bid you welcome.

Come ye spirits of South, of Fire my beacon through the dark of the year. Warm the earth and entice plants to part the snow. I bid you welcome.

Come ye spirits of West, of Water that feeds all life. Flow once again in swift, clear streams. I bid you welcome.

Come ye Lord Odin. In your sacrifice you found answers. Help me divine what is hidden within. I bid you welcome.

Come ye Brigid, Lady who knows all things. As I stand at the crossroads of the year, help me discern my path ahead. I bid you welcome.

Charge of the Star Goddess
Starhawk version

I who am the beauty of the green earth and the white moon among the
stars and the mysteries of the waters.

I call upon your soul to arise and come unto me.

For I am the soul of nature that gives life to the universe.

From Me all things proceed and unto Me they must return.

Let My worship be in the heart that rejoices, for behold — all
acts of love and pleasure are My rituals.

Let there be beauty and strength, power and compassion, honor and
humility, mirth and reverence within you.

And you who seek to know Me, know that your seeking and yearning
will avail you not, unless you know the Mystery:

For if that which you seek, you find not within yourself, you will
never find it without.

For behold, I have been with you from the beginning, and I am that
which is attained at the end of desire.

Call of the God
Scott Cunningham

I am the radiant King of the Heavens, flooding the earth with
warmth and encouraging the hidden seed of creation to burst forth
into manifestation. I lift my shining spear to light the lives of
all beings and daily pour forth my gold upon the Earth, putting to
flight the powers of darkness.

I am master of the beasts wild and free. I run with the swift stag
and soar as a sacred falcon against the shimmering sky. The
ancient woods and wild places emanate my powers, and the birds of
the air sing of my sanctity.

I am also the last harvest, offering up grain and fruits beneath
the sickle of time so that all may be nourished. For without
planting, there can be no harvest; without winter, no spring.

Worship me as the thousand-named Sun of creation, the spirit of the
horned stag in the wild, the endless harvest. See in the yearly
cycle of festivals, my birth, death and rebirth — and know that
such is the destiny of all creation.

I am the spark of life, the radiant Sun, the giver of peace and
rest, and I send my rays of blessing to warm the hearts and
strengthen the minds of all.

THE MAGICKAL WORKING:

Continueing on with this months energy focus it is time to contiune on with the idea of divination and the Moon of Seers.
Get your runes out and slowly draw one out of the bag. say past. and place it down. Draw out another rune from the bag. Say Present and place it down. Draw one final rune from the bag and say Future and place it with the other two. Do your reading end it with holding the future rune in your hand and going into deep meditation.

Chant softly: She changes everything she touches,
Everything she touches, changes,
She changes everything she touches,
Everything she touches, changes,
Changes, touches, changes, touches.

Use your usual method for grounding energy.

Walk to the edge of the circle in the respective direction as you dismiss each. After speaking, extinguish a candle on the altar. Stand in front of the altar to address the Goddess and God.

Brigid, Lady of the Crossroads, thank you for your presence in my circle this night. May I be blessed with your wisdom and guided by your love. Ere you depart to your realm, I bid you farewell.

Odin, Lord of Divination, thank you for your presence in my circle this night. May I be blessed with your great knowledge and guided by your courage. Ere you depart to your realm, I bid you farewell.

Spirits of West, of the Watery realm, thank you for your presence in my circle this night. May I be blessed with the ability to flow with life’s currents. Ere you depart to your realm, I bid you farewell.

Spirits of South, of the Fiery realm, thank you for your presence in my circle this night. May I be blessed with the ability to find the beacon that illuminates the way ahead. Ere you depart to your realm, I bid you farewell.

Spirits of East, of the Airy realm, thank you for your presence in my circle this night. May I be blessed with the ability to rise above difficulties that may challenge me. Ere you depart to your realm, I bid you farewell.

Spirits of North, of the Earthly realm, thank you for your presence in my circle this night. May I be blessed with the ability to remain centered and strong. Ere you depart to your realm, I bid you farewell.

Close circle:
My circle is open but unbroken,
No longer sacred this space I decree.
May the Blessed Ones guide my path,
In faith and unity, blessed be.

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