June Waning Moon Esbat

Background
In June we enjoy the longest days of the year, especially before the Summer Solstice. Even though the sun begins to withdraw after the Solstice, the shortening of days is imperceptible and we enjoy long hours of light. This is a time to be active, to feel sensuous and to be aware of our bodies and the life-force energy that flows through us. As the Wheel of the Year moves into summer, we raise the heat of this new season with both a drumming circle and a circle dance. The circle is one of the oldest and most elemental symbols. It is also a symbol of perfection and wholeness. It represents unity and endlessness. It echoes the recurring cycles of life and death and rebirth; of the sun and moon and seasons. The circle reminds us that all events, all life, and everything in the universe is connected in a perpetual flow of energy. With a circle dance power and strength is evoked. The drum is one of the oldest musical instruments known. In ancient cultures drumming was a sacred function. The rhythm of drumming and dancing connects us with nature and the heartbeat of life.

June Waning Moon Ritual
Moon of Life

Setup
Items needed for this ritual include: a drum or other percussion instrument (or use your hands!); Chalice; Mead or a honeyed tea such as chamomile. 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.

Drum Sounds

Use these distinct sounds just before evoking each direction.

North – slap a hand against the center of the drumhead (avoiding a resonating sound) in a slow rhythm;

East – brush a finger over the drumhead in a circular motion;

South – with a drumstick, make a staccato rhythm at the edge of the drumhead;

West- with a drumstick, create a deep resonating rhythm in the center of the drumhead.

The Ritual

As you walk around the perimeter of your circle, lightly brush a finger over your drum in a circular motion to create a gentle sound.

As I feel the warm sun on my face,
The rhythm of life beats a fast pace,
It is time to dance and feel free,
Sacred this space, I now decree.

Move to each direction, respectively. For the Lord and Lady, stand at the altar.

North [Drumming] I call ye spirits of North, of Earth to join my celebration of life.
East [Drumming] I call ye spirits of East, of Air to join my celebration of life.
South [Drumming] I call ye spirits of South, of Fire to join my celebration of life.
West [Drumming] I call ye spirits of West, of Water to join my celebration of life.

Alternate a rhythm and counter rhythm, and then say:

I call the Lord. I call the Lady. Join my celebration of life.

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).Use your usual method of grounding energy.

Take the chalice of mead or honeyed tea from the altar and say:

In this time of the Mead Moon, the Honey Moon, the Moon of Life, I drink this to celebrate summer. I will enjoy the bright days of summer that stretch before me.

Standing at the altar, and then face each direction respectively. After speaking each part, briefly beat your drum.

Lord and Lady, I thank you for the gift of life and the enjoyment it brings. Thank you for your presence in my circle. Stay if you will, go if you must, I bid you farewell.

Spirits of West, I thank you for the resonant rhythms of the ocean. Thank you for your presence in my circle. Stay if you will, go if you must, I bid you farewell.

Spirits of South, I thank you for the crackling staccato of Fire. Thank you for your presence in my circle. Stay if you will, go if you must, I bid you farewell.

Spirits of East, I thank you for the gentle sighing of Air. Thank you for your presence in my circle. Stay if you will, go if you must, I bid you farewell.

Spirits of North, I thank you for the deep rhythm of Earth. Thank you for your presence in my circle. Stay if you will, go if you must, I bid you farewell.

My circle is open but unbroken,
No longer sacred, this space I decree.
Words of the Goddess have been spoken,
In faith and unity, blessed be.

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