March Dark Moon Esbat

Background
March is a time to make ready for spring. Waters run freely from snowmelt, and bright yellow daffodils beckon the sun’s warmth. Nights are still tinged with frost, but it is time to begin preparations for spring; time to clear away winter’s rubble from the garden and from your life, both physical and spiritual.

The ash, which is a tree for part of this month, is one of the traditional materials for a besom broom along with birch and willow. Besoms are used frequently in fertility rituals and handfasting ceremonies. Associated with the element water, they not only sweep physical dirt from an area that is to be made sacred, but also psychic dirt and negative energy. Alder, the other tree of March, provides strength and courage to clear away things from your life and to start fresh.

In this time of clearing away and making ready for spring, use your besom to symbolically remove negativity from your life. Action begins with intention: tonight send the intention to clear out anything that may be holding you back or preventing you from growing in some way.

March Dark Moon Ritual
Moon of the Wind

Setup
Items needed for this ritual include: A besom broom or a bundle of twigs, straw or heather; Six gemstones or crystals to use in place of candles for the altar. One in each color for directions/elements according to your tradition. Two white quartz or purple amethyst for the Goddess and God. Plus: two black candles.

The Ritual

With your broom touching the floor, walk around the perimeter of your circle while saying:

In the earth life is stirring,
Winter’s gone, now awake,
To the rhythm of the quickening,
Bring life forth and magic make.

When you return to where you started, say:
By the magic of this besom, sacred is this space decreed.

After speaking, place the gemstone or crystal on the altar for each respective direction and deity.

Spirits of Earth, I beckon ye from the North. You have sustained me through the winter. I now ask that you help me stretch and grow. Join me under Luna’s watchful gaze.

Spirits of Air, I beckon ye from the East. With your mighty winds of March I ask that you blow away the staleness of winter. Join me under Luna’s watchful gaze.

Spirits of Fire, I beckon ye from the South. Purify my heart and life as I clear away the remnants of winter. Join me under Luna’s watchful gaze.

Spirits of Water, I beckon ye from the West. Bathe me in your cleansing streams as I prepare for the months ahead. Join me under Luna’s watchful gaze.

I beckon ye Dagda, Great Lord of All. As spring gains a firm foothold I ask that you help me prepare my path ahead through the coming months. Join me under Luna’s watchful gaze.

I beckon ye Dana, Great Lady of All. As the warmth of spring approaches I ask that you help me open my heart to receive your guidance. Join me under Luna’s watchful gaze.

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, respectively, while speaking. Face the altar for the Goddess and God. The stones or crystals placed on the altar can remain there.

Dana, Great Lady of All, thank you for your guidance in removing that which is unwanted and unneeded from my life. Thank you for your presence in my circle this night. Stay if you will; go if you must. I bid thee farewell.

Dagda, Great Lord of All, thank you for your help in sweeping away negative energy from my life. Thank you for your presence in my circle this night. Stay if you will; go if you must. I bid thee farewell.

Spirits of West, of Water, thank you for washing away that which is unneeded in my life. Thank you for your presence in my circle this night. Stay if you will; go if you must. I bid thee farewell.

Spirits of South, of Fire, thank you for burning away that which is unwanted in my life. Thank you for your presence in my circle this night. Stay if you will; go if you must. I bid thee farewell.

Spirits of East, of Air, thank you for blowing away that which is unneeded in my life. Thank you for your presence in my circle this night. Stay if you will; go if you must. I bid thee farewell.

Spirits of North, of Earth, thank you for removing that which is unwanted in my life. Thank you for your presence in my circle this night. Stay if you will; go if you must. I bid thee farewell.

Star light; star bright
It is time to take flight.
Besom sturdy held upright,
Off I go through dark of night.
Blessed be.

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