March New 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 New 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.

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.

Lady Moon, your light has just returned,
For the cycle of your power.
Maiden, mistress of new beginnings and youth,
Your light shine down upon the earth.

Upon night’s darkest cloak,
Let your mark be spread for all to see,
Glowing ever stronger in the sky.

Tonight let your powers of new beginnings,
Wash away the follies of last cycle.
Seep away my weariness and sorrows.
Fill me to the brim with strength and hope,
Replace faded dreams with new,
And give me the endurance to carry on.

Goddess in the sky, look down upon me,
Your Witch, Sorceress and Priestess,
In your presence, gathers here.

As the moon moves through its cycles,
May the blessing of the Maiden,
Remain strong and surround us.

In the name of the Threefold Goddess,
So mote it be.

Now is the time for meditation on things that are holding you back. No other work is suggested since the energy should be directed inward. Use your usual method for grounding energy.

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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