March Waning 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 Waning 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. 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

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.
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).
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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