March Waxing 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 Waxing 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.

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 continue on with the idea of cleaning up your spiritual world to get ready for the new and the Moon of the Wind.
Sit confortable with a yellow stone. Focus on it. Fall into deep meditation. What is keeping you back in life? What do you hope to gain? Look and listen.

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

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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