August Waxing Moon Esbat

Background
One of the themes is water. For our ancestors, water was vital to ensure a bountiful harvest, which would secure their future, their survival. This is true for us too, but if we have a drought in our area, food can be brought in (and usually is anyway) from other areas. Summer showers give us respite from hot afternoons, and water more than anything else, deeply quenches our thirst. In this ritual the chalice is used to enjoy a drink of cool, clear spring water.

August Waxing Moon Ritual
Moon of Delight

Setup
Items needed for this ritual include: Six candles for the altar—four in the direction/elemental colors. Use brown or gold (color of ripening grain) for the God and black (color of rich fertile earth) for the Goddess. You may want to mark the perimeter of their circles with objects that symbolize summer such as sea shells, a pair of sandals, sunglasses, etc. Decorative jars partially filled with spring water would also be appropriate for this ritual.

The Ritual

Walk around the perimeter of your circle as you say:
Joyous summer, day heart-free,
Ripening fields and shining sea.
Sacred space, I now decree,
Mother Goddess, I welcome thee.

Walk to the edge of the circle in the respective direction as you call each. After speaking, light a candle on the altar. Stand in front of the altar to evoke the Goddess and God.

Hark ye spirits of North, of Earth. I rejoice in your verdant fields, orchards and thick forests. Tonight I light this green candle to symbolize the green earth. Spirits of Earth be with me.

Hark ye spirits of East, of Air. I revel in the stillness of warm afternoons when birds soar high to touch the clouds. Tonight I light this yellow candle to symbolize the bright, sun-filled sky. Spirits of Air, be with me.

Hark ye spirits of South, of Fire. I delight in long sultry days that unfold slowly to a symphony of cicadas that herald the sun’s path through the sky. Tonight I light this red candle to symbolize the glowing heat of summer. Spirits of Fire, be with me.

Hark ye spirits of West, of Water. I savor the sudden showers that quench the thirsty soil and refresh lakes and streams. Tonight I light this blue candle to symbolize the cooling gentle rain. Spirits of Water, be with me.

Lugh, Green Man, this is the height of your vitality. The full strength of your life-force is evident in all I see. Tonight I light this brown candle to symbolize the ripening grain. Lord of All, be with me.

Brigid, Demeter, your nurturing presence gives me comfort to enjoy the beauty that surrounds me. Tonight I light this black candle to symbolize the rich fertile soil of Mother Gaia. Lady of All, be with me.

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 contiune on with the idea of water’s importance and pleasures in your life and the Moon of Delight.
What about water do you love? What things in life bring you please? Focus on it. Fall into deep meditation.

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

Use your usual method for grounding energy.

Walk to the edge of the circle in the respective direction as you dismiss each. After speaking, extinguish a candle on the altar. Stand in front of the altar when addressing the Goddess and God.

Great Lady, thank you for your nurturing love and the joys of summer. I ask for your blessing as you depart. Stay if you will, go if you must. Farewell. Blessed be.

Great Lord, thank you for the vitality of these active summer months. I ask for your blessing as you depart. Stay if you will, go if you must. Farewell. Blessed be.

Spirits of West, of Water, thank you for your cooling summer rains. I ask for your blessing as you depart. Stay if you will, go if you must. Farewell. Blessed be.

Spirits of South, of Fire, thank you for the heat that ripens the fields. I ask for your blessing as you depart. Stay if you will, go if you must. Farewell. Blessed be.

Spirits of East, of Air, thank you for the clear bright summer skies. I ask for your blessing as you depart. Stay if you will, go if you must. Farewell. Blessed be.

Spirits of North, of Earth, thank you for the beauty of the land. I ask for your blessing as you depart. Stay if you will, go if you must. Farewell. Blessed be.

Take the yarn web and carry it as you walk around your circle saying:
Summer joys and memories glow,
But this season soon must go.
Let these warm thoughts stay with me,
As times goes on, so mote it be.

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