July Waning Moon Esbat

Background
Civilization cannot exist without fire. Civilization did not begin until wild fire was tamed into the hearth fire. But while we humans may be able to contain fire, we cannot completely control it. Therein lays its mystery; fire has power that is beyond us. It has a power that we watch with fear and awe. It is easy to be mesmerized by it. Tamed fire is the hearth. It is welcoming and protective. It provides warmth. But tamed fire also tamed humans. Nomadic peoples became settled communities when they could grow grain and bake bread. And fire is the alchemist that transforms minerals into tools. Fire embodies the essence of natural cycles: Destruction brings about creation. Symbolically, the phoenix rises from the ashes—transformed by the flames. And so fire is a powerful symbol of rebirth, immortality, and purification. Fire is linked with the sacred. It represents the Divine spark of life. We speak of our inner fire. Fire is the element linked with the heart chakra. And fire is the symbol of love, of burning passion. Fire is illumination and the spark of inspiration. Fire produces light, but in doing so it creates shadow and therein is the symbol of its cycle: Destruction, healing, transformation, inspiration. Fire can symbolically clear our spiritual paths of obstacles. It can reduce what is unneeded to ash giving us room to heal. But it cannot do this without our letting go of whatever holds us back. Letting go, symbolically walking into the sacred flame, allows us to transform, to move on. With this freedom comes inspiration and growth. Like a forest that springs back to life after being destroyed, our souls revive when we let go allowing transformation to happen.

July Waning Moon Ritual
Moon of Fire

Setup
Items needed for this ritual include: Candles to place around the perimeter of your circle; Six red candles for the altar; Cauldron; Drum or other percussion instrument to accompany chanting (optional). 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

Light a candle (not one of the six red altar candles), and then walk around the perimeter of your circle lighting the candles you placed on the floor as you say:

Sacred circle, sacred fire,
I beckon you to inspire.
With your power bring to me
Light and wisdom, so mote it be.

Face each direction as you speak, and then light one of the red candles on the altar. For the Goddess and God, face the altar.

I summon ye spirits of North, of Earth. Be the foundation beneath the ashes of the sacred flame of Brigid. I welcome you to my bright circle.

I summon ye spirits of East, of Air. Be the gentle whisper that ignites the spark of the sacred flame of Brigid. I welcome you to my bright circle.

I summon ye spirits of South, of Fire. I call on your powers to build the sacred flame of Brigid. I welcome you to my bright circle.

I summon ye spirits of West, of Water. Be the holy well that balances the sacred flame of Brigid. I welcome you to my bright circle.

Flame of destruction, flame of purification. Lord of All, Lugh, I ask that you guide me through the fire. I welcome you to my bright circle.

Flame of healing, flame of transformation. Lady of All, Brigid, I ask that you guide me through the fire. I welcome you to my bright circle.

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.

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).

Use your usual methods for grounding energy.

Stand facing each direction as you speak, and then extinguish its related altar candle. For the Goddess and God, face the altar.

Lady of All, dear Brigid, thank you for this transformation and for your presence in my bright circle this night. I ask for your blessing as you depart, and bid you farewell.

Lord of All, dear Lugh, thank you for your inspiration and for your presence in my bright circle this night. I ask for your blessing as you depart, and bid you farewell.

Spirits of West, of Water, thank you for your balance and for your presence in my bright circle this night. I ask for your blessing as you depart, and bid you farewell.

Spirits of South, of Fire, thank you for your power and for your presence in my bright circle this night. I ask for your blessing as you depart, and bid you farewell.

Spirits of East, of Air, thank you for your gentle whisper and for your presence in my bright circle this night. I ask for your blessing as you depart, and bid you farewell.

Spirits of North, of Earth, thank you for your foundation and for your presence in my bright circle this night. I ask for your blessing as you depart, and bid you farewell.

As you go around the perimeter of your circle extinguishing candles, say:

By the flame of destruction and transformation,
I am strengthened and set free.
May the flame of inspiration and wisdom,
Burn within and stay with me.

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