November Dark Moon Esbat

Background
We have entered the dark of the year. Days grow cold and nights long. The earth begins her winter’s rest. The Crone beckons: “Come into the darkness, explore what lies within.” November is a time that is betwixt and between. We have passed through the gateway of Samhain into the dark of the year, and we await the rebirth of light—the rebirth of the Lord at Yule. This moon, the Moon of Descent, gives us the opportunity to descend within ourselves and find the inner realm. It is through this inner place that we can connect with other realms. Tonight we are going to visit our inner realm.

November Dark Moon Ritual
Moon of Descent

Setup
Items needed for this ritual include: Black altar cloth; Five black candles; A crystal ball or round scrying mirror; Acorns or hazelnuts; A small bell. Except for these things, the altar should be bare.

The Ritual
Take the crystal ball (or scrying mirror) from the altar and walk around perimeter of your circle saying:

Crystal sphere, the shape of Luna,
Deep your secrets lie within.
May I find the path to follow
For now t’is time to begin.
When you return to where you started, say:
The circle is cast. I have passed through the gateway between the worlds.

Go to the edge of the circle in each direction to speak and then light a candle. For the Goddess, stand before the altar.

Quiet caverns, deep places of the Underworld. I beckon to the spirits of North, of Earth, to join me in my circle this dark night.

Soft breath, still air of silent places. I beckon to the spirits of East, of Air, to join me in my circle this dark night.

Single candle, small flame that casts a soft light. I beckon to the spirits of South, of Fire, to join me in my circle this dark night.

A few drops, a small trickle that seeps below the surface. I beckon to the spirits of West, of Water, to join me in my circle this dark night.

Sister Luna, your pale sheen prompts us to be quiet, to be still, to listen. I beckon to you, join me in my circle this dark night.

Say:

The moon is dark.
She hides her face from humans.
Only women can know the true secrets of the Dark Mother.
Wise one, let me feel Your presence and power.
I need Your wisdom of releasing and removing.
If punishment be needed by those who work against me,
I leave it within your hands.
Move counter clockwise to the East and say:
Remove all negatives from my thoughts amd mind, Dark Mother.
Let them bear no fruit within my life.

Go to the North and say:
Remove all negatives from my body,
Dark Mother.
Let them bear no fruit in my life.

Go to the West and say:
Remove all negatives from my emotions,
Dark Mother.
Let them bear no fruit in my life.

Go to the South and say:
Remove all negatives from my spiritual life, Dark Mother.
Let them bear no fruit in my life.

Return to the altar and stand facing North.
Say :
I accept no negative thoughts, words, or deeds from others.
They ase destroyed by the powers of the Dark Mother.
If these negatives comefrom within myself, turn them into lessons of good.
Help me to become balanced, a true Goddess-daughter/son of light and wisdom.

Face the altar now. Write down on the paper negative things you wished removed from your life in reguards to the spiritual path you are on. Think of the December moon and get in touch with the darkness. Read each one out loud to the Dark Mother to release them to Her. Light the paper from one of the black candles and drop it into the cauldron and watch it burn and say:

I release these unto Your keeping.
Show me how to move beyond these negatives into a position of light and power.

Burn the paper until it is reduced to ashes. Raise your arms in reverence to the Goddess when the paper is finished and say:
Dark Mother,
Crone Goddess,
Wise and Elder One,
teach me Your deep mysteries,
the Ancient Goddess magick known to my foremothers and fathers.
Guide and protect me, Dark Mother.

Now would be a good time to mediatate and see what insight you may receive from the Mother. Bury the ashes of the paper somewhere off of your property.

After speaking, extinguish the candles in the opposite order in which they were lit.

The pale light within the earth is mirrored by the soft light of the Moon. Sister Luna, I thank you for standing guard on my journey and for your presence this night. Stay if you will, go if you must. I bid you farewell.

Enchanted streams and underground pools. Spirits of the West, of Water, thank you for your presence this night. Stay if you will, go if you must. I bid you farewell.

Soft light that shines within the earth. Spirits of the South, of Fire, thank you for your presence this night. Stay if you will, go if you must. I bid you farewell.

Gentle air that follows the paths and fills the caverns of earth. Spirits of the East, of Air, thank you for your presence this night. Stay if you will, go if you must. I bid you farewell.

Quiet places, magical places that hold knowledge and wisdom from the deep realms. Spirits of the North, of Earth, thank you for your presence this night. Stay if you will, go if you must. I bid you farewell.

Ring the bell gently three times, and then say:
In faith and unity, blessed be.

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