Monday, August 4, 2014


moon mthrasher4hr-dkccg3.jpgIn addition to the eight Sabbats observed every year, most modern Wiccans and Pagans celebrate regular Esbats, in which magic is performed and the Gods and Goddesses of the tradition are honored.  Most covens and groups meet at least once a month, and time this ceremony so it coincides with the full moon.

The word Esbat is of French origin, from s'esbattre, which loosely translates to "frolic joyfully."  In addition to frolicking, this is a time to commune with the gods of your tradition.  In some groups, the Esbat rite is followed by a Cakes and Ale ceremony.  You may also wish to tie this in to Drawing Down the Moon.

The full moon has long had an aura of mystery and magic about it.  It is tied to the ebbs and flows of the tide, as well as the every-changing cycle of women's' bodies.  The moon is connected to our wisdom and intuition and many Pagans and Wiccans choose to celebrate the full moon with a monthly ritual.  It is during this time that the God becomes the strong Father figure who cares for the Earth and all its creatures.  The Father is the ripeness of manhood and in his prime, a great leader.  Any working that needs extra power, such as help finding a new job or healing for serious conditions, can be done now.  Also, love, knowledge, legal undertakings, money and dreams.

10384897_349.pngSturgeon is the full moon of August.  The fishing tribes are given credit for the naming of this Moon, since sturgeon, a large fish of the Great Lakes and other major bodies of water, were most readily caught during this month.  Plan a ritual to preserve what you already have.  A few tribes knew it as the Full Red Moon because, as the Moon rises, it appears reddish through any sultry haze.

On August 10th we will witness the biggest Full Moon of the year, called a Supermoon or a Perigee Moon.  It will be up to 40% bigger and 30% brighter than usual.  Not only will it be a big bright Supermoon but the Perseid Meteor shower is at the same time so the sky will be full of shooting stars.  It will be a magical night.


The moon is the symbol of the father,
and he watches over us day and night.
He brings the changing tide, the shifting night,
the flow that changes women's bodies,
and the passion of lovers to their beloved.
His wisdom is great and all-knowing,
and we honor him tonight.
Keep your watchful eyes upon us, great father,
until the cycle returns once more,
and bring us to the next full moon,
in your love and light.





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