Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Esbat Waxing Moon

https://s-media-cache-ak0.pinimg.com/736x/62/da/5c/62da5c841f484690e182c50c619898ca.jpgMay 13 is the Wax Moon.  The phases of the Moon can be seen to reflect the aspects of the Triple God.  There are Esbat rituals to celebrate the Lunar changes in relation to the God and to utilize the distinctive energy that accompanies each phase.  Most Practitioners are familiar with the Esbats performed at the Full Moon, honoring the God as Warrior and Father, and at the New Moon, honoring the God as Sage and Darkness.

The waxing phase is a time for growth.  It is a time to plant; literally and symbolically. Magic done during this time culminates on the full moon.  This phase is conducive for creativity because of the high energy and clarity of vision it brings. It is also conducive for teaching.  The energy of the full moon is intense.  It is a time for sending forth intentions because of the high-powered energy that can propel them to manifest.  The larger the Moon gets, the more powerfully you will feel the Gods energy.

The Flower Moon, also known as the Planting Moon, is a time of health, love, romance and wisdom in May.  In most areas, flowers are abundant everywhere during this time.  Plan a ritual to reaffirm your goals.  It is also a great time to rekindle the romantic spark and passion in a relationship.

This is May, the time of opening, the time of blossoming.  Set up your outdoor alter and with a basket of cut flowers, walk the perimeter (deosil) of your circle, placing flowers at intervals along the floor.  When you arrive back where you started, say:

With these gifts from the Mother,
And the magic of the SĂ­dhe,
I pass from one realm to another,
Sacred this space, I decree.

Face each direction as you speak, and then light a candle. For the Goddess and God, face the altar and recite:

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.

Continuing on with this month's energy focus it is time to continue on with the idea of blooming and becoming something.  Sit comfortably with a blue stone.  Focus on it.  Fall into deep meditation.  What have you found this year on your Path?  What do you hope to find?  Look and listen.

Lord of All, I thank you for the gift of mystery that you bestow upon the world.

Use your usual method for grounding energy and close.  Extinguish any candles respectively.

Some people have preferences of which moon cycle they like best so experiment to find out which ones you like best.


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