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Celtic Moon Signs

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Written by Kim Rogers-Gallagher

Birch Moon (Dec 24-Jan20) This slender tree is a bit deceptive. It appears fragile and delicate, yet it is capable of living where “hardier” trees cannot. If you’re born under this sign, you, too, may present a rather tender “front” to others, but your inner strength is unwavering, and you’ll lend support gladly to others who rely on you. Purity of thought and a knack for realistic evaluation is also associated with this tree sign, since the whiteness of the birch stands out so clearly, in such striking contrast to the foliage that also lives in its native environment. Your quiet determination to succeed by following a reputable path is the stuff that hero/ines are born with.

Rowan Moon (Jan 21-Feb 17) Sometimes referred to as “the whispering tree”, the rowan tree’s magic was well known among the Celts. Its berry is shaped like a five-pointed star, first of all, the symbol of magical protection against spells, enchantments, and glamours. You, too, are a magical creature, able to use you intuition and higher understanding to both enchant and protect. Trust your insights, and act upon them – even if you’re seen as “unusual” or “unpredictable” by others. Your ability to envision the future is priceless.

Ash Moon (Feb 18-March 17) The ash tree is famous, although anonymous, since it’s the tree from which the Hanged Man is suspended in tarot decks. The roots of the ash penetrate deeply into the earth, and the tree itself is known for its speed of growth. Its energy, then, also builds quickly, but is dispersed just as fast. Born under this sign, you have a “knowing” of the connection between ourselves, our planet, and our universe. You feel the pain and joy of all other creatures, from trees to animals to those humans less fortunate than yourself. This lends a compassion to your personality that’s incomparable.

Alder Moon (March 18-April 14) The alder is amazingly resistant to water. As a result, it was often used in construction under water, from bridges to foundations to stilts for homes located close to rivers. This resistance makes the alder a powerful force in psychic battles. If you were born under this sign, you have tremendous courage in the face of obstacles and the power to win in disputes. Watch for a tendency to create wars where there are none, and be careful not to dissipate your strength through engaging in meaningless debate.

Willow Moon (April 15-May 12) The willow seeks out water, and is often found near streams or above natural underground wells. Like no other, this tree is associated with the Moon, in all her phases – and so symbolizes the change of our feelings and “moods” as time passes. Born under the sign of the willow, you are an instinctive creature – in fact, you often react primarily from your “gut response” rather than on intellectual information. Watch the rhythm of your moods carefully and pay attention to your dreams. Their symbolism will help you navigate throughout life.

Hawthorn Moon (May 13-June 9) The hawthorn is a small tree that was often used for hedging, and it has a mixed reputation. Known to be both a sign of fertility and death, it was said to contain the knowledge of both reproduction and transformation. Both of these processes take time – and if you were born under the sign of the hawthorn, you have an innate understanding of both the importance of process and the necessity for change. Your challenge is to use that understanding to guide you when undertaking new starts – don’t rush. Wait, and prepare carefully.

Oak Moon (June 10-July 7) The oak tree endures what other cannot. It remains strong through challenges, and is known for being almost immortal, as is often attested to by its long life and ability to survive fire, lightning strikes, and devastation. If you were born under this sign, you have the strength of character and purpose to endure, too – on matter what your challenges. Direct your energies wisely, make your your risks are well-calculated, and you’ll overcome whatever seemingly “impossible” quests are sent to you.

Holly Moon (July 8-Aug 4) Hollywood was used by the ancients in the construction of spearshafts, and as the spiny leaves show, its well prepared for battle. A symbol of firmness and masculine energy, the holly endows those born under its sign with an equally well-prepared nature. you have a strong connection to the earth, amazing physical strength, and the ability to direct your energy in a balanced even flow. this stability gives you a generosity of spirit ad a very matter-of-fact solidness that others will respect, admire, and rely on. Before you engage in any battle, look inside for understanding and respect for your opponents.

Hazel Moon (Aug 5-Sept 1) The hazel produces its nuts in fall, after having spent the year building the inner strength to protect them. The shell of this nut is so hard, in fact, and contains its treasure so well, that is was the inspiration for the phrase “in a nutshell.” Born under the sign of the hazel tree, you also have an inner treasure to offer – the fruits of you knowledge. Your wisdom and ability to communicate ideas make you capable of transforming the thoughts and opinions of others. Be careful how you wield your word-wizardry.

Vine Moon (Sept 2-Sept 29) Vines traditionally carry fruit, the most famous of which is the grape, used to make wine, that magical elixir that’s known for its ability to dissolve the boundaries between us, allow us to mingle more easily, and relax with others. You, the, are a born socializer, with keen abilities to restore balance to unhappy or unfair situations. Your instinct makes you amazingly perceptive with regard to the motives of others, and your charm is irresistible. Trust this instinct, and form relationships that will last. Don’t be afraid to spend some time alone occasionally – sometimes our own company is the best.

Ivy Moon (Sept 30-Oct 27) Ivy travels everywhere – it spreads happily and thrives in many places where no other greenery could survive. Its determination to reach through obstacles toward light and nourishment is well known, too. If you were born under this tree sign, your networking abilities will further both your personal goals and the purposes of your “cause” – whatever that might be. It’s important that you use this talent to reach out, like the ivy, in a productive way. Don’t allow yourself to bind others to you, or to be bound by guilt, worry, or fear of the future.

Reed Moon (Oct 28-Nov 24) The roots of the reed go deeply into the water from which it takes its nourishment. These roots are the strongest part of the reed, in fact – so its true strength is doubly hidden, both beneath the water and the floor of the pond or lake where it grows. If you were born under this sign, you, too, have secret strength, and perhaps secret motivations, as well. Your challenge is to use your “detective abilities” wisely, not to undermine others or find their weaknesses, but to evolve into a deeply perceptive individual whose wisdom can be used to teach others.

Elder Moon (Nov 25-Dec 23) The elder is a very adaptable tree, quite able to regenerate itself in many ways. It can be rooted from a branch and regrows limbs quickly, allowing it to recover from damage of both natural and unnatural assailants with equal ease. Born under the elder sign, the, you, too are able to live and prosper under any conditions. You will live many “lives” during your time here, and will carry those memories into every new venture. Think of yourself as a gypsy and a student, collecting experience and knowledge so that you may eventually become a great teacher.

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Full Moon Meditation

The reflective light of the full moon gives a wonderful and magical sense of harmony and peacefulness. Meditating in its light gives an etheric and positively enchanting feeling of oneness and unity with Nature and Sky.

Meditating With A Crystal

When you sitin your meditation pose,cross your legs and place your hands on your knees. You can sit with your palms open and place a crystal in both of them.

Moonstone is a beautiful translucent stone which is right for both men and women. It honors the Goddess in all women, is suggested for Dieting, Gardening, Psychic Awareness and Meditation. Soothes stress, anxiety, women’s hormones/menstrual imbalance, lymph. Enhances intuitive sensitivity via feelings and less overwhelmed by personal feelings. Greater flexibility and flow with life. Connects 2nd and 6th Chakra and Pineal for emotional balance, gracefulness. Helps all be more comfortable with our gentler feminine/yin receiving side. Especially for water signs. It is especially recommended for farmers, artists, dancers and young men.

You can choice any crystal that you are attracted to when you meditate.

Step by Step

In the energies of the full moon, find a place that is peaceful and quiet,
either indoors perhaps where you can view the full moon, or outdoors when the moon in high in the heavens. Make yourself comfortable, Sit down or lie down.

Slowly take three deep breaths. With each one consciously release the mental, emotional and physical tensions. Visualize our radiant light reaching out and connecting with every other focus under the light of the full moon. Know that we are connected with individuals and groups everywhere throughout the world who are contemplating on the unity of all life and who are working, each in their own way, for the expansion of love and awareness on our planet. Visualize our radiant light reaching out even further as we realize that we are also connected to the great fellowship of enlightened teachers who have been with us through the ages guiding us to awaken and live by the law of love.

Sit quietly with your mind receptive, and open to receive spiritual energies. Do all that you can to feel the light of the full moon upon you. Feel how your crystals vibrate in your hands.

Make mental notations on thoughts or ideas that come to you. These can appear as knowledge, wisdom, understanding, or inspiration. Even if you think nothing happened, you may find that in a few days new ideas will appear to you. Assume that some kind of impression has been received in your higher mind and it is circling overhead waiting for a place to land.

Develop the ability to listen within as you go about your expansive meditation. This is a similar process as remembering an important dream. The frequencies of dream realities are different than the rational concrete mind. This transference process requires stillness and patience, along with an optimistic attitude. Once your conscious brain can align with the higher mind and soul the stream of light can reach you as words and picture symbols. Feel the light bathe your physical body as you allow it to penetrate deeper inside, reaching.

In this meditation you can become part of the Universal Flow that brings Peace, Compassion, Love, Humility, and Gratitude into our human consciousness. As you become more spiritually grounded, you can become more of your true self. The blessings of the Earth surround you. The magnificent energy of Life unfolds all around you. You are a part of this. Strive to bring honor to your place in this Miracle of Light in all that you do.

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Complete Full Moon Esbat Ritual

TOOLS

– Altar with Elemental representations of Earth (Salt), Air (Incense), Fire (Red working candle) and Water (Water).
– Ritual cakes (any natural bread or cake, no junk food)
– Wine or Ale (anything from the fruit of the vine/grain, fermented or not)
– Gold and Silver God/Goddess Candles
– Quarter Candles – Green (North), Yellow (East), Red (South) and Blue (West)
– Matches or lighter
– Wand or Athamé for casting circle
– Broom or Besom for cleansing the circle
– Chalice or Cup for Libation for God and Goddess
– Separate Wine Glass or Cup for yourself or coveners
– Any other items needed for specific spell work

PREPARATION

Take up the besom and walk widdershins around the circle sweeping from the center outward to cleanse the circle of negative energy. Recite this chant as you sweep from the center of the circle outwards:

“Sweep out evil, sweep out ill, Where I do the Lady’s will. Besom, besom, Lady’s Broom, Sweep out darkness, sweep out doom.
Witch’s broom swift in flight, Cast out darkness, bring in light. Earth be hallow, air be pure, fire burn bright, as water cures.
A sacred bridge this site shall be, As I will, so mote it be.”

BLESS THE ALTAR AND TOOLS

Pick up the athame and draw an invoking pentagram in the air above the altar. Replace the athame and say this invocation:

“Blessed Be, Instruments of Light, Tools now of magick with power and might.”

BLESS THE ELEMENTS AND SPACE

Hold your hand over the water and salt and pass your hand over the element 3 times to banish, and then hold your hand steady to bless. Visualize a sparkling light surrounding and infusing the element while reciting:

“Element of (Earth, Water), I cleanse and consecrate thee,
in the names of the Lord and Lady.
I bring their blessings upon you now.
So mote it be.”

Pour the consecrated salt into the consecrated water. Light the red working candle, cleanse and consecrate the candle (fire) as done above while reciting:
“Element of (Fire), I cleanse and consecrate thee,
in the names of the Lord and Lady.
I bring their blessings upon you now.
So mote it be.”
Use the consecrated fire it to light the incense. Then cleanse and consecrate the smoke from the incense (air) as done above while reciting:
“Element of (Air), I cleanse and consecrate thee,
in the names of the Lord and Lady.
I bring their blessings upon you now.
So mote it be.”
Take the water/salt and go once deosil (clockwise) around the circle. While walking the circle disperse the elements using an asperger or sprigs of herbs. Recite:

“Powers of Water and Earth this circle grace. Purify, cleanse, and bless this space.”

Take up the incense and go once deosil (clockwise) around the circle. While walking the circle disperse the elements using a fan or feathers. Recite:

“Powers of Fire and Air this circle grace. Purify, cleanse, and bless this space.”

CAST THE CIRCLE

Face east. Hold your athamé out at waist level. Walk deosil (clockwise) thrice around the circle perimeter charging it with this chant as you visualize the energy coming from your athame to create the circle. Recite one verse for each of the three circles:

Maiden, cast your circle white, Weave a web of healing light.
Round and Round the Circle’s Cast, Joining Present, Future and Past

Mother, cast your circle red, Weave the strands of family threads.
This Sacred Space shall now be Bound, As I cast this Circle Round.

Old Crone, cast your circle black, Weave the wisdom that we lack.
Thrice is the Circle cast this Night/Day and now begins my Magick Rite/Way.

Once the circle has been cast, salute in the following way:

Take up athame and point it to the sky, while saying, “As above…”

Then lower athame to point it at the ground, while saying, “So below.”

CALLING THE QUARTERS:

Starting in the East and moving deosil around to the North, light the corresponding elemental candle, and then invoke the quarter:

“Hail Mighty Ones of the Eastern Tower. Guard this circle with your power.
Powers of Air weave the round, Between the worlds the power bound.
Till I send it at the last, Guardians keep it strong and fast.”

“Hail Mighty Ones of the Southern Tower. Guard this circle with your power.
Powers of Fire weave the round, Between the worlds the power bound.
Till I send it at the last, Guardians keep it strong and fast.”

“Hail Mighty Ones of the Western Tower. Guard this circle with your power.
Powers of Water weave the round, Between the worlds the power bound.
Till I send it at the last, Guardians keep it strong and fast.”

“Hail Mighty Ones of the Northern Tower. Guard this circle with your power.
Powers of Earth weave the round, Between the worlds the power bound.
Till I send it at the last, Guardians keep it strong and fast.”

INVOKING THE GOD AND GODDESS

Light the gold God candle:

“I call to the God. Spark of the Spirit Eternal,
Lord of the Wild Hunt, Judge of Gods and Men.
Shining God of the Sun’s rays, Who walks with me through all my days,
Into my circle, I invoke you, To bless and guide all that I do.
Hail and welcome.”

Light the silver Goddess candle:

“I call to the Goddess. Beauty of the Green Earth,
White Moon among the Stars, Mysteries of the Waters.
Shimmering Goddess of the Moon’s light, Who guides me through the dark of night,
Into my circle, I invoke you. To bless and guide all that I do.
Hail and welcome.”

LIBATION AND OPENING TOAST

Pour some wine into the libation dish and say, “To the Lord and Lady!”

Fill the altar goblet with wine. Hold up the altar goblet and say, “I drink to the God and Goddess.”

Take a sip from the goblet, and say, “Blessed Be.”

RITUAL OR SPELL WORK

Insert optional ritual for sabbat or intended spell work here.

CAKES AND ALE

Take up the plate with the cakes and say “May I never hunger.” Take a bite, and then say,“Blessed Be.”

Take up the wine and say “May I never thirst.” Take a sip of the wine and and then say,“Blessed Be.”

Give thanks for one thing that you are thankful for, and request assistance for one thing that you are in need of.

RELEASING THE QUARTERS

Starting in the North, and moving widdershins around the circle to the East, go to each quarter and say the following release then extinguish the elemental candle:

“To all those in the Northern sphere, I release you now, depart from here.
I give thanks to all of thee. Depart in peace, and blessed be.”

“To all those in the Western sphere, I release you now, depart from here.
I give thanks to all of thee. Depart in peace, and blessed be.”

“To all those in the Southern sphere, I release you now, depart from here.
I give thanks to all of thee. Depart in peace, and blessed be.”

“To all those in the Eastern sphere, I release you now, depart from here.
I give thanks to all of thee. Depart in peace, and blessed be.”

THANKING THE GOD AND GODDESS

Say: “I give thanks to the God for guarding my circle and joining my rite. Hail and farewell.”

Extinguish the gold candle.

Say: “I give thanks to the Goddess for guarding my circle and joining my rite. Hail and farewell.”

Extinguish the silver candle.

CLOSING THE CIRCLE/SALUTE:

Take the Athamé or Wand and retract the energy of the circle back into yourself moving widdershins beginning in the north around to the east using the following chant:

“Circle Round, now be Unbound as I make my way around.
I now Dissolve this Sacred Space and send all Powers back to place.

Circle Round, now be Unbound as I make my way around.
Stay if you can, Go if you must, with Perfect Love and Perfect Trust.

Circle Round, now be Unbound as I make my way around.
My Work is finished for the Night/Day and now I End my Magick Rite/Way.”

Once the circle is closed, say the following salute:

“The circle is open, but unbroken.”

Reference: blessedbe.sugarbane.com

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Cunningham’s Full Moon Ritual

By Scott Cunningham

Perform this ritual at night in view of the Full Moon if possible. If not, fill a cauldron with water and place a piece of silver in it.

Cast the circle and invoke the Goddess and God and anyone else you chose to invoke.

Gaze at the moon or your “moon” in your cauldron. Feel its cool Goddess energy wash you with power and love. Say these words.

Wondrous Lady of the Moon
You who greets the dark with silvered kisses
Mistress of the night and all magicks,
who rides the clouds in blackened skies
and spills light upon cold Earth.
Oh Lunar Goddess
Crescent one
Shadow maker and shadow breaker,
Revealer of mysteries past and present,
Puller of seas and ruler of women
All-wise Lunar Mother
I greet your celestial jewel
at the waxing of its powers
with a rite in Your honor
I pray by the moon
I pray by the moon
I pray by the moon

Continue chanting “I pray by the moon” while visualizing the goddess.

Now is the time to work magick or meditation. Crystal scrying is particularly recommended (you can use the silver in the cauldron for this).

Enjoy a simple feast. Thank the Goddess and God and release the circle.

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