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The Wiccan Book of Ceremonies and Rituals by Patricia Telesco

Full Moon Ritual
by Patricia Telesco

1999


"Lady of the Night, be my guide. Lady of the Moon, stand by my side."

 

 

 

 

 

I recite these words sometimes when standing outside beneath the full moon. As the silver light pours down, I am reminded that my spirit, like the moon, is always changing and growing. This indeed is the essence of magic

The full moon reflects the Mother, whose maturity and nurturing inspires the best in us, her children. It is a night for fulfillment and manifestation---a time to gather what we sow, to take responsibility, and to respectfully weave the power within us without fear.

Preparations

 

Prepare a ritual bath with feminine, lunar, or water herbs to honor the moon's fullness. Suggestions include jasmine or mint (lunar), chamomile or lily (water), and rose or vanilla (feminine).

Find a large bowl into which you can place your moon candle so it's surrounded by water. Affix the candle to the center of the bowl using some melted wax, then add water until it's three-quarters full. Pour a little pearly white dishwashing soap on the surface of this so it looks like a full moon!

Besides these preparations, you will also need two white or silver candles, a round mirror, and a white or blue cloth. If possible, choose ritual clothing that is white or silver in color.

The Altar

 

Cover the altar with the cloth. A little silver tinsel left over from Yule is a nice touch: when illuminated by candles, it looks much like moonlight. To the right and left of the altar, place the white or silver candles to represent the Divine. The round mirror (the moon) goes at the center, with the moon candle behind it.

Invocation

 

East

Celestial Winds, come dance and sing;

With you, airs of inspiration bring.

Full and rich, to my heart,

All your wisdom pray impart.

 

South

Cosmic Fires, come dance and sing;

With you, sparks of cleansing bring.

Full and rich, to my heart,

All your strength pray impart.

 

West

Astral Waters, come dance and sing;

With you, waves of insight bring.

Full and rich, to my heart,

All your creativity pray impart.

 

North

Stellar Earth, come dance and sing;

With you, soils of flowering bring.

Full and rich, to my heart,

All your rooting pray impart.

 

CenterShining Spirit, come dance and sing,

With you, the magic of harmony bring.

Full and rich, to my heart,

All your power pray impart.

 

Meditation and Visualization
 

Sit down where you are and breathe deeply. There is no need to rush; now is a time of softness, of quiet knowing. See yourself in your mind's eye as you sit. Above you is a smiling moon, in full glory.

As you look upon the lunar sphere, you see that the light is alive. It dances, and sings a special song. It jumps from the surface like a fire and travels downward to embrace you. The touch is cool, yet warm.

It reaches beyond your skin and saturates every pore, every cell----you are the moonlight; you are the shadow of a star. There is no body now to hold you back. Let your spirit fly with the moon wherever it needs to go. Make notes about this experience afterward in your ritual journal.

The Ritual

 

The actual ritual for a full moon will depend greatly on the focus you chose. One thing I do recommend, however, is including a Moon Charge shortly after your invocation. An example of a Full Moon Charge begins by lighting a long handled match and holding it to the sky, saying:

As she shines fully in the sky,

The Lady shines in my heart, and in my home.

 

Next, light the moon candle you've created, saying:

Mother Moon, welcome!

Mother Moon, come!

Your tides of power bring fulfillment,

And your beams bear the realization of change.

 

After this, look to the surface of the water where the moon candle sits. Take a deep, cleansing breath and say:

 

Tides that sway and tides that flow;

As above, so below.

The moon once small, now fully seen

In this bowl, my future bring.

 

See what movement, shapes, or images appear in the light that dances on the water. Clockwise movement portends good things to come in the next month. Counterclockwise swirling represents the need for caution. Take mental note of any shapes and images that strike you with additional insight. For example, clockwise movement forming a heart would indicate a love interest making itself known before the next full moon.

Other Activities
 

If you need improved finances, turn your wallet or purse by the light of a waxing crescent moon three times to draw money to you. Make sure you first spy the full moon outdoors. This brings luck.

To dream true, go out on the first night of a full moon and whisper your desire for a visionary dream to the Lady. (This procedure is especially effective when you wish to see a future mate.) Return inside in silence, and go directly to bed. Keep a notebook handy so that you can record your dreams upon waking.

Take your moon mirror outside on the second night of the full moon and let the light shine upon it. Then use that mirror for scrying the future. Finally, sow magical herbs during the waxing-to-full moon cycle to improve their heartiness and power.

Closing the Circle

 

North

Stellar Earth, your blossoms close,

But in my heart their fragrance grows.

 

West

Astral Waters, your waves subside,

Into my heart, there to reside.

 

South

Cosmic Fires, your sparks wane,

But in my heart, they live again.

 

East

Celestial Winds, your airs fade,

But carry the magic, as I bade.

 

Center

Shining Spirit, your song still sings,

And with it now the magic brings.

 

 

Post-ritual Foods

 

Make white moon cakes, or enjoy other white foods such as cauliflower, pita, milk, and cucumbers. Also consider seafood since the ocean is strongly connected to the lunar cycle.


This ritual is a part of Patricia Telesco's book The Wiccan Book of Ceremonies and Rituals and is used with permission of the author. No unauthorized reproduction is allowed. All rights reserved. Copyright 1999 Citadel Press. To purchase this book please click here.

Adapting and employing Wiccan ritual can be a very satisfying experience. It encourages us to celebrate every moment of living as something truly special. It reminds us that spirituality is not something separate from our daily reality. Finally, and most important, rituals allow our lives to become an act of worship, expressing the Sacred that abides within us, and all things. Trish Telesco from the introduction to The Wiccan Book of Ceremonies and Rituals. copyright 1999 by Citadel Press. All rights reserved.