This one is probably going to be a little late. I was all kinds of on top of this project and then the flu ran rampant through my house like a horde of berserking buffalo. We are just now starting to crawl out from under the rubble.
This topic has been on my mind a lot lately. In the past, my relationship with the moon has been one of awe and reverence. I always make a point of looking up in a clear sky to see if I can catch a glimpse of her. A piece of advice I remember from when I was first starting out was, “If you want to learn the phases of the moon, look up.”
For me it has become a key*, a way to pull my awareness back to the spiritual — back to the present. One of my favourite things is a huge, heavy full moon hanging low in the sky. It adds such a wonderful feeling of magic to the everyday.
I have been trying to share this with my daughter. Whenever we are outside together and the moon is visible, I point it out to her. She gets all giggly and excited. When in the car, she talks about how the moon is following us home. I love listening to her preschooler logic about how the world works.
Lately, I have been putting more of my energy into getting back into practical workings, and I am finding myself taking notice of the moon and her phases more. While I am a big believer in doing a working or a spell when the need arises, and making the circumstances work for you, it is still vitally important to me to be paying attention to where the moon is in her travels. You can’t adjust the parameters if you don’t know what energy you are tapping into. Often times, you can get all the info you need simply by looking out the window, but other times you need more specific information — such as when the moon moves between signs and when she is void of course.
Back in the day, almanacs were a great source of such information, but these days, it is as easy as opening an app on your phone. I use iLuna and an app called simply Phases of the Moon — both available from Google Play (I am sure that iPhone users have much fancier apps at their disposal, but I am on Android, so I use what I can get).
I don’t “celebrate” esbats regularly. I put celebrate in quotes because they aren’t really holidays, more a time for working magic and divination. Back when I had the luxury of time for such things, I was fairly lazy about regular practise. Now that I have some time again, I am finding myself eager to add something new to my routine.
With the spring and summer on their way, I would like to make full moon esbats a special time for my little burgeoning witchling. At her age, I think that just some “girl time” will make them special. Maybe start with hot chocolate under the full moon. And maybe as it gets warmer, a big candle — probably of citronella.
Our Ostara celebrations this year will coincide with the March full moon. Weather permitting, we can spend some time as a family outside under the moon and stars, drinking in the beauty of spring.
Next week, we talk about the sun. I’ll have to spend some time thinking on that one. Until then, folks!
*this term is one I picked up from Thorn Coyle in her work Evolutionary Witchcraft.
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