New Moon Esbat Ritual


 New Moon Esbat Ritual

This ritual is very child-friendly.  Start by clearing and releasing excess energy.  For this Esbat you will be casting a visual circle while cleansing your space which is very helpful when inviting small children into ritual.  Have your participants assembled in the ritual space and, beginning in the East, lay one end of a long piece of rope on the ground.  It may be helpful to stake it into the ground (outside) or pin or tape it to the floor (inside).  Now slowly walk the perimeter of the circle tuathail, lying the rope along your path to create a tangible barrier.  As you walk, speak the following:
“This is our space, we cleanse and consecrate it thusly.  Let no darkness or negativity pass through, allow only goodness and light.  We cast this circle as a barrier of protection.  May it hold through our ritual and maintain our safe space.  So mote it be.”
Once you reach your starting point, bring the two ends of the rope together, making sure that they are touching.
Now is time to call the quarters and invite the Goddess and God as well as the ancestors to your circle.

Beginning in the East, take up your wand and visualize a pillar of swirling air growing from the ground.    Speak the following:   “We call upon the guardian of air, the element of wind and breezes, of intellect and thought. Join us in our magical workings and lend us your inspiration.”
Move to the South, visualizing a pillar of embers and flames growing from the ground.

“We call upon the guardian of fire, the element of passion, of heat and of warmness.  Join us in our magical workings and lend us your warmth.”

Move to the West, visualizing a pillar filled with crashing waves growing from the ground.

“We call upon the guardian of water, the element of the ebb and flow, of communication and connection, and of emotion and love. Join us in our magical workings and lend us your cleansing wave.”

Move to the North, visualizing a mighty tree growing within a pillar from the ground.

“We call upon the guardian of earth, the element of grounding, solidity and nurturing. Join us in our magical workings and lend us your strength.”

Now we invoke the Goddess in Her facet of the Maiden.  Open your palms to the Earth and speak the following:
“Lady, we invite you in your aspect of the maiden.  Be welcome in this space as we honor your rebirth.  Lady of love and of youth, we bid you Hail and Welcome.”
All:  “Hail and welcome.”

We invoke the God in His facet of the King.  Raise your arms to the sky and speak the following:
“Lord, we invite you in your aspect of the king.  Be welcome in this space as we recognize the departure of the Crone, your consort.  Lord of power and of courage, we bid you Hail and Welcome.”
                All: “Hail and welcome.”

Lastly, we invite our ancestors to the circle. 
                “Beloved ancestors who have lived, breathed, and passed beneath the light of the same moon we ask you to join us tonight as we bid welcome to a new lunar cycle.  Ancestors who came before, we bid you Hail and Welcome.”
                All: “Hail and welcome.”

Prior to your ritual, have each participant collect a silver coin with their birth year on it.  You will also need a dish (or a cauldron)ready.  Have each participant hold their coin in their hands as you say the following:
“On this night of no moonlight I will ask this wish tonight.
Within this coin my wish is carried and it will grow when it is buried.”



Collect the coins in the dish and at the end of the ritual take them outside and bury them under the stars.

Now we will bless and share the cakes and ale.  As this ritual is appropriate for children, we will substitute wine for juice.  Have a bottle of fruit juice or water at the ready and paper cups for each participant.  Hold the bottle up toward the sky and envision a soft white light pouring into the bottle.  Say:
“By the power of the Goddess and her consort, the God, may this drink be blessed.  So mote it be.”
Do the same for the cakes, again imagining a soft white light coming down.
“By the power of the Goddess and her consort, the God, may these cakes be blessed.  So mote it be.”
Pour a bit of juice into each cup and pass them out along with a piece of the cake.  Once everyone has been served put forth the toast:
“To the Goddess, to the God, and to us!”
{ EARTH }
You will now close the ritual and open the circle.  Start first by giving thanks to the ancestors then to Deity.


“Honored ancestors, we offer our thanks for all you have done for us.  Everything you did during your lifetimes impacted the choices that we all have here today.  Ancestors who came before, we bid you Hail and Farewell.”
                All: “Hail and Farewell.”

                “We thank you oh, God, in your aspect of the king, consort of the Goddess, for your presence.  Lord of courage and of unity, we bid you Hail and Farewell.”
                All: “Hail and Farewell.”

 “Goddess we thank you for your presence and the blessings you have shared with us.  Lady of hope and of love, we bid you Hail and Farewell.”
                All: “Hail and Farewell.”
Now thank and dismiss each quarter:
“Thank you, spirits of the East, element of air, for your part in our ritual.  Go in peace until we meet again.”
“Thank you, spirits of the South, element of fire, for your part in our ritual.  Go in peace until we meet again.”
“Thank you, spirits of the West, element of water, for your part in our ritual.  Go in peace until we meet again.”
“Thank you, spirits of the North, element of earth, for your part in our ritual.  Go in peace until we meet again.”

At this point you will open the circle.  From the east, take up the end of the rope and begin walking deosil, coiling it up as you go.  Speak the following:
“Though open, our circle can never be broken.  So mote it be.”
Store the rope in a safe place until you wish to use it again.  As always, cleanse and release any excess energy.





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