A witch celebrates the Esbats which are the full
moons in the year
A Witch believes in a god and a Goddess and in their
celebrations the God is always by her side. The Goddess has three
aspects and everything in life revolves around this.
Reflected in the Waxing Moon-New beginnings-The
Goddess as maiden, bringing fresh starts, starting new projects
or new skills and the sowing of seeds.
Reflected in the Full Moon-Maturity-The Goddess
as mother, bringing maturity, fertility, fruitfulness, healing,
nurturing and protecting.
Reflected in the Waning Moon-Knowledge and understanding-The
Goddess as Crone or Wise One, bringing experience, skill, rest after
labour and prepares the way for the re-birth of the Maiden.
The dark of the Moon is said to be a time of rest
and looking back on achievements and Witches do not usually use
magic at this time.
The Esbbats are minor celebrations of the Moon and
her phases, but still important to Witches. Although some celebrate
all phases others celebrate just The Esbbats. There are 12 months
in the year but 13 Full moons and when two Full moons fall in the
same month one is called the Blue Moon and is considered a special
time for magic having double the power.
December -The Oak Moon-symbolising the male aspect
of the divinity and the Oak king.
January-The Wolf Moon-a time of year when predator
food is scarce.
February -Chaste Moon-snow still blankets the ground
and symbolises innocence and the start of a new chapter.
March-The Seed Moon-earth stirs, snow melts, bulbs
begin to sprout and seeds planted.
April-The Hare Moon-fertility, blossoming and the
need for reproductively in nature.
May-The Dyad Moon-everything is in blossom and honours
the Lord and Ladies marriage.
June-The Mead or Honey Moon-end of fertility and
beginning of new life,
nurturing, transformation and bees fill their hives with honey.
July-The Wort Moon-wort means herb and this is the
time when herbs have reached their full potential and are ready
to be gathered.
August-The Barley Moon-signifies harvesting and
September -The Wine or Harvest Moon-grapes are now
harvested and is also a celebration of spirit.
October -The Blood Moon-opening months of hunting
November -The Snow Moon-the coming of the dark months
when earth is ready for her long sleep and the blanket of snow to
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