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Celebrating the Full Moon

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The full moon has long had an aura of mystery and magic about it. It is tied to the ebbs and flows of the tide, as well as the every-changing cycle of womens' bodies. The moon is connected to our wisdom and intuition, and many Pagans and Wiccans choose to celebrate the full moon with a monthly ritual. Here are some of our most popular moon rituals, as well as ideas for craft projects and recipes that will help you honor the power of the full moon.

Monthly Moon Phase Correspondences

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Every full moon is surrounded by legends and lore of its own. Each month is a bit different from the last, and as the year progresses, magical energies change and flow, just like the moon and the tides. Here's where you can learn about the monthly full moons that emerge each year, and the magical correspondences for each.

Hold a Full Moon Esbat Rite

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In addition to the eight Sabbats, many Wiccans and Pagans celebrate regularly with an Esbat. This is a time of spellwork and magic, as well as of communing with the Divine, traditionally held at the time of the full moon. You can hold this Esbat ritual either alone or as part of a group.

How to Draw Down the Moon in Ritual

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This beautiful and powerful ritual is one in which the practitioner invokes the Goddess directly into herself (or himself, as the case may be). In some variations of this ritual, a High Priestess (HPs) may go into a trance-like state and speak the words of the Goddess, and in others, it may be a formal monologue calling upon the Goddess in her many forms.

Autumn Full Moon Ceremony

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This ritual can be held during any of the Autumn full moon cycles. Celebrate the Corn Moon in September, the Harvest Moon in October, and November's Blood Moon. Although this ceremony is designed for a group, it could easily be adapted for a solitary practitioner.

Winter Full Moon Ceremony

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Instead of a regular Esbat rite, some Wiccan and Pagan groups tailor their full moon celebrations to the season. This ceremony is designed for a group of at least four people, and can be held during any of the chilly winter months.

Spring Full Moon Ceremony

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Celebrate the arrival of spring with a seasonal full moon. Welcome spring with a water-themed ritual adaptable for either groups or solitaries.

Summer Full Moon Ceremony

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Instead of a regular Esbat rite, some Wiccan and Pagan groups tailor their full moon celebrations to the season. This ceremony is designed for a group of at least four people, and can be held during any of the sunny summer months.

Can Full Moon Rituals be Done Inside?

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You're planning a ritual or magical working to be done at the time of the full moon -- but what happens if the weather's bad, or you can't see the moon? Do you just call it quits?

Make a Moon's Eye

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The God's Eye is a popular craft project - why not make one to celebrate the three phases of the moon instead? Here's how.

Make a Moon Candle

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In some Esbat rituals, you may wish to celebrate with the use of a moon candle. The moon candle represents the different phases of the moon, and is traditionally kept covered during the dark phase, but revealed during the waxing phase of the moon. You can easily make your own moon candle to use in ritual. This includes two different types of candles to make.

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