Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Esbats: Storm Moon - February

The Storm Moon of February (also known as the Snow, Chaste, Quickening or Hunger Moon) is our wake up call. During this time, all in nature is pure and full of potential. The hibernating creatures are beginning to slowly arouse themselves, quickening their heartbeats, and creeping out or their dormant period. 

Mother Earth is gently awakening full of quiescent possibilities. The Storm Moon uses the same force upon us. There is a gentle pulling upon our consciousness at this time, we become aroused to the latent forces within ourselves – now is the time to turn the mirror in upon ourselves, and see what is reflected. A time to grasp the buds of new paths and ideas, and like nature, be prepared to welcome life anew.

Before we do so however, we must find our balance. Use this Esbat, to find your inner cornerstone – the bedrock upon which you shall build upon your potential. You may not know what lies ahead for you, but to utilize the power of the Storm Moon means you make plans for your future with the blessing of the God/Goddess.

As we in the Northern Hemisphere well know, this is a tempestuous time of year in terms of the weather. In Wiccan/Pagan beliefs so is the relationship between God and Goddess. The God is now Consort to the Goddess whilst the Goddess is changing from Crone to Maiden, and will soon join the God to dance in the spring. As the weather ebbs and flows between frost and thaw, the undercurrent of energy that is the God slowly awakens the reborn Goddess. She is aroused from Her ice-capped slumber and awakens. The Great Wheel has turned, and the time of transformation is here.

Storm Moon Ritual:
It can firstly be beneficial to equate ourselves with the moonlight. It is true that many find darkness unsettling and gloomy, but to take the time to be out of doors at night-time in a place that you feel safe (for example your own back garden) can be extremely relaxing. Noise from traffic is much quieter, and neighbours are indoors with their windows shut, especially at this time of the year! Wrap up warm, make yourself a hot drink, and take the time to just sit, and observe the peacefulness – soak it up. When you are comfortable and at peace, take a while to reflect upon who you are, your strengths and how to build upon them. This does not need to be a great long-term plan; it can be something quite simple and basic, which is indeed in keeping with the concept that this is a time for building upon our foundations. Once you have a come upon your desire, take a pure white candle – (in a lantern holder or similar if the night is windy), and whilst you light it, repeat quietly to yourself, what it is you want. Once your candle is burning brightly, and the flame is strong, sit quietly and watch the candle flame, and let the light of the Moon fill you up. Once you feel full of the energy of the moon grab your candle and place it in a safe place and let it burn completely.


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