Moon Magick | Heathen New Moon & Full Moon Rituals – The Devil & The Dame

Moon Magick | Heathen New Moon & Full Moon Rituals

There are a LOT of tips on how to create your own rituals. They can be done in a coven, with family and friends, or just by yourself. You can be a grandiose as you please or do it on a shoe string budget. The important part is getting YOUR intent across properly. What do you feel needs to be done to make your spell work? Here are a few examples of things you can do and their uses. Try them all or pick and choose whichever correlate best to you and your practice.

 

The New Moon

From a heathen view point, new moons are meant for new business and was usually when a Thing* would be held. This is still reflected in the new moon being the time of wishes and starting new paths or wanting to bring in new energy or what have you. So around this time I personally work on new products for my shop and go over my new courses for the blog. I also usually always perform a bathing ritual so that I start my month over again. In the traditional religion, heathens would bring certain matter to a close or tie up lose ends two days before the New moon. That way they could start on the next phase or new issues. They also used this time to handle any kind of legal business, so while most neo-pagans might not suggest that kind of spell work, I would. They obviously found this time to be the best to handle such matters, so I trust their judgement.

For my bathing ritual, I use basic herbs and salts you can pick up in your grocery isle. It's the kitchen witch in me. I use about a

  • teaspoon of sage - cleansing
  • a teaspoon of lemon peel - removes negative energy
  • some dried blueberries - blocks negative energy
  • a teaspoon of basil - money and prosperity
  • a teaspoon of pink Himalayan salt - purity and harmony
  • a cup of epson salt
  • a couple drops of pine essential oil - cleanses spaces and purification

I always take a shower first before doing any kind of bathing ritual so that I don't wash away any of the magickal aspects of the ingredients. This is a practice I highly recommend as the results will have a better sticking power, so try taking a shower before, do the bathing ritual and jump straight into bed, then wait until the next night to take another shower.

Other things to do at this time are to cleanse your scared space and tools, your divination cards, clear the corners of each room that have the heaviest traffic, and relax.

 

The Full Moon

For the mos part, Heathens celebrate all of their holidays during the full moons of each month and, yes, we have more than just the regular either holidays that you see on the evermore popular Wiccan Wheel of the Year. You'll notice that a lot of my blogs on the holidays correspond to these times and I often don't give specific dates. This is largely because the full moon is never on the same day every year and some months in the new calendar won't have holidays, for instance February. I may have waited until Friday because it was easier for me to celebrate Oimelc, but it was supposed to be observed during the wonderful Blood Blue Moon Eclipse.
 
That being said, most of my full moon rituals are all spent honoring specific Gods and the changing time of the year. That's no saying you can't incorporate any of the newer ideas and customs into your ritual. The Full Moon is pretty much regarded as the all-purpose spell casting time, so any will work, however it is best for any healing you might need. Eclipses hold special meaning, so we'll do a section on those separately. You can refer to the previous post on moons to find the general substances of moon phases here.
 
 

Eclipses

Many heathens revered eclipses as bad omens. They would hold rites to please the gods in return of the moon or sun. Since they could not predict these events, it was likely a rushed offering to the temples and then followed by solemn gatherings and very light footsteps in which ever path they were going. There's not much more on these events, but I would suggest reading more in the Wolves and Mani. I'll return to this section and add on if I ever find more information. So in the mean time, plan a nice Bolt!

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Footnotes:

A Thing - a meeting to dispute crimes and charges among peers 

 

 

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