Full Moon Ritual

You can, of course, hold an Esbat as often as you’d like, but it should be at least once a month, preferably on the Full Moon or near it (such as the closest weekend or day off). If you do so more often, then this ceremony is held on whichever Esbat is closest to the Full Moon. If you do so monthly, this is performed each time. Either way, this should be done after the Esbat Ceremony, and before the Cakes and Ale Ceremony.

Set up your Altar as normal and perform the Erecting the Temple and the Esbat Ceremonies. Then read or recite the following or something similar:

“Now is the time when the Moon is full, signalling and lighting this night of my Esbat. I call upon Woden and Freya to smile down upon me and pour forth their love.”

Take your Seax up and raise it high, then continue:

“Woden and Freya!
I honor you; I love you!
I know all you do
You do for my good.
So let all that I do
Be for the good of thee.
So be it!”

Lower your Seax and kiss the blade, then hold it flat against your chest and continue:

“Love Lady Freya,
Known by so many names to so many Men,
At different times and different places –
Aphrodite, Bride, Cerridwen, Diana,
Arianrhod, Ea, Melusine, Isis –
All these and many more
Were the names by which you were adored.
Yet do I know you as Freya,
And in that name is it meet that I worship you.
Adore I the spirit of you, and of your Lord,
In Love and in grateful thanks.”

Raise your Seax high up and again kiss the blade and hold it flast against your chest, then continue:

“Woden, mighty God; my Lord!
All honor to thee, Consort of Freya.
Let me, your follower, know you and love you.
Guard me well and guide me in my life.
As Man needs Woman, so does Woman need Man. So is I with the Gods.
Let us all be joined as one;
At one with the Gods.
So be it!”

Once again kiss your Seax before returning it to its sheath. Continue with the Ceremony of Cakes and Ale.

“The Tree” is the basic liturgical and organizational writing and the basis for Seax-Wica, but it is a ‘base’. It provides the rituals as if being practiced by a coven, but nowadays most Wiccans, especially those of the Seax-Wica tradition, are solitary practitioners (they work alone). The following information on the Full Moon Ceremony is adapted from “The Tree” and is only one way that a solitary can use these rituals in their own practice.

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