Just as some Witches take a rest during the major Sabbat holidays, they also identify
some special days on which to work. The Esbats are considered to be these days and nights of work. These are often known as
the Full and New Moon celebrations. These are also the festivals to honor the Goddess essence of the Divine, balancing the
Sabbat festivals which honor the God essence. As with the Sabbats however, that doesn't mean you can't include the Gods as
part of your ceremonial rituals. Typically these holidays are associated with the Moon, where as the Sabbasts are associated
to the Sun.
Spells can be conjured during these times for specific uses and some Witches believe the spell will take
the full cycle of the moon to take hold. Regardless of the timing, what is important is your intent during the conjuring and
once you have concluded your spell and closed your circle, let it go and allow the God/Goddess to deliver the energy. The
Moon festivals are broken down into the phases of the Moon and can be associated as follows.
New Moon Energy
Used for personal
growth, healing and blessing of new projects or ventures. It's also a good time to consecrate new tools and objects you wish
to use during rituals, ceremonies or an up coming festival.
Waxing Moon Energy (1st Qtr Moon) Between the new and
full moon is a period of the Waxing moon. Used for attraction magick, love spells, protection for couples and healing energy
Full Moon Energy
Used to banishing unwanted influences in your life.
Creating protection magick and performing divination. Setting up plans and releasing old patterns or issues are all. Full
Moon magick can be conjured during the 3 days prior to the rise of the Full Moon, the night of the Full Moon and during the
3 days after.
Waning Moon Energy (Last Qtr Moon) Between the full moon and the dark moon is the period of Waning moon.
Used for banishing and rejecting those things that influence us in a negative way. Negative emotions, diseases, ailments,
and bad habits can all be let go and special spells for clearing can be performed at this time.
The Dark Moon period occurs 3 days prior to the New Moon. This is the time when you can't see the moon in any
phase. Typically no magick is performed during this time. This is the time to give yourself a break, to turn to self and pamper
or replenish your own energies. Vision quests and deep meditations are called for at this time to focus on personal matters,
questions and answers.
Occurs when the moon
appears twice in the same month during it's 28 day cycle. This typically occurs in those months with 31 days. It is also called
a Goal Moon and is used to set goals for your life. It can be used to acknowledge your failures and review the lessons behind
those situation to improve your life and set new goals specifically for those issues.
Is the Full Moon that appears nearest to the Mabon festival. It can be used specifically to call in favors or
to add extra protection.