The Esbats

The Esbats are celebrations of the thirteen full moons in a year,
These are also times for magick, especially workings that focus on growth, fullness and birth.

The Sabbats are usually celebrations rather than magical workings. The Sabbats are fire festivals; the Esbats are for attuning with the energies of the Moon and the cycles. While the phases of the moon are important, the month the full moon falls in can also affect your magical workings.


The Thirteen Lunar Months 


January
Wolf Moon also known as Cold Moon.
This is a time to work on personal problems, protection and reversing spells. Natural energy is slow and sluggish now, waiting for the warmer weather to revitalize it, and so you can focus on rest and contemplation.


February
Snow Moon also known as Quickening Moon.
This is a time for purification and healing, including forgiving yourself for any past errors and learn to put them behind you. The energy of the earth is growing now, ready for new life to erupt in the Spring.


March
Worm Moon also known as Storm Moon.
A time for new beginnings. The building energy finally breaks into the light in the new season, and this is also a good time to focus on growing and expanding, as well as balance and seeing through illusions.


April
Pink Moon also known as Growing Moon.
This is a time for change, as well as self-confidence and self-reliance. Natural energy is concentrated on growing and production, and this is also a good time for creativity and fostering a good temper, generosity and stability.


May
Flower Moon also known as Hare Moon.
This is a time for working with natural energies, or the supernatural. The energy of the Earth is in full flow, and you can focus on working on your intuition, or working with fairies and Earth spirits.


June
Strawberry Moon also known as Mead Moon.
This is a time for strength and stability magic. You can concentrate on making decisions, taking responsibility and building your character. The natural energy is still as strong as in May, but is calmer now, encouraging you to focus on protection, strength and prevention magic.


July
Buck Moon also known as Blessing Moon.
This is a time for preparation for the coming harvest, as well as concentrating on divination and meditation. The energy is still strong, but relaxed now, and you can also work magic for success and prosperity in this stable, yet powerful time.


August
Sturgeon Moon also known as Corn Moon.
This is a time for harvesting, gathering and reaping what you have sown. The energy of the Earth is slowing down again now, preparing for the coming Winter. You can focus your workings on family, friendships and vitality, and spend time meditating on the circle of life, and interconnectedness of everything in nature.


September
Harvest Moon also known as Barley Moon.
This is a time for concentrating on stability and balance, as well as organization; physical, mental and spiritual. The natural energy is disappearing back under ground as Winter approaches, and you can use this time to let go of negative feelings rather than letting them fester.


October
Hunter's Moon also known as Blood Moon.
This is a time for cleansing and working for harmony. You can concentrate on magical workings for justice and balance and turn your thoughts to reincarnation, and achieving both inner harmony and harmony with nature. The Earth's energy is resting and preparing to rise again.


November
Beaver Moon also known as Mourning Moon.
This is a time for transformation, with the beginning of the new Wiccan year, and the preparations for winter. The natural energy is taking root once more ready to return after winter's chill has left. You can use this time for communicating with deity, and for protection magic.


December
Cold Moon also known as Oak Moon.
This is a time for reaching out to friends and family. Natural energy is at its lowest, the nights are longest, and now is a good time to think about death, rebirth and renewal. You can concentrate on magic for strength, provision and endurance.


Thirteenth Moon
Blue Moon - the second full moon in any month.
This is a time for examing the goals you have, also seeing how far you have come to achieving your goals, and either renewing your intentions or setting yourself new goals. You can also spend time meditating.

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