Temple of the Moon: Ritual of Dedication

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Why a day early for the New Moon Ritual?

The prime effects of lunar magick are felt in the surge of power as one cycle of phase flows one into the other.  Work specific to the energy of a New, Full or Dark Moon is therefore most effective in approx. the 24-36hrs leading to the peak point of phase.  Working in this way allows the intent and energy that has been put forth to be carried through to its peak point of anchor for the energetic construct you want to use.

We will be doing three workings in accord with the New- Full and Dark Moon. For these you will want to establish sacred space and have an altar set up. We will be using candles to anchor the intent and flow of lunar energies and then reconnecting with each daily as we journal our experiences of the day.  The altar may left in place for the duration of this journey or set up with each of the rituals. The daily re-lighting of the candle requires only the candle itself placed on table or desk as you journal.

The ritual crafted below is the first of our three and is very simple in its set-up, but very powerful as a tool of connection and anchor for the study ahead.

New Moon Ritual of Dedication

You will need:

1/Silver (or Black) Candle  (New Moon)

1/White Candle (Full Moon)

1/Black Candle (Dark Moon)

Black and white altar cloths

Journal and Pen to be dedicated to record your experiences.  Be sure to choose a journal you will love to use and/or decorate it in any way that is representative of your intention on this journey.

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Set up your altar space with the black cloth on top of white.  This represents the New Moon phase with promise of full and waxing of its light coming to peak.  The candles should be arranged in triangular shape with the White candle at center point, Silver candle as left base and Black candle on right side forming the base.  The Silver candle on the left represents the New Moon phase (1st Quarter Waxing), the White – the Full Moon and the Black candle on the left- the Dark Moon (Last Quarter Waning).

The journal and pen can be placed in front of the triangular candle formation.

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Establish sacred space in whatever way is in keeping with your path.

Invoke the assistance of whatever Deity, guides or patrons you work with to inform and enliven this journey.

Standing in front of your altar begin by lighting the silver candle.  As you light this candle offer up words stating your intention of embarking on this new moon journey to deepen your connection to the lunar energies.  Leave the white and black candle unlit for now.   They will be lit at the Full and Dark moon workings later in the month.

Envision the orb of the blessed Moon shadowed now but shining brightly still despite the illusion of its shading.  Open and allow yourself to connect deeply to the image of the waters of moon’s flow gently holding you as you are carried with the ebb and flow of the tides. Soften your gaze and see the strand of light that flows from the flame o the Black candle as it reaches out to connect with the center of your being.  Envision this as the continual stream of informed connection that will be the place of deeper gnosis of the Moon and her mysteries.  Take a deep breath in and allow this energy to move through you.  Flowing like water, reaching every point of your being.  Exhale long and slowly sending that energy back into the circuit that is forming between you and the energy you have called forth to permeate this candle.  Breathe in this manner of receipt and release, ebb and flow for as long as you feel is needed; ending with a long exhale.

Sharpen your gaze and return back to clarity of focus looking at all three candles.  As you move your gaze from one to the other offer up words of intent:

Tomorrow, at the time of the New Moon the energies I have set into motion this evening will flow forth and my opening to the energies of the moon in all of her phases will move in accord with HER cycles. So Mote It Be!!

Breathe deeply into these words (or those of your own) and see them as being held in witness by the guides, deity or others you called into to assist this rite.

Offer up thanks to those you invoked to join in this ritual, and bid them hail and farewell.  Ground and release your sacred space, again, in whatever way is in keeping with your path. And, lastly, snuff out the flame of the New Moon candle.  I have purposefully had you do this after the release of sacred space as symbolic act of carrying these energies back into the mundane world of expression to be used and accessed on all levels of being.

You will light this candle each night connecting to its energies and adding to these from your own energetic experiences.  Continue to do this up to the eve of the Full Moon (another ritual and dedication and lighting of the White candle) as you write your impressions of the day.

Blessings on your journey as we walk this road together!

Note:  In the pictures you will see that there is a dark blue sphere I have placed in front of the White candle. It is a Goldstone sphere that I routinely use as anchor to connect with the celestial energies. If you would like to know more about the properties of Goldstone (actually man-made glass with copper suspended within), check out the article from the blog listed below.  If you wish to add a crystal that you have resonance with as lunar in nature, please feel free to add to your altar

House of Daedalus- About Goldstone

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