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Diana, queen of night,
In all your beauty bright,
Shine on us here,
And with your silver beam
Unlock the gate of dream;
Rise bright and clear.
On earth and sky and sea,
Your magic mystery
Its spell shall cast,
Wherever leaf may grow,
Wherever tide may flow,,
Till all be past.
O secret queen of power,
At this enchanted hour
We ask your boon.
May fortune's favor fall
Upon true witches all,
O Lady Moon!
Solitary New Moon ritual
Special tools:
cedar or sage smudging wand or other cleansing incense
white candle
Cast the circle
Use a smudging wand or incense to purify the space as you move around the circle.
Invocation to the Goddess
(ring bell with arms in Goddess position, arms in a V above your
head, feet apart)
Great Goddess
Queen of the Underworld
Protectress of all Wicca
It is my will on this night of the new moon
to overcome my shadows
and bring about change
I invite you to my circle to assist and protect me in my rite.
Invocation to the God,
(hold athame with your hands in the God position, crossed over your chest, feet together)
Great God,
Lord of Protection
It is my will on this night of the new moon
to overcome my shadows
to bring about change
I invite you to my circle,
to assist me and protect me in my rite.
Statement of intent,
Dark is the night as I reach this turning point
As the wheel turns, I see birth, death and rebirth
and I know that every end is a beginning.
Remember a time in your life when you were miserable, depressed and felt like you couldn't go on.,br> Let the painful memories overtake you, feeling yourself weaken and become frightened. Put yourself back in that pain-filled time in your life.
Then, arise! Light your white candle and hold it high overhead. Say:
In darkness, there is light!
I feel energy and life returning to me!
I feel my heartbeat strong
I feel the power of the universe and the power of the Goddess and God within me.
Pass the candle over your body, tuning in completely with the light, feeling its power heal and protect you.
Allow its rays to completely penetrate your being, healing and cleansing you.
As you are doing this, chant
Let the light cast out all darkness
Cakes and wine (eating bread and drinking wine or juice to restore energies spent during ritual)
Thank the God and Goddess for their presence Release the circle



Astrological Aspects of the Moon

The Moon moves through the twelve signs of the zodiac each month, spending about two and a half days in each sign and taking on the sign's characteristics while there. Moon sign astrology is an ancient tradition and holds a significant place in folklore and magic. In addition to using the waxing and waning phases of the Moon in daily life, it is important to know which Moon signs can be helpful to the job at hand and which will work against you. Here is a description of how the Moon behaves in each of the twelve signs.

Aries is a cardinal fire sign that is ruled by the planet Mars. When the Moon is here, it is time for starting new ventures, particularly financial or medical. Don't plant seeds for your garden, though. This Moon is about the self and the ego and anything ruled by Mars--knives, sharp things, strength, daring, courage, and lust. Use this Moon for quick results, not for things that will drag out. People will be enthusiastic during this time , also headstrong and rash. If you fall, you'll land on your head!

Taurus is a fixed earth sign that is ruled by Venus. The Moon is exalted in Taurus, which means that it is very happy here and can be used for anything associated with love or the arts. Taurus is about values, possessions, money, fertility, and Mother Earth. This is a good time for gardening and for anything requiring hard work and steady progress. People will be cautious and protective of what they have. You'll think your voice sounds especially lyrical in the shower now.

Gemini is a mutable air sign ruled by the planet Mercury; it is also a dual sign, which means you can do two things at once, or perhaps not be able to make up your mind. You may feel restless and changeable, but it is also a good time to write, study, or communicate with your family. Be careful what you say or ask for; you may mean it for only as long as it takes you to say it. Practice your sleight of hand or juggling, as your fingers are very nimble now.

Cancer is a cardinal water sign and the home of the Moon herself. When the Moon is here, she is at her most powerful, so use her for working important magic and divination. This is the most fertile of signs, good for planting any seeds. The Moon rules the home, children, the emotions, cooking, eating, and all nurturing. Prepare your favorite comfort food, but don't overeat! Do kitchen magic and be careful not to hurt anyone's feelings.

Leo is a fixed fire sign, and King Lion is ruled by the Sun. It is the most barren sign and the only garden job it is good for is weeding. Leo loves to be appreciated and looked up to. Use this Moon to work with your stocks and bonds, creative arts, pets, hobbies, and romance. Throw a dinner party with dramatic flair--make it a barbecue or serve flaming brochettes in honor of the Sun. Be generous and kind; don't behave like a sulky child.

Virgo is a mutable earth sign, and it too is ruled by Mercury, which lends abstract thought and a keen and critical intellect to the Virgin. Pay attention to detail and all matters concerning health and healing, nutrition, herbs, crafts, ethics, service to others, volunteering, and community needs. It's a good Moon for garden chores other than planting, or use these days to deal with coven matters, or crafting altar tools or ritual accouterments. Use this Moon's energy to thoroughly clean the house.

Libra is a cardinal air sign, and also ruled by Venus. When the Moon is here it is time for partnership matters, legal affairs, socializing, and planting flowers. Balance and harmony are the Venusian theme to this Moon time, so use it to accomplish things with another person. Magic can be done with a partner, and it's definitely time for romance; sprinkle rose petals in the incense burner, but don't overimbibe; you kidneys will give you a headache.

Scorpio is a fixed water sign, ruled by Mars and Pluto. Some traditional magicians ignore Pluto as too modern and implement the enduring power of Mars. The Scorpio Moon is about fertility, sex, death, and occult matters. Powerful magic is done now; divinatory energy is very strong and ritual effects are long lasting. This is a time for secrets and other hidden things. Sensitive and intense emotions can bring obsessions. Don't eat while you're upset, and prepare for the consequences of saying what you think!

Sagittarius is a mutable fire sign, under the domain of Jupiter. Go with your current mood of warmhearted friendliness and take your mother-in-law to lunch and a lecture at the museum. Schedule a trip to Malta or Avebury Plain for an independent journey. Be philosophical about your restlessness and mail your manuscript to the publishers. Use intuitive gifts to work some divination magic. Harvest fruits and vegetables. Be careful not to injure your hip when you fall over the patter in the linoleum.

Capricorn is a cardinal earth is dominated by that lesson master, Saturn. This is good planting and grafting time, but when the Moon is here everybody wants to be the boss, so hold back the autocratic orders. This sign is a gateway to the land of magic and very powerful in obtaining what you need. In this Moon, you will find the crone and profound wisdom, so don't let negativity and depression get you down. However, the Moon is not happy here and tends to be ruthless with other's feelings. Try bending at the knees for a little humility.

Aquarius is a fixed air sign ruled by traditional Saturn and transpersonal Uranus. This Moon is happy working for the common good of all, so use this time for coven matters or working magic for others. Selfish independence is a problem with this impersonal Moon, as personal magic can boomerang with scattered thinking. Garden chores should be limited to weeding and cleanup. It's okay now to dress a little weirdly and express your off-the-wall thoughts. Stay out of your in-line skates if you have weak ankles!

Pisces is a feminine mutable water sign traditionally ruled by Jupiter and by the modern Neptune. Another very fertile sign, it is good for planting all seeds. This is the Moon that ruled magic itself, so it is very powerful for prophecy, dreams, and deep psychic work. Use it to explore past lives and all secrets, you can find things you've lost or mix potent ritual elixirs and perfumes. You don't need to polish off the cooking sherry to make music or dance or find your spiritual roots. Avoid getting lost in the fantasy; keep your feet on firm ground.