Esbats are generally celebrated at night on the Full Moons – 12 (or 13) a year. They are a time to honour and celebrate the Goddess and Her energy and also an excellent time to work magick. Many Witches Draw Down the Moon in esbat rituals to fill themselves with the Goddess’ energy.
The names and working suggestions below are generally considered quaint and not particularly relevant (by many Witches), but I personally like to use the 'name' of a full Moon when I'm writing an esbat ritual and so I've put them up here. The suggested workings are not iron-clad - a full Moon is an excellent time for any type of magick. Remember the Wiccan Rede - "When the Moon rides at her peak, then your heart's desire seek".

January - Thunder Moon

Also Blessing/Light/Mead Moon.
The middle of the wet season in the Northern Territory – brings many thunderstorms.

• Enchantment
• Health
• Rebirth
• Success
• Strength
• Prosperity

Time to gather magickal herbs.

February - Red Moon

Also Wort/Wyrt/Barley/Corn Moon.
Red flames of bushfires - the Ash Wednesday and Black Tuesday fires occurred in February.

• Abundance
• Agriculture
• Marriage

Time to collect magickal herbs.

March - Harvest Moon

Also Barley/Hunter’s Moon.
Month of Mabon – extra moonlit hours to bring in harvest.

• Protection
• Prosperity
• Abundance
• Nurturing

April - Falling Leaf Moon

Also Blood/Hunter’s Moon.
The middle month of Autumn.

• New goals
• Prosperity
• Resolution
• Spirituality
• Divination

May - Tree Moon

Also Beaver/Mourning/Snow Moon.
Bare trees are all that’s left after all leaves have fallen.

• Abundance
• Prosperity
• Family
• Friendship

June - Long Night Moon

Also Cold/Oak Moon.
This is the month with longest nights.

• Hope
• Healing
• Rebirth
• Completion
• New beginnings

July - Winter Moon

Also Cold/Snow/Wolf Moon.
The middle month of Winter.

• Protection
• Strength
• Working for Spring

August - Quickening Moon

Also Death/Storm Moon.
Nights are shorter – they are ‘quickening’.

• Fertility
• Strength
• Cleansing
• Letting go/banishing
• Perseverance

September - Seed Moon

Also Chaste/Worm Moon.
The first harvests of wheat, when the seeds have ripened.

• Hope
• Success
• Purity
• Newness
• New beginnings

Bless herbs and plants and prepare new seeds.

October - Wind Moon

Also Egg/Grass/Seed Moon.
One of Melbourne’s windiest months.

• Fertility
• Growth
• Wisdom

Plant a magickal garden and empower seeds to be planted.

November - Flower Moon

Also Hare/Planting Moon.
The roses are in full bloom at Flemington Racecourse.

• Health
• Love
• Romance
• Wisdom
• Divination

Plant empowered seeds.

December - Strawberry Moon

Also Lover’s/Rose/Honey Moon.
The height of strawberry season.

• Love
• Marriage
• Success

Nurture the garden.

Blue Moon

Also Goal/Wine Moon.
The third full moon in an astronomical month with four full moons.

Confused? Check out my Astronomical Glossary.

• Setting goals
• Working towards goals
• Assessing accomplishments and failures since the last Blue Moon.

 

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