Esbats are celebrated on the new moon and full moon of each month, making each month a mini-year. These are times to celebrate the gifts of each month as well as a time for rituals of new beginnings (new moon) and endings and balancing (full moon).

Basic Esbat Ritual
New (Dark) Moon Ritual #1
New (Dark) Moon Ritual #2
Buckland Full Moon Ritual
Full Moon Ritual
Cakes & Ale Ceremony
Cakes & Wine Ceremony

Basic Esbat Ritual

Begin by saying:

“Once more do I come to show my joy of life, and to re-affirm
my feelings for the gods. The Lord and the Lady have been good
to me. It is meet that I give thanks for all that I have. They
know that I have needs and they listen to me when I call upon them.
So do I thank the God and the Goddess for those favors they have
bestowed upon me.”

In your own way, give thanks and/or request help. Ring a bell
three times, and say:

“And it harm none, do what thou wilt. Thus runs the Wiccan Rede.
Whatever I desire, whatever I would ask of the gods; whatever I
would do; I must be assured that it will harm no one – not even
myself. And as I give, so shall it return threefold. I give of
myself, my life, my love, and it will be thrice rewarded. But should
I send forth harm, then that too will return thrice over.”

Sing, chant, or play an instrument.

“Beauty and strength are in the Lord and the Lady both.
Patience and love; wisdom and knowledge.”

(If applicable, insert a Moon segment here, otherwise go directly
to the Cakes and Ale Ceremony.)

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New (Dark) Moon Ritual #1
By Ann Mouri

Preparing your altar:
Candle colors are blue, white and orange, or green, white and red.
Incense can be bay, sandalwood or frankincense. Have any spellwork
materials ready and laid out on the altar, as well.

Prepare yourself and your space:
Sweep the circle area, lay out any circle and altar items, bathe,
and dress in your ritual robes. Light the incense and candles.

Cast your circle and call the elements: Do this in which ever
manner you are most comfortable with.

Pick up your chalice of wine. Pour a libation to the Divine, into
your cauldron or libation dish, and then take a sip for yourself.
Stand with your head bowed and your arms crossed over your chest;
chant the name of the Goddess (whichever you feel drawn to).

Then, say,
“As (Goddess’ name) known, this is the moon of my Lady as crone,
Lady of Darkness and wisdom, and of mysteries shown. The wheel
turns through birth, death and rebirth, and every ending is a new
beginning. You are the passage from life to life. You are also she
who is at the beginning and the end of all time. You, with your Lord,
_______, at your side, abide in us all. So mote it be!”

Enjoy a moment of reverent silence to consider the mysteries and your
special closeness to the Goddess of the Witches. You may now perform
any magickal workings you had planned for this occasion and then
proceed to the Cakes and Wine Ceremony.

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New (Dark) Moon Ritual #2

Stand with your head bowed and your arms crossed over
your chest, and say:

“Dark is the night as we reach this turning point. Here
is a time of death; yet a time of birth.
Endings and beginnings.
Ebbing and flowing.
A journey done and a journey yet to start.
Let us honor now the Crone-Mother, darksome and divine.
Let us give of our strength and , in return, see rebirth.
Behold, the Lady of Darkness; Mother, Grandmother.
Old yet ever young.”

Slowly raise your head and spread you’re arms outward and
upward. Kneel, and say:

“Hear me! Honor me and love me now and always.
As the wheel turns we see birth, death, and rebirth.
Know, from this, that ever end is a beginning;
Every stop a fresh starting point.
Maiden, Mother, Crone… I am all of these and more.
Whenever you have a need of anything, call upon me.
I and my Lord, are here, for I abide within you all.
Even at the darkest of times,
when there seems no single spark to warm you
and the night seems blackest of all,
I am here, watching and waiting to grow with you,
In strength and in love.
I am she who is at the beginning and at the end of all time.
So mote it be.
So mote it be!”

Cross your arms over your chest, again, and have a moment,
or two, of reverent silence. Then, perform a
Cakes and Ale Ceremony.

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Full Moon Ritual
By Raymond Buckland

Stand with your legs apart and your arms raised up and
out, stretching to the sky, and say:

“When the moon rides on high,
as she crosses the sky,
and the stars on her gown trail behind,
then we Wiccans below
are with love all aglow,
just to see her so brightly enshrined
on the night of a Full Mon,
as we sing to the tune of the lady who watches above,
we raise our song
as she glides by so strong,
and we bask in the light of her love.”

Lower your arms.

“Lovely lady, you have been known by so many names to so many
people. Aphrodite, Kerridwen, Diana, Ea, Freya, Gana, Isis, and
many more have been your names. Yet do we know you and love you
as (name of Goddess), and in that name do we adore you and worship
you. With your Lord by your side, do we give you due honor and invite
you to join with us on this, your special night.”

Draw a pentagram over your heart. Then, ring a bell three times. Then, say:

“I am She who watches over thee; Mother of you all.

Know that I rejoice that you do not forget me. To pay me homage at
the full of the Moon is meet and right and brings joy unto yourselves
even as it does to me. Know that, with my good Lord, I weave the skein
of life for each and every one of you.

I am at the beginning of life, and at its end; The Maiden, The Mother,
and The Crone. Wherever you may be, if you seek me, know that I am
always here, for I abide deep within you.

Look, then, within yourself, if you would seek me.
I am life and I am love.
Find me and rejoice; for love is my music and laughter is my song.
Be true to me and I will ever be true to you.
Love is the Law and Love is the Bond.
So mote it be.”

Fold your arms across your breast and close your eyes for a moment
or two of silence. Then, perform the Cakes and Ale Ceremony.

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