I’m wicked excited to welcome a guest blogger to Witchy Wednesday! NorthwestWitch, over at her excellent blog, A Witch’s Path, is running a witchy blog share through Samhain 2017. Click HERE to see how you can participate.
Now, without further ado, here’s her post. When you’re done reading, be sure to pop over to her blog to check out my guest post (featuring a Full Moon Healing Spell), and tons more of her awesome witchy writings.
The upcoming full moon is an intense one, bringing up our issues around power, success, and relationships. All this energy is amplified by a partial lunar eclipse.
We won’t see the lunar eclipse in all parts of the world (All of North America and most of South America will miss it), but we can all feel its energy. And it’s complicated energy that brings with it the potential for open-hearted achievement AND the risk of losing sight of our values in the pursuit of power. I encourage you to read the article I linked to for better understand of the energies of the coming full moon.
Today I’m going to share a recipe with you for a floral moon water to help harness the magic of this full moon and moderate its drive toward success with love and wisdom.
You will need:
- A white or clear bowl.
- Drinking water
- Fresh or dried leaves and/or flowers of:
- lemon balm – for success
- mint (any variety) – for money
- mugwort – for intuition / psychic powers
- rose – for love
- sage – for wisdom
- vervain – for magical power
On the day of the full moon, gather a leaf and/or flower of each herb. (If you don’t have access to a garden, all these herbs should be relatively easy to purchase in some form from an herbal supplier, and some you might already have in your spice or tea cabinet. Purchase herbs ahead of time so they’re ready on the day of the full moon. You only need a small amount of each.)
When the moon rises, set up your altar with the bowl, water, herbs and flowers. Cast the circle in you usual way.
Place your bowl where the moonlight will shine into it. Put the herbs in the bowl and pour water over them. Some herbs might float on the surface, and that’s okay.
Hold out your receptive (non dominant) hand palm-up so the moonlight shines on it. Call out to the moon with these or similar words:
“Mother moon, please share your magic with me.”
Feel her light sinking into your palm and moving through your body. When you feel connected to this energy, hold your dominant hand over the bowl, palm down. Imagine the moon’s energy flowing through you into the herbs and water. Say these or similar words:
With the power of the full moon,
To achieve my dreams.
May mint bring me the money
To fulfill my goals,
And lemon balm give me success
in my endeavors.
May mugwort amplify my intuition
and help me hear the voice of spirit.
May vervain awaken my magic
And help me open doors of opportunity.
May rose nourish my heart
and help me use my powers with love.
May sage clear my mind
and help me use my powers with wisdom.
With herbs and moonlight
This water is charged.”
Now consider your intentions for this magic. What will you do with it? What will you offer the world? Remember, when you receive energy and power from the universe, you have a responsibility to use it well. This DOESN’T mean that the way you use it shouldn’t ALSO make you happy. Indeed, your passions are a gift to the world just as much as they are a gift to you. So tune into the work you feel called to do, and make a promise to yourself and spirit that you’ll do that work to the best of your ability, and use the help you are given wisely and well. Speak the intention aloud or just focus on it with your thoughts.
Let the energy continue flowing until the surge of power subsides. Then clap your hands three times, and each time say “So be it” as you clap. After the third clap, ground any remaining energy by touching the earth or a tree and say “And so it is.”
Thank the spirits, and give them an offering. Some appropriate offerings are sweet smelling incense smoke, milk and honey, or alcohol. Or get creative and offer them a poem or song of thanks. Follow your instincts: the important thing is to be genuinely grateful, and to give from the heart.
Finish your ritual as usual and, if possible, leave the water out to steep in the moonlight over night.
In the morning, strain out the herbs and return them to the earth. Pour the water into a bottle with a tight fitting lid and keep it in the refrigerator. Take small doses of the water daily like a flower essence to help you realize your goals and dreams. Or use it as an ingredient in potions or other spells that align with your purpose.
Michelle Simkins is a greenwitch and writer living in Portland, Oregon with her wife and too many pets. She blogs about herbal witchery and sells magical supplies at A Witch’s Path, and publishes short stories and metaphysical ebooks at Hagstone Publishing.