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For Love of the Moon in the Springtime!

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A step by step ritual guide to celebrating the full moon and to welcome the Spring Equinox

The full moon arrives here in NYC on Saturday, March 19th at 2:10 pm, and the Spring Equinox arrives the very next day on Sunday at 7:21 pm. The energies of the earth itself are shifting into the new season, but that's not all! In this Now long awaited, the energies from the heavenly realms are supporting a deep awakening in humankind, along with a connection between faeries and humans with pure hearts. We are destined to share the new energies together in order to make the world a better place...And this is likewise a very powerful time in which to become a magnet to your own true love!

Here are the outlines of the rituals I will be doing, in case you would like to celebrate wherever YOU are and don't have rituals of your own set up.

Rituals and ceremonies are usually performed at some kind of altar, either in your home or out of doors. Altars can be created and dissembled at will and are comprised of things that represent the four elements:
* a candle for fire;
* a bowl of water or a seashell for water;
* incense or a feather for air;
* a stone, crystal, potted plant, or cut flowers for earth.                              

For both ceremonies, you can use a drum, a rattle, or even a bottle of aspirin or box of tic tacs to make a rattle. The full moon ceremony can be celebrated on Friday night, Saturday at 2:10 pm or on Saturday night - whatever pleases you.

Go to or get your altar together. Light the candle and incense. Face east first and say "Spirits of the East - I come before you with empty hands and open heart. Teach me. Show me how to live." (rattle or drum to the Spirits until you feel done). Turn to the right: "Spirits of the South, I come before you with empty hands and open heart. Teach me. Show me how to live." (repeat drumming / rattling.) Turn to right, "Spirits of the West, I come before you with empty hands and open heart, teach me, show me how to live" (rattle or drum) turn to the right, "Spirits of the North, I come before you with empty hands and open heart. Teach me, show me how to live." (rattle or drum) Turn right to face east again. "Spirits of the Heavens, I come before you with empty hands and open heart, teach me, show me how to live." (rattle or drum) Still facing east, "Spirits of the Earth, I come before you with empty hands and open heart, teach me, show me how to live." (rattle/drum) Still facing east: "Spirit that is my center, I ask to receive the inflow of the divine powers of Love and to be a magnet to my heart's desires." (Close your eyes and be still, feeling into yourself.)

Facing the altar say a little prayer of your own from your heart. Say whatever comes to you and thank the moon for hearing your heart's desires. Take as much time as you wish. At the end, say, "Thank you to all the Spirits who have attended this ceremony. May blessings be upon you and upon me! Thank you, thank you, thank you."
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At your altar for the Solstice ceremony on Sunday, keep in your heart that this is your own personal welcome to the Spring, to the new things coming into your life, as well as your participation in the re-awakening of the land. This is also a time to honor Bridget, the triple Goddess, in her aspect of "Maiden."  She is known for bestowing blessings beyond measure, and certainly romantic love is a specialty of hers.

Have all the usual altar items, with strawberries, cream, a red candle and a white candle to be used as special offerings. Do the seven directions as in the Full Moon Ritual. Turn to the altar and make the special offerings of strawberries and cream with prayers that come from your heart about new your beginnings and love flourishing in your life. Light the white candle for your pure intentions, and the red candle for the manifestation in this world of your heart's desires. Meditate before the altar for a few moments in silence, feeling your feet growing roots that go into the earth. Keep resonating "thank you" in your heart as you feel your connection to Mother Earth and to All That Is Good expanding. When you feel complete, say, "Thank you to all the Spirits who have attended this ceremony. May blessings be upon you and upon me! Thank you, thank you, thank you."

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Hope you have a wonderful time! Blessings upon you, and Happy Spring!

 
Love, Raven

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