family full moon ritual

This may be done at dinner time, in addition to your own

ritual later in the evening.

Place your moon candle (a large white candle, preferably

unscented) in the middle of the table in a bowl made of clear or blue

glass, if possible, and filled with water. Use your best dishes. When

the mealis ready, establish a sacred time and say a mealtime prayer.

Then one child says:

“Why is tonight special?”

An adult answers:

“Tonight is the Full Moon.”

The child (or another one) asks:

“Why is that a special time?”

An adult answers:

“The Full Moon is our Mother

Who wraps Her arms around us.

She guards us and loves us

and tonight we return that love.”

Another way to do this is for the adults to ask the children

the questions and let them answer in their own words. As they grow, their

understanding of the day will change and there will be a regular opportunity to

express it.The mother then lights the moon candle. She holds it above the

table and everyone says:

“The Goddess is shining, high in the sky.”

She returns it to the bowl of water and everyone says:

“The Goddess is shining, here in our home.”

Everyone crosses their hands on their breasts and says:

“The Goddess is shining, deep in our hearts.”

Then have your dinner. At the end, clear away the dinner

things. Leave your glasses and the moon candle. Set the table again with cakes and

drinks. Then an adult says:

“We share the gifts of the Goddess with her and each other

on the night when she rides high in the sky.”

Pass the cakes around. While you do, one parent says:

“Mother of us all,

Watch over us.

Hug us

Hold us

Wrap us round with your loving arms

and keep us safe until the Moon is full again.”

After the cakes are eaten, snuff out the moon candle. Then pour

the melted wax from it into the water. It will cool quickly. Use it to divine

from, to see what the next month will bring. For young children, this is a

game of “What does it look like?”

As the children go to bed, annoint them with the water, saying:

“May the Moon send you good dreams.”

The moon water can also be used for sprinklings, offerings, or

watering plants.

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