1st Degree Lesson

Lesson 5

Esbats & Moon Magicks


This is a celebration day and good for all types of magicks



Take things out of your life. Addictions, decisions, divorce, emotions, stress, protection


Last Quarter/Waning

Take things out of your life. Addictions, divorce, health and healing (banishing disease), stress, protection



This is a time of adjustment. A time of transformation, harvest, psychisms



Meditation and Crone magicks only



Bring things into your life. Beauty, health, self-improvement, farming, job hunting, love and networking



Bring things into your life. Animals, business, change, emotions, matriarchal strength


First Quarter/Waxing

Bring things into your life. Courage, elemental magick, friends, luck, motivation



Bring things into your life. Patience



Lunar Eclipse

Eclipses represent the perfect union of sun and moon. Any type of magick is acceptable.


Moon Void of Course

When the moon is void of course, it is entering a new moon sign. It is a time of dead space and no magicks should be done.


Blue Moon

This is the 2nd Full Moon in a month. This was often a goal setting moon. It is very strong for magicks.


Black Moon

This is the 2nd Dark Moon in a month. This is a great time for spiritual journeys.


Waning Moon

This is the time between the Full and Dark moons. When the moon’s light becomes less, so this is when you want to release and let go of things in your life.


Waxing Moon

This is the time between the Dark and Full moons. When the moon’s light becomes greater, so this is when you want to bring things into your life.

Moon Names


Colonial American

January:               Winter Moon                                      July:                   Summer Moon

February:             Trapper's Moon                                  August:              Dog Day's Moon

March:                  Fish Moon                                         September:        Harvest Moon

April:                     Planter's Moon                                  October:             Hunter's Moon

May:                      Milk Moon                                         November:         Beaver Moon

June:                     Rose Moon                                       December:         Christmas Moon



January:               Holiday Moon                                    July:                   Hungry Ghost Moon

February:             Budding Moon                                   August:               Harvest Moon

March:                  Sleepy Moon                                     September:        Chrysanthemum Moon

April:                     Peony Moon                                     October:             Kindly Moon

May:                      Dragon Moon                                   November:         White Moon

June:                     Lotus Moon                                      December:         Bitter Moon


American Indian (Cherokee)

January:               Cold Moon                                        July:                   Ripe Corn Moon

February:             Bony Moon                                       August:               Fruit Moon

March:                 Windy Moon                                     September:         Nut Moon

April:                    Flower Moon                                    October:              Harvest Moon

May:                     Planting Moon                                 November:          Trading Moon

June:                    Green Corn Moon                           December:           Snow Moon


American Indian (Choctaw)

January:               Cooking Moon                                 July:                     Crane Moon

February:             Little Famine Moon                          August:                Women's Moon

March:                  Big Famine Moon                            September:          Mulberry Moon

April:                     Wildcat Moon                                  October:               Blackberry Moon

May:                     Panther Moon                                  November:          Sassafras Moon

June:                    Windy Moon                                     December:          Peach Moon


American Indian (Dakota Sioux)

January:             Moon of the Terrible

February:            Moon of the Raccoon, Moon When Trees Pop

March:                Moon When Eyes Are Sore from Bright Snow

April:                   Moon When Geese Return in Scattered Formation

May:                   Moon When Leaves Are Green, Moon To Plant

June:                  Moon When June Berries Are Ripe

July:                    Moon of the Middle Summer

August:               Moon When All Things Ripen

September:        Moon When the Calves Grow Hair

October:             Moon When Quilling and Beading is Done

November:         Moon When Horns Are Broken Off

December:         Twelfth Moon



January:               Quite Moon                                       July:                    Moon of Claiming

February:             Moon of Ice                                       August:                Dispute Moon

March:                  Moon of Winds                                 September:          Singing Moon

April:                     Growing Moon                                  October:              Harvest Moon

May:                      Bright Moon                                     November:           Dark Moon

June:                     Moon of Horses                               December:           Cold Moon


English Medieval

January:               Wolf Moon                                        July:                     Mead Moon

February:             Storm Moon                                      August:                Corn Moon

March:                  Chaste Moon                                    September:         Barley Moon

April:                     Seed Moon                                       October:              Blood Moon

May:                     Hare Moon                                        November:          Snow Moon

June:                    Dyan Moon                                       December:           Oak Moon


Neo Pagan

January:               Ice Moon                                          July:                      Rose Moon

February:             Snow Moon                                      August:                 Lightning Moon

March:                  Death Moon                                     September:           Harvest Moon

April:                     Awakening Moon                             October:               Blood Moon

May:                      Grass Moon                                    November:            Tree Moon

June:                     Planting Moon                                 December:           Long Night Moon




Fact One:
The Moon is the only surface in the Solar System (other than Earth) to have been stepped on by human beings.

Fact Two:
Foot-prints on the Moon will remain there for millions of years.

Fact Three:
The Moon has no atmosphere. It is through atmosphere that light is dispersed (spread) and sound waves travel (light waves and sound waves bounce off tiny particles in a planet's atmosphere). This means that no sound can be made on the Moon. If a person spoke, he would not be heard. The sky is always black because light cannot be spread, unlike on Earth where light spreads to give the sky a blue color and on Mars where it spreads through its thin atmosphere to give the sky a pinkish/reddish color.

Fact Four:
The Moon had a volcanic history. A picture taken in 1994 by the Clementine mission shows a volcano on the Moon's South Pole from millions of years ago. This is fairly recently in the Moon's history, which explains why there are few impact craters nearby.

Fact Five:
We only ever see one side of the Moon. This is because when it formed and its inner liquids went solid, most were pulled towards Earth, making it egg-shaped, heavier on one side (the side that we can see) and therefore not able to spin freely. Instead, it spins with the Earth. This is where the phrase "Dark Side of the Moon" comes from.

Fact Six:
The first time people on Earth ever saw the "Dark Side of the Moon" was on 7th October 1959 when the Soviet (Russian) spacecraft, Luna 3, sent back the first pictures. They discovered that this side of the Moon is much more cratered than the side facing Earth.

Fact Seven:
Man has only landed on the Moon six times. All of these landings have been American.

Fact Eight:
In 1610, the Italian astronomer, Galileo Galilei noticed that the Moon had craters caused by meteorite impacts. This disgraced people at the time who believed the Moon to be a perfect sphere created by the gods.

Fact Nine:
The first manned moon landing was on 16th July 1969. The last manned moon landing was three years later on 7th December 1972.

Fact Ten:
The Moon is the fourth biggest moon in the Solar System (after Ganymede and Callisto of Jupiter, and Titan of Saturn). The Moon is also bigger than Pluto and would be recognized as a planet if it orbited the Sun and not Earth.


Witch balls

Some say witch balls have been around since the 18th century but they are believed to much older than that. Clear balls are hung in windows to ward off evil spirits, spells and bad luck. It is said that the spirit will become mesmerized and get pulled into the strands of glass. There are many ways to make these. Put lots of shiny strands to make it even more tempting. Hand them anywhere in the house for decoration, by the front door or even in the garden to ward off those pesky spirits.

From: angel  (Original Message) My friend from Louisiana 

Sent: 1/13/2004 1:29 PM

I have these hanging all around my home, they make great sun catchers.  Before I hang them I also tap a drop of super glue to make sure the top doesn’t come off. 

Traditional Witch balls are very old and extremely expensive; however, there are ways around that. You can make your own!

You will need:
1 red taper candle
1 clear ball ornament that has a cap you can pull off
red string, herbs, favorite crystals etc. 

Let your mind and heart be the guide with this one.
Silver paint......... (Optional, if your a messy Marvin like I am you might want to leave this part out it's not a necessity). Frankincense or other scents if you have a favorite

If you cannot just find a clear ball, make sure you pick one that you really like.   If you can’t find just ONE ornament you can make more than one Witch Ball as gifts for people, they are really great.

This is optional ............ take the cap off of the ornament:
put silver paint in the ornament and swish it around until the whole inside is covered put it aside and let it dry after paint is dry (usually about 1/2 hour will do it), take the red string and cut it into strips that are 3-inches in length,  or use the herbs or whatever you chose and put in the ball .  

Put a few drops of oil in it. Cap off the ball with the cap it came with, or close it off with the candle wax.

Here is one saying that you can use to empower your Witch Ball................

"Symbol of the moon, symbol of the lady divine,
Reject all negativity, defend this home (car, etc...), me and mine!"

Hang the ball in a window, a car, on a wreath on the door, so-on.


Homework: What do you usually think about when you see a full moon? Write a generic ritual.


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