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Mead Moon

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Mead Moon

July Moon is also known as Hay Moon, Wort Moon, and Mead Moon. Pagans celebrate the summer with dancing, drinking, and song. The mead is now made for the coming Lammas celebration. This is the time for relaxing and enjoying the warm comfortable days and nights. The zodiac association is Cancer.

July is the time for dream-work, divination, and meditation on spiritual goals and plans. The energy is slower and more relaxed, proper for success and prosperity spells. This month is the time to start preparing for the colder and darker months ahead.



The Mead Moon rides high at the fullness of the Earths fertility. It is a time when the rewards of the
farmers long hours of labour are most apparent with the ripening of the fields.
It is a time of wonder and enchantment, when the miracle of growth and rebirth are evident upon the Earth.
It is a time of celebration.

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July - Affirming the truth of what we are


During July, evidence of the waning of the Sun God's strength becomes apparent. The berry harvests begin. This month, we affirm that we are deserving of the fruits of our labors. This is a good time to deal with any fears of success, and to affirm that we can accept the good things in life that come to us.

Just as the plant is a creature of Spirit, which grows through the grace of Spirit, so are we. We can, and must, contribute our efforts, but much of the growth that occurs is the result of grace. At this Full Moon, we affirm that we are deserving of the effects of grace in our lives.

As the times of the Waxing and Full Moon are most commonly used for attacting, rather than banishing, energies, this ritual is designed to convey to the God, Goddess, and Spirit that we are deserving of their grace, and willing to accept the rewards and responsibilities of our growth and maturity. I designed this ritual for the July, 2000, Full Mead Moon Esbat.

Purpose: To affirm the presence of Spirit in my life, in the lives of my loved ones, and in the lives of all beings.
Tools

A small silver candle inscribed, "The best for me. The best for my loved ones. The best for All."
A small gold candle inscribed, "The best for me. The best for my loved ones. The best for All."
Sandalwood oil (a Waxing Moon correspondence), with which to anoint the candles
One or more offerings
The Working[i]
Prepare the candles. Carve the inscription into each, and anoint them with the sandalwood oil.

Oh Full Claiming Moon, Mother Moon, you are the aspect of the Triple Goddess that represents fertility and nurturance. You give birth to new choices and possibilities, as well as to the food and resources that nurture our physical bodies. During this lush time of summer, when the harvest is ripening, I wish to affirm your presence in my life, in the lives of my loved ones, and in the lives of all beings.

By the power of my love of the Holy Spirit, Goddess, and God:

I affirm the presence of Spirit in my life. I know that I am loved and cared for, and that all that is in my life is for my Highest Good and the Highest Good of all concerned. I know that in this year of my journey, the work of self-change is progressing in my life. As it does so, I allow my inner voice to guide me on my path.
I affirm the presence of Spirit in the lives of my loved ones. I know that they are loved and cared for, and that all that is in their lives is for their Highest Good and the Highest Good of all concerned.
[Include here an affirmation for the well-being of any particular loved ones about whom you are concerned.
I affirm the presence of Spirit in the lives of all beings. I know that all beings are loved and cared for, and that all that is in their lives is for their Highest Good and the Highest Good of all concerned.
In honor of the Full Mother Moon Jana, as the Claiming Moon of affirmation, I offer these things:

Present offering or offerings for personal and/or others' well-being, and place on the offering plate
Sending the Energy[ii]
She changes everything she touches; everything she touches changes.

As I light these candles, may the God and Goddess hear my faith-cry: For me, for my loved ones, and for all begins. Give to each of us what is best for each. I cannsot tell what it is. But Thou knowest.[iii]

Light gold and silver candles.

After the Ritual
Let the candles burn out.

After the candles have gone out, take bolline, offering(s), and any remaining wax from the candles outside. Use the bolline to open the Earth. Put the wax and offerings into the Earth, and re-cover with soil. Thank the Earth Mother for accepting this offering under the light of the Moon


Full Moon Ritual from http://www.janictradition.org/fm-july.html