SP Full Wolf Moon: Intro

Darn it if I didn’t manage to miss Full Wolf again! I don’t know what it is about me and this moon :-). Anyway, similar to what I did for Samhain, I’m going to post this diary as an intro and discussion place, and then the ritual itself. If you have questions or comments, please post them here instead of there :-).

First, some references from my past diaries, for those who weren’t around last October or those who want a refresher (“Rituals” is probably the most relevant if you don’t have time for all of it):

This time, I’m going to use what I call the wiccan style instead of the druidic style. Since I’m more of a druid than a wiccan, I hope our wiccan members will be patient with me! Roland has agreed to lend his energies as priest, though it’s all being posted under my name.

The outline for this ritual is:

Sacred Space: We’ll begin by establishing sacred space, aka casting the circle. This will of necessity be adapted a bit, since the circle will be in cyberspace :-). The way I’m envisioning it is, think of a cyberspace-holodeck-type location. The circle is often also consecrated with the elements, as I think I mentioned in one of the above-referenced posts, but I’m going to skip that this time in the interests of getting this posted today :-).

Purpose: Full Moons are often used for power raising, sometimes for healing and sometimes for other reasons. For this ritual, I’ve decided to go with raising power to send to our representatives, to help them find the strength and courage to stand up to the Right Wing Machine. The chant? “Liberty and justice for all” 🙂 Basically, the group chants to raise power (often visualized as a cone of light over the circle), and when it feels like it’s peaked the person leading sends the power to it’s intended recipient.

FTR, it’s considered very poor form to do magic on someone’s behalf without their permission. Sometimes permission is asked “spiritually” if the proposed recipient isn’t available (like someone in a coma), so I’m going to be wording the ceremony accordingly.

Closing: Since we’re doing this “outside of time and space,” I’m going to post without waiting. Each person will be coming into our virtual space together, whatever time it is in meatspace :-).

The closing consists of sharing food and drink, and thanking those deities who’ve joined us, and opening the circle.

As I said earlier, I’d rather have questions asked here than in the ritual thread, so if you’re uncertain please ask away. I’ll do my best to help everyone understand what they’re getting into, and tweak things to help make the ritual as welcoming for all as I can manage without compromising what it is.


Ritual (none / 1)

Okay, I’m curious. The ritual itself seems interesting, but what exactly is expected from the audience here?

“To make life easier and to be happy ended up being two different things.” – Arjuna’s Father, Earth Girl Arjuna.

by Egarwaen on Sat Jan 14th, 2006 at 13:57:37 PDT

Simply (4.00 / 3)

to respond in whatever way feels appropriate. Participate in the energy raising, or not. Share the “cakes and ale” (or cookies and BOYC in this case), or not.

The only “rule” as far as I’m concerned is, don’t add any negative energy.

Think of it like going to a religious ceremony of a faith different than yours — which is, in fact, what it is :-). If you’re not Catholic, how would you behave at a friend’s wedding mass? If you are Catholic, how would you behave at a friend’s child’s bar mitvah?

Hope that covers it :-).

by Morgan on Sun Jan 15th, 2006 at 12:38:19 PDT

Participation (4.00 / 2)

Well, I’d participate, of course. I’m just unaware of what participation would entail.

“To make life easier and to be happy ended up being two different things.” – Arjuna’s Father, Earth Girl Arjuna.

by Egarwaen on Sun Jan 15th, 2006 at 12:47:28 PDT

Hm, (4.00 / 2)

I’m not really sure of a better way to describe the energy-raising than the one I used. My hunny the word smith is sleeping in.

Can any of my fellow neo-pagans help with this one? I’d appreciate the other ways of looking at/describing it.

by Morgan on Sun Jan 15th, 2006 at 12:56:57 PDT

I soemtiems think Wicca (4.00 / 3)

is Druid Lite.  Most of us  know Wicca is a wholly made-up religion–though aFTER Gardner and Sanders, others made far mroe accurate attempts to recreate the faith of the Celts.

Thnakls for remindign me about the Full Moon.  Can’t cast a circle, but I can do a healign ritual I need to do (thankls shakti)

by irishwitch on Sat Jan 14th, 2006 at 16:19:09 PDT

asdf (none / 1)

Phbbt. Poo on the Celts. Give me the Greek Mysteries anyday! 😉

“The darkest places in hell are reserved for those who maintain their neutrality in times of moral crisis.” – Dante Alighieri

by Devious Kitty on Sun Jan 15th, 2006 at 10:08:11 PDT

Hey now, (4.00 / 2)

You can perfer the Helenic without “poo”ing on the Celtic :-).

by Morgan on Sun Jan 15th, 2006 at 12:34:55 PDT

My pleasure Irishwitch. (none / 0)


I am That, you are That, all of this is That, and That is all there is.

by shakti on Sun Jan 15th, 2006 at 15:29:24 PDT

Question for all neo Pagans, (none / 1)

As  healer I frequently do distance healing. That means I sit in my normal medation spot and project the healing energy where it needs to go.

Is there any reason a person, like say, Irishwitch, could not do similar? For example, sit in a quiet spot, with the power of intent and imagination cast a circle and perform a ritual at another location? …perhaps a location where she has performed rituals before that would already be familiar with the energy? Is there any reason a person could not do a distance ritual?

I’m just askin’…

I am That, you are That, all of this is That, and That is all there is.

by shakti on Sun Jan 15th, 2006 at 15:37:11 PDT

If I understand/remember right (none / 0)

Irishwitch’s situation is that the MiL forbid all ritual while they live with her, whether it’s in her house or not. So imagining the ritual elsewhere would still be against the agreement they were stuck with. IIRC, I suggested they find someplace away from the house to worship when this came up in the first place.

But your idea sound workable to me, if for example a person wanted to work in the woods but couldn’t get their body to the woods for whatever reason. I need to remember that, since I don’t get to the beach nearly as much as I’d like and my patron god is also a god of the seas :-).

by Morgan on Mon Jan 16th, 2006 at 20:37:21 PDT

You may find ritual even more powerful (none / 0)

done that way. I find working as a healer most effective working that way. It seems like it is easier for spirit to join the work. 🙂

I am That, you are That, all of this is That, and That is all there is.

by shakti on Tue Jan 17th, 2006 at 04:19:07 PDT

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