With 7 days to go before Litha, tonight is the Sixth Esbat or Full Moon after Yule. The full moon this month has a few names, it goes by The Strong Sun Moon in many folkloric traditions, but it’s also known as the Lover’s Moon, the Strawberry Moon, the Boon Moon (ancient celtic) or the Dyad Moon.
- COLOURS: sun colours – gold, yellow, orange
- CRYSTALS: topaz, agate
- PLANTS: oak, maple
- GODDESSES: Isis, Cerridwen, Persephone
- HERBS: parsley, mosses, skullcap, mugwort
- ELEMENT: Earth
December Full Moon
Now is a time for bonding with those who are important to us, nurture these relationships, your garden, your career, and you soul this month.
Because the nights are short, it is also a good time to tap into solar energy, and it’s not uncommon for the full moom to be visible in the sky before the sun has actually set. Take advantage of this and embrace the power of the sun and the moon at the same time. Making it a perfect blend of opposites and balance – sun and moon, masculine and feminine, day and night.
This is the month where magickal workings are well suited to maintaining and enhancing things you already have. Take time to let your personal life blossom – focus on things that improve your job or education, as well as your relationships with family and friends.
The sixth Esbat (Dyad Moon) is a time of duality and growth, it represents the halfway point along the path of the moon. Traditionally people would ask for gifts from the Goddess, and she would grant them the boon, depending on the person’s good and bad deeds during the year.
The word dyad stems from the Greek word dyas, meaning “two” (or “couple”) – the human and the divine, seperate but One.
Dyad Moon Ritual
For the Dyad Moon, the couple is the God and Goddess. They represent two polarities coming together in a sacred union of Oneness.
In this spell you are bringing the divine masculine and feminine energies of the God and Goddess together, and in their union, you ask for your boon.
You will need:
- Two candles (red and green)
- Two sticks (about 20cm long)
- A piece of white string (about 40 cm long)
Begin by casting a circle of light, and lightening the green and red candles. As you do this, invite the divine into your circle:
Divine Goddess and God, sacred Mother and Father of all, please hear my call and bless this circle with your light.
Around the two sticks, wind the piece of string, tying them securely together. Drip 6 drops of wax, three from each of the candles, onto the sticks and string, and say:
What was once two, is now one. Dear Lady, see what I’ve done. Should you find me worthy, then please grant my boon to me [state your desire]. Ayea! Ayea! Ayea! Blessed be!
After you have completed any other spell work, thank the God and Goddess, close your circle, and allow the candles to safely burn down.