Taken from Rachel Patterson's forthcoming book 'Beneath the Moon - Witchcraft and Moon Magic for a Deeper Practice'.
Join Heather for this pre-recorded ritual to work with in your own time on any Waning Gibbous Moon. The link can be found here
Waning Gibbous Ritual for Releasing
"To enable good things to come our way, we need to have a clear out. Allowing negative energy and bad cycles to fester is not good. This ritual will help you let it all go, paving the way for new and positive energy to flow right in".
You will need:
Representations for the four quarters, if using
Central candle for deity, if using
Matches or lighter
Safe holders for candles, if using
Smudge bundle or incense for cleansing and purifying (I suggest sage, rosemary, mint or mugwort)
If you don’t want to use smoke, this is a perfect time to work with Moon water instead.
For the spell:
A black or dark coloured candle
Slips of paper
Dried herbs, such as bay, eucalyptus, hyssop, jasmine, marjoram or sage.
A cauldron or fireproof dish
Piece of board, thick card or tile – something you don’t mind being ruined!
Cast the circle
Walking deosil (clockwise) around the circle.
With the power of the Moon
I cast this circle to attune
Magic creating a boundary to last
This Moon circle is now cast
Call the quarters
I call upon the element of earth
May you bring your energy of grounding and stability to this rite
Earth, I welcome you
I call upon the element of air
May you bring your energy of intellect and inspiration to this rite
Air, I welcome you
I call upon the element of fire,
May you bring your energy of passion and power to this rite
Fire, I welcome you
I call upon the element of water,
May you bring your energy of emotions and cleansing to this rite
Water, I welcome you
I call upon the powerful and destructive goddess Kali Ma
And ask that you bring the energy of transformation, releasing and
cleansing to this rite.
Kali Ma, I honour your presence
Start this spell work by lighting your smudge bundle or incense. Waft the smoke all over your body, start at your feet, work up each leg, your torso, each arm, your hands, your
neck and over your head. If you are using Moon water, sprinkle droplets of water instead.
As you smudge, say:
Purifying magic, power of the Moon
Align my energy, bring me in tune
Cleanse my energy, allow it to flow
Moon magic power make it so
Light your candle. Place your board, card or tile in front of you. Write the first thing, bad habit, emotion, feeling you want to release onto a slip of paper. Place the slip on the board. Carefully take the candle and drip some wax onto the paper. As you do so,
visualise that energy leaving you, let go of it, release it and allow it to flow into the wax.
Candle wax allowed to flow
Negative energy let it go
Write on another slip of paper (the same as before or another situation/emotion if you need to) Place that paper on top of the last one and drip more wax on top. Repeat the chant. Keep going with this process until you feel you are finished. Placing each
slip of paper on top of the last and melting more wax on top.
When you feel you are finished, say:
All that no longer serves is now released from me
Replaced with happy and positive energy
Make it so
Snuff out the candle. Throw the paper/wax pile into the trash or if you have a bonfire or hearth fire it can be burnt.
Eat and drink something to celebrate your ritual and to
help you ground. Sprinkle some of the drink and food onto the
earth after the ritual as an offering to deity.
I thank the powerful and destructive goddess Kali Ma
For bringing the energy of transformation, releasing and cleansing
to this rite.
Kali Ma, I honour you and ask that your energy continue with me
as long as is needed.
With blessings and thanks, I bid you farewell
Release the quarters
I thank the element of water,
For bringing your energy of emotions and cleansing to this rite
Water, I bid you farewell
I thank the element of fire,
For bringing your energy of passion and power to this rite
Fire, I bid you farewell
I thank the element of air
For bringing your energy of intellect and inspiration to this rite
Air, I bid you farewell
I thank the element of earth
For bringing your energy of grounding and stability to this rite
Earth, I bid you farewell
Close the circle
Walking widdershins (anti clockwise) around the circle
I thank the power of the Moon
I uncast this circle but stay in tune
Magic unties the boundary to last
This Moon circle is now uncast