Did you know that all lunar Holy-days are called Esbats, but any Wiccan ritual held at any time other than a Sabbat may
be called an Esbat? I didn't, and I think most Witches call rituals performed on or around a lunar holy-day an esbat,
while other rituals are simply, rituals.
Due to the rotation of the earth, the Wiccan calendar contains 13 Full Moons, which means a full moon happens every 28
1/4 days. Full Moon energy is used for banishing unwanted influences, protection and divination. A Full Moon is also
a good time
for planning, releasing and working backwards in time. Full Moon Magic can be done for seven days, three days
before, the day of, and three days after the full moon.
The New Moon is used for personal growth, healing, the blessing of a new project etc.
Between the New Moon and Full Moon is the phase called Waxing Moon. Magick for this phase includes attraction magick, increasing,
growth, and gain. Make statements on how your life should be.
Between the Full Moon and New Moon is the phase called the Waning Moon.Magic for this phase includes banishing magick,
such a loosing negative emotions, bad habits etc.
Three days before the New Moon is known as the Dark Moon, as it is not visible in the sky. Traditionally, no magick
is performed at this time. It is a time for rest.
Due to the rotation of the earth there are thirteen Full Moons, each carrying a traditional name.
January - Wolf Moon
February - Storm Moon
March - Chaste Moon
April - Seed Moon
May - Hare Moon
June - Dyad (pair) Moon
July - Mead Moon
August - Wyrt (green
September - Barley Moon
October - Blood Moon
November - Snow Moon
December - Oak Moon