January’s Esbat celebrates the virtue of perseverance as we struggle to endure the remainder of these cold winter months before spring.
That is, unless you live in the south and are enjoying sunny days with temperatures in the mid-70’s. I swear, our weather has been so chaotic. Last week we had an arctic blast. This week I’m rocking my cut-off shorts.
In Native American culture tonight’s moon is known as the Wolf Moon representing the hungry wolf prowling through the cold forest, howling at the glistening sky.
The Wolf Moon offers blessings of inner-strength, protection and survival, reminding us of the wolf’s strength during times of winter hardship.
Tonight I’ll be using that energy to enhance my first magickal working in 2017.
The focus for my magick will be protection & prosperity and I’ll be using two elements known for their powers of manifestation- fire and earth.
Earth is great for rituals involving growth, material gain and money, while Fire is often used in workings involving success, strength and protection.
But before I perform any ritual or spell, I like to cleanse and consecrate my tools and ingredients with the Elements.
Representing the element of Spirit, I keep a soapstone pentacle on my working altar as a beacon of my spirituality and the faith I have in my magick.
For the remaining four I choose to combine my elements into groups of two. Fire and Air become one with my cinnamon incense, which I chose for its protective and abundance properties. Earth and Water unite to make a holy water of pine and lavender- both lovely purifying herbs.
To cleanse the items, I stir my herbal holy water with a pine wand I had clipped from my Pine Harvesting and sprinkle each tool and ingredient with it. As I do so, I visualize all negativity being washed away.
To consecrate my ingredients, I set my intentions for their magickal purposes by holding them over and through the incense smoke, while visualizing my desired end result.
Once that’s done I can begin on preparing my spell items for tonight’s ritual.
I have made a candle dressing of money-drawing basil and obstacle-removing lemongrass for my oil base, mixing it with pine for prosperity and adding catnip to attract and draw those blessings of abundance into my life.
It took me a while to grind the catnip and pine with my mortar and pestle before I added them to the oils. The catnip crushed beautifully but the pine didn’t break up so easily. You could use a coffee grinder if you’d like, in fact many witches do for heartier herbs. But I like to put a lil’ elbow grease in my mixtures. I feel like the harder I grind the more time I have to set my intentions and put my personal power into it.
Once mixed, I massage the herbs onto the candle, pulling their energies from both ends of the candle and bringing them towards the middle. Admittedly, this is a messy process but that’s all part of the fun of being a witch.
Normally, I would mix the essential oils with some sort of base oil but I am fresh out at the moment. So I will be extra careful in lighting my candle tonight, as essential oils can be extremely flammable.
With that being said, I confess to being a bit of a pyromaniac. One of my absolute favorite ways to witch is burning petitions. I did so with my family on New Year’s and I enjoy doing it on special nights like tonight.
Using my flickering dressed candle to light the petitions, I will watch them burn safely in my fireproof cauldron while sitting under the Wolf Moon next to my crystals and tarot cards, absorbing her glorious energy and feeling an abundance of gratitude for the blessings already granted and those yet to come.
The Snow Orchid Witch