August 13, 2011

Full Moon of August ~ Herb Moon

Named after the Roman Emperor Augustus, August was once called Sixtilis, or the sixth month. There is no apparent disagreement (from me) that this is the month of the Herb Moon, some also call the Barley Moon, and is the time for the first harvest of grains.

You may wish to incorporate these verses into the 9 Basic Ritual Steps when conducting Full Moon Rituals. You may also want to include a Charge of the Goddess.

Ritual Verses for the Full Moon of August
by Polly Taskey

"Goddess of the harvest night, I honor You in my Full Moon rite
as I stand between the worlds to share, communion with The Lady Fair.
From around the globe Your children call, miles apart yet One with All.
Hear my words in the echoing sound, as I welcome You in my circle round.

I call to You North with Your grounding ways, lend earthly strength to my pagan ways;
I call to You East with Your airy breath, transform the stale to new and fresh;
I call to You South with Your energy, may your fiery rays burn steadily;
I call to You West with Your fluid motion, guide psychic abilities and emotions.

August marks the harvest when, we reap the first crops that we tend
The wheat was kissed by dying sun; now bread-baking has just begun
The herbs are gathered with great care, and berries liven up the fare;
We put our magic, love and light in all the things we share tonight!

The work was hard throughout the year, but now as wintertime is near
We give our thanks to Deity, and stock the shelves with things we need.
In just two months we'll feel the cold, but til that time we shall behold
the gifts of God and Goddess blended; in hearty crops carefully tended.

(Requests, Spells, Thanks, Cakes and Ale)

I release the quarters one by one, now that my ritual is done;
Farewell to North, East, South, and West; thank You for honoring my request.
Goddess of soothing silvery light, thank You for attending on this night.
My circle is open, never broken; magic wishes fulfilled, the words have been spoken."

Inspired by her Native American roots and Bradbury lineage, Polly Taskey is a writer and grandmother in the northern USA.  She shares her wisdom and pagan interests through Pagan by Design and The Moonlit Grove.


goddessandmagick said...

Blessed Be !!

Magaly Guerrero said...

I'm sure the Full Moon is smiling on you; hugs!

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