What is an Esbat?
An esbat is a Wiccan meeting held each month at the time of the full moon. This is usually the time for initiation ceremonies or healing magic to be done, as opposed to a Sabbat (holiday) celebration.
There’s also an old joke in the Wiccan community about “what do you feed your esbat?”
The answer? Purina Esbat Chow!
So, what’s special about an Esbat anyway? Well, it’s a good way to mark the thirteen lunar months that make up a calendar year.
Author Edain McCoy says, over at Llewellyn, “The full moon esbat tends to be a ribald, frenetic celebration—suitable for the “lunatics” who were once believed to display their insanity under the light of the full moon. Magick for all manner of needs is enacted during esbat rituals, both in group settings and by solitary practitioners. Spells for increase or gain are usually done during the waxing phases, and spells for decrease or loss are performed during the waning period. The full moon is used for spells for wholeness, children and mothers, families, psychic enhancement, and some love spells.”
Celebrating the Esbat with Ritual
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