Book of Shadows Index
All rituals here are ones that I have written, partially or completely, and have already used.
November Full Moon
Performed 11/25/15 for the Mourning Moon
I call upon the guardians of the North. Join our Circle and bring the nurturing of the Earth- the flesh of the land to which we all return. Envelop us in your warmth. Hail and welcome spirits of Earth.
Thank you for joining us earth. We release you from the circle. Stay if you will but leave if you must. Hail and farewell.
I call upon the guardians of the East. Join our Circle and bring the communication carried on the wind bringing us shared knowledge. Bring to us what we seek. Hail and welcome spirits of Air.
Thank you for joining us air. We release you from the circle. Stay if you will but leave if you must. Hail and farewell.
I call upon the guardians of the South. Join our circle and bring balance as the flame both creates and destroys. Keep us level with our passions. Hail and welcome spirits of Fire.
Thank you for joining us Fire. We release you from the circle. Stay if you will but leave if you must. Hail and farewell.
I call upon the guardians of the West. Join our circle and bring us true wisdom found in pure emotion. Embrace us as we seek release. Hail and welcome spirits of water.
Thank you for joining us water. We release you from the circle. Stay if you will but leave if you must. Hail and farewell.
I call upon the divine in all things, the spark within all mankind which connects us here with those that have come before us. The spark which unites humanity with the natural world. Unite these four elements and make our circle complete. Hail and welcome spirit.
Thank you for joining us spirit. We release you from the circle. Stay if you will but leave if you must. Hail and farewell.
The November Moon, the Mourning Moon, is a time of washing away the baggage of the past to focus on the joys of the future. Tonight, we will say goodbye to bad habits and toxic relationships, and get a fresh start for the new year. This is the beginning of a time of introspection, of personal development, and of working on developing and strengthening our connection with the Divine.
Samhain has just passed and we have had chances to be with our beloved dead. If you have not done so already, it is time now to release them back to the spiritual ether. Holding them back keeps them from their rightful place, and keeps you from progressing forward with life.
It’s time to let them go.
Holding onto those toxic relationships with those that are still living is also unhealthy for us, keeping us and the other party from our rightful places, and keeping everyone involved from progressing forward with life.
It’s time to let them go.
The Wheel is making its final turn, we are winding down towards Yule. Together, we have sowed seeds we hoped to reap in the year. Together, we harvested all that we had hoped to sow. Harvesting time has passed. Not all that we have sown was reapable. Some of the seeds were duds. Some of the seeds mutated and grew into something we did not want to sow. Some of the seeds were held back by divine intervention as they were not meant for us to sow, maybe just for now, maybe not ever. And that hurts and isn’t fair.
It’s time to let it all go.
Perhaps, with this final turn of the wheel, you feel it is time to banish all bad habits from your life. Whether it be biting your nails, smoking, screen time, eating habits, drinking habits- hard or soft, whatever it is that is unwanted yet has molded itself to you and has made itself a part of your make-up.
It’s time to let it go.
It’s harder than it sounds. We need to take time to mourn.
When loved ones pass, it is us who are left with broken relationships who are hurting. When relationships end, it is much like a death- something that was once there is now broken. People with whom we form relationships become part of our personal histories. A part of our stories. Knowing them, and the influence they have had on us, helped shape each of us into who we are today. It’s true what they say: when someone leaves us, the spirit of that person lives on in us.
When plans don’t come to fruition, we are facing the death of a dream. The energy that has been spent, time and effort, along with other resources, all of the love and devotion we have put forth, the future plans that have been imagined. All of it has left an imprint on us and on who each of us is as a person.
Habits that we have developed are also a big part of each of us. Perhaps for so long, we don’t even realize we’re doing what we’re doing. Some research has shown that many habits may have a genetic influence. Someone who has a predisposition to being a thumb sucker as a child is more likely to grow up to be a nail biter as an adult. This is my father, me, and is already showing signs in my daughter. I don’t even realize I’m doing it until it’s half done and I’m suddenly filled with regret. I’ve had this habit since I was in at least kindergarten. That’s 25 years of doing something. This awful habit that I can’t stand is a huge part of me. But it’s time to let it go.
It’s not going to happen all in one night. The whole thing is a process, but we can start the separation. We can start the letting go. We can start the mourning.
In this visualization, imagine that all you want to let go leaving your body, mind, and soul. I personally like to imagine that it’s leaving me a la “The Green Mile” when Big John helps someone and sucked their broken away and it flew out of his mouth like a swarm of wasps. If you can’t find a place to start, that may be a good jumping point.
Starting at your toes, gather all of the energies you no longer wish to hold, which you need to let go. Out of your toes, out of your calves, your knees, your thighs, your sacrel, your back, your belly. Up and out of your ribs, your chest, your fingers, your hands, your forearms, your elbows, your backarms, your shoulders. Up and out of your necks, your cheeks, your eyes, your mind.
Take a deep breath in. Feel all of the emotions that come with mourning and letting go. Breathe out a big deep breath, pushing all of these energies out of you and away.
Feel your feet pressed against the Earth and accept her nurturing embrace. Let it all go.
Most professional counselors will tell you that the best way to let something go completely is to replace it with something else. AA meetings were held in smoky rooms, subbing nicotine for alcohol. Beaches in Europe have shade-fi: encourage electronic device dependency through free wi-fi only if you use your device in the shade of a wi-fi emitting wall. The wi-fi dependency will discourage sunbathing and thus skin cancer.
So, take some time now to visualize some positivity that you would like to replace what you’re letting go. What new seeds would you like to sow? What new habits would you like to form? What new relationships would you like to establish?
Close your eyes.
Feel the energy of the Earth, and the nurturing she provides. Feel that positivity and nurturing rise through the soles of your feet. Up through your calves, your knees, your thighs, your sacrel, your back, your belly. Up your ribs, your chest, your fingers, your hands, your forearms, your elbows, your backarms, your shoulders. Up and into your necks, your cheeks, your eyes, your mind.
Feel the wisdom of water coursing through your veins with each heartbeat.
Feel the inspiration of air coming to you growing stronger with each breath.
Feel the passion of fire growing in your chest as your mind becomes more dedicated to what you want to replace.
Open your eyes. Remember that one meditation together will not do it all. Mourning is a process and this is the start.
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