December – the Oak Moon is also known as the Cold Moon in Celtic traditions and in Thomas's Old Farmer’s Almanac.
During all lunar phases of full, waning, new and waxing occurring around this period should concentrate on initiative and motivation. Goal setting, developing action plans and clarifying dreams and aspirations should be paramount at this time.
During the Oak Moon period it is beneficial to think about conducting magic that is linked with increasing motivation to achieve. Cast the following Spell on the evening of the full moon during the Oak phase and get motivated!
This New Beginning Spell is cast for saying goodbye to the old and embracing the new.
Dried Sage, dried Lavender, dried Rosemary & dried Bay Laurel in a flameproof dish
An altar candle
A small container to hold salt
A small dish or bowl to hold water
A flameproof dish, ashtray or plate
Two small pieces of paper
Two additional candles (one dark blue, one light blue)
Cypress Oil Lavender Oil
You can also add clear quartz crystals and the Tarot card of the Fool to your Altar.
Blend two drops each of the Cypress oil and Lavender oil with a small amount of carrier oil.
Ignite the dried herbs in the flameproof dish so they emit smoke.
Light your altar candle.
Write down something on one piece of paper that you would like to rid from your life, see the back of, something you need to let go and release. On another slip of paper write something positive that you wish to bring into your life in the coming year.
Anoint the dark and light blue candles with the oil by carefully and purposefully rubbing the oil all over the candle. Think of the negative things you want to rid while anointing the dark candle and the positive things while anointing the light candle. Gently rub the oil into the wax until the candles are covered and evenly scented.
Concentrate and visualise a sphere of gold light forming around you and expanding outwards in every direction to form your Sacred space
Concentrate on all five elements of Air, Earth, Water, Fire and Spirit and how they are within you, represented on your Altar and in the world around you.
Raising your energy is bringing forth all your energy inside you and preparing to release it at the end of the Oak Moon Spell to go out into the world and create the changes you desire. Imagine the energy in the form of a white light flowing throughout your body forming a ball of light deep in your chest. Tense every muscle in your body until you feel ‘fully charged’. Relax and take a few deep breaths before proceeding
Say 3 times aloud:
‘As the old year fades and passes away,
Let this, too, fade and pass away’
Focus your thoughts on what you wish to release or eliminate. From the flame of the dark candle set alight the piece of paper containing the words describing the thing that you want to be rid of, and allow it to burn away in the flameproof dish. Observe carefully as the flame consumes the paper and think about how it is being burned out of your life and will pass away.
Say 3 times aloud:
‘As the New Year brings joy and light with every day,
May this, too, come my way’
Focus on what you wish to bring into your life in the coming year. From the flame of the light coloured candle set alight the piece of paper containing the words that describe that which you want to attract, and allow it to burn away in the flameproof dish. Observe carefully as the flame consumes the paper and think about how your wish is being released to the Universe.
Say 3 times aloud:‘Be gone the old. Release all negativity
After your Oak Moon Spell is complete you will need to release and send out the energy that you raised. This energy is released into the world to create the change you desire. To do this you will need to stand before your altar and imagine the ball of light in your chest once more. Again tense all your muscles and begin to ‘push’ the energy upward.
Then stand comfortably with your feet apart and thrust your arms upwards and outwards to form a star shape with your body. Exhale and imagine sending this energy out into the air. When this is complete, stand with feet together and touch each shoulder with opposite arms to form a cross against your chest.
Relax, take some deep breaths and imagine and visualise the golden sphere around you becoming smaller until it disappears.
The Winter Solstice Sabbat is celebrated throughout the world and is also known as Yule. It is the longest night of the year, marking the time when the days begin to grow longer and the hours of darkness decrease. Love, family togetherness, and accomplishments of the past year are also celebrated.
Plan in advance a simple walk to honour the gifts of nature. Go to a forest, lakeside, the ocean, the mountains or hillside or a quiet garden or public park. Breathe deeply as you take in all the sights, sounds, smells and feelings of nature as it surrounds you.
Winter relates to the element of Earth with corresponding colours of white, brown and black. Notice the elements around you – Fire, Earth, Air and Water. Pay attention to the element of Earth that surrounds you and how it relates to all your senses. Feel the ground beneath you and your connection with the earth.
Silently ask the element of Earth and Spirit to connect with you and aid you with keeping your feet on the ground, being sensible in decision making, keeping a sense of perspective, being well grounded.
At this time be open to any messages that come to you.
Look for gifts of nature connected with wintertime and the element of Earth - a fir cone, holly, a robin, snowflakes. Let the joys of nature seep into your soul as you stroll along.
On your return home, place representatives of the element of Earth upon your altar. These items can be things you have collected on your walk or beautiful things in the colours white, brown or black you have already in your possession.
As you look upon your altar take a few moments to remember your senses and the element of Earth and know that the positive qualities of the element of Earth will remain with you to aid your ability to remain grounded and practical.
Creating positive energy is very important if you are to live an abundant and prosperous life and build up good karma. A great way to do this is by undertaking some charity work.