Full Moon Ritual

Well, if it weren’t for the fact that it’s entirely overcast, I’d be outside right now under the light of the full moon doing a short and simple ritual.  Tonight’d be a fantastic night for it, too, since the Moon is at its perigee, its closest point to the Earth, so it’s also huge.  Fie on the weather!  The only cop-out (cop-in?) I’d be able to get is if it started raining; the angel of the Moon once suggested that if I can’t get moonlight, moonrain is just as helpful, since the moonlight comes in contact with the clouds and the clouds transfer that light to Earth in a more material way.  Next month might be better, since the full moon will occur on a Monday, so I can get it to its own day and time, assuming that the weather will allow for it.

Anyway, the ritual I use for full moons is short and simple, taken from the Greek Magical Papyri (VII.317).  On the night of a full moon, go out to a dark place outside where you can see the Moon.  Purify oneself in the moonlight however one sees fit, then say the following:


State your request and intent to the Moon aloud, whether something general such as for protection or for something specific for a particular working.  Make an offering to the Moon, then close the rite as you see fit.

The names are related to very dark, chthonic, or nighttime-related spirits, as can be seen by the name of Ereshkigal (in a Greek form) in the words.  Jason Miller uses a variant of the first three words in his spirit trap design, too, and this working is under a heading in the PGM specifically for protection.  However, I use this as a general working, with protection as it main focus.


About polyphanes
I'm a software developer and Hermetic occultist living near Washington, DC, USA. I claim that I'm youthful, dashing, daring, and other things. I make things and chant stuff, and periodically write about them.

8 Responses to Full Moon Ritual

  1. Alex Jones says:

    It was overcast in Colchester UK too :-(

  2. augusta says:

    It was beautiful in Tucson. We watched the moon rise and then did a Hermetic Altar when it was full. Omitting the BS, Polyphanes, are you interested in meeting a very experienced magician? covinahermiticia at att.net

    • polyphanes says:

      Alas, Tucson’s a bit of a drive for me, and I doubt I could make it out there anytime soon given my current setup and situations. Thank you, though! I’ll definitely be keeping tabs on your blog. Work well, augusta!

  3. augusta says:

    The offer remains open. We work via GoToMeeting video conference. (The meaty stuff is not in my blog, of course.)

    Thank you for checking out my blog!

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