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:

ΑΧΘΙΩΦΙΦ ΕΡΕΣΧΙΓΑΛ ΝΕΒΟΥΤΟΣΟΥΑΛΗΘ ΣΑΘΩΘ ΣΑΒΑΩΘ ΣΑΒΡΩΘ
AKHTHIŌPHIPH ERESKHIGAL NEBŪTOSŪALĒTH SATHŌTH SABAŌTH SABRŌTH

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.

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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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