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What's your Esbat tradition?
« on: September 12, 2011, 02:25:13 PM »

I'm always curious to learn more about how my fellow Pagans incorporate their beliefs and practices into their lives.

What do you guys typically do for an Esbat ritual, if anything?

PS I'm also looking for some unique ideas to add to the usual blend of Esbat festivities.
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Re: What's your Esbat tradition?
« Reply #1 on: September 12, 2011, 03:11:26 PM »

I haven't done anything for over a year (other than acknowledging the moon) but was just wondering if I will feel up to doing a ritual tonight.

I used to do the whole ritual bath and full solitary Esbat ritual, always after others had gone to bed (I have small children) and as close to midnight as possible. But it often was too late and I would end up going to bed before I could do the ritual. I've been thinking about redoing my ritual format but have not really come to any firm plans yet about what I will change. If I do something tonight, I will probably just wing it. Previously I looked up each full moon's significance and the astrological forecast to help decide the focus of my Esbat ritual.
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Re: What's your Esbat tradition?
« Reply #2 on: September 12, 2011, 09:35:12 PM »

I don't guess I really have a tradition per se for Esbat.  I used to do Solitary rituals on occasion but mostly, I would look at the Moon if I could and think about the particular Esbat giving thanks for the Lady's bounty and influence in my life.  I often do Tarot readings at the Full Moon for whatever issues I am facing - I did one yesterday in fact. 

Lately, I have been attending open circles whenever possible for Full Moon and I imagine I will continue to do so.  We do Red Tent Temple around the New Moon which is pretty cool too.
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Re: What's your Esbat tradition?
« Reply #3 on: September 13, 2011, 09:20:17 AM »

Lately, I have been attending open circles whenever possible for Full Moon and I imagine I will continue to do so.  We do Red Tent Temple around the New Moon which is pretty cool too.

Red Tent Temple? I've never heard that term before. Attending open circles is a really good idea, I'll have to look into that. On witchvox there hasn't been much listed in my area of Upstate NY though, and one inquiry I sent out a couple of months ago to a local group was never given a response. I'll have to check back periodically to see if something else becomes available.

My Esbat to celebrate the Harvest Moon was very simple. I sat outside and basked in the moonlight, letting the night songs of insects wash over me while enjoying a cup of warmed milk sweetened with honey. It won't be much longer before the nights are relatively silent in my area but for the wind through bare branches.
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Re: What's your Esbat tradition?
« Reply #4 on: September 13, 2011, 09:33:46 AM »

Well I run a coven so we do Esbats most months (sometimes people are sick and what not) but we usually always follow the particular theme of that moon. Sometimes tho other needs arise and we will do other things
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Re: What's your Esbat tradition?
« Reply #5 on: September 13, 2011, 01:46:32 PM »

Red Tent Temple is a women's group who usually meet at the New Moon to discuss women's mysteries and issues.
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Re: What's your Esbat tradition?
« Reply #6 on: September 13, 2011, 04:10:19 PM »

Green Seeker, have you tried Meetup.com?
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Re: What's your Esbat tradition?
« Reply #7 on: September 13, 2011, 09:47:07 PM »

There's got to be an enclave of witchy folks near you, GS. I've ordered some magical herbs from someone in Elmira (alchemy-works). That's not too far is it? Also Susun Weed is in upstate New York. I would think if you got into any of the herbalist circles you would find yourself some like-minded folks to hang with.
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Re: What's your Esbat tradition?
« Reply #8 on: September 14, 2011, 10:02:22 AM »

Green Seeker, have you tried Meetup.com?

Nope. I'll have to check that out...
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Re: What's your Esbat tradition?
« Reply #9 on: September 14, 2011, 10:10:03 AM »

There's got to be an enclave of witchy folks near you, GS. I've ordered some magical herbs from someone in Elmira (alchemy-works). That's not too far is it? Also Susun Weed is in upstate New York. I would think if you got into any of the herbalist circles you would find yourself some like-minded folks to hang with.

Elmira is a little bit of a hike...I live right near big ol' Lake Ontario in the central region of Upstate NY, so anything down in the southern tier is a pretty long drive. I've never heard of Susun Weed..but a quick google search led me to her site. Fascinating. I'd love to learn more about her ways. My biggest interest in the pagan path is incorporating the spiritual essences of herbalism into my daily life and practice. Thank you so much for the lead!
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Re: What's your Esbat tradition?
« Reply #10 on: September 14, 2011, 10:19:12 PM »

There's got to be an enclave of witchy folks near you, GS. I've ordered some magical herbs from someone in Elmira (alchemy-works). That's not too far is it? Also Susun Weed is in upstate New York. I would think if you got into any of the herbalist circles you would find yourself some like-minded folks to hang with.

Em.... Elmire is south of ME... and Green is way north. He'd be looking at about a seven hour drive!
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Re: What's your Esbat tradition?
« Reply #11 on: September 14, 2011, 10:55:17 PM »

I thought he was in Syracuse. That's only a couple hours, right? We used to visit family near Binghamton so I am sort of familiar with that general area.
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Re: What's your Esbat tradition?
« Reply #12 on: September 16, 2011, 08:45:47 AM »

Syracuse area is right. I'm a little north of three. It'd take me about 2 1/2 hours to get to Elmira.

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Re: What's your Esbat tradition?
« Reply #13 on: September 16, 2011, 12:40:57 PM »

I am the High Priest of my coven, unless too many people are unavailable we get together. We try hard to come up with variations on form and content as the years go by.
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