At this time of year the Full Wolf Moon urges us to reconnect with our primal perceptions and understandings. This is the dead of winter – at time where instincts and understanding meant life or death to our ancestors. This is a time to honor our instincts and our primal selves. The chill of winter does not yet ease, so you must remain vigilant.
Blessed Dark of the Moon! This is the time when I honor Hecate, goddess of the crossroads. I have a deep connection with this goddess and make a point to celebrate Her during the Dark of the Moon – which I mark as the day/night before the New Moon or the New Moon itself.
My plan this month is to leave a “Hecate Supper” out. This consists of a food left out, generally at a crossroads as an offering to Hecate. In anchient times, these meals actually became meals for the poor. Some months I leave food, like I will tonight, other I’ll donate to a food pantry or volunteer at the local shelter. Hecate cares for those at and on the crossroads, and as her daughter, so do I.
For your listening pleasure: Hecate by Wendy Rule from her album The Lotus Eaters
Now, I’ve been a practicing Wiccan for a long time – over 10 years, in fact. Most who come to Wicca go through a dedication period, either alone or with a coven. The generally accepted period of time is a year and a day. Mine was much different – there were 7 years between my dedication (age 9) and my self-initiation (age 16). I never have worked with, or been interested in working with a coven, so I wasn’t really confined to a year and a day format – obviously. During this time, I focused first on Esbats. Like many Wiccans, I found the Goddess to be fascinating. My first year, I actually didn’t formally celebrate any of the Sabbats. I just wasn’t ready for that. Eventually, I added the Sabbats as I became more and more comfortable and familiar with their meanings, their symbols, and their importance.
Timothy Roderick's year and a day guide
I began to wonder if I missed something by not using a year and a day format when I was maybe 14. After watching a few videos recently by ladylunaskye I went back to wondering.
Well, I just decided to do it. I found a copy of Wicca: A Year and a Day from Amazon for pretty cheap. It showed up today in the mail and I’ve started diving in. I don’t know if I’ll write an entry for everyday, but I’ve started a hard copy journal. I’m excited to see what I can learn from this journey and to see how it interacts with the 2 year shamanic apprenticeship I’ll be starting in a few months.
So, I’ll be deepening my understanding of my path and I encourage everyone to do so from time to time – to go back to basics, so to speak, and remember the things we so often take for granted.
The full moon in December is the Long-Nights moon, which makes sense seeing as it falls around the winter solstice. This year, the full Long-Nights moon falls on the solstice. But that’s not all – this year, there is also a full eclipse – however we’re in the middle of a snow storm here. It is at this time that we truly notice how long the nights have become. This is a time for introspection; a time to face the darkness that surrounds us. This is the time to go into the darkness to learn from our shadow-selves. Rest, recuperate, take care of yourself – this is the time of the Dark Mother.
I call the full moon in November the full Frosty moon, because where I live the cold of winter is really setting in right about now. This is a time for reflection on past choices. This is a time for thankfulness too, in a sense – being thankful for being able to be comfortable about the onset of winter. Where I live, winter is generally cold, long, and ruthless. On this moon, I take the time to realize that winter is now here; it’s no longer something I can plan for or pretend isn’t creeping up on me – it’s here.