Information & Ritual Uses
The Dark Moon Ritual Candle is fully prepared and ready for immediate use. It is ritually handcrafted strictly under the Dark Moon influences and is therefore available in very limited quantities each month. The Dark Moon Candle is made with four interwoven candles, herbs, resins, and pure beeswax. The black exterior is based on an old Eastern European recipe of beeswax, cedar ash, and select Slavic herbs.
Available in very limited quantities each month. Please check the estimated ship date in the title of this item, as it changes weekly based on availability.
When the Moon cannot be seen and is in the dark resting phase, it is called the Dark Moon in Old World Witchcraft. The Witch's Dark Moon is a night of stillness, contemplation, and banishment. The 24 hours before and after the Dark Moon is the most powerful time to release all that no longer serves you. This can be negative thoughts, unpleasant emotions, and anything unpleasant that recently impacted you. Holding on to these draining energies keeps you stuck in the same cycle of manifestation. Break the cycle! In order to clear pathways for the new, we must first shed the old.
The black exterior of the candle uproots the old, the interwoven interior creates pathways for the new.
The Dark Moon Ritual Candle has four wicks and is activated by lighting a single wick. Within minutes, the single flame will light the three surrounding wicks. As each wick burns, the blockages in your life begin to unravel. New pathways will be formed and a clear path will be laid out in front of you. A fresh start. A new beginning.
Instruction for Use:
Important: The candle flame can get quite high. Please make sure there are no flammable surroundings.
On the night of the Dark Moon, prepare a fireproof and heat-resistant ritual surface. A candleholder is optional - see option #2 below.
Gently hold the Dark Moon Ritual Candle between the palms of your hands. Contemplate what has negatively impacted your life in recent weeks or months. Allow the black herbal exterior of the candle to absorb the recent negative impacts on your life - recent unexpected roadblocks, recent struggles, recent anxiety, recent bouts of self-sabotage, or powerlessness.
Set up the candle on your ritual surface. There are two methods for doing so:
Option 1: Like all of our candles, this prepared Dark Moon Ritual Candle can be used without a candle holder, as it is able to stand upright with the help of a few beeswax drops from a single candle (available separately). First, make sure you have a solid, leveled, fireproof, and heat-resistant surface. Light a single candle and drip about 6-10 drops of wax directly on the center of your fireproof ritual surface creating a small pool of wax in the center. Firmly stick the base of the candle directly into the pool of wax and hold it for about 10 seconds. The center quickly hardens, and the Dark Moon Ritual Candle will stand upright without any assistance. Note: It may take you a couple of tries to get the hang of this. It’s alright, keep trying until it’s able to stand upright. Once you learn to use the standing method, it will become a permanent part of your ritual repertoire. If at a certain point you wish to use a candleholder instead, see option #2 below.
Option 2: If you would prefer to not use the standing method, the Dark Moon Ritual Candle can fit into a standard-size candleholder. Please note, each candle is handmade and the width slightly varies. If the candle holder is narrower than the candle, gently scrape the base of the candle to the necessary size.
Choose a single wick to light. Within minutes, the single flame will light the three surrounding wicks. As each wick burns, the blockages in your life begin to unravel. New pathways will be formed and a clear path will be laid out in front of you. A fresh start. A new beginning.
Place your hands on the ritual surface with the candle in between. The palms of your hands should face the candle.
Visualize the problems as thick sludge that is draining from your body and no longer being a part of you. Feel the candle absorbing and neutralizing this negativity. You may hear some hisses. Breathe through this and keep purging yourself this thick sludge. Feel yourself parting ways with all that no longer serves you.
When the candle reaches past the halfway point of the burn, much of the black exterior will disappear. The negativity has now drained. At this point feel your body and your energy field are clean.
Allow the candle to burn all the base. At this point, you may allow it to naturally self-extinguish in its own puddle of wax (recommended), or you may choose to snuff out the flame.
Remnant Disposal: Once the remaining wax cools and hardens, scrape off the ritual surface and break it into small pieces. The remnant disposal for this ritual is very simple. Walk or drive to a different part of town, preferably passing over a river, stream, or creek. Throw the remnants into a dumpster, symbolizing forever parting with the broken and unwanted parts of your life. Don't look back, don't look over your shoulder. If possible, take a different route home.
Legal Disclaimer: To comply with various merchant agreements, this product is sold as a curio only.
Old World Moon Phases
The Moon is of key importance for the Old World Witch. The Moon and its cycle (increase and decrease) impact the potency of rituals and their successes. The Moon amplifies rituals and works in harmony with the energies exerted by the Witch.
As Old World Witches, we utilize elemental forces for magick and mystical significance of the natural world and its fauna and flora: Esoteric knowledge. Lore of healing. Energetic resonance of herbs and roots. And, of course, the Moon.
The Old World Witch does not follow the exact terminology and specifications of modern astrologers and astronomers. We maintain the visual interpretation and energies of the Moon, as explained below.
When the Moon cannot be seen and is in the dark phase, it is referred to as the Dark Moon in Old World Witchcraft. Modern astronomers and astrologers call this darkness the New Moon because the cycle of the Moon is about to restart.
Old World Witches are not the only ones who follow this Dark Moon terminology. Several ancient cultures (such as Islam) define this period as the end of the month and the very first crescent of the Moon (Witch's New Moon) as the beginning of the month.
The Witch's Dark Moon is a night of stillness, contemplation, and banishment. The only types of rituals that should be done on the Dark Moon are banishment work or curses/hexes. The Dark Moon is also ideal for all kinds of divination and working with the departed.
The Moon is energetically at its lowest point and is more conducive to the mentioned rituals.
Witch's New Moon (first crescent)
The New Moon of the Old World Witch is called the Witch's New Moon. It is when the very first crescent or sliver of the Moon is visible. This is typically 2-3 nights after the Dark Moon.
With some variations, the Witch's New Moon rises in the daytime before noon and becomes visible in the day sky. It will be most visible at sunset and usually sets well before midnight. The Witch's New Moon is the same percentage all over the world - both in the Northern and Southern Hemisphere. However, the tips of the Witch's New Moon point depend on the time, date, and location on Earth.
The Witch's New Moon is the ideal time to begin rituals that draw a life experience, physical possession, or situation to you. This can be for love, money, health, or personal development.
Rituals are best performed for 3-12 consecutive days. This is what leads to powerful, lasting, and most importantly, measurable results. Starting rituals three nights after the Dark Moon will give you exactly 12 days of rituals leading up to the Full Moon.
The Witch's New Moon is also the ideal time to begin a new venture, get married, apply for a job, or embark on a journey.
The same energetic attributes apply throughout the Waxing Moon, all the way up to the Full Moon.
The Full Moon is not only the most magickally potent and powerful time of the month, but it is also the most physically stimulating. As the Moon affects the ocean tides, so too does it affect our bodies. If you pay close attention to your body, you may have noticed that you may feel extra swollen or puffy on the mornings leading up to the full Moon and a couple of days thereafter. These are the days of maxi dresses, undereye concealer, and perhaps an inclination to wear fewer rings on your fingers.
Rituals are best performed for 3-12 consecutive days. This is what leads to powerful, lasting, and most importantly, measurable results. If you have been performing rituals leading up to the Full Moon, consider the night of the Full Moon the climax of your ritual.
The Full Moon signifies the cultivation of goals, the peak of a cycle, and emotional fulfillment. The Full Moon is best used to draw something into your life, such as love, financial prosperity, or self-development.
If, however, you are choosing not to perform any magick on the night of the Full Moon, simply sitting under the moon rays and energetically absorbing the magnetism will reawaken and revitalize your spirit.
Whether you're having a difficult time leaving an unsuitable relationship or are trying to eliminate negative self-talk, the Waning Moon is perfectly capable and willing to help phase out what is no longer needed or wanted.
In addition to removing negative influences from your life, this is also an appropriate time to cast revenge spells (curses).
The Waning Moon reminds us of things yet to be done and that time is slipping away. Anxiety is usually heightened during this time; therefore, self-care is critical.
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