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Full Moon Winter Garden Blessing

As the days grow longer, a mild breath of air brings the promise of spring. In some areas receding snow reveals a soft haze of greening grass, while in other places droplets of ice shimmer light fairy lights on tree branches. Seeds that have been resting in the womb of Mother Earth will slowly make their way to the surface and unfurl into the sunlight. But not yet, they must be softly roused.


To help awaken the seeds and plants in your garden, perform this blessing or include it in your esbat ritual. Raid your spice rack and tea cupboard for thyme and chamomile, and mix the dried leaves together in a small bowl. If you have chamomile flowers, include them, too.


On the night of the full moon, go outside to your garden and visualize the seeds, the infant plants nestled in the earth. Hold the bowl of herbs up to the moonlight as you say:


“Luna, who shares the secrets of Mother Earth,
And knows where new life waits and rests.
Luna, be midwife for nature’s rebirth,
And with silvery light my garden be blest.”


Even if the ground is still covered with snow, gently sprinkle the herbs around your garden. When the bowl is empty, visualize the beauty of your garden, as it will be when it is fully awakened in spring.


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The author of over a dozen books, Sandra is an explorer of history, myth, and magic. Her writing has been featured in SageWoman, The Magical Times, The Portal, and Circle magazines, Utne Reader and Magical Buffet websites, and various Llewellyn almanacs. Although she is a member of the Order of Bards, Ovates and Druids, she travels a solitary Goddess-centered path through the Druidic woods. She has lived in New York City, Europe, England, and now Maine where she lives in an 1850s farmhouse surrounded by meadows and woods.  


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