Full Moon Ritual

Find a place with flat ground where the full moon is completely visible in the sky.

Set a candle on the ground and light it.

Read this poem:

We had not enough respect for the changing moon.
Then the days seemed to pass only to return again.

Having learned by loss that men’s days part from them forever,
We eat and drink together beneath the full moon
Acknowledging and celebrating the power that bereft us
And yet sheds over the earth a light that is beautiful.
(Wendell Berry, inspired by Shen Chou)

Take a staff and rotate the bottom end around the candle sunwise three times. Then lift the staff and rotate the top end around the image of the moon sunwise three times. As you do this, say the following three times:

That moon which the sky never saw
even in dreams
has risen again.

bringing a fire
that no water can drown.

Then say:

I know that for thousands of lifetimes,
you and I have been one,
and the distance between us is only a flash of thought.

(Thich Nhat Hanh)

Toast the moon with whisky: Slainte!