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A celebration like this only happens once in a blue moon!
On Friday (Aug. 31), spirits will be high as Northern Spirits Coven of Witches recognizes one of the most mysterious and celebrated pagan holidays – the blue moon.
A blue moon is a rather uncommon phenomenon that happens when the full moon occurs a second time within one month. In fact, a blue moon phenomenon is rare enough to produce its own cliché, “once in a blue moon,” indicating the rarity of the occurrence.
Northern Spirits Coven of Witches is a Gardnerian Tradition Wiccan group, co-founded and led by Lord Chadow, owner of the “Once in a Blue Moon” shop. A Wiccan and metaphysical shop, it is located at 1600 W. Sylvania Avenue in Toledo, next to the old Westwood Theater in West Toledo.
Lord Chadow is proud to see the group thrive and flourish and is excited about the upcoming event. “It will be an incredible time … lasting all night long,” Lord Chadow said.
Characterized by a sparkling degree of merriment, spirits as high as a broom can fly and an unquestionable air of magic and mystique, the blue moon esbat will elevate the mood and inspire the heart.
The blue moon esbat (esbat: a celebration of the moon, usually on full or new moons) will be taking place at the “Once in a Blue Moon Shop” featuring a ritual circle where formal invitations to the Goddess and the God are made, along with drumming, chanting, dancing and feasting.
Select Goddesses that could be invoked include Artemis, Diana and Selene; and the Gods could include Sin, Mani, Eletha or even Thoth.
A familiar rite of “cakes and ale” usually will include crescent cakes or cookies and some form of lunar-themed drink (sometimes with Moon Water, a lunar potion).
Lord Chadow also included a sale that happens only “once in a blue moon” where patrons to the shop will receive a 15 percent discount if they wear their robes to the store.