Something to do with kids at Moon Celebrations
The idea behind moon cords is to embrace and preserve
specific attributes of moon power which are available
during a specific moon phase. These attributes are
directed into a length of cord and held there by
knots; thus the attributes are available to the witch
at any time. For example: you may wish to perform some
magick which is appropriate to the waxing moon.
Ideally, you would be wisest to wait until after the
moon is new to utilize the most compatible energies
for your work. But what if you have good reason not to
wait, and what if in linear time the moon is actually
waning? No problem, if you have prepared a new moon
cord, you can draw upon the new moon power at any time
of any month. You can prepare a cord during each
phase of the moon, and thus, have available to you the
power of each phase. However I strongly suggest that
you use the cords only when absolutely necessary, and
try to work with the phases of the moon in the sky
whenever you can.
TO PREPARE A MOON CORD:
Use a length of colored wool, or embroidery thread
about two feet long. You can have five different
colors if you prefer and prepare five cords: new,
waxing, full, waning and dark. Or you can simplify
matters and use three colors for three cords: new and
waxing combined, full ( alone ),waning and dark
combined. I find it sufficient to work with three.
To prepare a cord during the appropriate Moon phase,
Light your goddess candle and sit at your altar or
work table- or go outside. State alignments, and call
on that aspect of the goddess who rules the phase you
wish to put into the cord. This is called charging the
cord. Thus for the new and waxing call upon Diana; for
the full call upon Selene, for the waning call upon
Hecate. It's a good idea to use your athame for this,
as the process is related to drawing down the moon. In
a sense, you are drawing her down for each phase to
enter your cord, so you may draw a pentagram over the
face of the moon, or over the candle flame which
represents her, and trace a line of power from the
moon or flame into your cord, stating words of power.
"By the one power.
Working for and through me
I hereby call upon you, Diana,
To enter this cord with your power
to charge this cord
enter this cord
for the good of all
and according to free will
for the work of positive magic only
To aid me in my work
at the appropriate times,
According to your will
as these knots are tied."
Then tie nine knots in the cord, placing them equal
distant from one another and use the ninth knot to tie
the cord into a circle. then add:" So mote it be"
Place this circle on the altar encircling your Goddess
candle, and leave it there for awhile, meditating if
you wish on the phase of the moon with which you have
charged the cord. When you feel your work is complete,
wind the cord into a compact little entity and enclose
it in a tiny pouch or box. This is kept on the altar.
It is best kept near your own tools.
When you work with a moon cord either hold it in your
hand or place around your goddess candle, as you do
specific magic for which you need it's aid. When you
are finished, put it back in it's holder. You may take
it out and hold it under the moon during it's name
phase, to recharge it, but this is not absolutely
essential. There is no drain on moon power, such as
with a battery. The power is in the moon cord to stay.