Tuesday, March 7, 2023

Embracing Renewal with the Worm Moon: A Ritual for Personal Growth

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I know I missed February's full moon, but I do not plan to miss March's and what a moon this is expected to be. March's full moon goes by many names, including Worm Moon, Crow Moon, Lenten Moon, Chaste Moon, and Sugar Moon, each of which is so named after the signs and symbols of the coming of Spring. The March's full moon is all about transformation, renewal, growth, and fertility, which this ritual capitalizes on. This is a time of change and therefore the perfect opportunity to plant seeds for future success, the benefits of which you shall reap in the coming months. This ritual also pairs well with my Worm Moon worksheet.

What You'll Need

  • 1 white or green candle with a candle holder
  • Match or lighter
  • A small bowl of water, preferably full/waxing moon water
  • Piece of paper
  • Writing utensil
  • Sunflower seed or bean
  • Small pot with soil or somewhere outside to plant the seed

What to Do

During the Worm Moon, begin by cleansing and consecrating your space using your preferred method. If you wish, cast a circle and invite any spirits or deities.

When ready, light the white candle and place it in front of you. Sit quietly for a few minutes, focusing your attention on the candle's flame. Breathe deeply, feeling your mind and body relax.

Take the bowl of water and swirl it clockwise with your finger while saying, "Healing waters imbued by the moon, wash away negativity and old patterns. Bring strength and wisdom, renewal and rebirth to my life." Anoint your forehead and heart while saying, "May I be renewed and transformed, by the power of the Worm Moon, and may my intentions be set in motion. I release what no longer serves me to make room for new blessings."

On the piece of paper, write down your intention for the upcoming months. What skills, attitudes, habits, behaviors, knowledge, or personal qualities do you wish to develop? How do you want to grow personally? Fold the paper three times toward you. Place the seed on top of the folded paper and place your hand on top. Feel the seed warm under your hand, filling with your intention. Visualize yourself achieving your goals, and growing to become the person you wish to be.

When your visualization is complete, light the paper on fire, visualizing the flame igniting your intention and sending it out into the universe. Plant the seed in your desired location and sprinkle the ashes of your petition over top. Gently cover and water with some of the moon water while saying, "May my transformation blossom with this seed. As this seed grows, so shall I. So I will it, so it shall be." 

Lightly water the seed daily repeating the above affirmation, or creating a new one. Talk to the seedling once it begins to sprout, letting it know of your successes. As you nurture the new plant, so too shall you nurture your own personal growth and success.

Why You Did It

Understanding the why's of a spell are just as important as performing it. It helps you understand the process so you can modify the spell or ritual to suit your needs and helps guide you to write your own. It's my intention that by providing these explanations, you can build a better understanding of how spells are written and executed so you can modify and build your own spells (the goal of my Spellcrafting Series). 

This spell begins with a light meditation designed to ground and center you in the moment. This is a time of great change and you have likely been feeling stressed or out of sorts. Grounding and centering through light meditation with a candle flame helps combat this feeling and focus on the task at hand. A white or green candle is used in this spell to represent either a clean slate/new beginning (white) or growth and success (green), as well as transformation as Fire is the element of change.

Next, the bowl of water, which symbolizes the element Water, was used to wash away the past, leaving room for the future. Water also helps nourish and replenish, aiding in your personal growth. You anointed your head and heart with the water to heal the past, nourish your future goals, and help you focus on the future. This same water was later used to nourish the seed, which represents new beginnings, life, transformation, growth, and success. Sunflowers and beans are both associated with growth, abundance, success, and prosperity. Full or waxing moon water is best for this spell as these phases are associated with growth and success.

Finally, the petition was burned in the flame to release your intention into the universe and the ashes were fed to the seed to help feed the spell. As mentioned earlier, Fire is associated with transformation and is capable of burning away obstacles, barriers, and other hindrances to your growth. Fire is also life-giving, as the ashes left behind help regenerate the soil.

Much like all magic, this spell requires constant work. You must continue to water the seedling, just as you have to actively work toward your personal growth goals. The seedling is to act as a reminder of your intentions.

Wish to break this spell? Thank the plant for its service and transplant it outside where it can grow freely.

Remember to record this ritual on your ritual/spell worksheet or in your Book of Shadows for reference later.


Remember, the Worm Moon is a time of transformation, rebirth, abundance, and success. No matter what you decide to do this full moon, I hope it's full of magic!

Interested in learning more about the full moon, Worm Moon, or Spring Magic? Below are some resources to get you started.

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