'May the light be fair to me
May the course be smooth to me
If good to me is the beginning
Seven times better be thine end
Thou fair moon of the seasons
Thou great lamp of grace
Bring blessings on me and my house'
The new moon is considered to be the most important of its phases,
especially in Ireland. And its appearance was greeted with a ceremony
which was believed if not carried out would bring misfortune.
The women of Cork would bless themselves and offer a short prayer,
'May she leave us in good health.'
Marriage divination was also carried out in the light of the full moon.
In England it was customary to stand astride the bars of a gate or stile
( in Yorkshire they would kneel on a ground fast stone) and say aloud:
'All Hail to the moon, all hail to thee,
I prithee good moon reveal to me
This night who my husband or wife must be'
I believe the idea was that you would dream of your future partner that night.
And to finish an Irish blessing for you!
'May you always have walls for the winds,
a roof for the rain, tea beside the fire,
laughter to cheer you, those you love near you,
and all your heart might desire.'
And for more information about the new moon