Deosil go by the waxing moon,Sing and Dance the joyful rune.
"Deosil" means clock-wise, or sun-wise, and the waxing moon is from New Moon to just before the Full Moon, while the moon is "filling out". This is the time to ask for what youwant to have joyful in your life. "Rune" is another name for spell, but specifically a rhymed,chanted, spell working. This is evolved from the use of a single rune (such as today are used for divination) to represent the person's desire.
Widdershins by the waning moon,Chanting out the baneful rune.
Now "widdershins" is counter clockwise, and the waning moon is after the full moon, when it is "dwindling". This is the time to get rid of unwanted habits, weight, bad feelings, or anything you wish to be rid of. "Baneful" comes from "banish" and that's what it means.
When the Lady's moon is new,Kiss the hand to Her times two.
It was the custom in days gone before to send kisses to the New Moon. It must have been avery wide spread custom as I have seen references to the Inquition warning people that thosewho did it would be closely watched for signs of heresy and witchcraft!
When the moon rides at Her peak Then your heart's desire seek.
This of course is the Full Moon, and the time when the magick of the Moon is at full power.
Heed the North winds' mighty gale,Lock the door and trim the sail.
These next four verses are "wind wisdom" and refer to the times when the wind comes fromthe four directions, and also refers to the four seasons. The North wind is well known for thewinter storms it brings. Lock everything up tight!
When the Wind blows from the East,Expect the new and set the feast.
The second line refers to the tendency the East wind has to bring changes, and unexpected visitors.
When the wind comes from the South,Love will kiss thee on the mouth.
The warm southern wind brings Springtime, when young fancies turn to romance.
When the wind blows from the West,Departed souls will have no rest.