The Phases of the Moon
(and How to Remember Them)
Every month, the Moon cycles through its phases:
Full Moon -> Waning Moon -> Dark Moon -> New Moon -> Waxing Moon -> Full Moon
Moon Phase & Wicca Magick
The Moon phase must be taken into account whenever working magick or Wiccan spell-casting.
Each phase of the Moon has its own energy, and its own Power. When spell-casting, as mentioned in the Essence of Magick, the more you can align with the flow of Universal Energy, the more powerful your Wiccan spells will be.
So the phases of the Moon become crucial information to a magickal Witch.
What are the Powers of the various phases of the Moon? Here's a handy-dandy chart to guide you . . .
Powers of the Moon Phases
The Moon is in magick the way it is in life. Each moon phase generates an energy flow. If you want to work magick with the Moon -- which is one of the most important ways to enter into the flow of Magick -- you must perform your spells in harmony with the Moon's phase.
Below is a list of Moon phases, and the energy they create. This will tell you when the best time is to work any magick spell.
Abundance, harvest, wish-fulfillment, manifesting desires, sexuality, achieving all dreams, protection. From fourteen to seventeen-and-a-half days after the new moon. Prime time for rituals for prophecy, protection, divination. Any working that needs extra power, such as help finding a new job or healing for serious conditions, can be done now. Also, love, knowledge, legal undertakings, money and dreams. At this time the witches magickal powers are at their peak especially at the bewitching hour of midnight. this is the best time for casting love spell to draw loving energies towards you (not on a specific person) as they will give good outcomes. the full moon is also a good time to give thanks to the Lord & Lady and gods & goddesses. You should however take note that there is a full moon for three days, the night before the full moon, the full moon and the night after. The second day is the most powerful as that is the true full moon and its peak.
Below it just a simple Full Moon Wishing Spell you can try
Full Moon Wishing Spell:
At night, when the moon is full go outside with a glass of juice. Look up at the moon and tell her exactly what you desire (do this in full detail and dont leave anything out). When you are done, lift you glass in toast to the moon and say:
Mother Goddess, look and see
This goblet that i offer Thee
It is Yours for all You do
Gracious One of silver hue
Pour the juice on the ground and know that your wish will be granted.
The Waning Moon
Letting go, clearing away, cleansing, releasing, shedding old patterns, undoing bindings, opening up problem-knots, making space. From three-and-a-half to ten-and-a-half days after the full moon.The waning moon is used for banishing magic, for ridding oneself of addictions, illness or negativity. The waning moon is the time when the cycle is going from the full to new moon. This is the most powerful time to cast spells to remove problems, protection and neutralizing adversaries. its also a good time for detoxing the body and dieting as its more effective and the results last longer.
From ten-and-a-half to fourteen days after the full moon. The dark moon is a time for ridding oneself of bad habits, Binding spells, Rest, Peace, deep wisdom, divination, contacting the guru within, letting things die away completely. For exploring our darkest recesses and understanding our angers and passions. Also bringing justice to bear. When the dark moon is upon us its a good time for spending money and making plans for the future.
The New Moon
New beginnings, fresh starts, optimism, hope and faith, New Moon workings can be done from the day of the new moon to three-and-a-half days after. The new moon is for starting new ventures, new beginnings. Also love and romance, health or job hunting. The new moon gives money spells and work spells the extra boost they need to work more effectively. The new moon is the best time to cast spells for new beginnings and new projects. Its influence can also boost ambitions and careers.
Building, accomplishments, creativity, strength, growth and learning, positive transformation.From seven to fourteen days after the new moon.The waxing moon is for constructive magic, such as love, wealth, success, courage, friendship, luck and health. This is the time between the new moon and the full moon. This is a good time for building up strength, expansion and growth. It is also a good time for preparing your magickal spells to be cast three days before the full moon as this is a very powerful time. The waxing moon is the period of time when witches look to empower themselves and concentrate on the more spiritual side of things. As we get closer to the full moon the witches powers get stronger and therefore leads us to a new level of awareness.
When spell casting, holding rituals, or for any magical practices it is helpful to know the meaning of each day of the work, this way you are able to combine complementary energies to enhance power.
This is the day containing the energy of inspiration, psychic awakening, or psychic endeavors, implementing or creating new ideas, using your creative ability, working with divine energies, healing, channeling and any type of psychic work, and is ruled by the Moon.
This day holds the energy of protection, amorous interludes, confidence, poise, strength of mind, body and spirit, and is ruled by Mars.
A perfect day to go for a job interview, or to tackle any matters associated with work or career prospects, it is a day of researching and for intellectual delving, if you are making travel plans this is a good day to purchase or book your ticket, and it contains the energy for planning. This day is ruled by the planet Mercury.
The energies of this day are conducive to all matters spiritual, the occult, psychic work, and connection with matters legal, and for paying attention to finances or organizing your finances. This day is ruled by the planet Jupiter.
If you have felt any inclination to make over yourself, or your home, this is the day to do it, it is also the perfect day for romance and being noticed by that special person. This day is ruled by Venus the planet of love.
Any planning of future projects and matters to do with the home, personal relationships, or personal goals can work with the contained energy of Saturday, it is also a day of kicking useless or bad habits, and bringing to an end anything that isn’t working in your life. This day is ruled by the planet Saturn.
This day is imbued with the energy of healing, mind, body, soul, it is also a day of astute decision making, it is a day where you will feel unusually insightful and be able to find the answer to problems that may have eluded you. It is a day to call upon divine guidance, and to expect serendipitous events to take place, it is also a day of closeness and friendship. This day is ruled by the Sun.
The Moon has a magical quality and an otherworldly allure, and anyone who has worked with the Moon’s energies when spell casting can’t dismiss the effect it has. The Moon almost seems to be a wise and powerful magic creature, who has an effect on our emotional being, and the Moon will always be there to add power and intensity to your occult practices. Each person would be wise to learn as much as they can about the Moon’s power and to use the Moon’s energy with respect and appreciation. Before invoking the Moon for magic, have an intention, be certain about how you are going to use the Moon’s energy, this enables us to direct the power we are applying. Human emotions reach their peak during the phase of the full Moon, this accounts for the change in people’s behavior at this time, as the tides are affected so too are out moods. Because the Moon affects the emotions in a way that is not logical or rational, more people tend to fall in love when the Moon is full. The Moon is part of our everyday life yet it will always be surrounded by a certain mystery, the Moon has the ability to shape shift constantly. The Moon has a magnetic quality, and because of its link to emotions it is the starting point for successful magic, the Moon works beyond the boundaries of logic. Conducting your magic by taking into consideration the phases of the Moon, you will without doubt add power to any spell you cast, the Moon provides the spark to ignite your spells. In order for you to spell cast with a certain control, you must understand when and how you are affected by the Moon, this way you will cast your spells with awareness and are able to channel and project the energy to manifest what you wish. With the assistance of the wonderous Moon magic you are more likely to manifest successful spells. Because un-channeled energy can create chaos, conduct your Moon magic spells with care and consideration and only invoke in the spirit of doing good. Before beginning any magic practice begin first by deciding what it is that you want to invoke, once your thought goes out to the universe, and you call on the assistance of the Moon and the magic begins.
For those interested in working with the energy of the Moon, keep a diary of the phases of the Moon and note how your emotions are affected, and the ebb and flow of your energy. Take note of your moods, your behavior, and document if there are changes associated with your psychic awareness. You can create an altar in your home dedicated to the Moon, use a small table and cover it with a piece of silver fabric, and as the Moon’s metal is silver, you can decorate your table with silver objects. Candles can be placed on the altar, use white for a full Moon, black for a dark Moon, blue for the waning Moon, silver for the new Moon, place figurines of mythical gods and goddesses. Use incense, burn lavender for a dark Moon, jasmine for a full Moon, although anything that feels right for you can be placed, lit, or burned. The three phases of womanhood are represented by the phases of the Moon, the waxing Moon is the maiden, the full Moon is the mother, the waning Moon is the crone.
It is very healing to meditate by the light of the Moon, imbue the mystica
l and magical properties of the Moon, think of yourself bathing in Moonlight. Many goddesses are linked to one specific lunar phase, call on the goddess Persephone who became the Queen of the underworld after being abducted by the king of the underworld Hades. Since ancient times people have celebrated the Moon and the magic of it, the Moon is always thought to have feminine characteristics. There is the Chinese feminine, yin, to the Mayans the Moon represented Ix Chel, the old goddess, to the Greeks the Moon was Artemis, and when we need courage and strength, she is the one to call upon, also known as the maiden. The Moon was represented by Diana to the Romans. Inanna was a very unusual goddess and the deity of the morning and evening star, Inanna’s energies are associated with transformation and rebirth, and she is especially effective if you want to release yourself and move forward, Inanna is one of the oldest deities. Freya is the daughter of the sea god Njord and twin sister of Frey, she is the goddess of love, she was also the leader of the warrior maidens, the Valkyries, she had the ability to shape shift. She is an especially powerful goddess to use with your Moon magic, as she was particularly adept at sorcery and nocturnal magic, she is the mother of Balder the sun god, and has associations with sexuality and fertility. If you are familiar with tarot cards, the Moon is represented by the powerful and intuitive Priestess, her feet are placed on the lunar crescent curves. In Japan Tsuki-Yoma was the Moon god, and his sister Amerterasu was seen as the solar goddess and loved by all feminist witches. Even though the Moon is recognized as having feminine characteristics, the Moon is in fact a god, to the Sumerians the Moon god is Sin, the son of the sky father Enlil, and the earth mother Ninlil. Depending on the goddess you call upon when spell casting using the phases of the Moon, you are actually invoking the energies of that particular goddess. The energies of the Moon’s particular used for your magic will help to form the intention of your spell and bring it into reality via the earth plane. Call upon the particular goddess who is associated with a point in the lunar cycle, when the Moon is full call upon Isis or Dementer and during the dark time of the Moon, call upon Artemis or Hecate. Aphrodite, Isis, Inanna, Ishtar, Freya and Astarte, are all guardians of the animals. Use your intuition deciding on which god or goddess to call upon when working with Moon magic, choose the one who is most suitable for your needs.
An eclipse occurs as the Sun, Moon and Earth line up and form a pattern, a lunar and Solar eclipse happen within two weeks of each other, a Solar eclipse happens during the time of the new Moon, the Moon comes between the Earth and Sun casting a shadow on the earth. The shadow of the Moon has two parts, it comprises the inner umbral shadow and the faint outer penumbral shadow. The places on Earth touched by the umbra will see a total eclipse, places under the penumbra see a partial eclipse, the entire time of the eclipse takes only a few minutes. The time of a lunar eclipse is when the earth is lines up directly between the Moon and Sun, it casts its shadow on the Moon, a lunar eclipse takes longer than a Solar eclipse, it can take several hours for the whole eclipse. A lunar eclipse takes place on average every six months. When civilizations hundreds of years ago witnessed an eclipse it induced fear as they did not know what was happening to the light and didn’t know whether it would return, and many thought it was the precursor of a disaster to come. Many cultures saw the eclipse as a creature, a serpent or dragon thought to be devouring the Sun or Moon. The firing of arrows into the air, shouting and drumming was done by the ancient Chinese people to scare away the monster. The Romans also behaved in a similar manner to scare away the creature that was attacking the Sun and Moon. The attitude these days towards an eclipse is that of a spiritual event, opening people to higher level of understanding, and recognized as a time of spiritual evolution. Many feel a sense of peace during an eclipse this is because the Sun’s force is calmed and we are able to go inwards giving us a greater understanding of our inner being, it is a time when god and goddess are as one.
The nodes are the two northern and southern points where the Moon’s orbit around the earth crosses the ecliptic, the nodes are a pair of linked opposites, and in Western astrology, the north node represents the future, and our search for happiness and success. The south node is that we have come from and left behind, the south node is linked with to inward Saturn, and the north node to the expansive Jupiter. In Vedic or Indian astrology the nodes are seen as shadow planets and are mathematically defined points in space, it is also thought they are associated with karma.
The lunar rays offer a doorway between the earthy and magical worlds, and there are many goddesses who possess attributes that link them with the Moon, the attributes of your goddess of choice will influence your sacred magic spell casting. Some creatures are linked with the Moon throughout history, the hare known as a symbol of witchcraft and the lunar tides, is recognized by the Chinese and Indian people as a creature who called the Moon its home. Also according to ancient Chinese proverbs, the toad is recognized as a witch’s creature, and lives in the Moon. The bull is another Moon animal and is linked with a male Moon deity, the bull is also seen as sacred to the goddess.
Each night we see one of the many faces of the Moon, and the Moon evokes a sense of mystery and magic in all of us, it is like a familiar friend who is there every night, it stirs different emotions within all of us. However you view the Moon and whatever you believe, you are affected by its changing energy, learn to understand the Moon and work with it, allow it to enhance your life.