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Lunar phases, magick, the Moon… Across the globe and throughout the millennia, tales about Lady Luna are many, ranging from stories of love, to malevolence, to magick!
During the Full Moon in particular, much can happen: from wicked midnight witchery, to the transformation of man into beast, to couples falling in love beneath Her brilliant beams. Stories of the power of our mighty Moon have captivated the imagination of humankind for aeons.
These stories endure, whether they are truth or tale, because the Moon is the embodiment of the Primal Feminine—an ancient, primordial energy (our Witch Consciousness), existing from the dawn of our creation.
Our Witch consciousness is instinctive, raw, and elementary: it dwells in the deepest part of us, whether we are male or female. It waxes and wanes within us, just as the Moon waxes and wanes from our Earthly perspective. We are every bit as cyclical as Luna because to be in flux is our nature as the ever-evolving souls we are cosmically ordained to be.
It is this primal consciousness that drives us to study the cosmos, practice the occult, allows us to manipulate natural energies (magick), and to do our ‘Great Work’ for the evolution of our souls. This consciousness is the very essence of our ‘Witchly Being,’ and the reason we energetically align with Her. Our close relationship with Luna was written in the stars from the dawn of time.
Each phase of the moon holds different energy, and therefor manifests different outcomes. Timing our magick according to lunar cycles and invoking the unique nature of each phase is a fundamental practice in the Craft. We abide in these soulful cycles and allow them to direct our energy, actions, magick, and for many Witches, our everyday lives. Planting gardens, signing contracts, leaving relationships, starting new jobs and anything else of importance, can all be planned around lunar phases to ensure favorable results, and to simply be in alignment with cosmic energy (being a Witch is ALL about living and working with energy!)
Because Luna is the closest celestial body to the Earth, she acts as an amplifier. She filters and directs planetary energies to us, and is the reason for physical manifestations here on Earth. Lunar energy is powerful enough to control the ocean’s tides, so consider how dynamically Her energy can affect tiny creatures such as ourselves: our blood, our hormones, our neurochemicals—every part of us, even our thoughts and moods.
I have always felt the effects of Full Moon lunar energy since my early teens (that’s a few decades now!) Back in the days when I was not quite so aligned with Her, a time when I needed much emotional healing, my moods and other physical ailments were greatly impacted. Anxiety, irritability, PMS, facial hives, and lots of anger were all part of my monthly experience during the Full Moon. Additionally, each month I suffered from bloating and weight gain in the form of water retention, up to 5 pounds! It was as if my belly was experiencing its own full moon and high tide!
It wasn’t until I understood Her better, until I began to shift my consciousness and understand my spiritual path and practice, and especially not until I did the inner work to clear unconscious shadows that were creating the difficult life I then had, that these unpleasant monthly ‘lunar symptoms’ ceased. Because of these inner changes, I instead looked forward to Luna’s monthly influence, and became confident in the promises Her power held.
Our primal consciousness is so closely attuned with lunar influence, that it always has a hold on us–whether we like it or not, and amplifies that which is already in us. If we are less attuned to cosmic forces, and if we allow our negative emotions and behavior patterns to govern our lives, the Full Moon will amplify that (think about how local police and hospital emergency rooms are super busy during the full Moon). Conversely, if we are ‘conscious’ beings and have dealt with our emotional demons, then a more positive experience in body and mind is what is experienced instead.
I am the first to say that hard-set rules have no place in Witchcraft because it is a personal practice and unique to every Witch. However, when it comes to Luna and timing for spell-casting, I do follow a few rules! In fact, I don’t know a single other Witch who doesn’t cast according to the cycles of the Moon—that is how powerful Her influence is on the results of our magick. It is therefor customary practice to cast spells in accordance with the current lunar phase.
Below are descriptions of lunar phases (I don’t focus on quarters and gibbous terminology all that much), along with the types of magick best suited for each one. This handy guide will help you to create and time your spells more successfully.
a potent phase for important spells and for seeding intentions. During the New Moon, the Dark Moon phase is transitioning into the New, and there is now no trace of Luna in the sky.
More powerful than the Waxing and Waning Moons, the New Moon is a time for heightened creativity and new growth. New ideas are sparked and new intentions are birthed. The New Moon is a time for looking forward and for planning all that you wish to manifest. Now is the time for visualizing your goals as having already manifested.
What new ideas or sparks of inspiration would you like to birth this month with the help of the New Moon?
*Note: The New Moon quickly transitions into the waxing phase, so be sure to do any New Moon work on that day.
The dark night of the New Moon gives way to the first sliver of silver in the sky and continues to swell for fourteen days until fullness is reached. This is a time to attract and to bring things to you; it is a Moon for manifesting your desires. As Luna is blossoming, so is your goal!
What new situation or thing do you want to manifest with the help of the Waxing Moon?
*Note: Casting early during the waxing phase allows more time for the energy to build until the Full Moon.
Bright and powerful, Full Moon energy is the most potent of all the lunar phases, powered by the Sun shining upon Her. Magick during this time is super-charged and appropriate for any aim, regardless of the goal, unlike other Moon phases. It is a time when the energy of the feminine is strongest, calling forth our yearning for relationship and communion, but also to be in our fullness as individuals.
For what would you use the Full Moon’s limitless energy?
*Note: The window in which to perform Full Moon Magick is the largest of all lunar phases: three days before, the day of, and three days after.
The Waning Moon has begun transitioning from Full to New, and like the Waxing Moon, lasts for almost half of the entire lunar cycle. It is a time for release, warding, decrease and banishing. This is a perfect time to remove negative habits, individuals and situations that no longer serve you. The Waning Moon is also the time to hone your psychic development.
What do you need to release from your life and consciousness? What has been released that you are grieving for? Have you accepted that which is?
*Note: Casting early during the waning phase allows more time for energy to build until the Dark Moon.
The Dark Moon begins as the final sliver of the Waning Crescent is leaving the night sky, and lasts up until the New Moon, where there is absolutely no trace of Luna at all. The Dark Moon phase can last up to three days depending upon your geographic location. There is much confusion about the Dark Moon and the New Moon. They are often referred to synonymously, but that is incorrect because they each embody distinctively different energies.
Go to moongiant.com and click to the moon phase calendar page to see this month’s lunar phases. Locate the New Moon for this month. Check out the two or three days prior to the New Moon. Those days are the Dark Moon period.
The Dark Moon is the most psychically fertile phase of the lunar cycle, as it ushers in stillness. This is a time for restoration, introspection, self-reflection, meditation, contemplation, shadow-work and the unconscious mind. It is a time for solitude and surrender. It is the perfect time for rest and release and to connect with your inner Wise Woman. It’s a great time for working on the 3rd eye chakra and for doing any kind of divination, honing psychic abilities and communing with ancestors.
The Dark Moon is the juiciest, ‘Witchiest’ time of the month because it unveils communication between both deep consciousness and the Divine.
As Luna transitions around the Earth every 29 days and passes through the 12 signs of the zodiac, she spends about 2 1/2 days in each sign. A delay occurs when the Moon is transitioning between one sign and another, the duration of it varying with each transition. This is known as the Moon Void of Course (VOC), and can last from seconds to up to 2 1/2 days. During this time, the Moon is not ruled or influenced by any astrological sign, and as such, is likely to cause your spells to miss their mark. Spell-work is usually not performed when the Moon is VOC.
A planetary guide book is really helpful in knowing what sign the Moon is in, as well as any other cosmic influences that may affect your spell work. It is particularly useful for determining when the Moon is VOC. I like Llewellyn’s Daily Planetary Guide. There are also websites that can help you to determine this as well.
Wait, what?! After all that?…
It is not that simple to cast a spell which easily and completely manifests its aim. Witchcraft is a practice, not a quick fix to anything. It takes time and practice to hone your magick, just as does for any other great thing in life that you wish to master. Doctors, lawyers, teachers, singers, nurses, artists–any skill requiring expertise takes time and PRACTICE to develop. What lies dormant as a natural affinity must be nurtured and groomed, and Witchcraft is no different–IF you want to really own your power and wield it effectively.
Don’t get me wrong, lunar timing IS absolutely integral in your magickal practice. It is also a delicious way to live–pulsing with the ebb and flow of that magickal, mysterious cosmic energy so deeply ingrained into our very being.
But there is a lot more to doing magick and getting the results you want than just waiting for the right moon to appear! Astrological and planetary influences, unchecked unconscious shadows, your current mundane pathways and more–ALL heavily influence the outcome of your spells.
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