The Moon Phases and Magic

Moon Phases from New Moon to Full Moon

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The Powers of the Moon are important to Witches who look to the phases of the moon to provide them with guidance, balance, prosperity, success and love in their life.  Casting spells based on the phases of the moon can help you stay organized and bring order to your magic. Certain spells can become void or change in the meaning depending on when they are cast according to the moon phases. Therefore, when you are casting a spell you should keep this system in mind. The lunar cycle evolves from the new moon to the lunar moon. Each cycle even has its own power and special energies.

Many people may be skeptical but the moon does affect many parts of life such as animal behavior, tides and the development of plants.  Therefore, since the moon can dictate mammal behavior, magicians strongly believe that our energies also change as a result of the changing moon.

Correspondences of the Moon

  • Day: Monday
  • Celebrations: Imbolc, Beltane, Lughnasadh
  • Element: Water
  • Colors: Silver, Gray, White Blue, Orange, Green
  • Metal: Silver
  • Energy: Yin
  • Numbers: 2, 3, 9, 13
  • Zodiac: Cancer
  • Tarot: Chariot, High Priestess, Moon
  • Runes: Is, Lagu
  • Chakra: Sacral
  • Angel: Gabriel
  • Plants and Herbs: Jasmine, Lemon Balm, Aloe, Sandalwood, Grape, Palm, Olive, Gardenia, Bergamot, Rosemary, Nutmeg, Myrrh, Moonwort, Birch, Saffron, Lotus, Mesquite, Poppy, Willow.

The Phases of the Moon

To give you an idea of how the phases of the moon are used in rituals, the following is a basic outline of the different types of spells you can perform during the different moon phases:


New Moon

New MoonThe new moon is the period when you cannot see the moon out at night and is used to cast spells that deal with personal growth and cleansing rituals. The new moon is for starting new beginnings or ventures.  It is also a time for health, love, romance or job searching.  You can cast moon spells in reference to the new moon from the day it begins up until three and a half days after it starts.

Spells and Magic for the New Moon

Correspondences of the New Moon

  • Color: Black
  • Celebration: Samhain
  • Plants: Wormwood, Locust, Vervain


Waxing Moon

Waxing MoonThe waxing moon is for constructive magic purposes, and includes spells for love, success, wealth, friendship, courage, health or luck.  The waxing moon occurs approximately seven to fourteen days following the new moon. The waxing moon helps to create as it is physically described as growing into the full moon starting from the right side of the moon.  Love spells like attraction spells and curing spells are often cast during this phase. The waxing moon is the best time for ‘positive’ or ‘white’ magic. This magic brings something.

Spells and Magic for the Waxing Moon Phase

Correspondences of the Waxing Moon

  • Celebration: Imbolc


Full Moon

Full MoonThe full moon is the ideal time for performing rituals for protection, divination and prophecy.  Anything in one’s life that requires extra power such as healing for a serious ailment, finding a new job, etc. should be done during this phase.  Other spells to be cast at this time include love, legal undertakings, knowledge, dreams and money.  The full moon occurs fourteen to seventeen and a half days from the new moon.  The full moon phase is when the moon appears in its full glory and is the best time for protection spells.

Spells and Magic for the Full Moon

Correspondences of the Full Moon

  • Colors: Red, Green
  • Celebrations: Beltane
  • Metal: Silver
  • Plant: Sandalwood


Waning Moon

Waning MoonThe waning moon is when the moon decreases in appearance after the full moon has shone.  Since the moon is decreasing in appearance magic spells used to banish evil and negative energies works the best during this time period. The waning moon is the time to banish magic, and rid oneself of any negativity including illness and addictions.  The waning moon occurs three and a half, to ten and a half days from the full moon. The waning moon is the best time for ‘negative’ magic. This magic helps to get rid of something.

Spells and Magic for the Waning Moon Phase

Correspondences of the Waning Moon

  • Celebration: Lughnasadh

Dark Moon

The dark moon is the phase designated for dealing with enemies.  It is also a time to uncover our darkest emotions and understand our passions and angers.  Spells cast during this stage are often associated with justice.  The dark moon occurs ten and a half, to fourteen days from the full moon. The dark moon phase comes approximately 2-3 days prior to the new moon phase and is similar in appearance.

Correspondences of the Dark Moon

  • Color: Black
  • Celebration: Samhain
  • Plants: Wormwood, Locust, Vervain

Now that you know the basic gist of the different phases of the moon, something else you may want to consider making part of your spells experience is full moon oil.

Using the moon in your Magic

  • The End Addiction: Waning Moon
  • To Break Bad Habits: Waning Moon
  • Beauty/Health: Full Moon
  • Bindings: Waning Moon
  • Blessings: Full Moon
  • Divination: Waxing and Full Moons
  • Fertility: Waxing and Full Moons
  • Friendship: Waxing Moon
  • Healing(increase): Waxing Moon
  • Intuition: Full Moon
  • Love Magic: Waxing and Full Moons
  • Negativity (to banish): Waning Moon
  • Nightmares(to rid of): Waning Moon
  • Protection: Waxing Moon
  • Quests: New Moon
  • Strength: Waxing Moon
  • Wisdom: Waxing and Full Moons
  • Prophetic Dreams: Full Moon

(From Everyday Wicca: Magickal Spells Throughout the Year by Gerina Dunwich)


Full Moon Oil

This is oil used to anoint candles or oneself during a full moon ritual.  It can also be used during times when the energy of the moon is needed for moon spells and our full moon love spell.  This oil needs to be made before the full moon, and consist of the following ingredients:

  • 13 drops of sandalwood essential oil
  • 9 drops of vanilla essential oil or extract
  • 3 drops of jasmine essential oil
  • 1 drop of rose essential oil

Click here to learn more about the Magical Properties of Oils

If you find the idea of casting moon spells intriguing, you will need to purchase a Magical or Witches’ Almanac in order to keep up with phases of the moon.  You will be able to find one of these almanacs in a specialty occult store, or in the “New Age” section of a large bookstore both locally or online.


Names of the 13 Full Moons (Exbats)

Full Moon Esbats

The term Esbat is used by Wiccans and witches to describe their gatherings during the full moon. The meaning of the word goes back to the french language and derived from the word “s’esbattre”, which means “joyful celebration”. And this is what witches and Wiccans do during their Esbat celebrations.

The 13 Moons of the YearWiccan MoonsTraditional MoonsOther Names Used
JanuaryWolf MoonWolf MoonOld Moon
FebruaryStorm MoonSnow MoonHunger Moon
MarchChaste MoonWorm MoonCrow Moon
Crust Moon
Sugar Moon
AprilSeed MoonPink MoonEgg Moon
Fish Moon
MayHare MoonFlower MoonCorn Planting Moon
Milk Moon
JuneDyad MoonRose MoonStrawberry Moon
Hot Moon
JulyMead MoonBuck MoonThunder Moon
Hay Moon
AugustWyrt MoonSturgeon MoonRed Moon
Green Corn Moon
SeptemberBarley MoonHarvest MoonCorn Moon
OctoberBlood MoonHunter's MoonTravel Moon
Dying Grass Moon
NovemberSnow MoonBeaver MoonFrost Moon
DecemberOak MoonCold MoonLong Nights Moon
VariableBlue MoonBlue Moon


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