How to use the Moon Phases in your Magic

Moon Phases and Magic

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Using Lunar Energy in Your Magic

Witches, magicians, druids, and shamans have always viewed the moon as magical and mystical. Rituals were held under different moon phases, amulets were charged, spells were cast, or conjuring formulas were spoken. Even today, among other things, Wiccans and Practitioners of other magical traditions meet to celebrate the moon and its phases and harness lunar energy for their work.

Some 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, witches strongly believe that our energies also change as a result of the changing moon.

For rituals and spells, we follow the energy of the moon. Just as the moon has the power to move huge amounts of water during its cycle, the cycle also affects everything else on our planet. It has the power to strengthen or weaken the energy of our rituals and spell work.

Therefore, it is recommended to schedule a ritual according to the cycle of the moon. While it shouldn’t be a problem to wait for the right moon phase, it is certainly more complicated to schedule the ritual so that we also hold it in the right hour of the moon and above all in the appropriate zodiac sign. Sometimes we just don’t have time to wait months for the best fitting zodiac sign – but we have found that the effort is really worth it!

 

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The 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.

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The Phases of the Moon

When you are casting a spell, you should keep the phases of the moon in mind. The lunar cycle evolves from the new moon to the full moon, and each cycle has its own power and energy. 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 Moon

In this phase, the moon is born again; it is only partially recognizable in the sky and begins to grow again. This phase stands for growth and vitality. The powers are still fresh and unused. Now inspiration and activity are required; new ideas have a good chance of being realized.

The lunar energy of a New Moon is used to cast spells that deal with personal growth and cleansing rituals. It’s a good time for new beginnings or ventures.  It is also a time for health, love, romance, or job searching.  You can cast new moon spells from the day it begins up until three and a half days after it starts.

The new moon is also a positive phase for social events, for celebrations and invitations. But even those new beginnings that require a lot of self-confidence can now be tackled particularly successfully. Likewise, projects that require assertiveness are now to be undertaken well. The new moon is also a good time to sow and plant flowers and medicinal herbs in the garden.

Correspondences of the New Moon

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

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Waxing Moon

Waxing Moon

The moon has the shape of a wider sickle, a croissant. In this phase, development and change are central issues. Decisions made at the new moon can now be implemented particularly well. The waxing moon also gives strength to overcome difficulties, self-confidence is strengthened, and the self-healing powers are particularly active during this time.

The waxing moon is also a good time for business and for important contracts. Monetary transactions, investments, property purchases are now possible. It’s a good time for exams, studies, and discussions that require toughness and patience. If possible, new plantings in the garden should also take place in this moon phase.

The waxing moon is for constructive magical purposes and includes spells for love, success, wealth, friendship, courage, health, or luck.  It 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 attracts something.

Correspondences of the Waxing Moon

  • Celebration: Imbolc

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Full Moon

Full Moon

The full moon is a very interesting time. In this phase, the moon reveals things to us that we may not yet know and that are otherwise not part of our lives. Your own feelings become more intense and cannot always be controlled. Often, strong desires, ideas, fantasies, dreams, or impulses from our subconscious are revealed to us, in such a way that we are forced to deal with them.

At full moon, therefore, a particularly large number of people react aggressively if they are not left alone or are irritated unnecessarily. The full moon is a good time for arguments with yourself, for spell work, and for psychic work. Dreamwork can now also be done well – since we are in contact with our subconscious more than usual. The full moonlight is one of the most magical of the lights; it heals and calms; it makes things grow and immerses nature in an ethereal, shimmering light that changes everything and makes it appear enchanted. The moon develops his strength, even more, when it comes close to a planet (planet constellation) that is important for your own birth constellation.

The 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.

Correspondences of the Full Moon

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

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The Waning Moon

Waning Moon

Now the crescent of the moon is getting narrower again. This phase is characterized by farewell and departure. It is a good time to introduce changes, separations, and goodbyes. It is also a good time to clean the house and to perform cleaning or protection rituals. To clear out the basement and the soul – tidying up and letting go of unnecessary things also has a psychological function. It helps to feel more centered afterward and is especially useful in clearing out unresolved issues. Also, mow the lawn in the garden, it will not grow as quickly, dig up plants, cut trees and bushes for winter, the energy of the waning moon is highly beneficial.

The 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 work the best during this time period. This 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 and it is the best time for ‘negative’ magic. This magic helps to get rid of something.

Correspondences of the Waning Moon

  • Celebration: Lughnasadh

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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

 

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Special Lunar Events

Lunar Eclipse

Lunar Eclipse

A lunar eclipse can only occur during a full moon and appears when the earth is between the sun and the moon. It can be observed on the entire night side of the earth and lasts a maximum of 3 hours 40 minutes.

Which Spells and Rituals are best during a Lunar Eclipse?

A Lunar Eclipse is best suited for spell work related to increasing psychic abilities, magical power, divination, intuition, and wisdom. It is also a good time for spells related to love, relationships, romance, health, protection, and money.

The Different Lunar Eclipses are:

Total Lunar Eclipse

During a total lunar eclipse, the moon moves completely into the shadow of the earth. The totality lasts at most 100 minutes. If you consider the geometric conditions in a total lunar eclipse, the moon should lie in the umbra of the earth, which should theoretically extend almost 1.4 million kilometers into space, but in fact, only reaches about 250,000 kilometers because of the strong scattering through the earth’s atmosphere. The moon is, therefore, not completely darkened, even in total darkness. Since the earth’s atmosphere scatters the blue portions of sunlight more than the red ones, the moon appears as a dark red-brown disc in total darkness, hence the occasional name “blood moon”.

Partial Lunar Eclipse

During a partial lunar eclipse, only a part of the moon is shadowed by the earth, that is, a part of the moon remains visible throughout the course of the eclipse.

Penumbral eclipse

During a penumbral eclipse, the moon is only (partially or completely) immersed in the penumbra of the earth. Penumbral eclipses are fairly unremarkable; there is only a slight graying of the moon side that is closest to the umbra of the earth.

Solar Eclipse

A solar eclipse is only perceived as such by the view from earth. The sun, of course, continues to shine, while the earth lies in the shadow of the moon. Corresponding to the lunar eclipse, one would have to speak correctly of an earth eclipse.

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Blue Moon

The Blue Moon occurs on average every 2.4 years as the second full moon in the month. The Blue Moon was officially named in 1819, and its magical nights are said to release a lot of energy and can assist with strong and potent magic.

The fact that the moon is very popular and very special may be due to the rarity in which it shows us its beautiful light in the sky.

Which Spells and Rituals are best during a Blue Moon?

The Blue Moon is an extremely potent time for spell work. It is especially suited for spells that require potency, difficult problems, and matters that require fast success. During this time, you may want to charge and bless your tools, herbs, candles, and crystals with the potent lunar energies of the blue moon.

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Black Moon

A Black Moon may mean something different from one practitioner or coven to another.

What is a Black Moon?

  • A Second New Moon in the same month
  • Third New Moon in a Season
  • No New Moon in February
  • No Full Moon in February

Which Spells and Rituals are best during a Black Moon?

Just like a Blue Moon, the Black Moon offers us increased potency. Use the Black Moon to cast spells for new beginnings, truth, psychic abilities, or any spell that requires extreme potency.

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Super Moon

During this fascinating natural spectacle, the moon comes particularly close to the earth, releases fascinating forces – and these can be harnessed to strongly influence our spiritual work.

Which Spells and Rituals are best during a Super Moon?

It is a time of great transformation, a lot of energy is flowing, and we can use this time to let go and grow. The full moon helps us to forgive and start again. It gives us the strength to break new ground and spark new ideas.

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How to Use Moon Energy 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)

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The 13 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 Esbat Names2020 DatesLunar Energy
JanuaryWolf Moon (Wiccan)
Cold Moon
Snow Moon
Quiet Moon
January 10, 2020New beginnings
Protection
Strength
Love and Romance
FebruaryStorm Moon (Wiccan)
Ice Moon
Hunger Moon
Wild Moon
February 9, 2020Growth and Fertility
Purification
Prosperity
Healing
MarchHare Moon (Wiccan)
Wind Moon
Chaste Moon
Seed Moon
March 9, 2020Balance
Change
Imagination and Creativity
Prosperity
AprilSeed Moon (Wiccan)
Pink Moon
Egg Moon
Awakening Moon
April 7, 2020Love
Cleansing
Growth
Opportunities
MayHare Moon (Wiccan)
Drayad Moon
Flower Moon
Milk Moon
May 7, 2020Love and Romance
Healing
Psychic and Spirit Work
Joy and Pleasure
JuneMead Moon (Wiccan)
Strawberry Moon
Lovers Moon
Rose Moon
Jun 5, 2020Protection
Communication
Love and Relationships
Harmony
JulyHay Moon (Wiccan)
Herb Moon
Buck Moon
Thunder Moon
July 5, 2020Dreamwork
Divination
Success and Goals
Protection

AugustBarley Moon (Wiccan)
Corn Moon
Wyrt Moon
Red Moon
August 3, 2020Friendships
Abundance
Gratitude
Marriage
SeptemberHarvest Moon (Wiccan)
Sining Moon
Sturgeon Moon
Wine Moon
September 2, 2020Cleansing
Peace
Balance
Completion
OctoberHunter's Moon (Wiccan)
Blood Moon
Travel Moon
Shedding Moon
October 1, 2020Renewal
Divination and Spirit Work
Harmony
Justice
NovemberSnow Moon (Wiccan)
Beaver Moon
Dark Moon
Mourning Moon
November 30, 2020Guidance
Transformation
Divination
Wisdom
DecemberOak Moon (Wiccan)
Cold Moon
Long Nights Moon
Wolf Moon
December 30, 2020Banishing
Family
Relationships
Death and Rebirth
VariableBlue MoonOctober 31, 2020Potency
Fast Success
Difficult Problems
Extra Power

Full Moon Oil

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

This is an 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
  • Nine drops of vanilla essential oil or extract
  • Three drops of jasmine essential oil
  • One 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.

Frequently Asked Moon Questions

What are the Lunar Influences on Earth?
The moon’s gravity drives the tides on Earth. This includes not only ebb and flow in the oceans, but also increases and decreases in the mantle.
What are the Mythological beginnings of the Moon?
The oldest known representation of the moon is a 5,000-year-old moon map from Irish knowth. The sky disk of Nebra is another historically significant figure in Europe. The Stonehenge stone monument may have served as an observatory and was built in such a way that it was also possible to predict or determine specific positions of the moon.

 

 

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