For all of human history the moon has held sway over us. It influenced our cultures. By its waxing and waning we established calendars to mark our time. We created Moon Deities in our image which rose to popularity and were venerated before falling out of favor. Even today the moon remains a force to be acknowledged. The heavenly orb illuminates the night sky as it infuences the tides and may govern unkown aspects of our day-to-day lives.
Understanding the ebb and flow of the energy of the cosmos and learning to apply it to intent is the very heart of the magick ritual. For when we understand the energy present at a certain hour and apply it to intention, the outcome becomes predictable. It is this cause and effect that makes spellwork possible.
Understanding Moon Energy Each year the Moon has thirteen lunar cycles per year, each with four phases. New moon, first quarter (also known as half-moon), full moon, and third quarter.
The moon is associated with the unconscious, the realm of dreams and intuition. It represents the feminine, mystical side of our nature. The moon is a symbol of the goddess.
The sacredness of the moon is connected to the rhythms of life. The changing phases of the moon were linked to the death and rebirth reflected with the seasons, and also to the female monthly cycle that controls human fertility.
The Celtic year was once divided into 13 months, one for each full moon within the year. Our months are linked to the movements of the moon. The moon passes between the earth and the sun every 29½ days. Then the cycle begins again with a new moon. In Jewish and Muslim calendars a new month begins with the new moon, all their months have 29 or 30 days.
Moon Energy applied to magick If you want to gain something (friendship, money, job, psychic ability) do your magick during the WAXING MOON (when the moon is getting full)
If you want to lose something (bad habits,debt, negative energy) do your magick during the WANING MOON (when the moon is getting small)
Moon Phases Waxing new moon the beginning of the cycle lasting 31/2 days Crescent begins 3 1/2 days after New Moon 1st Gibbous begins 3 1/2 days after the Crescent Moon Full Moon begins 3 1/2 days after the Gibbous Moon Waning Disseminating begins 3 1/2 days after Full Moon Last Quarter begins 3 1/2 days after Disseminating Balsamic (Dark Moon) begins 3 1/2 days after Last Quarter
The Dark Moon Dark Moon is a night when the energy of the cycle is at its lowest. Use this time for quiet contemplation. The energy now offers clarity of sight making it an inspirational time for shadow work, mediumship, and ancestor worship. It is the time for divination, to gaze into the void, to communicate with the denizens of the underworld. It is the time for banishment work, curse-breaking, and hexes.
The New Moon According to The Oxford English Dictionary, the new moon is, “the first visible crescent of the Moon, after conjunction with the Sun.” It is the very first sliver of moonlight is visible signaling the very beginning of the Waxing Moon. At the new moon the energy is begin to build for increase making this a time to cast spells for new beginnings and new projects. It's influence can also boost ambitions and careers. This is the time to plant seeds for things you want to manifest. Any month that has a second new moon (called the black moon) is more powerful than the first in the cycle. Seeds planted at this time will manifest more quickly.
The Waxing Moon This is a good time for building up strength, manifestation, expansion and growth.
The Full Moon This is the time the energy of increase is at its high point. Use it for expansion and growth. The Blue Moon is the name for the second full moon in a month. It is a powerful time to manifest spells begun at new moon.
The Waning Moon This is the time for decrease. This is the most powerful time to cast spells to remove problems, protection and neutralizing adversaries. It's also a good time for reflection, meditation and study. Use this moon's energy to banish harmful energies.
The moon rises around sunset when it's a full Moon, and sunrise when it's a new moon.
The aspect of the moon is also a variable to consider in spellwork. The Moon spends a day or two each month in each of the twelve signs of the zodiac. The sign the moon is transiting through can be used to good advantage during spellwork.
Void-of-Course Moon or v/c is the time the Moon is "between signs". It is when the Moon moves from the sign of Gemini, but has not yet moved into the sign of Cancer. Void-of- Course can last for a few minutes or a couple of days. Spell working should be avoided when the moon is void of course. This is a time of disruption, a time of chaos when nothing works as expected. Knowing when the moon is void of course will eliminate a lot of frustration and wasted effort. Click here for a table of V/c Moon dates
Moon in Aries- An Aries moon is for starting. It is a good time to perform spells related to job ventures and all new projects related to money. Also a good time to develop strength and courage, and lust spells. The energy of this moon can be used for new beginnings, matters of self and your personality.
Moon in Taurus- This moon is excellent for spellwork related to love, creativity, beauty and inner peace. Spells done at this time take the longest to manifest, but the results will be very long lasting and be stable. Great for spells regarding financial matters of personal nature, vehicles, benefits and possessions.
Moon in Gemini- The perfect time for spells dealing with communications, healing,short-cuts and uncrossing spells. Be careful the moon in Gemini can be unpredictable and unstable. This energy is best for spells regarding relatives, communication, studies, writing and common sense.
Moon in Cancer- Excellent for any spell involving the home, fertility, children, or divination. This moon supports emotional rapport and nurturing. This is a perfect energy for domestic concerns. Can also be used for matters concerning the end of life.
Moon in Leo- Spells involving leadership, prosperity, fame and career are best done in Leo. This is a moon energy for 'the self'. Do not perform any spells involving love, or any other emotion, as Leo may actually counteract it. Focus on pleasures, hobbies, love affairs, entertainment, sports and your pets.
Moon in Virgo- This moon ensures a spell which involves meticulous detail, especially spells involving education, healing, and stability. Great for spells to change your work environment, health, service extended or clothing.
Moon in Libra- Excellent for working a spell with a partner, and for magick involving marriage, couples, partnership, peace, and fairness. The energy of this moon is also good for spells involving legal matters and small animals.
Moon in Scorpio- Use this energy for mysteries, Psychic awareness, the occult, divination, and sex magick. Use the darker energy of this for spell involving death, sex, taxes, inheritances and transformation.
Moon in Sagittarius- This is an excellent time to experiment with new techniques or magick spells. The energy of this moon favors expansion and growth. Religion, metaphysics, long- distance travel, in-laws and higher learning.
Moon in Capricorn- Perfect for spells to manifest life's basic needs and for stability. This moon works well with tradition, responsibility and obligations. The energy of this moon good for setting boundaries. Also business, career, reputation, fathers and honor.
Moon in Aquarius- This energy can be used to work on behalf of others, but is also a great energy to use to break habits and make abrupt change. This energy is good for spells involving friendship, acquaintances, hopes and dreams, groups and organizations.
Moon in Pisces- Perfect for divination and psychic work, past life regressions, and communication with spirits. Inner development, karma, restrictions, secrets revealed.
If the Moon Card appears in a reading it suggests that you should pay attention to your inner self. Pay attention to your dreams, instincts and intuitions.