THE EIGHT PHASES OF THE MOON
1. The New Moon Phase:
The New Moon celebrates the rebirth of light. This is when the sun and moon are in the same place or they are in the same degree of the same sign. New Moon workings can be done from the day of the new moon to three and a half days after. The new Moon always rises at sunrise, and the first quarter at , for full use of these energies stick to this time period. The New Moon is the time of new beginnings for your life. An excellent time to do magick for the conception and initiation of new projects. The New Moon is used for growth, healing, moving forward and prayers for success offered. The New Moon is used for personal growth, beauty, health, self-improvement, farms and gardens, job hunting, love and romance, networking, creative ventures, healing, the blessing of a new project or venture etc.
If done correctly success should be obtained by the first Full Moon.
2. The Crescent Moon Phase:
The Crescent Moon is poised for action, it energizes in your life new projects with incredible power and offers new challenges for you. Moon rises at midmorning, sets after sunset; for full use of these energies stick to this time period. This phase is related to the Imbolc Sabbat. Workings for: Animals, business, change, emotions, matriarchal strength.
3. The First Quarter Phase or Waxing Moon:
Seven days after the New Moon, this phase can add balance and considerable magic to something that is new in your life. Moon rises at , sets at ; for full use of these energies, stick between this time period. The waxing phase means it's time to plant your chosen seed. The First Quarter Phase will help you get a move on your life and to let go of your past. WAXING MOON: This is a good time for "securing" magick. When it moves from New Moon to Full Moon. If you wish to gain something, do your magick during a waxing moon. A time of beginnings, health and healing, psychic awareness, beauty fertility and all magickal workings. This moon has a "pulling in" effect. Good for love, increasing wealth and health and all things positive, courage, elemental magick, friends, luck, and motivation. It's a good time to work efforts involving fresh starts, inspiration, new love, friendships, business-building, and financial property. It also provides suitable conditions for healing, increasing physical stamina, developing psychism, and garden planting. To seal a spell during waxing moon you could say something like: " Oh, Maiden Moon, Now hear my plea:
As you grow, my spell enhance - And Power its magic with your dance."
4. The Gibbous Phase:
This moon phase is used to evaluate the new growth in your life and eliminating what doesn't work. Moon rises in mid-afternoon, sets around ; for full use of these energies, stick between this time period. The Gibbous phase let's you know that the most powerful time for magic is almost at its peak. Workings: Courage, patience, peace, and harmony. This phase is related to the Sabbat of Beltane.
5. Full Moon Phase:
The Full Moon (180 - 224 degree's) This phase lights the sky for ritual or planting. Moon rises at sunset, sets at dawn; for full use of these energies, stick with this time period. A good time for magick of all kinds, including protection, love, healing, Artistic endeavours, beauty, fitness, change, decisions, children, competition, dreams, families, health, knowledge, legal undertakings, romance, money, motivation, psychic power, self-improvement, purification, psychic awareness and travel. Oils and herbs (crystal's too) will be energized if bathed in the Full Moon's light. Full moon magick is used for banishing unwanted influences in your life, Protection Magick, Divination, Planning, Releasing and working backward in time. The best Full Moon magick can be conjured for seven days: The 3 days prior to the full moon, the night of the Full Moon itself and 3 days after the Full Moon. Combine efforts to complete your short termed projects at this time. The full Moon always rises at sunset. This phase is the last of the big energy in this cycle available for growth, so use it! To seal a spell during full moon you could say something like: "Abundant Mother, Moon so bright, hear my plea upon this night, your fertile power, lend this spell, Make it potent, strong, and well."
6. Disseminating Moon Phase:
The Disseminating Moon indicates that it is time to start drawing in or "letting go". Moon rises at mid-evening, sets at mid-morning; for full use of these energies, stick between this time frame. As the moon starts to shrink, it is time for you to mature. Meditate on the removal of bad habits; Healing; Earth Mother Workings: Addiction, decisions, divorce, emotions, stress, protection. This phase is related to the Sabbat of Lammas.
7. Third Quarter Phase or Waning Moon:
The Third Quarter Moon is still very powerful and wise, but no longer fruitful. This Moon continues to power banishing rituals, ridding illness, negative thoughts and bad, bad habits. Now is the time to weed the negative out of your life and out of your garden (if you have one). WANING MOON: When it moves from Full Moon to New Moon. The psychic vibrations are still there just lower and have the effect of "pulling away" on things. The best time for getting rid of anything in your life. The time for banishments of habits, addictions, disease and negative thoughts. Jealousy, guilt, and hurts are released under the waning moon. If you want to lose something (bad habits, negative energy...) do your magick during the waning moon. Also destructive magick, banish negativity, separation. This energy works well for efforts that involve dieting, obliterating stress or depression, or the elimination of dysfunctional relationship patterns. To seal a spell during waning moon you could say something like: "Oh aging one of grace, now hear: With your guidance, this spell steer. Remove all blocks and hesitation, and take it to its destination."
8. Balsamic Moon Phase:
The Balsamic Moon phase provides the days needed to go inside yourself and find out what drives your love and hatred, so you can understand them and move on. Moon rises at and sets at mid-afternoon; for full use of these energies, stick between this time frame. You must prepare yourself for the rebirth of the next cycle, even if you feel out of touch with everyone else. Workings: Addictions, change, divorce, enemies, justice, obstacles, quarrels, removal, separation, stopping stalkers and theft. This phase is related to the Samhain Sabbat.
The Dark Moon:
The Dark Moon is the time just before the end of one cycle and the beginning of the next. There are no actual days between cycles, the
Dark Moon rests for a few days while gathering information for new ideas. This is when you can't see the moon at all in the heavens.
Traditionally this is the time when no Magick is performed. A period to give yourself a break. Deep Meditation and vision questing can
be performed then. To seal a spell during dark moon you could say something like: "I call on you, oh Crone so wise, One who rules the
darkest skies. Come and be my treasured guest, and aid me on this magical quest."
The Black Moon -- Variable
A Black Moon occurs when there are two dark cycles of the moon in any given calendar month. It is believed that the second dark
moon of a time of great power within the spiritual world and any magick worked during this time is especially powerful
Moon Void of Course
Basic rule is DO NOT do anything during this time. If you do and it works, consider yourself lucky. This is the time right before the moon
enters a new sign (astrology sign) there is sort of a dead space. The moon is in a dimension/place between the worlds, there is not space,
no time. Positive and negative energies don't work as they usually would; everything in the other worlds is all out of whack. Another
annoying thing about this time is that there is no set time for it. It can last 10 minutes or 1/2 a day. The Moon is in between astrological
signs, and the energies are not well defined. Some people become irrational in judging things, energies are scattered and erratic, and things
that seem perfectly logical may not be. Some basic things to follow when this phenomenon occurs is: Don't do any magickal workings.
Don't make any major decisions or purchases. Don't make any major repairs. Don't begin or finish any rituals or spells
Basically any type of magick is good for performing at this time. The eclipse represents the perfect union of the sun and the moon. Long term goals are best worked, things you wish to achieve and that will take time to happen.
BLUE MOON - Fact or Fiction?
"Once in a Blue Moon" I could not count how many times I heard that phrase. Knowing what it means has been a question in my mind for many, many years. Well I am here to set the record straight on this mysterious phenomenon. Historically the Blue Moon was considered unlucky and a real nuisance when it occurred at various times of the year and upset scheduling of church festivals. In love songs the Blue Moon is often a symbol of sadness and loneliness. The first appearance in print of this expression goes back to the time of Shakespeare, when some folks felt that sometimes the moon visually appeared blue in the sky. Although the expression dates all that way back, it has only recently come to mean the second Full Moon in one month. Blue Moon seems to be a truly modern piece of folklore, old folklore it is not, but real folklore it is.
The Blue moon is not as mysterious as would seem to be implied -
it is simply the occurrence of two full moons in one calendar month. This would happen every two and a half years,
but this could vary by as much as three months.
Understanding why the thirteenth moon is called "Blue" takes
us back to ancient
The Blue Moon is actually an astral oddity, owing to unusual conditions in the upper atmosphere, giving the moon a blue appearance. The Blue Moon usually occurs on July 31st, there was one on that date in 1985. Other years, which the Blue Moon appeared, were 1890, 1939, 1988 and 1990, 2001.