Phases of the Moon

The lunar phase is important in determining the best time for magick. The moon can have a great influence on a spell, the influence varies in the different lunar phases. There are basically two lunar phases: waxing moon (ideal time for positive magick) and waning moon (ideal time for banishing/negative magick, study, and meditation). In between you'll have the dark moon (the time of greatest power for banishing and negative magick) and the full moon (the time of greatest power for positive magick).

Most witches and pagans work around these lunar phases. However, others, like Silver RavenWolf, suggest a much more complicated subdivision of the moon phases. Here I'm providing Silver RavenWolf's moon phases as they appear in her book To Stir a Magick Cauldron.


New Moon Magick (from the day of the New Moon to 3 1/2 days after)

Timing: The magick should be performed between dawn and sunset for the best use of this magick. Conjuring: beauty, health, and self-improvement; farms and gardens; job hunting; love and romance; networking

Crescent Moon Magick (from 3 1/2 days after the new moon through the 7th. day)

Timing: The moon rises at mid-morning and sets after sunset. Conjuring: animals, business, change, emotions, matriarchal strength

First Quarter (Waxing Moon) Magick ( from 7 to 10 days after the new moon)

Timing: Sunset is the prime time for waxing moon magick. Conjuring: courage, elemental magick, friends, luck, motivation

Gibbous Moon Magick (from 10 to 13 days after the new moon)

Timing: It's a wonderful time for working around 10:00 to 11:00 p.m. Conjuring: patience
Full Moon Magick (14 days after the new moon)
Timing: Midnight is the best hour to work. Conjuring: artistic endeavors; beauty, health, and fitness; change and decisions; children; competition; dreams; families; health and healing; knowledge; legal undertakings; love and romance; money; motivation; protection; psychism; self-improvement
Disseminating Moon Magick (3 to 7 days after the full moon)
Timing: The time of souls is at 3:00 a.m. Conjuring: addictions, decisions, divorce, emotions, stress, protection
Last Quarter (Waning Moon) Magick (7 to 10 days after the full moon)
Timing: The moon rises at midnight and sets at noon. Conjuring: addictions. divorce, health and healing (banishing disease), stress, protection
Dark Moon Magick (from 11 to 14 days after the full moon)
Timing: As odd as this may sound, the strongest pull of the dark moon is around 10:00 a.m. Conjuring: addictions, change, divorce, enemies, justice, obstacles, quarrels, removal, separation, stopping stalkers and theft


Moon Void of Course

It's said that the moon is void of course before it enters a new moon sign (Cancer, Leo, Virgo...). There is a sort of dead space when this is happening. The rule here is to avoid doing any important magick work while the moon is avoid of course. Don't do any major magick work. Don't complete any magick work.


Moon Signs

The moon continuously moves through the Zodiac, from Aries to Pisces, picking the influences of the astrological signs. A working witch takes this into consideration when planning a ritual or a magick spell.


MOON SIGN Conjuring (according to Silver RavenWolf) Conjuring (according to Llewellyn's Magick Almanac)
Moon in Aries Beginning of things, matters of self and your personality Good for starting things, but lacks staying power. Things occur rapidly, but quickly pass
Moon in Taurus Financial matters of personal nature, vehicles, benefits, possessions Things begun now last the longest, tend to increase in value, and become harder to alter
Moon in Gemini Relatives, communication, studies, writing, street smarts Things begun now are easily changed by outside influence
Moon in Cancer Home environment, mothers, end of life, family Pinpoints need, supports growth and nurturance
Moon in Leo Pleasures, hobbies, love affairs, entertainment, sports, your pets Showmanship, favors being seen, drama, recreation and happy pursuits
Moon in Virgo Working environment, health, service extended, clothing Favors accomplishment of details and commands
Moon in Libra Marriage, partnerships, legal matters, small animals Increases self-awareness, favors self-examination and interaction with others
Moon in Scorpio Death, sex, taxes, inheritances, transformation Increases awareness of psychic power. Ends connections
Moon in Sagittarius Religion, metaphysics, long-distance travel, in-laws, higher learning Encourages flights of imagination and confidence
Moon in Capricorn Business, career, reputation, fathers, honor Increases awareness of the need for structure, discipline
Moon in Aquarius Friendship, acquaintances, hopes and dreams, groups and organizations Favors activities that are unique and individualistic
Moon in Pisces Inner development, karma, restrictions, secrets revealed Energy withdraws from the surface of life, hibernates within, secretly reorganizing and realigning

The information on this page was taken from the following sources: Silver RavenWolf's To Stir a Magick Cauldron and Llewellyn's 1996 Magick Almanac


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