Witchcraft and the Moon

The Moon is very important in witchcraft, therefore it has a profound influence upon us and how we use Magic. The most powerful time for magical workings is at full moon when moon energy is at it highest. The new moon is the next most powerful time for magic. Timing of the moon phase is very important as it can have a powerful influence when casting spells. Depending on the type of spell you are casting it is very important to choose the right moon phase for your Magic. The moon radiates a cool, silvery feeling of feminine energy energizes Magic. For this reason most Witches work in conjunction with a phase of the moon that corresponds in harmony with their Magical intent.

Timing your spell:
Waxing Moon (from new to full) - magic involving gain, increase or bringing things to you

Waning Moon (from full to dark) - magic involving decrease or sending away
Moon Phase Correspondences for Magical Workings

New Moon Magic
The New Moon is a great time for new beginnings.  The three days after the New Moon are the most powerful times to work spells for growth and beginnings which should manifest at the Full Moon. The days just before the Full Moon are the most powerful times for fruition and completion. Often spells for healing or love that involve drawing something to yourself or another person over time are begun on the New Moon and work throughout the days between it and the Full Moon. The new moon is for starting new ventures, new beginnings. Also love and romance, health or job hunting. It is also a time for beginning magical ventures or projects and spells for self improvement or beauty.
Waxing Moon Magic
This phase occurs when the moon grows from dark to full. The Waxing Moon is a time of growth as the Moon grows larger in the night sky. This moon is for constructive magic, providing energy for Magical efforts requiring growth or enhancement such as love, wealth, success, courage and luck. It is a good time for beginnings, fresh starts, and new love. Spells for courage and motivation as well as ones for inspiration are appropriate. Healing spells can also be cast during the Waxing Moon as can spells concerning friendship and elemental magic (magic directly concerning one of the five elements). The waxing phase also provides suitable conditions for planting herbs, developing a psychic awareness and increasing physical health and well-being.

Full Moon Magic
The Full Moon is a great time of power, when the Moon appears largest in the sky. The moons energy is most intense when she reaches abundant fullness. Any positive spell performed at the Full Moon will be more powerful, but it is especially connected to psychic development. It is also a prime time for rituals for prophecy, protection, divination. Any spell working that needs extra power or any Magical effort, especially difficult ones, can benefit greatly from the potency of this phase, and it can help in such things as help finding a new job or healing for serious conditions. Right now is a very good time for all kinds of workings related to anything that corresponds to the season of summer, maturity, creation, the colors silver and white, the emotional and psychic. Also, knowledge, legal undertakings, money and dreams. Also a good time for artistic projects, love or romance spells, fertility spells, decision making (especially when divination is a part of the process), and guidance and completion spells. Spell work involving divinations and problem-solving magic are often performed during this lunar phase.
Waning Moon Magic
The shrinkage of the moon from full to dark is called the waning phase. The waning moon is used for banishing magic, for illness or for ending relationships. It offers energy suitable for recession, peaceful separation, or elimination. The Waning Moon is used to remove undesirable things from your life and ridding oneself of addictions. This is  a good time for spells such as those having to do with casting out old ways, banishing bad habits, to end undesirable eating patterns, smoking, drinking, to remove yourself from dysfunctional partnerships or stressful situations, and the removal of troubles or worries. It’s energies favour any Magical effort requiring decrease or removal.
Dark Moon Magic
The Dark Moon is when the moon is not visible in the sky at all. Some Witches use this phase as a period of rest. They find it useful for regeneration and relaxation. Others prefer to use it for meditation, psychic power enhancement, or for delving into past life memories to help them better understand current difficulties or to seek an awareness of their inner self. Dark moon energy also lends itself to divination and matters where truth is an issue. Very potent for prophecy work, The Dark moon is also for exploring our darkest recesses and understanding our angers and passions. The Dark Moon is a time for looking inward. It is about finding what lies inside of you and realizing what you do and do not like about yourself. Use it for leaning about yourself, understanding the negative things that you may find. The Black or Dark Moon is also the most auspicious time for Binding spells, banishing and neutralizing spells. The dark moon is a time for dealing with attackers. It is also a time for bringing justice to bear and a time for healing and psychic spells.  
The Moon and the Zodiac

The Moon and its astrological sign Position.

* Moon in Aries: Cardinal fire sign, ruled by the planet Mars
Action + Enthusiasm
Moon in Aries is the best time to work Magic involving leadership, authority, rebirth, spiritual conversion, protection, courage, beginnings, matters of self, personality or willpower.   

* Moon in Taurus: Fixed earth sign, ruled by the planet Venus
Renewal + Sensuality
Moon in Taurus is the best time to work Magic for peace, growth, money and personal financial matters, benefits, possessions, love and material acquisitions.

* Moon in Gemini: Mutable air sign, ruled by the planet Mercury
Communication + Curiosity
Moon in Gemini is the best time to work Magic for prophecy, wishes, relatives, studies, writing, communication, change of residence, public relations, and travel.

* Moon in Cancer: Cardinal water sign, ruled by the Moon
Emotion + Nurturing
Moon in Cancer is the best time to work Magic for home and domestic life including mothers and family, and honouring lunar deities, love, emotions, divination, psychic development or impressions.

* Moon in Leo: Fixed fire sign, ruled by the Sun
Vitality + Determined
Moon in Leo is the best time to work Magic involving fertility or childbirth, sex, passions, pleasures, love affairs, entertainment, hobbies, sports, pets, authority, power over others and courage.

* Moon in Virgo: Mutable earth sign, also ruled by Mercury
Organizing + Studious
Moon in Virgo is the best time to work Magic involving healing, health, dietary concerns, work, employment, intellectual matters.

* Moon in Libra: Cardinal air sign, also ruled by Venus
Balance + Cooperation
Moon in Libra is the best time to work Magic involving relationships, marriage, legal matters, justice, court cases, partnerships and unions, mental stimulation and karmic and artistic matters, spiritual or emotional balance.

* Moon in Scorpio: Fixed water sign, ruled by Mars and Pluto
Sexual + Philosophical
Moon in Scorpio is the best time to work Magic involving taxes, inheritances, exorcisms, self defense, courage, death, sexual matters, power, psychic growth, secrets, and fundamental transformations.

* Moon in Sagittarius: Mutable fire sign, ruled by Jupiter
Strength + Humour
Moon in Sagittarius is the best time to work Magic for publications, legal matters, religion, metaphysics, long-distance travel, higher learning, sports and the truth.

* Moon in Capricorn: Cardinal earth sign, ruled by Saturn
Authority + Ambitious
Moon in Capricorn is the best time to work Magic for organization, ambition, recognition, career, business and political matters, exile, banishment and reputation.

* Moon in Aquarius: Fixed air sign, ruled by Saturn
Innovation + Social
Moon in Aquarius is the best time to work Magic involving mysteries, secrets, friendships, hopes, dreams, groups and organizations, science, freedom, creative expression, personal expression, problem-solving, extrasensory abilities, and the breaking of bad habits or unhealthy addictions.

* Moon in Pisces: Mutable water sign, ruled by Jupiter and Neptune
Sensitivity + Idealistic.
Moon in Pisces is the best time to work Magic involving dreams, inner development, karma, restrictions, secrets revealed, expanding consciousness, clairvoyance, telepathy, music, and the creative arts, in fact it is good for Magic of all kinds.
Keep a Daily Moon Diary
By Paying close attention to the Moon phase and its influence on you, start keeping a record in a Moon diary.  

Find a book that is easy to always carry with you as you will need to keep it with you at all times. Keep a daily record of what phase the Moon is in, and write a few words about your experiences and feelings on each day. You can add diagrams, pictures notes or doodles, whatever feels the right way to express yourself. As your diary grows you could discover interesting patterns of lunar influence and gain a deeper spiritual understanding of yourself.

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