Moon Phases: What You Should Know
[Image Description: A chart describing the lunar phases and how the sun’s light reflects off of the moon, along with labels naming the phases of the moon. As this chart is very detailed, a fully detailed description can be found at the bottom of this post.]
As you might already know, (and should, if you’re interested in witchcraft), the phases of the moon are incredibly important to some magick users, myself included. While standing as a symbol for the Triple Goddess, the Moon’s phases can have different effects on certain spells, rituals, etc. So here’s a guide to help you to understand what you need to know!
Every phase of the moon carries its own special kind of energy, each energy type effecting both us and everything in the earth. Each month, the Moon goes through it’s cycle. When not Full or New, it is either Waxing or Waning. The Moon grows stronger as it Waxes, and weaker as it Wanes. Remember this when you cast your spells.
The cycle starts here, at New Moon, when the Moon only just barely begins to show its face. New Moon brings us new, fresh starts. It stands a symbol of hope, faith, and optimism.
The waxing moon has an energy that is excellent for strengthening- just as the moon strengthens itself! It brings us energies that assist in building, accomplishments, creativity, strength, learning, growth, and change. Think of the Maiden!
The moon is at it’s strongest when you can see it at its fullest! This is the time for abundance, harvest, wishes, desires, sexuality, dreams, and protection! This is also an excellent time to purify and cleanse. Think of the Mother!
Just as all things begin, all things must come to an end. Think of the Crone during the Waning Moon. The Waning Moon is a good time to release any spells that have been cast for too long, to lift curses, and to clear the slate. Let go, continue to cleanse, release, undo bindings, and make space for more magick.
Dark Moon (Ties with New Moon):
When the sky is dark, and no moon is visible, then it’s time to rest, and take time to meditate on what you’ve learned through this lunar cycle. Divination is strongest for some witches at this time.
Of course, there’s always different views on just about everything, so if this Lunar Guide isn’t the right one, keep looking! For example, for a more scientific approach to the Lunar Cycle, you can check out this post right here!
[Image description continued: At the center of the chart is the Earth, shown half shadowed, half lit by the sun. At the top is the moon showing itself half full, the right half visible. It is labeled “First Quarter”. Beneath this is another, smaller, right half moon. To the right of this, going clockwise, is another moon, this one a small crescent-shaped slice of the moon, labeled Waxing Crescent, with a corresponding moon beneath it. Still clockwise is a completely shadowed moon labeled New. Continuing clockwise is another crescent moon, this time with the left side brightened. This is labeled the Waning Crescent. On the very bottom of the image is another moon, this one showing yet another half moon, this one with the left half visible, labeled Third Quarter. The next moon, continuing clockwise, is labeled Waning Gibbous, and features nearly a whole moon, with a crescent missing. Only the left portion is visible. Next is the Full Moon, and is completely visible. Above this is the Waxing Gibbous, with its right portion visible, with only a small crescent hidden. The next moon is the First Quarter Moon, ending the cycle. To the right of this chart is a meter showing the position of the Sun.]