The Esbats, or Wiccan lunar holy days, celebrate the moon’s passage around the Earth. The Esbats offer Wiccans a chance to regularly put aside time to step away from the ordinary world and dedicate time to spiritual reflection and/or magical work. In Wicca, each phase of the Moon is noted, because different kinds of Moon energy are used for different kinds of magick.
Some groups extend these celebrations to include the dark moon/new moon, or even the first and last quarters. In many traditions, the eight festivals of the Wheel of the Year (Sabbats) are considered times of celebration, while the main “magickal work” is done on the Esbats. If you’re having a hard time figuring out what phase the moon is in, there are many phone apps and websites that track it. Here are the usual basics. (Please Note: if you do not wish to practice magick for any reason at any time on any phase, you can simply meditate on the moon phases. For example, during the dark/new moon you would meditate on banishing something severely negative in your life instead of performing an intense banishment spell. If you don’t have the time or energy to meditate or practice magick for any reason at any time on any phase, that’s okay! Take a break!)
Dark Moon/New Moon
A potent time for your most powerful destructive magick. Note, destructive does not necessarily mean ‘harmful’. You don’t have to destroy a person.
Magickal workings conducive to the dark moon include destroying or banishing very powerful things, such as unwanted entities, addictions or serious diseases. I would not use this time lightly– it’s got a little too much 'umph’ behind it to just get rid of a whiny ex who still calls you once in a while, to break your habit of having a second cup of coffee in the morning, or if you have the sniffles. But if you were dealing with, say, a stalker, a drug addiction, cancer, etc.– something that poses a serious threat – then this is the best timing for it.
Waxing Crescent Moon
When the moon is “waxing” it appears to be growing, the period from the dark to full moon phases. It’s magnetic energy assists with bringing things to out. This entire waxing period is the best time to work with constructive magick, or magick that builds things/brings things to us.
The waxing crescent is the best time for magick on yourself (or on the subject) pertaining to new beginnings, such as starting a new project or making plans for the future. If you’re looking to conjure energies into your life such as a more positive attitude, more patience, more understanding in your relationship, this is the perfect timing for such goals. When you want to cast spells for self improvement, such as if you want to improve your psychic abilities, to absorb the information in a new class, or bring out your inner beauty, this is the time to do it. Artists or anyone artistic/creative will find this the best time to cast spells or perform meditations that will bring inspiration and passion into your work.
First Quarter Moon
The First Quarter, or Waxing Half Moon, is the time when energies are most conducive to attraction. Unlike the Waxing Crescent, which is best for going within and bringing things out, this is the best time for magick that attempts to draw things outside of yourself to you.
Use this time for spells and meditations meant to attract things you want in your life, such as money, protection or success. It’s also an ideal time for attracting people into your life, such as friends, lovers and clients. If you’re looking for an animal companion or have one that you want to bond with, this is a good time to perform the workings.
If you’re looking for a lost object, or house hunting, etc., this is a good time to perform spells for success in that area to help you bring that which you most desire into manifestation.
Waxing Gibbous Moon
The Waxing Gibbous is still a time for constructive magick, best used towards 'reeling in’ that which you’ve been working for already. If you started a project and it’s floundering, stalled, if you’re at the point when the thing you’re working for is coming into the home stretch and you need some extra energy to bring it home, the Waxing Gibbous will give it a boost.
This phase is a great energy for renewing your strength, will and determination to see your efforts through. If you are giving in to temptation on your diet, working hard toward something and feeling burnt out or are at the point where you’re getting lazy and distracted from completing your tasks, give yourself a power boost during the Waxing Gibbous.
When the Earth is caught between the moon and the sun, the result is the Full Moon bearing the most powerful energies of the lunar cycle. The Full Moon is often seen by people as 'all purpose’– it’s energies are prismatic in that it flows into all areas and needs, be it constructive or destructive.
Even more so than the Dark Moon, the Full Moon is a time you would utilize for extra power when you’re facing very difficult challenges. This is not just for minor mundane tasks, such as looking for the energy to reorganize your closet or trying to clear negativity out of the house after an argument; this is a time to reserve for those important things in your life that need major changes or major boosts.
While you can plan spells for anything, utilize this energy for your priorities that really matter in your life. If you need to win a court case, or find a new job with better pay to prevent you from losing your home,
Magicks and meditations revolving around spirituality, psychic development, dreams and divination are particularly well times for the Full Moon.
Waning Gibbous Moon
After the Full Moon peaks, we enter the waning half of the lunar cycle. Waning energies repel rather than attract, so it’s a good time to begin working on spells to get rid of things.
Minor banishings can begin with the Waning Gibbous. This is a good time for general cleansings to upkeep your home, office, garden or any of your personal spaces, etc., to keep things from mounting up. This is also a good time to cleanse any personal objects you may have, such as your jewelry or magickal tools. Think of this more like routine dusting– there’s no major build-up, you’re just trying to keep things clear to prevent problems.
If you have something for which you need closure, or if you’re ready to end something in your life (such as an unfulfilling relationship or unsatisfying business venture), this is a good time for spells to bring things to their fruition.
As for meditations and divination, rather than looking to the future or onto new things, it’s a good time for introspection. Where have your previous attitudes and actions brought you? What things in your life have been affecting you most? Are you happy with where you are? Do you need to make any attitude or behavior adjustments?
Third Quarter Moon
The Third Quarter, or the Waning Half-Moon, is the perfect timing for dealing with obstacles or leaping over hurdles that might cause you to stumble on your way. Whenever you’ve been working toward something, and there’s a roadblock in your path, the timing of this moon phase offers appropriate energies for helping you burst through it.
Temptations are the number one thing I like to deal with during the Third Quarter. If I’m finding that I often want to cheat on my life-diet, or lay in bed rather than get up and do my exercise, or watch TV and fool around on the internet rather than working, I banish that temptation with a spell.
Another good use of this moon phase’s energy is in aiding with transitions, whether these are transitions that you have to make or simply want to make in your life. It can help smooth out any wrinkles that might cause snags as you go on your way.
Waning Crescent Moon
If you need to clear your life and home of negativity, stress, strife, chaos, etc., now is the time to do it. The Waning Crescent, as it approaches the Dark Moon phase, it suitable for stronger banishing than at any other time of the waning moon phases. Get rid of whatever has been plaguing you– anything you find to be seriously annoying, frustrating or concerning (save things that are serious threats for that Dark Moon).
If you need things to end– not just to finish up and bring to a close, but things that no longer serve you that you need to just stop in their tracks– this moon phase is a good time to do it. Dropping a hopeless project, relationship, friendship, etc. is best done at this time. This is a good time to cast a spell for anything for which you wish to bring about a swift and benign ending.
January Full Moon
The Wolf Moon, also known as the, Cold, Snow or Winter Moon, etc., is a time of protection and strength. The Wolf Moon can be seen as a time of both beginnings and endings.
February Full Moon
The Storm Moon, also known as the Death or Quickening Moon,
is a time to do magick for fertility and strength. In the olden days, it was a time of true hardship.
March Full Moon
The Chaste Moon, also known as the Seed or Worm Moon,
the Chaste Moon is a time to plant mental seeds- thoughts of success and hope. This is also a time of purity and newness. It is a time to mentally prepare yourself for new experiences.
April Full Moon
The Seed Moon, also known as the Egg, Grass, or Wind Moon,
etc., This is the time to sow the seeds of Magick. If you’re planting a magickal garden, you want to get out there and put things into the earth. This is a time to move your planning phase into action.
May Full Moon
The Hare Moon, also known as the Flower or Planting Moon,
is a time of health, love, romance, and wisdom. It is also a great time to rekindle the romantic spark and passion in a relationship.
June Full Moon
The Lovers Moon, also known as the Strawberry or Rose Moon,
the Lovers Moon brings with it energy for love, marriage, and success.
July Full Moon
The Mead Moon, also known as the Blessing, Lightning, or Thunder Moon,
is a time of enchantment, health, rebirth, success and strength. It is also a time of celebration and magick. Remember that mead is the nectar of the Gods. Now is a good time for prosperity magick.
August Full Moon
The Wyrt Moon, also known as the Wort, Barley, Corn, or Red Moon,
is a time of abundance, agriculture and marriage. At this time you might want to do magick to help someone else reap the benefits of the Earth’s abundance. (With their permission of course!)
September Full Moon
The Harvest Moon, also known as the Barley or Hunters Moon,
the harvest Moon is a time of protection, prosperity, and abundance. The energy of the Harvest Moon will help along any magick that is geared to bring you or someone else abundance.
October Full Moon
The Blood Moon is sometimes called the Falling Leaf or Hunters Moon,
etc. It is a Moon of new goals, protection, resolution, and spirituality. The night of the Blood Moon is a great time for divination of any kind. At this time of year all of nature is making ready for winter. This is a time to reflect on what you did during the year and to evaluate your accomplishments.
November Full Moon
The Snow Moon, is also known as the Beaver, Mourning, or Tree Moon
etc. This is a good time to work with abundance, prosperity, and the bonds of family and friendship. This is also an excellent time to use divination to get an idea of what’s up ahead. Remind yourself that although winter is coming, it will not last forever.
December Full Moon
The Oak Moon, also known as the Cold or Long Night Moon,
etc., the oak Moon is a time for hope and healing. This time of the year the Moon has reign over the earth, because there are more hours of night than day. Our thoughts turn to rebirth of the light and the longer days that are promised after winter solstice. This is a great time to let go of old patterns or problems and start anew. If something has been eating at you for a long time, work to give it up at this time. Let go of the negative and let the light of longer days shine inside you.
Snow moon- November
Peace, happiness, skills
Herbs: grains of paradise, verbena, Betony, borage, cinquefoil, blessed thistle
Colors: grey, sea green
Stones: topaz, hyacinth, lapis lazuli
Cold moon- December
Success, prosperity, the fates
Herbs. Holly, ivy, fir, mistletoe
Colors: red, white, black
Stones: serpentine, jacinth, peridot
* New Moon Magic *
The new moon is for starting new ventures, new beginnings. Also love and romance, health or job hunting.
The energy of the dark moon is useful for working magick against attackers, and for understanding your own angers and passions. Also for rituals designed to bring justice to bear in very negative situations. Also use the new moon for love spells, job hunting, and healing.
* Waxing Moon Magic *
Use the waxing moon for constructive magick, such as llove spells, magic for wealth and success, courage, friendship, luck or good health.
* Full Moon Magic *
Prime time for rituals for prophecy, protection, divination. Any working that needs extra power, such as help finding a new job or healing for serious conditions, can be done now. Also for love, gaining sacred knowledge, legal matters, attracting money and prophetic dreams.
* Waning Moon Magic *
he waning moon is used for banishing magic, for ridding oneself of addictions, illness or negativity.
* Dark Moon Magic *
The dark moon is a time for ridding oneself of bad habits, Binding spells, for exploring our darkest recesses and understanding our angers and passions. Also it is a time of bringing justice.
April Full Moon 2017 is on the 11th ! Hare Moon // Pink Moon
Hello Everyone! I am here, yet again, to remind you of the full moon!!! (I almost opened this post with “it’s that time of the month again!”…yikes!) Anyway…
April 11th, 2017 is the full Hare Moon. In other traditions/sects it is called the pink moon.
The Hare Moon is a time of both fertility and also a time for self-care and growth. April is known as the time of year when everything is beginning to wake up, plants are beginning to grow, and a sense of beautiful things to come is on the way. It is said that those wishing to get pregnant have the best luck during this Spring season. Think about it…this holiday falls between Ostara and Beltane!
For the rest of, though, the Hare moon is a good time for personal growth. A time to enhance your spiritual and emotional self. Perhaps do a spell for self-esteem or a ritual to get in touch with your inner power.
If you planted seeds during the March full moon // Seed Moon, take a moments to whisper your goals and intentions to your newly sprouted seedlings.
Japan, Meiji Period, ca. late 19th century CE. A wooden carved sculpture
of a standing rabbit (or hare), lacquered in black, red, and gold. The rabbit
stands on a crescent moon-shaped base, and is portrayed as if striding forward
in a very human-like stance, one arm thrown up, the other swinging behind its
back. Rabbits have a special place in Japanese folklore. As in
China and in ancient Mesoamerica, they are thought of as an inhabitant of the
moon - what westerners sometimes call “the man in the moon” is in
Japan a rabbit using a mortar to pulverize mochi rice cakes. They also feature
in the tale of the Hare of Inaba, an 8th century legend which, in one version,
features a white hare leading the goddess Amaterasu and her entourage to the
top of a mountain where she could create a palace to stay the night. The hare
also is revered at a Shinto Shrine in Tottori, in the southern region of
Lying on Culloden Moor, yearning to become one of the dead, Jamie sees a hare.
“The Celts believed that the goddess Eostre’s favourite animal and attendant spirit was the hare. It represented love, fertility and growth and was associated with the Moon, dawn and Easter, death, redemption and resurrection." (thanks to IrishAbroad.com)
Easter Sunday was April 10, 1746 - 6 days before Culloden.
The hare is a symbol of the risen Christ - and Jamie’s own impending resurrection from near-death.
It is only after seeing the hare - and then seeing Claire - that he returns to the land of the living.
For Claire is his salvation from sin and death. She brings him back to life, even when he wishes to die. Raises up his soul, and then his body.
An Esbat is the ritual observation of the full (and sometimes new) moon. It’s a great time for casting spells, performing rituals, divination, enchanting or cleansing items, or even meditation. Here are just SOMEideas and uses for the Esbats. (Keep in mind there are quiet a few different names for each moon, these are just the ones I personally use.)
☽ January - Cold Moon; Renewal (body mind or soul,) focus, setting new goals for the year, wealth, and prosperity.
☽ February - Wild Moon; Healing, purification, physical or financial growth, preparations for initiation/new beginnings, anything related to Imbolc.
☽ March - Storm Moon; Change, personal growth, coming prosperity, manifestation of goals set under the Cold Moon.
☽ April - Seed Moon; Love, balance, cleansing, and strengthening.
☽ May - Hare Moon; Flowers/nature, fertility, joy, sex, pleasure, peace, beauty, togetherness, and healing sexual violence.
☽ June - Rose Moon; Weddings/commitments, communication, strengthening of bonds between family and friends, rites connected to Litha/Midsummer.
☽ July - Summer Moon; Protection, prosperity, hopes and dreams, wishes to be manifested, and ‘to do’ lists.
☽ August - Corn Moon; Reflecting on ones’ life and their place in it, togetherness, pepping for harvests and feasts, sharing, and thoughts.
☽ September - Harvest Moon; Completion, the circle of life, thankfulness, wisdom, appreciation, balance, reflection, making positive changes, blessings, the realization of projects started earlier in the year.
☽ October - Blood Moon; Memories, wisdom, rebirth, releasing old and negative patterns and energies, making room for new by cleaning out the old, remembering those that have passed, addressing imbalance, reversing luck, and reflecting on how far you’ve come in your journey through life.
☽ November - Trading Moon; Visions, divination, receiving guidance, open to things to come, answers, and the preparing for the future.
☽ December - Oak Moon; Peace, silence, introspection, stillness, darkness, stars, dreams, meditation, reflection, fear banishing, and respect.
Also known as: Quiet Moon, Snow Moon, Cold Moon, Chaste Moon, Dusting Moon, Moon of Little Winter
Nature Spirits: gnomes, brownies
Herbs: marjoram, holy thistle, nuts, cones, and seeds
Colors: brilliant white, blue-violet, black, silver, rose, and burgandy
Flowers: snowdrop, crocus
Scents: musk, mimosa, pine
Stones: garnet, onyx, jet, chrysoprase, Hematite
Trees: birch, Hazel
Animals: fox, coyote
Birds: pheasant, blue jay
Power Flow: sluggish, below the surface; beginning and conceiving.
Protection, reversing spells. Conserving energy by working on personal
problems that involve no one else. Getting your various bodies to work
smoothly together for the same goals.
Edibles: sugar cookies and apple juice
Altar Decor: pine branch, burgundy or rose candles, pictures of family and friends