Moon Magick 101
Much of the time, witches align their will and their workings with what they need in their life at the moment. This is because it’s easier to align our actions with universal flow, rather than working against the flow – which may cause resistance. This might mean intentional meditation, or spell workings, or just making life plans. The below information will help you be able to plan your work in alignment with the energies of the moon (and the earth).
Basic Moon Phases
The full moon energy is peaking when She rides high in the sky, and many feel it’s the best time to do any sort of manifestation magick.
When the moon is waning, She is getting smaller, and so the energy is also shrinking. This is the best time to work magic aligned with banishing, removing, or making anything smaller.
The sky is dark during the new moon. Some people refer to the dark moon as a separate moon phase from the new moon, where the dark moon is completely black and the “new” moon is the first sliver of moon light the following evening. Most calendars (and people) refer to the new moon as the night where the moon is completely black. In some traditions, it’s the time where you clean the altar and your working spaces of all old offerings and mess that had collected during the prior month. Some also do divination. On the new moon, it’s the best time to set intentions for the month, and a common activity is to write abundance checks.
Once the moon peeks back out and begins to grow, it is waxing. Growing. This time is used for growth magick – for anything that grows, including gardens and the amount of money in the bank.
Astrological Moon Magick
Some people align their magick with the astrological phase of moon. As the moon moves through her phases, she also moves through the astrological sections of the sky, changing every few days.
The below has been in my BoS for ages, but I believe was first published by Llewellyn in a calendar:
Moon in Aries is the best time to work magick involving leadership, authority, rebirth, spiritual conversion, or willpower. Healing rituals for ailments of the face, head, or brain are also done during this period of time. Good for starting things, but lacks staying power. Things occur rapidly, but quickly pass. People are argumentative and assertive.
Moon in Taurus is the best time to work magick for love, real estate, material acquisitions, and money. Healing rituals for ailments of the throat, neck, and ears are also done during this period of time. Things begun now last the longest, and tend to increase, and become hard to alter.
Moon in Gemini is the best time to work magick for good communication, change of residence, writing, public relations, and travel. Healing rituals for ailm ents of the shoulders, arms, hands, or lungs are also done during this period of time. Things begun now are easily changed by outside influences. Time for communications, shortcuts, games and fun.
Moon in Cancer is the best time to work magick for home and domestic life. Healing rituals for ailments of the chest or stomach are also done during this period of time. Stimulates emotional rapport between people. Pinpoints need, supports growth and nurturance.
Moon in Leo is the best time to work magick involving authority, power over others, courage, fertility, or childbirth. Healing rituals for ailments of the upper back, spine, or heart are also done during this period of time. Draws emphasis on the self, to central ideas or institutions, away from connectiuns with others and emotional needs. People are melodramatic.
Moon in Virgo is the best time to work magick involving employment, intellectual matters, schedules, health, and dietary concerns. Healing rituals for ailments of the intestines or nervous system are also done during this period of time.
Moon in Libra is the best time to work magick involving artistic work, justice, court cases, partnerships and unions, mental stimulation, and karmic, spiritual, or emotional balance. Healing rituals for ailments of the lower back or kidneys are also done during this period of time.
Moon in Scorpio is the best time to work magick involving sexual matters, power, psychic growth, secrets, and fundamental transformations. Healing rituals for ailments of the reproductive organs are also done during this period of time.
Moon in Sagittarius is the best time to work magick for publications, legal matters, travel, and truth. Healing rituals for ailments of the liver, thighs, or hips are also done at this time.
Moon in Capricorn is the best time to work magick for organization, ambition, recognition, career, and political matters. Healing rituals for the knees, bones, teeth, and skin are also done at this time.
Moon in Aquarius is the best time to work magick involving science, freedom, creative expression, problem-solving, extrasensory abilities, friendship, and the breaking of bad habits or unhealthy addictions. Healing rituals for ailments of the calves, ankles, or blood are also done at this time.
Moon in Pisces is the best time to work magick involving dreamwork, clairvoyance, telepathy, and music.
Monthly Power Flow for Manifestation Moon Magick
Just as the moon can reflect the energy of the astrological phase, the energy also aligns itself with that of the earth and her cycles. You might consider tailoring your rituals so that you are working with the flow of energy, rather than against it.
Wolf Moon (January)
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.
Ice Moon (February)
Power Flow: energy working toward the surface; purification, growth, healing. Loving the self. Accepting responsibility for past errors, forgiving yourself, and making future plans.
Storm Moon (March)
Power Flow: energy breaks into the open; growing, prospering, exploring. New beginnings; balance of Light and Dark. Breaking illusions. Seeing the truth in you life however much it may hurt.
Growing Moon (April)
Power Flow: energy into creating and producing; return balance to the nerves. Change, self-confidence, self-reliance, take advantage of opportunities. Work on temper and emotional flare-ups and selfishness.
Hare Moon (May)
Power Flow: full creating energy; propagation. Intuition, contact with faeries and other supernatural beings. Strengthen connection with supernatural protectors and beings around you. Power flowing from the Greenwood Gods and trees.
Mead Moon (June)
Power Flow: full but restful energy; protect, strengthen, and prevent. A time of Light; Earth tides are turning. Decision-making, taking responsibility for present happenings. Work on personal inconsistencies. Strengthen and reward yourself for your positive traits.
Hay Moon (July)
Power Flow: relaxed energy; preparing; succeeding. Dream-work, divination, and meditations on goals and plans, especially spiritual ones
Corn Moon (August)
Power Flow: energy into harvesting; gathering, appreciating. Vitality, health. Friendships.
Harvest Moon (September)
Power Flow: rest after labor; balance of Light and Dark. Organize. Clean and straighten up physical, mental, emotional and spiritual clutter.
Blood Moon (October)
Power Flow: to let go; inner cleansing. Karma and reincarnation. Justice and balance. Inner harmony.
Snow Moon (November)
Power Flow: take root, prepare. Transformation. Strengthen communication with the God or goddess seems closest to you.
Cold Moon (December)
Power Flow: to endure, die, be reborn; Earth tides turning. Darkness. Personal alchemy. Spiritual paths. Reach out to friends and family, the lonely and needy.
Aligning your magick (and your real life plans) with the power and energy of the moon will allow you to resonate with universal energy flow and will give you the best chance of success in your magickal and your mundane goals.