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Phases of the Moon

Next full moon is in about 25 days


Moon Phase Calendar . . . . . . . . . . Moon Phases One complete cycle of the moon takes exactly 28 days to complete, the same a era!e time for a "oman#s menstrual cycle. $his is no accident. % "oman#s body is somethin! of a mirror of the moon and her "ays. &n many "ays the difference bet"een the sun and the moon are ery similar to the differences bet"een men and "omen. $he different personalities the moon presents throu!hout her cycle ha e perhaps the most profound affect on ritual "orkin!s than any other $ime Correspondence. &n order to coordinate your ritual "orkin!s "ith the cycles of the moon, you can follo" the !enerali'ed !uidelines belo" or the more ad anced !uidelines. (((Note that the more $ime Correspondences you add to your ritual "orkin!s, the less you "ill need to rely on the more ad anced system of the lunar cycle. %nd, in fact, sometimes you "ill be unable to use the more ad anced system especially if you try to incorporate either the )unar *odiacal Calendar or the system of the +ays of the ,eek. &n all, familiari'e yourself "ith all systems, but use "hat "orks best for you. The Waxing Moon Ma!ick for increases that mirror the increasin! si'e of the moon includin!- healin!s, prosperity, attraction, success, !ains, lo e, increases, friendship, protection and any other positi e ma!icks. $he horns on the crescent you see in the sky durin! the "axin! phase of the moon are facin! to your left. The Full Moon .or the rituals that re/uire the most potent and po"erful ma!ick, the fullest phase of the moon is most appropriate. $hou!h there is some contro ersy o er "hat kind of ma!ick is most appropriate durin! the full moon 0see belo" for details1, protection and any other dire situation in "hich a !reat deal of ener!y is needed in order to attain ritual success are uni ersally accepted as appropriate at this time. $he full moon is the point "hen the moon reflects all li!ht from the sun back to the earth. &t is the most potent time of the lunar cycle. The Waning Moon Ma!ick for decreases that mirror the decreasin! si'e of the moon includin!- banishin!s, exorcisms, cleansin!s, ma!ick to rid yourself of a bad habit, any type of ritual to rid yourself of ne!ati ity "hether it is from human or spirit sources. $he horns on the crescent you see in the sky durin! the "anin! phase of the moon are facin! to your right.

The Black Moon $his particular phase of the moon carries some contro ersy. 2ome practitioners insist that no ma!ick be performed on this ni!ht, ho"e er, next to the full moon, the black moon is the second most potent time of the lunar cycle. 3ither hi!hly difficult banishin!s that ha e been resistant to rituals performed on other ni!hts of the "anin! moon can be abolished durin! this ni!ht "hen the moon is at it#s blackest in the sky. 4o"e er, take care to perform these banishin! before the moon is at it#s darkest point other"ise the moon "ill no lon!er be the 5lack Moon, but the Ne" Moon "hich is associated "ith be!innin!s rather than endin!s. .or more complex and ad anced !uidelines, you can follo" the !uidelines presented belo".

The New Moon $he ne" phase of the moon be!ins "hen the moon is hidden from si!ht due to the earth#s position bet"een the sun and the moon. No sunli!ht is reflected back do"n to us from the moon#s surface. $his phase is sometimes mistaken for the 5lack Moon, "hich directly precedes it. $he Ne" Moon and all it#s accompanyin! characteristics can be rele ant from three days after the darkest point of the moon. Experiment to determine how best this system works for you. +urin! this time, the follo"in! types of ritual6spell "ork are most appropriate

%s the ne"est and earliest point in a ne" moon cycle, the ne" moon is seen by most practitioners as the most appropriate time to be!in new projects new spells and any rituals that re!uire many days to complete.

The Waxing "rescent Moon Ma!ick performed on the "axin! crescent moon is ery similar to the "axin! !ibbous moon 0they are both in the "axin! or increase phase1 and indeed you don#t ha e to pay attention to the distinction bet"een them if you choose not to, but you should be a"are that the closer the moon comes to bein! full, the more po"erful it#s increasing potency becomes. $his can be useful to kno" because sometimes "e all ha e the luxury to "ait a fe" days until after the half !ibbous moon has passed into the more po"erful phase, the "axin! !ibbous phase. ,ith rituals that

re/uire less lunar potency or are the first in a line of se eral consecuti e rituals that lead up to the full moon, you can confidently use this phase of the moon. .or example, a healin! performed to ease a cold or mild chronic illness can easily be started durin! the "axin! crescent phase of the moon. 4o"e er, a more serious illness "ould be better ser ed durin! the "axin! !ibbous phase. &deally, "ith some minor examples, nearly all ma!ick "ould be best di ided out bet"een the full or ne" moon, but this is such a short period of time each month, that "e dele!ate certain phases to certain less important tasks. 4o"e er, remember t"o thin!s. .or very serious illnesses the full 0for healin! the illness1 or black 0for banishin! the illness1 moons are the best choices, but they are not al"ays necessary for more minor problems. %lso the time does come sometimes "hen "e ha e no choice but to do ritual "ork durin! incompatible times. &n emer!ency cases, don#t let bad timin! stop you. 7se other Nature Correspondences or the other types of ma!ick 0Mental or 2piritual Ma!ick1 to offset your lack of timin!.

The Waxing #alf Moon $his uni/ue time of the month allo"s for all forms of positi e ma!ick that can other"ise be performed on the "axin! phase of the moon, ho"e er, the "axin! half moon is special in that you can perform ma!ick durin! this time if you are en!a!ed in a situation that is teeterin! on the ed!e of t"o resolutions and you "ant the result to turn out in your fa$or or in some positi$e fashion. .or example if you "anted to do a spell for the success of a sur!ery in "hich the doctor predicts the patient has a 58958 chance of sur i al, you could do the spell on the half "axin! moon to ensure that the situation "ill ha e a fa orable outcome.

The Waxing %i&&ous Moon 2imilar to the "axin! crescent phase, you can perform all actions compatible "ith increase durin! this time period. 4o"e er, ma!ick that re/uires more lunar ener!y than the "axin! crescent can pro ide should if possible be delayed until this time period because of it#s closer proximity to the full moon. Of course minor ma!ickal "orkin!s can also be performed durin! this time as "ell, but the added ener!y here may not be absolutely necessary.

The Full Moon $he moon in it#s fullest phase reflects all the li!ht sent to it by the sun. $he earth is completely out of the path bet"een these t"o bodies and the ener!y of the moon is at it#s most potent. $he full moon is the most potent time of the entire month and the time "hen many traditions of "itchcraft hold their esbats, or ritual !atherin!s or celebrations. 2ince there is so much contro ersy o er "hat actually be!ins and ends the cycle of the moon, there is some discrepancy o er "hat kind of ma!ick is best performed durin! this time. $echnically, the full moon is the middle of the moon#s cycle "hen the positi e aspects of the moon#s influence are at their peak, ho"e er many practitioners ie" the full moon as an do"nslope rather than a peak and thus either of the t"o types of ma!ick belo" may be performed a full three days before the full moon dependin! on your personal preference. Many people prefer to only perform full moon rituals on the day of the full moon, but as "ith all other thin!s in ma!ick, feel free to experiment. ,hat "orks for one person may not "ork for you and ice ersa.

Positi e ma!ick of any kind includin! completions of spells be!un durin! the ne" moon or any other positi e spell that re/uires massi e lunar ener!y to propel a ritual intention into bein!. .ortunately not all spells re/uire this much ener!y and some ma!icians consider performin! tri ial "orkin!s durin! this time as :o erkill:. 4o"e er, you "ill ha e to decide for yourself ho" serious a "orkin! is to you to decide "hether it "arrants "aitin! until the full moon. 3xperience is the best teacher here. Ne!ati e ma!ick as in banishin!s, exorcisms, cleansin!s or bindin!s. Protecti e ma!ick "hile not necessarily ne!ati e is extremely effecti e "hen performed on the full moon.

The Waning %i&&ous Moon $he relationship bet"een the "anin! !ibbous and "anin! crescent phases of the moon are opposite to those of the "axin! phase because as the moon approaches the darkest point, it#s decreasing potency !ro"s. $hus as it mo es from "anin! !ibbous to half "anin! to "anin!

crescent, it becomes more po"erful in decreasin! ener!ies. 2o for minor decreasin! and banishin! rituals, the "anin! !ibbous moon is more appropriate because not as much lunar decreasin! ener!y is re/uired to be successful. 4o"e er for more serious decreases and banishin!s, the "anin! crescent moon is most appropriate because of it#s closer proximity to the black moon 0the !reatest point of decrease1.

The Waning #alf Moon $his is another uni/ue time of the month "hich allo"s for all forms of banishin! or decreasin! ma!ick that can other"ise be performed on the "anin! phase of the moon. 4o"e er, the "anin! half moon is special in that you can perform ma!ick durin! this time if you are en!a!ed in a situation that is teeterin! on the ed!e of t"o resolutions and you "ant the result to turn out in your fa$or or in some decreasing fashion. .or example if you "anted to do a spell to keep yourself from bein! audited 0in essence decreasing the problem1 and you thou!ht that you ha e about a 58958 chance of this happenin!, then you could do the spell on the half "anin! moon to ensure that the threat of an audit "ill diminish and e entually disappear.

The Waning "rescent Moon ;ituals that re/uire more ener!y for banishment thou!h not necessarily the ra" po"er of the black moon are best performed durin! this time as the "anin! crescent phase of the moon is close enou!h to the black moon that it carries a !ood portion of its lunar decreasin! ener!y "ith it.

The Black Moon $he 5lack moon, also called the +ark Moon and the )ost Moon, is the point "hen the moon is at it#s darkest in the sky. &t is the end of the moon cycle "hen the absence of li!ht in the sky reflects

a oid. $herefore by this theory, the black moon is the most appropriate time to perform banishin!s, cleansin!s, exorcisms and other re<ectionary forms of ma!ick. +o your o"n experimentation to determine "hich system 0or both1 is ri!ht for you.