Updated: Dec 24, 2018
It is common for pagans to work their magick alongside the phases of the moon. After all, the moon is considered extremely powerful, for it not only has the power to influence the tides of our oceans, but some say it can even influence our moods and emotions.
If you're curious to know about working your magick alongside the moon, you should first learn your moon phases. There are a total of 4 moon phases, and you're able to work magick for 5-7 days for each phase. The four moon phases are: The New Moon, the Waxing Moon, the Full Moon, The Waning Moon.
- The New Moon
This is when the moon is at its darkest, but you can see a sliver of moonlight along its rim. It should be noted that when the moon has no light, some people consider that the Dark Moon, and this is the time in which you do not want to perform any magick--of course, this is dependent on the practitioner's personal belief.
When the moon shows the faintest sliver of light, this is the time when things are at their weakest, but will continue to grow strong. It is the time to "plant the seed" so-to-speak.
- The Waxing Moon
This is when the moon is growing in size. There are three stages of this time (1) the Waxing Crescent, (2) the Waxing Quarter (or First Quarter), and (3) the Waxing Gibbous. It should be noted that the Waxing Crescent is seen by some as the "True New Moon". During these times, you'd be working your magick to continue manifesting that which you desire or wish to grow. It is also time to renew one's strength and resolve.
- The Full Moon
This is pretty self explanatory, This is when the moon is at its fullest. This is the time when the magick from the moon is at its strongest! This is because during the full moon, you can both manifest and banish things away. This is also the time in which you can bathe your crystals and stones in the moonlight.
- The Waning Moon
This is the time in which the moon begins to recede, and just like the Waxing Moon, there are three phases to this moon phase: (1) Waning Gibbous, (2) Waning Quarter (or Last Quarter), and (3) Waning Crescent. You would use this time to repel, not to attract.
Eventually, I will bring in some classes related around the practicing of Moon Magick, and the performance of rituals during the full moon. Until then, this is a nice and quick 101 lesson about the moon phases, and hopefully it gave you an idea of when to best perform your magick in accordance to the moon.
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