I think it is beautiful
how the moon glows
using the suns light
and the sun never
asks for anything in return
Amanda Katherine Ricketson
The moon. Its energy waxes and wanes through its 28 day cycle. It influences the tides and many earth cycles. Magicians have tapped into the power of the moon for centuries using its natural energy to increase their own. The modern practitioner can use the moon in much the same way. An easy way to start is to work magic during specific lunar phases. Some lunar correspondences are as follows:
Dark Moon: No moon can be seen from earth. Traditionally a time for rest and introspection. Good time for those spells for peace and creativity.
New Moon: Occurs the day after the dark moon. Great time to start new projects or businesses.
Waxing Moon: Moon appears to be getting bigger in the sky during this time but not yet full. Spells with a purpose or intention for growth or to acquire something desired are perfect. Prosperity and abundance spells or those that ask for a pay raise or positive relationships are also good.
Full Moon: Moon appears full in the sky and rises opposite of the sun setting. Perfect for attracting spells of any kind.
Waning Moon: The moon appears to be getting smaller each night after the full moon. This is a great time for magic with the intention of getting rid of something like a bad habit, addiction, or reducing an obstacle in your life.
All of this requires a kind of continuing observation of the moon. Unfortunately, I have seen many websites with incorrect moon information. In my mundane life I am actually a science teacher. Oh the irony! So my students really were right when they called me a witch! *snort* In a nutshell, we see phases of the moon because the moon orbits the earth, not because the earth casts a shadow on the moon. That would be called an eclipse and is a totally different deal! There are other objects in our solar system that can be seen in phase. Venus, for instance, can routinely be seen in phase through a telescope because it has an interior orbit. When our moon is waxing, it appears to be lit on the right side in the northern hemisphere. When it is waning, it is lit on the left.
When I was a kid I would look at calendars and wonder why the moon had a phase called first quarter. It seemed odd because it was actually a half moon. As it turns out, at that point in its orbit the moon is a quarter of the way around the earth. At third or last quarter it is three quarters of the way around. When the moon completes its orbit it is in the new/ dark moon phase. A few days later, a waxing crescent can be seen in the early evening in the west and the cycle starts over again. To help learn these phases I have my science students use flashcards. These are pictures I have taken with my telescope at home. These are on sale in my teacher store but hey it’s your lucky day!