Moon Phase & Wicca Magick

 

The Moon phase must be taken into account whenever working magick or Wiccan spell-casting.

 

Each phase of the Moon has its own energy, and its own Power. When spell-casting, as mentioned in the Essence of Magick, the more you can align with the flow of Universal Energy, the more powerful your Wiccan spells will be.

 

So the phases of the Moon become crucial information to a magickal Witch.

 

What are the Powers of the various phases of the Moon? Here’s a handy-dandy chart to guide you . . .

Powers of the Moon Phases

 

wicca-spirituality-moon-phases-animation The Moon is in magick the way it is in life. Each moon phase generates an energy flow. If you want to work magick with the Moon — which is one of the most important ways to enter into the flow of Magick — you must perform your spells in harmony with the Moon’s phase.

 

Below is a list of Moon phases, and the energy they create. This will tell you when the best time is to work any magick spell.

 

New Moon

 

wicca-spirituality-new-moon  New beginnings, fresh starts, optimism, hope and faith,

 

Waxing Moon

 

wicca-spirituality-waxing-moon  Building, accomplishments, creativity, strength, growth and learning, positive transformation

 

Full Moon

 

wicca-spirituality-full_moon  Abundance, harvest, wish-fulfillment, manifesting desires, sexuality, achieving all dreams, protection

 

Waning Moon

 

wicca-spirituality-waning-moon  Letting go, clearing away, cleansing, releasing, shedding old patterns, undoing bindings, opening up problem-knots, making space

 

Dark Moon

 

wicca-spirituality-dark_moon  Rest, Peace, deep wisdom, divination, contacting the guru within, letting things die away completely

 

Folk Names of The Moon

EACH FULL MOON CARRIES A TRADITIONAL NAME, THOUGH THESE NAMES MAY VARY AND CHANGE WITHIN EACH TRADITION OR PATH. THE NAMES GIVEN HERE ARE ‘FOLK’ NAMES ~ OR OLD TRADITIONAL, WITH EACH NAME BEING GIVEN TO THE FULL MOON MAINLY BECAUSE OF HOW OUR ANCESTORS LIVED, WORKED AND DIED

 

JANUARY ~ WOLF MOON ~

SYMBOLISING ~ PROTECTION AND STRENGTH ~

 

As the moon shifts, the seeds hidden under the cold, hard ground begin to awaken. It seems as though Nature herself is just waiting for the right moment to show herself. On this night, we light a candle and meditate ~ reflecting upon the future, and plan magick for renewal and cleansing

 

FEBRUARY ~ CHASTE MOON ~

SYMBOLISING ~ FERTILITY AND STRENGTH ~

 

As the moon shifts, the seeds hidden under the cold, hard ground begin to awaken. It seems as though Nature herself is just waiting for the right moment to show herself. On this night, we light a candle and meditate ~ reflecting upon the future, and plan magick for renewal and cleansing

 

MARCH ~ SEED MOON ~

SYMBOLISING ~ SPIRITUALITY, SUCCESS, AND SEEDS OF PLANTS, FRUIT AND VEGETABLES ~

 

The Vernal Equinox approaches, seeds are planted and seedlings nourished with care. Now is the time when our ancestors would have to plant seeds to ensure a successful harvest ~ and we also plant spiritual seeds. All seeds need to be visualized to growing strong and healthy. On this night, we perform magickal workings for success and growth ~ spiritual growth

 

APRIL ~ HARE MOON ~

SYMBOLISING ~ FERTILITY, GROWTH AND WISDOM ~

 

This season is the time of the mating ritual of the hare ~ which symbolised fertility for our ancestors. So, this is a time that represents fertility, and the time for planting has come: and showing us that the eternal cycle of birth, death, and rebirth is eternal. Now is a time for growth, for realising and putting into action the fruits of our knowledge and wisdom, but also a time for magickal workings of love

 

MAY ~ DRYAD / FAERIE MOON ~

SYMBOLISING ~ WISDOM, LOVE, AND GOOD HEALTH !

 

The pull of opposites is at its most powerful ~ now is a time for sorting out our differences and making decisions. Also a time for hard work to realise our dreams and aspirations. A time for unions, breaking bad habits, learning new things. In times of old, people would notice faerie-rings hidden in the grass, and know that faeries would be hidden close by ~ faerie magick is strongest now, and some people may use this knowledge to strengthen their own magick ~ others are wary of the little tricks that faeries can play (all faeries like to have fun)

 

JUNE ~ MEAD MOON ~

SYMBOLISING ~ MARRIAGE, LOVE, ROMANCE, ABUNDANCE, SUCCESS, HEALTH ~

 

The bees have finished flitting from flower to flower, gathering their harvest, and now is the time for us to gather the flowers to make mead wine for the following year. On the night of the full moon, drink a toast to honour the ancients, with the previous years’ made mead wine. We not only pick flowers at this time to make the wine, but also for drying and storing, so we may use them throughout the year in magickal workings

 

JULY ~ HERB MOON ~

SYMBOLISING ~ MAGICKAL POTENCY, STRENGTH, HEALTH, HERB HARVEST ~

 

The time of the Herb harvest, but also to give thanks to the spirits of nature and garden. Give thanks to the bounty we recieve from nature ~ place an offering in the garden to symbolise the thankfulness you feel…perhaps a new plant or bury a token of thanks in the earth. This may also be reciprocated, by drawing good luck into the home. Now is a good time for brewing the mead wine ~ any brewing

 

AUGUST ~ BARLEY MOON ~

SYMBOLISING ~ GRAIN HARVEST, GOOD HEALTH, FERTILITY, MARRIAGE AND BOUNTY ~

 

Now is the time to harvest the grain planted in March ~ including the grain and plant of the Barley. Magickally it represents a harvesting of the fruits of your labour. It is a good time for spells involving desire ~ but also a time for contemplation rebirth (when we eat what we have harvested, we celebrate and acknowledge the cycle of birth, death and rebirth)

 

SEPTEMBER ~ WINE MOON ~

SYMBOLISING ~ PROTECTION, CONFIDENCE, THE FRUIT AND GRAPE HARVEST ~

 

A celebration of the ‘wine of life’. A time to toast family and friends and give thanks for the relationships and love we share with them. It is also a time to accept that our goals and dreams may change because of our growing and changing spirit. Further contemplation may be done by the light of the full moon, as you try to capture the reflection of the moon on the surface of a glass of wine. The wineglass should not contain lead, and would preferably be silver or pewter. We harvest the fruits we need to make wine, using the previous years harvest and wine, if we can, in rituals and giving thanks

 

OCTOBER ~ BLOOD MOON ~

SYMBOLISING ~ REMEMBRANCE, PROTECTION, STABILITY ~

 

Some say that this is called the blood moon because our ancestors slaughtered animals during this time, using the hides for warmth, and ‘harvesting’ the meat for use during the winter months. Others believe that we call this Blood Moon because it is the time of year when the moon appears to become blood red on many evenings, and the sunsets are much more red and deeper. Our ancestors (and we still do so now) use this as a time for the final harvest. Now is a time for reflection, for placing your life and self in order. A time for reminiscing ~ especially about our lost loved ones, and honoring them

 

NOVEMBER ~ SNOW MOON ~

SYMBOLISING ~ HOPE, PROTECTION, WARMTH, HEALING ~

 

The year and the world has become silent ~ the warmer times are at an end and the dark is still ahead. Now it is of the utmost importance to provide warmth for our loved ones. It is also a time of spirit; to search within ~ take care of oneself so we are able to care for others. Our ancestors had much time to contemplate on these things as the nights drew in and daylight hours were shorter. They needed to protect their families against the cold, the snow and the weather…but also the knowledge that they may have to put their lives in order in case they suffered so badly in the winter months that they could not take care of their families

 

DECEMBER ~ OAK MOON ~

SYMBOLISING ~ GOOD WILL, OAK (YULE LOG), PEACE, PROTECTION, AND LOVE ~

 

The branches of the oak reach strongly upwards, and the roots are growing just as strongly beneath the ground ~ the oak symbolizes a both worlds ~ the earthly and the spiritual. This reminds us that there is more around us than what we just see with our eyes, and we should look beyond the physical world for answers. Now is the time to strengthen relationships, build the yule log fires, and bestow gifts. In the time of our ancestors, this time of year was full of scarcity, so any gift would be precious and special. The Oak was the chosen fuel for many fires. Perhaps symbolizing an ancient battle of legend and myth of the Oak King and the Holly King in which this time of year the Oak King slays the Holly King and thus begins his reign of the Spring Season

 

~ BLUE MOON / WITCHES MOON ~

 

This occurs when a month has two Full Moons occuring within it. The second, or latter one, is called BLUE or WITCHES MOON. This is considered a time when the strength and power of our magickal workings is increased, and all Witches must use their energies wisely and with care

 

~ HARVEST MOON ~

 

This is a name given to the Full Moon that falls closest to MABON, and farmers used the light of the Moon to toil and harvest late into the night. Others also say that a Harvest Moon is when the Moon lay heavy and huge in the sky, and is the colour of the cornfields before harvest