There are various ways of using the moon as a focus for magickal work. Concentrating on the phases is only one focal point. If you feel the need to be more complex, you can also look into where the various astrological signs are in association to the type of work you are doing. Then add in certain days and times. Fair warning on this: Waiting for a sign to be in a certain position on a certain day at a certain time during a certain moon phase could mean that you will need to wait a very long time to do that particular piece of spellwork. On the upside, waiting will allow you plenty of time to prepare for that spell.
Moon Phase Basics (which I posted on Week 9):
- New Moon: (Maiden) magick for new beginnings.
- Waxing Moon: magick for energy you want directed toward you (prosperity, fertility, happiness, protection)
- Full Moon: (Mother) pretty much great as an all-purpose focus.
- Waning Moon: magick for energy you wish to banish (ill-health, depression, unwanted energy)
- Dark Moon: (Crone) magick for endings.
If you are like me and a bit impatient, you can tweak your spellwork to fit in with the current moon phase. I will sometimes try to work certain spells during certain times of the day (sunrise, morning, noon, afternoon, or sunset). With a houseful of kids and constant chores, I don’t have a lot of time to prep for spectacular rituals.
Protection is a great example of tweaking your spellwork. During the Waxing phase, you can call upon more protection to come to your home. During the Waning phase, you can banish any negative energies, thereby also creating a protective barrier.
Health is another example. Call upon good health during the Waxing phase and banish ill-health during the Waning phase.
The New Moon is the time for new beginnings. Starting a new look. Starting a new health plan. Blessing a new house. She is just a sliver of her potential. Easy to underestimate and overlook. She has the energy of youth tacked on with the inherent selfishness of youth.
The Full Moon is an excellent time to work pretty much any type of magick. The Full Moon’s light can bless your special or ritual objects. If you are able to go for a walk under the Full Moon, it is a great time to connect with the Mother aspect and what this aspect means. The Full Moon is the transition between Maiden and Crone. A little more settled than the Maiden, though not nearly as experienced as the Crone. It is during this phase in our own lives that we experience more empathy for others as opposed to the self-centeredness of our youth. I have also thought of the Mother aspect as a Warrior aspect. This is a time when a person may not biologically have children, but cares and protects for those around him/her.
The Dark Moon is a little scary. We don’t like to think of endings. We don’t like to think of death. The Crone has lived a full and productive life. She may no longer have the energy of youth, but her wisdom is vast. This is the time to meditate on your own journey. Your own learnings. We are never really done with learning. Someone very wise once told me to learn something new everyday. I try to. I am most often successful. There will always be someone out there who knows more than you.