~ Working With The Phases Of The Moon ~
Each phase of the moon brings with it a special energy
for that lunar cycle. Everyone knows the moon affects the tides of the worlds oceans,
but because we are mostly liquid ourselves, these phases also affect us. Understanding
what these energies bring, help you to connect with and use those energies in your
magikal rituals, meditations and even your daily life.
Used for personal growth, healing and blessing of
new projects or ventures. It's also a good time to cleanse and consecrate new tools
and objects you wish to use during rituals, ceremonies or an up coming festival
Waxing- 1st Quarter -
Between the new and full moon is a period of the Waxing moon. Used for
attraction magik, inner love spells, protection for couples and healing energy for
Used to banishing unwanted influences in your life. Creating protection
magik and performing divination. Setting up plans and releasing old patterns or
issues are all. Full Moon magik can be conjured during the 3 days prior to the rise
of the Full Moon, the night of the Full Moon and during the 3 days after.
Waning- Last Quarter -
Between the full moon and the dark moon is the period of
Waning moon. Used for banishing and rejecting those things that influence us in
a negative way. Negative emotions, diseases, ailments, and bad habits can all be
let go and special spells for clearing can be performed at this time.
Dark Moon- Void Of Course -
The Dark Moon period occurs 3 days prior to the New Moon. This is the
time when you can't see the moon in any phase. Typically no magik is performed during
this time. This is the time to give yourself a break, to turn to self and pamper
or replenish your own energies. Vision quests and deep meditations are called for
at this time to focus on personal matters, questions and answers.
A Lunar eclipse occurs when the moon passes into the Earth's shadow.
This type of eclipse does not occur every year. But when it does, it's a wonderful
and magikal night. When it does occur it lasts for only a few hours, so you need
to plan your rituals well in advance. This one night is perfect for all purposes.
Simply plan your spells to coordinate with the passing shadow. When the moon is
in full eclipse, treat those few moments as if the moon was in it's Dark phase.
Some witches forego magik work all together and use this time to honor the Goddess
in a special ritual.
Occurs when the moon passes into the outer shadow of the earth. This
type of eclipse is hard to spot unless the moon is 70% into that shadow. These type
of eclipses are more common and generally occur at least once a year. When you can
see it, the lower part of the moon becomes distorted. During a waning phase for
instance, the lower half of the moon will look blurred or smudged. Once again it's
a special night. This is the perfect night to honor the magik of the Goddess. No
work or casting, just thankfulness and gratitude.
Above information recieved from http://www.paganspath.com/magik/moon.htm
The fearsome nocturnal animal represents the "night" of
the year. Wolves were rarely seen in England after the 12th century.
To each Lunar month the ancients assigned a name in accordance with the nature of
the activity that took place at that time. The Moon of deepest Winter is the Wolf
Moon, and its name recalls a time when our ancestors gathered close around the hearth
fire as the silence of the falling snow was pierced by the howling of wolves. Driven
by hunger, wolves came closer to villages than at any other time of the year, and
may have occasionally killed a human being in order to survive. The wolf in northern
countries was at one time so feared that it became the image of Fenris, the creature
of destruction that supposedly will devour the world at the end of time. The Christian
version of the myth would leave it at that, but the myth continues. Like the wolf
in the fairy tale of Little Red Ridinghood, which preserves the full idea of the
myth but is used only to frighten children, the wolf is slain; and the grandmother,
like the world, is brought forth once more. As the light of the new-born year slowly
increases and the Wolf Moon waxes full, it is a good time to look back upon that
which has just ended and learn from our experiences. Bid the past farewell and let
it go in order to receive the year that has just been born. Learning to let go of
that which we would cling to is one of the greatest secrets of magic.
A storm is said to rage most fiercely just before it ends, and the year
usually follows suit.
following the Wolf Moon is the Storm Moon. Whether you meet with a coven on the
night of the Full Moon, salute Her in a solitary ritual, or simply blow Her a kiss,
bear in mind the magic of this night and the nature of the storms of February.
Unlike the boisterous storms of the light half of the year, which are accompanied
by the clashing of thunder and the flinging of lightning bolts, the storms of February
come in silence. They blanket the world in coldness in keeping with the nature of
the dark half of the Wheel of the Year. But beneath the blanket of cold and silent
snow, Nature rests, as we do when in the realm of the Spirit that is called death;
and like those in the world of Spirit, Nature prepares for life anew.
CHASTE MOON or SEED MOON
The Antiquated word for pure reflects the custom of greeting the new
year with a clear soul.
following the Storm Moon is the Chaste Moon. Like Diana, chaste Goddess of the Moon,
all of Nature at this moment is pure potential waiting to be fulfilled. The Goddess
has many forms: The maiden pure and lovely as the snow of February, the seductive
enchantress of the night, or the Crone ancient and wise. As the Goddess can change
Her form according to the Moon or according to Her will, ever renewing Herself,
ever beginning again, se can we, Her children, always begin again by discovering
new potential within ourselves. When you cast the Circle of the Chaste Moon, when
the candles have been lit and the incense burned, look deep within yourself to discover
what potential lies there waiting, like the Maiden, to be fulfilled. As it is the
time for the planting of seeds on the material plane, so may it be time to do so
on the psychic planes as well. On the night that the Seed Moon (another name for
the Chaste Moon) of March is full, cast your magic Circle. Then before the rite
has ended, select the spiritual seeds you would like to plant. They may be seeds
of wisdom, seeds of understanding, or seeds of certain magical skills. Then by
an act of will, plant these seeds in the fertile soil of your subconscious mind
with the firm commitment that they will be nurtured and cultivated in the months
that lie ahead, so that they will grow and flower and bear fruit.
The sacred animal was associated in Roman legends with springtime
Hare Moon of April waxes full, observe the rabbits leaping and playing, carefree
in their mating and joyful in their games, and as you cast your Esbat Circle and
joyfully dance the round, feel within your heart the carefree nature of the wild
creatures that are also children of the Old Gods.
The Latin word for a pair refers to the twin stars of the constellation
Castor and pollux.
of the Sacred Marriage of the God and Goddess is the Dyad Moon, the time when the
two become one, when all things meet their opposites in perfect balance and in perfect
harmony. As you cast your Circle this night of the Dyad Moon, adorn it with apple
blossoms, and light candles of white. When the sacred round has been danced, sit
a moment and reflect. Seek harmony in all things. As the dark half of the Wheel
of the Year balances the light, as heat balances cold, recall the words of the Goddess,
"Let there be beauty and strength, power and compassion, honor and humility, mirth
and reverence, within you." And then before the rite is ended, if it is
appropriate, become one with your working partner, physically as well as spiritually.
During late June and most of July the meadows, or meads, were mowed
After the spectacular flowers of May have passed and the bees have gathered
their pollen and nectar, the hives are filled with honey that is waiting to be gathered.
In ancient times much of this honey was made into a drink called mead by a fermentation
process similar to that of making wine. The "Moon in June" is the Mead Moon.
Mead has been considered to have magical and even life-restoring properties in
many of the countries of ancient Europe, and it was the drink of many of the great
heroes of legend.
The legendary figure Robin Hood, who is accepted historically
as being a composite of several peasant leaders during the reign of King Richard
I, is also generally accepted by Pagans as being one of us. One reason is that Robin
was a popular Witch name, and also because he was always described as being dressed
in green, symbolic of the Green Man of Sherwood Forest. Lincoln green, which is
made from woad, the dyestuff used by the Picts of ancient Britain and the Druid
priestesses, is also a color that symbolizes, historically, the Pagan peasantry.
Among the articles robbed from the rich by Robin Hood are "met and met."
This probably means "meat and mead." In the myth of Odin, one of His quests
is for the Poetic Mead of Inspiration, which He returns to the realm of the Gods
where it belongs, but a few drops fall to Earth, and this may be had by anyone who
can find them. On the night that the Mead Moon waxes full, after the Circle has
been cast and dancing done, fill the cup with mead (if it is available), sweet wine,
or an herb tea sweetened with honey. Sip the sweet drink and sit quietly and make
yourself a vessel ready to receive the inspiration of the higher realms. Become
a mead cup ready to be filled, not with the brew of everyday life but with the clear,
bright liquid of illumination. Every time this ritual is performed, even if there
are no immediate results, you are becoming a more perfect vessel for divine inspiration.
If the night of the Mead Moon is very close to the Summer Solstice, the results
of this exercise can be very powerful. If the Mead Moon is full on Midsummer Night,
then the priestess into whom the Moon is Drawn should be prepared.
When the sun was high, the worts (from the Anglo-Saxon wyrt
plant) were gathered to be dried and stored.
As the Wort Moon of July waxes full, this is the time for gathering of
herbs. The word wort is old Anglo-Saxon for "herb." When the magical herbs
have been gathered and hung to dry, the time of the Wort Moon is the time to give
thanks to the spirits who dwell in the herb garden, and to leave them an offering.
Perhaps as you place an offering in the moonlit garden, they will whisper to you
other secrets of herbal magic .
Persephone, virgin goddess of rebirth, carries a sheaf of barley as a
symbol of the harvest.
One day at mid-month we realize that the robins and wrens that were nesting nearby
have simply vanished. Their lovely songs have been replaced by the shrill calls
of the bluejays, who were so silent during the nesting season. As August progresses
the days are still hot but nighttime temperatures are beginning to cool, and the
late afternoon thunderstorms that bring the cooler air also bring about the ripening
of tomatoes. In the fields and meadows and along roadside snow there are wild herbs
to be gathered. There are goldenrod, Queen Anne's lace, and milkweed - all awaiting
the natural dyer who can extract from them tan, green, and bright yellow respectively,
for dyes and for natural inks for talismans. Among the medicinal herbs to be collected
at this time is boneset, which does not help broken bones to heal but is a febrifuge
that was used as a remedy for "Breakbone Fever" in the 1840s. Milkweed pods
with their silken fluff, goldenrod, and wild grasses and grains gathered now will
be dried in time to adorn the altar at the Autumnal Equinox. As the aromatic herbs
begin to fill the rafters in the dry heat of the attic, and the braids of onions
and garlic fill the cool darkness of the root cellar, the golden grain and yellow
corn ripen in the fields under the waning August Sun.
To the Ancients this was the Barley Moon, a time to contemplate
the eternalness of life. Just as we are descended from the first woman and the first
man, who descended from the Gods, so is the grain of the bread that we eat descended
from the first grain ever gathered. By ritually eating the Lammas bread we are participating
in a chain of events that stretches back through time to the Gods themselves. And
here before us in the ripening fields is the promise of the future. Everywhere there
is abundance in the herb garden, the vegetable garden, the field, and the orchard.
The pantry shelves are lined with glistening glass jars that are filled with colorful
fruits and vegetables preserved for Winter days; quarts of red tomatoes, cucumbers
in slices or spears, dark red beets with cloves and cinnamon sticks, the yellow
of corn, the orange of carrots - a feast for the eyes as well as the palate. The
house is filled with delightful aromas as pickling spices are added to crocks of
brine and exotic chutneys simmer on the stove. But the time of abundance is drawing
to a close. The fireflies of June and July have given way to katydids, whose scratchy
calls to one another fill the evening air of August with the promise of frost in
HARVEST MOON or WINE MOON
The moon nearest the Autumnal Equinox brings a feast from the yearly
harvest to the table.
Since wine was, and is, such a sacred fluid, the Pagans of old naturally named this
Lunar month the Wine Moon. As you celebrate the night of the Full Wine Moon and
dance the magical round in the moonlit Circle, pour some white wine in a silver
cup. Before the rite is ended, if possible, catch Her reflection in the liquid,
then take a sip. As the Moon-blessed wine casts its inner glow, sit quietly and
feel your own spirit, of which the wine is a symbol. As the body is stilled and
the spirit soars, feel on this night of magic a sense of the kind of transformation
that takes place during true spiritual initiation. Today the term Harvest Moon is
applied to the Full Moon nearest to the Autumnal Equinox. This is because, it is
said, in other times when harvesting was done by hand, as the days grew shorter
farmers were able to work into the night in the brightness of Her light.
Marking the season when domestic animals were sacrificed for winter provisions.
time of year the abundance of fruit and vegetables begins to slow. It is a time
when our ancient ancestors gathered what they could store and then supplemented
their Winter diets either by hunting wild animals or by slaughtering domestic ones.
So this Lunar month is called the Blood Moon. As you cast the Esbat Circle on this
moonlit Autumn night and fill the cup with blood-red wine, know that you will be
joined in the sacred dance not only by the unseen presence of departed friends and
family so close at this time of year, but also by the spirits of animals as well,
perhaps of those that have died so that we may have food. In this age of assembly
line slaughterhouses and meatpacking plants, it is especially appropriate that on
this night of the Blood Moon we who are on the Pagan path ritually ask the understanding
of our animal sisters and brothers, bless them, and bid them merry meet, merry part,
and merry meet again.
Time heralds the dark season when the Sun is at its lowest and the first
Winter Sun wanes and the Snow Moon waxes full, cast your Circle in the warm glow
of candlelight. Salute the Moon in Her snowy whiteness and breathe in the coolness
of Her light. Become as still as this Winter night, and know that the activity of
the warm light months is behind us. Ahead are the dark months of the year. The Spirit
is most active when the body is most still.
The sacred tree of the Druids and the Roman god Jupiter is most noble
as it withstands winter's blasts.
The Full Moon nearest the Winter Solstice is the Oak Moon, the Moon of the newborn
year, the Divine Child. Like the Divine Child who is born to die and dies to be
reborn anew, the ancient Oak has its trunk and branches in the material world of
the living, while its roots, the branches in reverse, reach deep into the Underworld,
symbolic land of the Spirit. As the roots probe downward into the grave-like darkness
of the Earth, its branches grow ever upward toward the light, to be crowned by sacred
Mistletoe. At this most magical time of the year, as the light of the old dying
year wanes and the Oak Moon waxes to full, cast your Circle wearing Mistletoe in
your hair. Let this token remind you that like the Oak, we too dwell simultaneously
in two worlds - the world of physical matter and the world of Spirit. As you invoke
the Goddess of the Moon, ask that you become ever more aware of the other side of
reality and the unseen forces and beings that are always among us.