Since the dawn of civilization, the Moon and Moon magick have played an important role in the myths and practices of different cultures around the world. In witchcraft and sorcery, the Moon (Old Norse “Mani”, Finnish “Kuu”) usually plays a very profound role when it comes to spellcasting and ritual work.
The Moon activates and stimulates our 6th sense, and witches and pagan practitioners traditionally work closely with different moon energies. This includes both moon phases, lunar eclipses, and tides. Each moon phase has its own unique energies the sorcerer can harvest, and different rituals are performed according to the moon cycle. When the phases of the Moon are incorporated with your personal craft and spellcasting, it can really enhance and amplify the power of your spells.
There are four phases of the Moon, and three Tides (sea). The Moon Phases are called: New Moon, Waxing Moon, Full Moon, and Waning Moon.
The Tides are called: High Tide, Low Tide, and King Tide. The rise and fall of the tides can be incorporated in your spellwork as well. Bear in mind that tides are not exclusive to the ocean. The Moon gravity pull can also be seen on lakes and larger bodies of water. If you are able to conduct your spells and rituals by the sea, lake, etc. you can amplify and make your rites and spells even more powerful.
The Magickal Use Of Moon Phases
Magick wise, each of the four Moon phases consists of seven working days for a total of 28 days in a lunar month. New Moon (& Dark Moon) phase 7 days, Waxing Moon phase 7 days, Full Moon phase 7 days, and Waning Moon phase 7 days. Here are some general tips for timing your magick with the phases of the Moon (Some variations do exist between different magick traditions).
New Moon is the very beginning of the lunar cycle. This is a great time for new beginnings, to start new projects, to plant the seeds of new ideas, and making plans for the future. Any spellwork can be done for balancing and gaining inner harmony and peace.
New Moon occurs after Dark Moon when the Moon is slightly occurring in the sky. Dark sorcerers and witches are strongly influenced by this Dark Moon energy, and you can direct and harvest this black energy for your Black Magick operations. During the night time, the New Moon night is a perfect time for cursing, hexing, and working with the darker energies and entities in general.
Waxing Moon (Waxing Crescent, First Quarter & Waxing Gibbous) is the period between the New Moon and the Full Moon is called the Waxing Moon. When the moon is “waxing” it appears to be growing. This entire waxing period is the best time to constructive magick work, self-improvement, and improving your psychic abilities.
As the Moon gets brighter though, the energies of growth get stronger and stronger. If you are an artist, you can use Waxing Moon to bring inspiration to your work. Waxing Moon energy is a great tool to boost and empower your new projects, plans, and ideas as well. Great time for attraction magick, things you want to draw in your life. Such as money, any material items, new home, success, protection, love, relationships, new business clients, etc.
For centuries people have associated the full moon with the supernatural and paranormal.
In witchcraft, the Full Moon energy is often seen as “all-purpose” energy. Pretty much any magick operations can be done under the full moon influence. Different ritual work and meditations revolving around spirituality, psychic development, soul travel, dreams, dream-work, and divination. Many practitioners also charge their crystals during Full Moon or make blessed moon water for specific rituals and spells. During Moon magick rituals magical objects are placed somewhere they’ll be exposed to the light and be charged by the powerful moon energy. Usually, magical objects charged with Moon energy are not allowed to be exposed to sunlight after consecrations.
For many witches, Wiccans, and other (neo)pagans, the Full Moon is the traditional time for Esbat celebrations. Esbat is a coven meeting to hold rituals, commune with the Triple Goddess, to perform healing rituals and initiations. Some traditions and practitioners also perform Esbat rituals for the New Moon, and these are in contrary often held in the daytime.
Waning Moon (Waning Gibbous, Last Quarter & Waning Crescent) – After the Full Moon, we enter the waning phase of the lunar cycle. Waning energies reject and repel rather than attract, so it’s a good time to begin working on magick to banish or get rid of things. If you want to end or get rid of something in your life (toxic relationships, bad business, debt, illness, etc.) – this is a great time to do so. In many traditions of Witchcraft and Paganism, this time of the month is used to do “baneful” magick.
When the Waning phase is approaching the Dark Moon (Waning Crescent), the time is even more suitable for stronger banishings and to clear your life from negativity, stress, and chaos. Waning Crescent is the most powerful time for banishing compared to any other waning moon phases (Gibbous & Last Quarter).
The three days before the New Moon is known as the dark of the moon. (In astrology, also known as the “dead” moon). This is when you can’t see the moon at all in the sky.
The dark Moon phase is a powerful time for black magick. In traditional witchcraft, this is a time of rest, deep meditation and vision questing and a time period when no specific magick is performed. However, amongst other dark gods and goddesses, the Crone, or the Dark Mother Goddess, rules in Dark Moon time, and if her aid and power are needed, now is the time when you should work with her.
In some cultures, Dark Moon is dedicated to deceased ancestors and underworld. This time can be used for necromancy and working with the different underworld deities as well. E.g. Hela/Hella (Norse Queen of the Underworld), Morrigan (Celtic Queen of the Underworld), Hecate (Greece Queen of the Underworld), Tuoni & Tuonetar (Finnish God & Goddess of the Underworld), etc.
Underworld entities are usually very skilled in sorcery. They are great beings to work with when you want to improve and enhance your skills in magick, necromancy, and witchcraft. The Dark Moon is also a good time for soul-searching and to perform divination.
If you want to know what is the Moon phase today, you can use this free online Moon Phase Calendar.
Time Of Day For Moon Magick
Dawn: New beginnings in personal life, relationships, career, work, business, etc. New projects, new ideas, new goals, omens, visions, magical initiations, and starting new spiritual pathworking.
Sunset: Completions, spells, and rites for faith, preparation, and solving long-lasting issues in personal life, relationships, career, business, etc. Perform rituals for breaking negative habits and toxic addictions.
Midday: Ritual and spellwork for increasing personal power, courage, confidence, and strength. Worshipping during fire festivals such as Litha/Summer Solstice June 21st. Spells for success, money issues, and opportunities.
Midnight: The witching hour or devil’s hour (3 am) when the veil is thinnest between our world and the spirit world. Sorcery and Black Magick is thought to be most potent at this time. Midnight is also great for psychic dreams, self-knowledge and self-development, healing old wounds, love, divination, asking for deep and lasting change, and turning dreams into reality.
Lunar Eclipses In Moon Magick
Lunar Eclipses are times of darkness and powerful especially for black magick operations and spirit work. When a lunar eclipse occurs, Earth comes between the Sun and the Moon, blocking the sunlight falling on the Moon, and Earth’s shadow covers all or part of the lunar surface. Lunar Eclipses have been used in prophecy and as omens since the dawn of time, probably the most famous being the “Super Blood Moon” when it gets a reddish tone when fully eclipsed.
Like the Dark Moon, Lunar Eclipses are also great times to working with the different underworld deities.
The Magickal Use Of Tides
Here are some general tips for timing your magick with the phases of the Tides. Always remember that witchcraft is a very personal thing and you must make your magick your own to get maximum results, to gain personal power and experience ascent. What works for me might not work for you and vice versa. Always keep experimenting and following your intuition, and you will sooner or later be successful.
High Tide: Known for its attraction energy – Brings things towards you. Great time to constructive magick work. It can be used for money, wealth, and prosperity spells. Great for health, relationships, money, success, business, and job-related spells as well.
Low Tide: Known for its removing energy – Removes things and takes things away. Low tide energies reject and repel rather than attract, so it’s a good time to begin working on magick to banish. Perfect for removing obstacles, pain, bad memories, and negative feelings or unwanted, toxic people from your life.
King Tide: These are the highest tides that occur when the gravitational forces of the Sun and Moon are in line. This happens at the time of the New Moon and Full Moon. During king tide, energies are even more highlighted and empowered. King tide energies can be used for the same purposes as high tide, but getting even more powerful results.