The moon has always seemed magical to me. I think every child alive has gazed up in wonder at this magnificent rock. It is a light in the darkness, it’s gravity affects the natural world around us on a daily basis, including ourselves. For centuries the moon has been celebrated by cultures world wide. These celebrations are often called Esbats.
“The SUN represents our ‘outer-world’, our identify, our personality, our ego. It represents how we ‘shine our light’ out into the world, the present moment, our yang or masculine archetype expression. The Sun offers us strength, courage and illuminated insight of the Soul.
The MOON represents our ‘inner world’, our hidden emotions, desires, our shadow-self, fears/worries and our dreams. It represents our feelings, our unconscious beliefs, the past and our yin or feminine goddess archetype. The Moon offers us the ability to feel, learn from the past and creatively unlock and express our essence.” – Universal Life Tools
The moon cycles through 8 phases.
Cultures, including the Celtics; followed the lunar phases and used them as a calendar base.
New Moon: Destroying or banishing serious ailments: addictions or serious diseases. Great for soul searching and divination.
Only magick for serious ailments or for inner reflection.
First moon of the lunar phase. The moon is right between the earth and sun. Since the sun sits behind the moon, it’s not very visible except maybe a faint gray outline caused from earth reflecting light on it’s surface.
Dark Moon: The Dark Moon period occurs 3 days prior to the New Moon and it’s the shortest ‘phase’ of the moon. This is the time when you can’t see the moon in any phase. Typically no magick 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.
About 3 to 5 days before the eventual return to the new moon phase, where the cycle begins again, the moon enters a dark phase.
Here the moon is neither illuminated by the sun , nor is it able to reflect the light of the sun providing an outline of it’s surface (as in the new moon phase). It is truly dark and seemingly has disappeared. When discussing lunar phases, the dark moon and new moon are usually lumped together.
Renewing strength, will and determination. Best used for “reeling in” that which you’ve been working for already. Motivation
Several days after first quarter, the moon waxes but it is in a gibbous phase instead of a crescent. A gibbous moon is more than a quarter moon but less than a full moon. The sun – moon – earth angle becomes larger.
All-Purpose, Utilize this energy for your priorities that really matter in life. Cleansing and Charging. Divination
The Full Moon is best used for banishing unwanted influences in your life. You can use this time for releasing old patterns or issues, and open the door for healing by giving energy to positive patterns you’ll put in place. Full Moon magic 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.
The side of the moon that faces the earth is completely visible all night. From Earth, the sun and moon appear to be at opposite ends of the sky. As the sun sets, the moon rises.
Overcome roadblocks, banish temptations, aid in transitions
From Earth, we see half of the moon’s disk illuminated – the side opposite as the one illuminated at first quarter. The sun-Earth-moon angle is once again 90°, but this time it’s on the right side of the clock.
Origin: At this time of year the beavers are busy preparing for winter. The last Full Moon before the winter solstice has also been called Mourning Moon. The astronomical seasons do not match up with the lunar months. Therefore, the month of the Mourning Moon varies. Sometimes the Mourning Moon is in November, while other years, it is in December.
Good For: Going inward, rest and preparation, transformation, spiritual communication
Idea: Plan for a ritual to work on ridding yourself of negative thoughts and vibrations.
Aka: Long Night Moon, Oak Moon, Winter Moon, Moon before Yule
Origin: Winter takes a firm hold and temperatures plummet at this time.
Good For: Acknowledging death and rebirth, darkness, your spiritual journey
Idea: Plan for a ritual to help you remain steadfast in your convictions.
Due to the 29-day lunar cycle the exact dates of the full moon change every year. Most seasons (3 month intervals) have three full moons, but because of the variation some seasons have four full moons. This is called a Blue Moon.