What is the Magic of the Moon?
"...hand in hand, on the edge of the sand, They danced by the light of the moon."
Since time began, we have been using the Moon to live our lives by
– to tune into the Earth's natural rhythms
– to use the magic of the moon phases for living, growing crops, magic rituals, health and so much more.
The Moon completes a full orbit around the Earth every 29.5 days.
During the New Moon phase the position of the moon means no light is reflected off the Sun, so it is not visible at all.
The Full Moon appears 14 to 15 days after the New Moon and appears as a glorious glowing white circle in the night sky.
This phase reflects the maximum amount of light from the Sun.
The phases of the Moon are:
Each full moon of the year has a name and the following are the dates of the Full Moons for 2014 and their names:
January 16th - Wolf Moon
February 15th - Snow Moon (also Storm and Quickening Moon)
March 16th- Worm or Sap Moon
April 15th - Pink Moon (also Seed, Sprouting and Wind Moon)
May 14th - Flower or Hare Moon
June 13th - Strawberry Moon (also Rose or Sun Moon)
July 12th - Buck, Mead or Thunder Moon
August 10th - Sturgeon or Corn Moon
September 9th - Harvest or Barley Moon
October 8th - Hunter's or Blood Moon (appears red/gold in the autumn sky)
November 6th - Beaver Moon
December 6th - Cold, Oak or Long Night's Moon
The Full Moon and New Moon phases can also affect people in varying degrees - from feeling happy and full of energy to being exhausted, depressed and nervous! Many people sleep quite badly (if at all) during or coming up to either of these Moon phases.
The Magic of the Moon is an essential and important part of the Wicca religion. Magic rituals are by and large performed by the moon phases which are known as the Maiden (waxing), the Mother (full) and the Crone (Waning) – all believed to be the faces of the Goddess.
The New Moon is excellent for spells that are related to starting new projects, increasing abundance and healing.
The Full Moon is good for healing rituals, protection spells and finishing off projects.
The Waning Moon is perfect for clearing, cleansing, banishing and divination spells.
The three nights before the New Moon are known as the Dark of the Moon. As energies are uncertain and unpredictable at this time, casting spells in this period is not advised - with one exception! It has long been believed that planting an acorn in the Dark time of the Moon ensures that you will receive money in the near future.
Leave a jug of spring water out in the light of the Full Moon. This water is excellent for washing your face to impart beauty and purity and can also be used to energetically cleanse crystals and imbue them with the magic of the Full Moon.
What you need:
Cauldron or pot
Half fill the pot with water and drop a silver coin into it. Position the pot or cauldron so the light of the Full Moon shines onto the water. Gently sweep your hands above the surface, symbolically gathering up the Moon's silver.
While you are gathering the Moon's silver, say:
La Luna, beautiful Lady of the Moon, bring to me your wealth right soon. Fill my hands with silver and gold. All you give, my hands can hold.
Repeat this chant three times. When you are finished, pour the water upon the Earth. This is most effective done during the Full Moon.
To ask for your heart's desire, draw the symbol of the Waxing Moon in a pure beeswax candle with a rose thorn. Light the candle, and with your eyes fixed upon the flame, concentrate on your heart's desire being granted by the Goddess Moon.
When this thought is firmly in your mind, whisper softly: "Goddess Luna, mother of all love and light, grant me my heart's desire (say exactly what you wish for). Grant my wishes, fulfill my heart's desire. Shine on me tonight."
Blow out the candle flame, but hold the image of it in your mind's eye for as long as possible. As you think of the candle's flame, know for sure that your wish has been heard. Within the space of one lunar cycle, your heart's desire should be granted.
For more enchantments, click on the Moon Spell Bottle below!
The Moon is inexorably linked with the Earth and controls the tides of the oceans and seas by it's gravitational pull.
It makes sense therefore that man has been using the magic of the Moon and her phases to get the maximum benefits from his crops and garden stock.
Use the time of the New Moon to plant seeds of plants that appear above ground, whose seeds appear outside the plant, such as broccoli, cauliflower, spinach and grains.
The second quarter and particularly a couple of days before the Full Moon appears, is the optimum time to plant crops which grow above ground and whose seed is inside the plant, such as tomatoes, peppers, melons and beans.
The Full Moon and Waning Moon is perfect for planting bulbs, flower seed and root crops such as carrots, potatoes and onions. It's also a great time for transplanting plants.
The period just before the New Moon is an inactive one, being best for harvesting, pruning, transplanting and cutting grass.
Acanthus: The acanthus plant is said to have grown around the pot placed on the grave of a young girl in the ancient Greek city of Corinth, and was so beautiful growing around the pot, the architect which spotted it was inspired to create the Corinthian column, known throughout the world.
Daisy: Representing innocence and also is the plant of St. Mary Magdalene. Spring is said to have truly arrived when you can place your foot on twelve daisies.
Honeysuckle: Devotion, generosity, sweetness, fidelity.
Hyssop: Cleanliness and used for fending off evil spirits and energies.
Iris: Wisdom, valour, inspiration, ardour, faith and hope. Named after Iris, the Goddess of the Rainbow, who was a messenger on Mount Olympus.
Moonwort: A fern with legendary properties including: raising the dead, opening locks and unshoe-ing horses that tread on it. If gathered by the light of the Moon, magical properties will abound.
Myrtle: Love, marriage, beautifully scented. It is said that if a myrtle bush is planted either side of the door, love and peace will forever be in the household.
Poppy: Consolation, moderation.
Speedwell: The name is derived from the story concerning a young girl (later canonized as St. Veronica) who wiped Jesus Christ's face with Speedwell flowers on his journey to Calvary. As a result of this, healing properties were transferred to this lovely plant.
Wallflower: Constancy, sweetness, delicacy.
Water Lily: Purity of heart, charm.
White Lily: Purity, modesty, innocence. Chinese symbol of abundance.
Willow: Dreams, enchantment, wisdom and healing. Particularly associated with Moon Magic, especially willow wands.
Moon in Aquarius: Spells involving science, personal choices, friendship.
Moon in Pisces: Spells involving telepathy and clairvoyance.
Moon in Aries: Spells involving power, authority, willpower and renewal.
Moon in Taurus: Spells involving love, property, and finances.
Moon in Gemini: Spells involving travel, communication and personal connections.
Moon in Cancer: Spells involving home and hearth and all moon deities.
Moon in Leo: Spells involving authority, strength and courage, and fertility.
Moon in Virgo: Spells involving health, education and career.
Moon in Libra: Spells involving legal matters, artistic talent and business partnerships.
Moon in Scorpio: Spells involving psychic development, magic and personal power.
Moon in Sagittarius: Spells involving the written word, integrity and motion.
Moon in Capricorn: Spells involving drive and ambition, politics and financial gain.
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