Moon Magick – What the Phases Are

Like so much of our craft, we tend to pay attention to the changing season and the changing of the moon. Now if you are like me, you have never paid much attention to the moon cycles besides to go, “Ooooh pretty. Give me your power.” but if you are unlike me, then you may want to tap into the potential of the moon. There are currently eight moon phases that a witch may tap into to perform magick; full moon, waning gibbous, last quarter, waning crescent, new moon, waxing crescent, first quarter and waxing gibbous.

As we take a look at Moon Magick and what each phase represents, we will use the month of June to build out a calendar and show you the timeline where the moons will fall. You will notice that between each of the “major” moon phases there is around a seven day span. In between these spans are the gibbous and the crescent moons. These moons will sit between three to four days after a “major” moon phase.

Now let us start with our most popular moon;

Full Moon – June 5th
Used in magick for

  • Protection/Banishing
  • Cleansing
  • Charging
  • Healing
  • Fulfilling the heart’s desire
  • Dream work
  • Prophecy
  • Divination

Waning Gibbous – June 9th
Used in magick for

  • Cleansing negativity
  • Undoing curses/hexes
  • Getting rid of negative energies

Last Quarter – June 13th
Used in magick for

  • Breaking bad habits
  • Ridding negativity (mental/physical)
  • Cleansing

Waning Crescent – June 17th
Used in magick for

  • Meditation
  • Balancing
  • Ridding of illness

New Moon – June 21st
Used in magick for

  • Deconstructive
  • Banishing
  • Curses
  • Divination
  • Good for new starts in life, love & career

Waxing Crescent – June 24th
Used in magick for

  • Putting together plans
  • Constructive magick
  • Success
  • Positive magick

First Quarter – June 28th
Used in magick for

  • Growth
  • Strength
  • Developing/Receiving love

Waxing Gibbous – July July 2nd
Used in magick for

  • Attraction
  • Success
  • Health
  • Motivation
  • Final stages of planning

In short, full moons are great for everything, new moons can be used to introspect and shadow work, waxing moons is good for constructive magick and waning moons are good for destructive magick.  So as the moon grows brighter, the magick grows “lighter” and as the moon grows darker, the magick fades into shadow work. If you think about it, this makes complete sense as the element water rules over the moon and like water, the moon has it’s tides.

Not only do each moon have its own magickal work, the full moons are also named and can be worked for specific purposes.

January- Wolf Moon also called: Cold Moon, Quiet Moon, Snow Moon & Moon of Little Winter

  • The Wolf Moon is the perfect time to work on relationships, partnerships, matters of the heart, new ventures or things that will require courage. 

February- Ice Moon also called: Storm Moon, Horning Moon , Quickening Moon & Big Winter Moon

  • The Ice Moon is a good time for divination, prophetic dreaming, meditation and inner journey work. 

March- Seed Moon also called: Storm Moon, Plow Moon, Sap Moon & Moon of Winds

  • The Seed Moon is the time for magickal gardening, seed blessing, garden & tool consecrations as this moon falls in the month that holds Ostara. 

April- Growing Moon also called: Hare Moon, Planting Moon, Pink Moon & Green Grass Moon

  • Growing Moon is excellent for magick that involves increasing physical health, productivity, renewed energy, and removal of obstacles. It’s also an ideal time to work with the fae, if you are darling enough to, and continuing magickal gardening, consecrating plants & seedlings.

May- Dyad Moon also called: Bright Moon, Flower Moon, Hare Moon & Moon when the Phonies Shed

  • This moon is considered to be one of the most powerful moons of the year for witches. It is the time when even the impossible is possible. So if you are interested in pulling off the impossible, craft that epic spell during the May full moon.

June- Mead Moon also called: Lover’s Moon, Honey Moon, Strawberry Moon & Moon on Making Fat

  • The Mead Moon is a moon that also reinvention, changing our personal realities and becoming what we were meant to be. It is a great time for works of prosperity, inspiration & creativity. 

July- Hay Moon also called: Wort Moon, Blessing Moon, Buck Moon & Thunder Moon

  • Magickal efforts seem to come into fruition more easily during this moon phase. Personal psychic abilities are more potent and divination readings become more clear.

August- Corn Moon also called: Barley Moon, Disput Moon, Harvest Moon & Moon when Cherries turn Black

  • This moon is prime for encouraging magicks for new partnerships or relationships and legal matters.

September- Harvest Moon also called: Wine Moon, Singing Moon, Sturgeon Moon & Moon when Deer paw the Earth

  • The Harvest Moon provides a good time to be quiet, still the body, and let the spirit take over. For this reason efforts involving mediation, divination, scrying, psychic development and astral travel are encouraged during this moon cycle. 

October- Blood Moon also called: Harvest Moon, Shedding Moon & Moon of the Changing Seasons

  • The Blood Moon honors the cycles of life, death and rebirth. Magicks involving breaking bad habits, separations, decrease & removal of disease are strong during this time.  This moon is also used for the closing of chapters to bring about new beginnings and that makes total sense because, you know, Samhain.

November- Snow Moon also called: Dark Moon, Fog Moon, Mourning Moon & Moon when Deer shed Antlers

  • During this moon phase, it is encouraged the projects are finished. The Snow Moon is also great time for dream work, divination and meditation.

December- Cold Moon also called: Oak Moon, Long Night’s Moon, Big Winter Moon & Moon of Popping Trees

  • Cold Moon has the perfect energy for candle magic that involves strength, self-confidence, balance between the worlds, prosperity, release & beginnings.

Blue Moon also called: Moon of the Dead, Ancestor Moon & Hunter’s Moon

A Blue Moon occurs when there are two Full Moons in any given calendar month.During the fullness of this moon, it’s important to kick back and relax. Also, any magick done at this time will pack some extra “oomph” so take advantage of this time to do some magickal work.

As you can see, moon magick, like most things in our craft can be used in multiple ways for several different workings. Even if you choose not to use moon magick, don’t shame people who don’t, I believe that it is still important to acknowledge that beauty up in the sky. So next time you find your eyes going to the night sky, even if you are not going to be performing any “major” magicks, you should still blow a kiss to the beauty that is our moon and thank her for everything she does.

Until next time witches; may the brew in your cauldron never burn and your broom never splinter.

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