Depending on the type of spell being cast, practitioners of magic often cast their spells during a given moon phase, be it waxing, waning or full moon.

There’s a lot to be said for aligning your spellworkings with the phases of the moon. It not only puts you in touch with the cycles and rhythms of nature, but also brings your subconscious mind to the fore – which is what you need when casting spells.

The power of the moon is obvious. It not only controls the tides of the oceans and our bodies, but also the phases of conception and growth. Words like menstruation, menopause, and meniscus (a crescent-shaped cartilage in the knee area) derive from moon.

Human prehistory strongly revolved around the moon and its “ebbing and flowing” effect on the mind. This stimulated conscious-growth, just like it does the growth of plants and vegetation.

And it is worth noting that, even today, police and other emergency services regularly report more extreme behaviour around full moon. This has long been recognised – hence the term “lunacy”, from the word lunar.

So which phases of the moon should you choose when casting spells?

It all boils down to the intent of your spellworking. But here are some basic guidelines you can use when casting spells:

  • Waxing moon is best for works of increase, such as gaining money, finding love and drawing your soul mate to you, or for bringing good health. Other intentions appropriate for this moon phase could be getting a new car, a new house, a lottery or gambling win – or for that matter for getting more sex or passion in your life.
  • Full moon is typically seen as a time of great power. That’s why many practitioners do their most important rituals at this time. Some say the full moon is the best time for works of black magic. But the notion of “black magic” is relative; one person might see a spell as being nefarious or bad form, while another might see it as perfectly fine. On balance, use the time of the full moon for your more important spells that are about achieving your ambitions or strongest desires in life.
  • Waning moon is best for works of lessening, such as reducing poverty, and for losing unwanted and annoying people. This might include getting rid of bad or nuisance neighbours. It’s also good for works of destruction or laying hexes and jinxing on people.
  • Dark of the moon is when no moon is visible. Many practitioners of magic see this as a good time for doing works of destruction, hexing and cursing – especially if performed at midnight. Others, however, might use the dark of the moon for advanced magical workings of a positive nature, such as “planting the seeds of growth” for a new endeavour like a new business or company. Laying the foundations for its success. In this case, the dark of the moon would be seen as a good time for growing something from almost nothing – like an idea that burgeons into something big.

Give all this a try. And let me know in the comments how you use moon phases in your magic and spellcasting. Perhaps you have different methods you use? In which case let me know.

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