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spacer gif Pagans and Witches dearly love their holidays and sometimes go to extremes to celebrate them. But what if they need to cast a particular spell, remove, lessen, or increase some aspect of their life, or if they need to perform a healing ritual, or connect with their personal deity, or ask for protection, energy, insights, or help? All these things can be aligned with the phases of the moon. If you have a particular need, determine what phase the moon is in and write your spell/ritual accordingly.

On this page I've included a run-down of the various moon-phases and what they mean in your life. Keep in mind that one is not limited to following the meanings too rigidly. For example: If you need to bring money into your life and it's the waning moon ask that your bills be removed or that your needs be lessened.
At the end of each explanation I've listed some correspondences that will help you write your own rituals/spells.



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spacer gif Full Moon
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spacer gif Full Moon energy is used for banishing unwanted influences in your life; protection magick; and divination. Planning, releasing, and working backwards in time are done on the full moon as well.

It is said theat the best Full Moon magick can be conjured for seven days: the three days prior to the Full Moon, the night of the Full Moon itself, and three days after the Full Moon. Sometimes the results of Full Moon magick can take aproximatel one moon cycle to take hold and come to completion.*

The Full Moon is the time to invoke the Mother Goddess at the height of her glory, this is when the ceremony called "Drawing Down the Moon" is performed. During this ceremony the energy and essence of the Full Moon is drawn into oneself, when done properly you will feel a heightened trance state combined with a power surge that radiates through your whole body. Traditionally this is only done within a protective circle.

The Mother is the ripeness of womanhood, the boiling pot of Badb which is the richness of life. Her color is red, the color of blood and the life force. The Mother is Summer, the day, lustiness, teacher, The Full Moon.**

Click here for an example of a Full Moon Rite

Click here for a Spell designed to strengthen your Psychic Shield.
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New Moon
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spacer gif The New Moon is used for personal growth, healing, the blessing of a new project or venture, etc. If done correctly, success should be obtained by the first Full Moon.*

This is the time when the Crone is transformed into the Maiden. It is a time of renewal and new beginnings.

The Maiden is essential to the continuation of all life; her color is white, denoting innocence and newness. She is the springtime, the dawn, eternal youth and vigor, enchantment and seduction, the new and waxing moon.**

Click here for an example of a New Moon Rite.
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spacer gif Dark Moon
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spacer gif The three days before the New Moon is known as the dark of the moon. This is when you can't see the moon at all in the heavens. Traditionally, this is a time when no magick is performed. It is a period to give yourself a break; a time of rest. Deep meditation and vision questing can be performed now, but not for a specific magickal purpose. However, The Crone, or the Dark Mother, rules this time, and if her magick is needed, now is the time when you should use it.*

Click here for an example of a Dark Moon Rite
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spacer gif Waxing Moon
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spacer gif The period between the New Moon and the Full Moon is called the Waxing Moon. This is a good time for attraction magick, especially between the New Moon and the First Quarter.*

The Waxing Moon is the time for invoking the Goddess in her guise of Maiden.

Click here for an example of an Attracting Spell
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Waning Moon
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spacer gif The period between the Full Moon and the New Moon is called the Waning Moon. This is a time for banishing and rejecting things in our lives that we no longer wish to carry around with us. Negative emotions, bad habits, diseases, and ailments can successfully be banned during this time.*

During the Waning Moon the Mother Goddess is transformed into the Crone. Invoke Her in this guise.

The Crone, or Dark Mother, sometimes called the Hag, has black as her color, the color of darkness where all life rests before rebirth. This aspect of the Goddess is Winter, night, wisdom, counsel, the gateway to death and reincarnation, the Waning Moon.**

Click here for a cauldron spell to rid yourself of negatives.
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spacer gif For Complete Information on the Moon's Phases go to
the US Navy's Observatory Site
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*From "To Ride a Silver Broomstick" by Silver RavenWolf

**From "Celtic Magic" by D.J. Conway