Moon phases


Moon phase Information


© Lady Wolfen Mists revised April 1,1999

Whenever you work with magick, whether it is in spell or rite or rituals, you need to get an idea of the phase of the moon. You also need to know what works best in that specific phase. Knowing this and understanding the importance of working within specific moon phases helps to ensure success in your magickal endeavors. For this reason I have listed below, the most basic moon phases and what they are most often used for. .

Moon Phase Rise/Set Approx. Time Used to/for Waiting Period
New Moon:

Rebirth Aspect



Best on day of New Moon but Can include up to 3.5 days after New Moon

Rise at Dawn.

Sets at Sunset

This is a time to explore personal growth issues. To ask for healing's & blessings from God/dess. Spiritual exploration. Start new ventures

Magick endeavors in this phase usually see results by the next cycles Full Moon

Waxing Moon:

Virgin Aspect

Best on exact Night Occurs between 7-10.5 days after New Moon

Rise at Noon

Sets at Midnight

Good for attraction magic, building power in spell work. Good for power in spells like gaining abundance, success, love, luck, wealth, friendship, so on.

Magick endeavors in this phase usually see results by the next cycles New Moon

Full Moon:

Mother Aspect

Highest power on the actual night of full moon.

Can include up to approx. 14-17.5 days after NEW MOON

Rise at Sunset

Sets at Dawn

Best time to banish things or release things, excellent for divination & protection, Psychic powers enhanced, healing of very serious conditions, time of x-tra power

Magick attempted on this phase may take at least a full cycle (1-month to the next) for completion of works started here.

Waning Moon:

Crone Aspect

Best on exact night

Can include up to approx.10.5- 14 days after Full Moon

Rise at Midnight

Sets at Noon

Best time to work on banishing negative energies, returning power you have given away. Time to take this power back and rid self of addictions, illness or negativity. Work on lost self esteem

Magick endeavors in this phase usually see results by the next cycles Full Moon

Dark Moon:


Death Aspect Return to Summerland Aspect

Usually occurs about 3 days before New Moon<

Rise at 3:00 AM

Sets at mid- Afternoon

10:00 AM is the strongest

Begin work on divorce, enemies, justice, any problems in your way, Spells to stop theft, stalkers & threats too you, friends & family

Yet traditions states this is not the time for magick and should be a time of reflection and meditation, its up to you

In the time it needs it will be done, if your will is in harmony with the "best interest" of the Universe and all involved therein

Why stress the Moon?

The Moon is seen as a symbol of the power of the Goddess, manifested. When "we" Invoke the deities for help or call in favors, like on the Harvest Moon, "We" are working with the physical energies set up by the Goddess, through the Moons orbit. These physical energies are magnified to their maximum output at specific times in their orbit, thus the energies that eminent from it are used for specific uses and reasons. When you learn the Laws or conditions of each moon phase you will see a tremendous acceleration in your success in magickal results and in magickal aptitude.

This is another reason Wiccans meet on the full moon for Esbats. The Esbat marks the power emanating from the fullness of the moon and celebrates our dedication to the Great Goddess Herself; it is our worship time. Be clear that we do not worship the moon, only the power that the moon provides, that is seen as coming from the Bright Lady. This power or energies She sends us, marks our ability to meld with the Universe, and to produce particular out comes while tapping into the powers the moon is presenting to us. For example on a full moon healings are at their peak as well as protection spells.

Now with this in mind, you need to understand that the moons orbit travels through the zodiac sings. Doing this allows for specific influences on the astrological sign it is traveling through. For this purpose I have included yet another chart that marks these influences.

Moon In: Influences

Capricorn: Dec. 22 - Jan. 19

Business, standing, honor, discipline

Aquarius: Jan 20 - Feb. 18

Friendship, acquaintances, hopes, dreams, giving, humanitarian, human rights

Pisces: Feb. 19 - Mar. 20

Development, evolvement, growth, karma, secrets revealed

Aries: Mar. 21 - Apr. 20

Beginnings, self, personality, Disposition, temper

Taurus: Apr 21- May 20

Financial/Success matters, benefits, All matter of material possessions

Gemini: May 21 -Jun. 21

Relatives, Beginning family, communication, intellectual matters

Cancer: June 22 - July 22

Home, over sensitivity, death, family

Leo: July 23 - Aug. 22

Love( give & receiving), entertainment, and hobbies (individual in nature)

Aug. 23 - Sept. 22

The environment (in general and in specific), health issues

Libra: Sept. 23 - Oct. 22

Marriage, partnerships, all matters of law, justice


Sex, lust, inheritances, legacy, major changes

Sagittarius: Nov. 22 - Dec. 21

Metaphysics, long-distance travel, religions, Looking for Higher self

A Blue Moon is when there is a full moon twice in one month. They are very powerful, great for Initiations!

A Lunar Eclipses symbolizes the perfect balance of both the sun and moons powers. You can attempt any type of magick at this time and be assured that there will be plenty of power to go around to aid in success. This success is due to the amplified energies that abound at this time.

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