If you’re starting your path to become a Witch, one key element that can determine your success when casting spells at home is your ability to keep track of the moon phases and work with them to improve your ritual Magic. The first thing is to be aware of what the Moon phase is today. Save this page so you can come back and check anytime you need.
Now that you know what the current lunar phase is, use the guide below to know what type of spells you should be working on this week.
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Why are Moon Cycles Important when Casting Spells?
The Moon is Earth’s only natural satellite. She accompanies and influences us in many ways, even if we can’t always perceive it. Most Witches are extremely sensitive to the lunar cycles and can sense the effect that the Moon and its phases are having on them. This can be used to make better decisions and expect better results in turn.
It has been proven that the phases of the moon have different effects and influences on the Earth and all living beings. The lunar phases can alter the ocean tides, the weather, our sleep patterns, our moods and many other things including rates of fertility, caused by the extra light that the full moon provides ¹.
Throughout history, wise women and men were well aware of the power of the Moon and its changing phases, and developed spells and rituals that adjust to take as much advantage of this energy as possible.
Best Spells to Cast on Each Moon
The phases of the moon are eight and we can group them into 4 basic stages: New (Dark) Moon, Waxing Moon, Full Moon, and Waning Moon. Let’s see what the rest are and how they can affect your Magic, by learning the best spells to cast during each lunar phase.
The eight phases of the moon are: New moon, Waxing Crescent, First Quarter, Waxing Gibbous, Full Moon, Waning Gibbous, Last Quarter and Waning Crescent². Let’s see in detail each lunar phase and their effect on your Witchcraft.
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1. New Moon
This is the first phase of the lunar cycle. It starts when the moon is invisible (this state lasts for one day and is also known as a Dark Moon) because it rests between the Sun and the Earth. On the following days, the moon slowly begins to appear in the sky. The energy of the New Moon is associated with introspection, self-analysis and reflection on ourselves. An opportunity for a fresh start and a New You.
What to do during the New Moon
The energies of this Moon phase aren’t really going to increase your powers of Manifestation. Instead of casting a spell in the New Moon use this time to establish a general intention for the lunar cycle that begins today. Work on your personal space: clean your ritual area, start or decorate your Book of Shadows, look up spells online, or take a cleansing bath. Meditate on your wishes and desires, but also on your doubts and fears. Plan and think about everything you want to conceive and achieve during the next 28 days!
Some of the best spells to try during the New Moon are:
2. Waxing Crescent
This phase of the moon starts 3 days after the New Moon, when you can begin to see a small portion of the moon in the dark sky. The crescent moon is the symbol and representation of the Wiccan Goddess, embodying Manifestation and Abundance.
What to do during the Waxing Crescent Moon
Cast a spell that will help you grow your business or your career. This is a good time for long-term or material-gain spells, such as a money-drawing spell or a ritual for finding a new job. Focus on your work and your education. Avoid thinking of your goals as something that is in the future but rather as something that is already starting to happen. Also, charge your Moon Water on the Waxing Crescent Moon.
Harness the power of this lunar phase by working with these type of spells:
- Money Spells that Work Fast💰
- The Best Career and Job Spells 💼
- How to Prepare and Charge Moon Water Tonight 💧
- Visit our Collection of Waxing Moon Spells 🌒
3. First Quarter
This phase begins around 7 days after the new moon. This is an excellent time to take action regarding your deepest wishes and to address your biggest blockages. It is a great time for growth and self-healing. As a continuation of the previous phase, the energies present at this time can help you feel more lucid and aware of how your intuition and second natures are developing.
What to do during the First Quarter Moon
Use the energies of this phase to heal on both spiritual and emotional levels. As the moon is growing in shape, you can focus on self-growth. It’s a time of abundance so use it creatively, allow the right things and people come to you and attract the important things that you wish to see more of. Carry out health and beauty treatments, focus on personal growth such as increasing self-esteem and self-love, family and fertility, and work on developing your Powers of Manifestation. Cast these spells during a First Quarter moon:
- Good Luck Spells for Everyone🍀
- Love Spells for Every Occasion 💘
- Visit our Collection of Waxing Moon Spells 🌒
Because this is a very introspective and spiritually charged moon phase, you will want to work on strengthening your Witch Powers. If you are a Beginner Witch, go ahead and cast your first easy spell during this time:
4. Waxing Gibbous
This is the fourth moon phase. It starts on the 10th day after the New Moon and lasts until the 13th day after it. It is a time to be patient. Recognize the power of the Universe and let it take control. Pause your actions and instead observe the state in which your projects are. Relax, analyze, and plan your next move.
What to do during the Waxing Gibbous Moon
Wait and develop patience. If you have started casting a spell during the previous moon phases, this is the time to sit tight and let the Universe do its job. This is a gestation period in which we don’t really have to do anything in particular. Use this time to get ready for the next phase: The Full Moon. Organize your tools, gather your materials and add new pages to your Book of Spells. Also try:
5. Full Moon
It occurs 14 days after the New Moon and it’s easy to identify because the night sky is suddenly glowing all around you. Look up and you’ll find a big pearl shining brightly as it reflects sunlight upon the Earth. It represents the culmination and success of everything you started during the Waxing moon phase. Now everything is in its fullness. During this phase, people are more receptive and social relationships become more favorable.
What to do during the Full Moon
The full moon favors communication and social interaction. This phase is very favorable to deal with romantic issues, as it can be a true aphrodisiac. If you have been working on a love spell, this is when you will see the best results. Act on your desires and take chances!
As this moon enhances communication with the spiritual world, any kind of ritual that is performed under the Full Moon will experience a boost of Power. Divination rituals are especially strengthened by this moon, like any personal spellwork that could use a major boost, including rituals for abundance, protection, love or wisdom. Your chances of success are greater than during any other lunar phase. Use the power of the full moon to cast any type of spell with confidence.
- Choose any Spell from our Library of Spells
- Visit our Collection of Full Moon Spells 🌕
- Invoke her energy Drawing Down the Moon
6. Waning Gibbous
It starts on the 3rd day after the Full Moon until the 7th day afterwards. It brings an opportunity to remove and eliminate negative energies. Use this moon phase to free yourself from burdens that are holding you back.
What to do during the Waning Gibbous Moon
Banishing rituals and any spells to get rid of negative things and situations are favored by this moon phase. For example, those related to divorce, separation, removal of problems, addictions, stress and other negative feelings. Best types of spells for this phase:
- Protection Spells 🙏
- Bath Spells 🛀
- Spiritual Cleanses 🌿
- Banishing Spells 💨
- Visit our Collection of Waning Moon Spells 🌖
7. Last Quarter
This phase starts on the 7th day after the Full Moon and lasts until the 10th day afterwards. Let the energy of this moon quietly finish your removal processes and cleanses. Close any pending issues and quietly renew your inner energies.
What to do during the Last Quarter Moon
It is time to be cautious and use this lunar phase to rest. You can also use this opportunity to remove yourself from destructive relationships, negative behavior patterns or anything harmful in your life. Overcome melancholy and depression. Some Witches use this moon phase to cast spells for justice or against enemies (i.e. Black Magic).
Best spell for the Last Quarter Moon Phase:
8. Waning Crescent
This is the last phase of the Moon cycle. It spans from the 10th day after the Full Moon until the night before the New Moon. It’s a moment of closure and reflection, do not use it to make any big decisions or start a new project.
What to do during the Waning Crescent Moon
Give thanks for a cycle that ends, allowing a new one to begin. Look back to what you have accomplished during the past month, what mistakes you made and how you can improve and keep growing. Perform rituals of gratitude and relaxation, which indicate conclusion.
Best spell for this moon phase:
If you feel a special connection to the Moon, then by following the moon phases and acting in consequence, it will be easier for you to connect with the rhythms of Nature, until it becomes part of the rhythm of your own life, harmonizing you with your environment. Just like the moon has a huge stabilising effect on Earth’s tilt, the key here is always to keep a healthy balance, knowing when to hold on to your Powers and when to release them to the Universe.
May the Moon accompany you in your spiritual quest!
- “Will Tonight’s Full Moon Affect Your Period?”, English Taylor. March 2018
- “Lunar Phase – Phases of the Moon”, Wikipedia.org
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