The moon is the closest planet to Earth. It moves with us in a sacred dance that unfolds in even, rhythmic cycles mirroring the cycles of the body, the cycles of the harvest and growth of plants and trees, the cycles of life. We can honor and celebrate the connection by monitoring as the moon waxes from new to crescent to quarter to gibbous to full and wanes through these phases in reverse back to new.
Read about using the Moon's energy in witchcraft
This is a potent time for your most powerful destructive magic. Magical workings conducive to the dark moon include destroying or banishing very powerful things, such as unwanted entities, addictions or serious diseases. The New Moon is also a good time to go within for soul-searching and to perform divination.
Waxing Crescent Moon
The waxing crescent is the best time for magic on yourself pertaining to new beginnings, such as starting a new project or making plans for the future. If you're looking to conjure energies into your life such as a more positive attitude, more patience, more understanding more passion, this is the perfect timing for such goals.
First Quarter Moon
The First Quarter, or Waxing Half-Moon, is the time when energies are most conducive to attraction. Use this time for spells and meditations meant to attract things you want in your life. Another good use of this moon phase's energy (both waxing and waning) is in aiding with transitions, whether these are transitions that you have to make or simply want to make in your life.
Waxing Gibbous Moon
The Waxing Gibbous is a time for constructive magic, best used towards 'reeling in' that which you've been working for already. This phase is a great energy for renewing your strength, will and determination to see your efforts through.
The Full Moon is often seen by people as 'all purpose'-- it's energies are prismatic in that it flows into all areas and needs, be it constructive or destructive.The Full Moon is particularly beneficial for magics and meditations revolving around spirituality, psychic development, dreams and divination.
Waning Gibbous Moon
Minor banishings can begin with the Waning Gibbous. Think of this more like routine dusting-- there's no major build-up, you're just trying to keep things clear to prevent problems. As for meditations and divination, rather than looking to the future or on to new things, it's a good time for introspection.
Last Quarter Moon
The Third Quarter, or the Waning Half-Moon, is the perfect timing for dealing with obstacles or leaping over hurtles that might cause you to stumble on your way. Whenever you've been working toward something, and there's a road block in your path, the timing of this moon phase offers appropriate energies for helping you burst through it. Another good use of this moon phase's energy is in aiding with transitions, whether these are transitions that you have to make or simply want to make in your life.
The Waning Crescent, as it approaches the Dark Moon phase, is suitable for stronger banishing than at any other time of the waning moon phases. Get rid of whatever has been plaguing you. If you need things to end, this moon phase is a good time to do it.
Sun and Moon
The Sun and the Moon provide balance in our lives. The Sun's energies are positive and electric, while the Moon’s are receptive and magnetic. The Sun’s radiance remains constant during the day, while the Moon’s radiance is cyclical in it’s waxing and waning at night.