Wiccans: Magic, Ritual and the Moon?






I am curious about Magic, Ritual and the phases of the moon. I have noticed that today the moon is at 5% and waning. I know the Moon is a powerful player in Magic and Ritual, but I’m wondering about your thoughts on the phases of the Moon. What is different when the Moon is waxing? When it is waning? When there is no Moon? I am most curious to hear your personal opinions on these matters and whether you can attest to the power of the Moon in its several phases, and whether you follow conventional wisdom when it comes to the Moon. I beg your pardon if my lack of knowledge about Wicca is blatantly obvious.


  1. The moon’s phases have absolutely no influence over demonic activity – which is the mainstay of magic and witchcraft.

  2. Waxing – Getting bigger
    Waning – getting smaller
    No moon – covered by Earth’s shadow
    Full Moon – no shadow to block it
    The moon is a symbol of the Goddess and her power. Therefore phases of the moon play into ritual because of the Goddess’s involvement.

  3. Mostly what the phase of the moon is used for, is for timing. Waxing moon(new to full) is used for bringing about growth & abundance Waning moon (full to new) is used for shrinking or banishing.
    Magic is not usually a one shot deal. Nor is it instant, It requires follow-up… A specific spell is performed at a certain time and it can takes half a lunar cycle to manifest, sometimes even longer.
    For example if a witch wanted to perform a spell to aid a friend with the illness of cancer ( sometimes wiccan covens work like christian prayer circles, where outside friends petition for help) You would want to start work on the full moon or the waning gibbous moon to help shrink the tumor…
    If a wiccan was working for helping someone with AIDS they may want to start working from the new or waxing gibbous to help them bolster their immune system…
    It all depends on the wording

  4. Well…when the moon is waning, it is a time of banishment. Getting rid of bad habits, negativity, bad thoughts, anything unwanted. Waxing moon is a time of gaining. Money magic, developing healthy habits, employment magic, etc…No moon is a time of rest. Relax from magic works.

  5. I take correspondances to be psychological. Green works in a money spell only if green invokes thoughts of money in the operator. Nothing comes from the color green itself. The moon phases are the same way to me. (I’m not a believer in astrology either, which I think is important here) The moon is the moon is the moon. If it triggers certain thoughts within you, paying attention to the phases is very useful. But for me, its just a chunk of rock.
    The conventional associations are that the waxing, full, and waning moons correspond to the maiden, mother and crone. The maiden can be growth, beginnings, youth, increase, etc. The mother can be fulfillment, strength, power, protectiveness, etc. The crone is wisdom, knowledge, endings, etc.

  6. I know some who prefer to do constructive spells during waxing and banishing-type spells during the waning… I personally don’t care as much as they do about those sorts of things.

  7. In the grand scheme of the history of Wicca, Astrolatry (not astrology) is a newcomer.
    The moon is not half as important as many newer varieties of Wicca claim it to be.
    I follow a solar calendar, personally, you know, with solstices, not lunastices….lol.

  8. In traditional Lunar Witchcraft…. the New Moon (no moon in the sky) is a time of contemplation and meditation. The time of Waxing (increasing) is a time for spellwork that will help you gain something. The time of Waning is a time for magick that will help you get rid of things in your life you want rid of. (i.e. changing bad habbits)…. The Full moon though is the most powerful time for magick in Lunar Witchcraft… and can be used for pretty much any sort of magick.

  9. The best way to view the cycle of the moon is to relate it to a woman’s cycle. Look at the New Moon as the woman just after her menstrual cycle. As the Moon is new, she begins her cycle. The moon is waxing at that time. She then becomes very fertile as she ovulates and that is comparable to the full moon. After the woman ovulates, her egg of that cycle begins to die. That is when the moon is waning. She then ends her cycle with her menstrual cycle and that is the dark of the moon with the moon. When her cycle ends and she begins the cycle again, it starts with the New Moon. Both the woman and the moon are about 28 days.

  10. The Moon is more than just a Wicca symbol. She is a primary Wiccan Goddess.
    The Moon represents the Feminine Aspect of the Divine. The Yin which balances the Male God’s Yang.
    The Moon is the Mother of all life on Earth. She is associated with the Spiral of Life – birth, death, and rebirth. She grants our wishes. She guides our dreams.
    The Moon is perhaps the most universal Wicca symbol. She is depicted in Pagan jewelry, on ritual robes, and on altar tools.
    “Moon phases are a part of the great cosmic dance in which everything participates: the movement of the celestial bodies, the pusle of tides, the circulation of blood and sap in animals and plants.
    Observation of the night sky, of the stars, and especially of the moon, was the beginning of mathematics and science.”
    The Moon cycles around 13 times in one year. The word “menstruation” derives from “moon.” It is the sacred expression of the Moon Mother’s power to create life. The ability to honour the Moon each month with this mysterious gift, which is also intimately connected with a woman’s ability to create life, is one of the greatest Mysteries and Powers.
    The term “moon cycle” (or “lunar cycle”) is referring to the moon’s continuous orbit around the earth. As the moon orbits the earth, it’s appearance (the “phase”) changes and thus gives us an indication of the moon’s progress in the cycle (the “age”).
    The sun always illuminates exactly one-half of the moon, but we see it at different angles as it rotates around the earth. With the naked eye, we can only see the part of the moon that the sun is illuminating. For instance, a crescent moon is when we only see a small portion of the illuminated portion of the moon.
    We give the parts of the moon cycle different names, according to how the moon appears to us. In order of appearance:
    New (also called the Dark Moon) – not visible
    Waxing Crescent
    First Quarter – commonly called a “half moon”
    Waxing Gibbous
    Full – we can see the entire illuminated portion of the moon
    Waning Gibbous
    Third Quarter – another “half moon”, but the illuminated part is opposite of the First Quarter
    Waning Crescent
    New – back to the beginning
    This complete lunar cycle (New Moon to New Moon) is also called a “lunation”. During this time the moon will completely circle the earth. That’s the scientific definition, but you can take any phase; for instance a so-called “full moon cycle” would be from Full Moon to Full Moon.
    Astrology and the Lunar Cycle
    Aside from the scientific explanation, the term “moon cycle” is often heard in astrological circles. According to astrology, the moon’s cycle can affect the way you feel about things. In particular, when the moon is full or new, both male and female can experience dramatic changes in their mood and behavior.
    With a full moon, stress becomes a major factor and people become more sensitive to details. An overload of work will add to the frustration and people will deal with their own needs rather than paying attention to others needs. Often, a lack of assertiveness will be obvious.
    A new moon brings with it the sense of calmness. In this moon cycle, people’s emotions get back to normal, their determination will return with the feeling that anything can be accomplished, there will be more energy and acceptance of other other’s ideas.
    The Moon has been worshipped in every religion, even though that fact has been obscured or corrupted through the domination paradigm that has ruled for a handful of millennia. For example, according to Walker . . .
    “A primal deity of Persia was Al-Mah, the moon, whose name became the Hebraic almah, ‘nubile woman’: the word that Christians insisted on translating ‘virgin’ when it was applied to the mother of Jesus. …
    As Manat, the old Moon-mother of Mecca, she once ruled the fates of all her sons, who also called her Al-Lat, the Goddess. Now she has been masculinized into ‘Allah,’ who forbids women to enter the shrines that were once founded by priestesses of the Moon.”
    The Moon is the eye of the Goddess, the Mirror that sees and reflects everything on the Earth. The Moon is also the Yoni through which all life is born.

  11. i am a student in Black magic and learning the same for last two years,the no moon and full moon do influence the the achivement of desired effect.

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