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Moon Phases & Spells

What moon phase best suits what spell?

This is a question I get asked a lot! And this is where I get to redirect you all back to the website... so welcome and here is some thing you need to know about moon phases & spells.

Sometimes these have different names and this is in part, what can cause an issue. It also doesn't help that in magick, we sometimes use the in between of in between phases... I know...

all moon phases
All Moon Phases

Here we have included some of the variations in names used.

We also feel obligated to make you aware that Moon Phases are not a necessary part of spell work but it sure does make it more fun! and sometimes even more powerful! Nature is a beautiful tool as well as simple pleasure.

When it comes to aligning spells with the moon phases, here's a breakdown:

  • New Moon

  • Represents new beginnings and full potential.

  • Ideal for workings related to beauty, health, self-improvement, job hunting, love, networking, and creativity.

  • Associated with the Winter Solstice.

  • Goddess Name: Rosemerta's Moon.

  • Theme: Abundance.

  • Tarot Card: The Fool.

  • Waxing Crescent Moon

  • Focuses on setting intentions, growth, determination, and manifestation.

  • Suitable for manifestation rituals.

  • Associated with Imbolc.

  • Goddess Name: Brigid's Moon.

  • Theme: Manifestation.

  • Tarot Card: The Magician.

  • First Quarter Moon

  • Emphasizes taking action, making decisions, and commitment.

  • Ideal for workings related to courage, luck, motivation, and elemental magick.

  • Associated with the Spring Equinox.

  • Goddess Name: Persephone's Moon.

  • Theme: Luck.

  • Tarot Card: Strength or the Star.

  • Waxing Gibbous Moon

  • Focuses on refinement and adjustment.

  • Suitable for workings related to courage, patience, peace, and harmony.

  • Associated with goddess Nuit's Moon.

  • Theme: Perfection.

  • Full Moon

  • Signifies harvest endeavours, self-reflection, and gratitude.

  • Ideal for a wide range of workings including art, health, fitness, love, money, protection, and psychic power.

  • Associated with the Summer Solstice.

  • Goddess Name: Sekhmet's Moon.

  • Theme: Power.

  • Tarot Card: The Sun.

  • Waning Gibbous Moon

  • Encourages introspection and letting go of old habits.

  • Suitable for workings related to addictions, emotions, stress, and protection.

  • Associated with goddess Hecate's Moon.

  • Theme: Reassessment.

  • Tarot Card: The Tower.

  • Third Quarter Moon (Last Quarter)

  • Focuses on release, reflection, and forgiveness.

  • Ideal for workings related to endings, health, protection, and ancestors.

  • Associated with the Fall Equinox.

  • Goddess Name: The Morrigan's Moon.

  • Theme: Banishing.

  • Tarot Trump: Judgement.

  • Waning Crescent Moon

  • Represents surrender, rest, and rejuvenation.

  • Suitable for workings related to closure and rest.

  • Goddess Name: Kali's Moon.

  • Theme: Justice.

  • Tarot Card: Justice.

  • Balsamic (Dark Moon)

  • Symbolizes rest and contemplation.

  • Suitable for workings related to change, justice, obstacles, and separation.

  • Associated with the Pagan Holiday Samhain.

  • Goddess Name: Kali's Moon.

  • Theme: Justice.

  • Tarot Card: Justice.

For more detailed information, you can explore our online course on Basic Witchcraft for Beginners at:

moon phase in sky
Moon Phase

Understanding the Dark Moon Phenomenon The term "dark moon" refers to the last visible crescent of a waning Moon.

Its duration is dependent on its ecliptic latitude and can last anywhere between 1.5 and 3.5 days.

In modern astronomical terms, the new moon occurs during the middle of the dark period, when the Moon and Sun are in conjunction.

  • The dark moon is a time of contemplation! Focus on yourself and connecting to your very being ie mind, body and soul.

Dark moon as described in Wikipedia:

The Dark Moon is the waning crescent phase that immediately precedes the New Moon. It's often referred to as the balsamic phase of the New Moon. Unlike the New Moon, again the Dark Moon is not a time for manifestation, but rather a period for reflection and contemplation.

  • TIMING: Moon rises at 3 am and sets at mid-afternoon, best effects between these times.

  • TIME FRAMES: Moon is 10 1/2-14 days after the full moon.

  • SUGGESTED SPELL WORKS: Addictions, change, divorce, enemies, justice, obstacles, quarrels, removal, separation, stopping stalkers and theft.

  • REASON: Rest.

  • PAGAN HOLIDAY: Samhain.

  • GODDESS: Kali's Moon.

  • ENERGY: Dark Goddesses.

  • OFFERINGS: Honesty.

  • THEME: Justice.

  • TAROT: Justice.

  • CRYSTAL: Labradorite.

  • STAR SIGN: These do not have a direct correlation to the astrological moon signs as there are 12 signs and only eight phases, so the sign associated to each phase differs from month to month. However, the indications of how these align can be seen below with new and full moons and of course there are references such as what sign the moon is in, at different times of the year and phases etc. For example: In Scorpio, the Dark Moon is all about power. In Sagittarius, the Dark Moon encourages adventure. In Capricorn, the Dark Moon motivates you to work hard and control what you can. In Aquarius, the Dark Moon asks you to focus on humanitarian endeavours.

Worth noting: From a magickal perspective, the Dark Moon is the roughly three days in which the moon is not visible to us. The New Moon is when we see the first sliver of the waxing moon, also called the ‘Horns of Isis’ in reference to the moon horns the Goddess Isis wears. The ‘horns' (or tips) of the crescent always point to the left when the moon is waxing and to the right when it’s waning.

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