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Author Topic: Moon phases in your magic(k)al practice?  (Read 4320 times)
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hufflee Jennifer Lee Huffman who has time?

« Reply #4: October 28, 2008, 10:18:56 am »

Are you doing specific kinds of magic(k) at specific moon phases?

How serious do you take moon phases? Would you wait for the right moment to do a certain spell, work etc.?

What's most important about the moon in your magic(k)al practice? Waxing/waning or the amount of fullness?

With what kind of calendar do you work? Do you just look at the day or does it matter to you at all in which hour exactly the moon will be full, new etc.? How do you define full or new for your work? In what time frame is the moon full or new to you?

I probably won't add anything different than what's already been posted, but I'll throw my $.02 in anyway.

For starters, I keep a copy of a moon phase calendar with the exact times and dates of the phases of the moon. While it would be ideal for me to work at exact moments, my children often prevent this from happening. I just get as close to the right time as I am able. You can find these calendars online. The one I'm currently using you can find at  It's created using EST, but I can easily adapt it to my own timezone.

I will wait and do certain spells at certain times, unless it's absolutely imperitive that they be done immediately (which is rare). I don't think it's absolutely necessary, but I figure that extra punch of energy from the moon will move things along faster.

  • If you work with the full moon, does it matter to you if it's waxing to the full or waning from the full at the moment?
  • If you work more with the waxing/waning aspect, does it matter to you if the waxing moon has just been a new moon or if it is a few hours away from being full?

Do zodiacal signs of the moon matter for you at all?

It just depends on the purpose of the spell and how important (to me) it is to do the spell right away. Take November's (2008) full's on the 13th, which is a Thursday, at 2:17 am (my time). I may not be able to stay up that late, so my full moon ritual will probably be done a bit before the moon is technically "full," and still on the waxing side. If during my ritual I am trying to bring something to me, this would be fine, and I wouldn't worry about the moon not being 100% full.

OTOH, if I need to do a banishing of some sort, I would do my normal full moon ritual on the 13th, include the banishing as part of the ritual, and then reinforce just the banishing part of the ritual on the next night when the moon is waning.

Yes, when I need a specific thing, I will try to start longtime goals when the moon is waxing right after being new. Shorttime goals I tend to start right before the full moon if possible.

All of this being said, If I need something done immediately, it really doesn't make much difference to me which phase the moon is in. The moon doesn't change through the phases, just the way we perceive the moon changes. 

I will also use the tides (high versus low), if possible, to determine when to do a particular spell.

Since I don't know all that much about Astrology, I don't worry about the Zodiacal signs of the moon. I am beginning to study Astrology though, and probably will include them in my practice once I know what I'm doing. 

I hope this answers your questions!

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