Moon Phases and Magic Part 2
The Waning Moon
Waning Moon means the moon is decreasing in size, moving from the Full Moon towards the New Moon. This is a time for spells that banish, release, and reverse. This is a time to break bad habits or bad addictions, to end bad relationships. This is a time of deep intuition and a time for divination.
At this time the moon represents the Goddess in her Crone Aspect, give praise to Hecate, Morrigan or one of the other Crone Goddesses. The period of the waning moon lasts about 14 days.
Waning Gibbous /Disseminating Moon
"Moon of Retribution"
Location: Moon is 225 - 270 degrees ahead of the Sun
After its 14 days of waxing, culminating with the Full Moon, the entire process is reversed and the Moon decreases in apparent size. After about 3 days of appearing to be more or less full, the moon slowly begins to visibly go dark on the right side, while the left side stays the same disk-shape as it had when it was Full. This is the Waning Gibbous Moon - it looks perfectly round on the left side, but bulged out past half-way on the right. This is the time to begin waning, repelling, decreasing, or reversing spells. The Waning Gibbous Moon rises in the early evening and sets sometime after sunrise.
This is the Moon of the Earth Mothers. Demeter, Ceres, Korte, Danu (Anu), and Bast. What work has been done is now gathered in and the crop offered as a sacrifice to the Mother who gave it to us in the first place. Time to harvest and time to begin renewal. A time to review endeavours and correct mistakes. Settle disputes and make amends.
A time to review endeavours and correct mistakes. Settle disputes and make amends. A time to start taking things apart. Addictions; Divorce; Stress; Unnecessary negativity; Bad or unwanted Habits; Decision making; Emotions; Protection; Unwanted influences; Unwanted situations; Healing, banishing what shouldn’t be there; Old ways of thinking and doing things. Goals: Start work on removing obstacles. Give thanks for what has been achieved. Relates to the Harvest of the Grown Plant.
The time of the waxing Moon is in many traditions concerned more with mundane outer matters, whereas the period of the waning Moon deals with subconscious enlightenment leading to the clarification of conscious values. The waxing Moon brings instinctual growth. The waning Moon brings a conscious process of creative release.
Last Quarter / Waning Crescent Moon
"Moon of Harvest"
Location: Moon is 270 - 315 degrees ahead of the Sun Span: Seven to ten and a half days after the Full Moon. Positive
Last-quarter-moon, every night the Moon rises in the East a little later and the thickness of the Waning Gibbous gets thinner, until the shape of the Moon is half a circle. This is the Last Quarter, also called by some people the Third Quarter or Waning Half Moon. It is dark on the right and bright on the left. You can continue to do waning, repelling, decreasing, or reversing spells. The Waning Last Quarter Moon rises about at midnight and sets about at noon.
Waning-crescent-moon, as the shape continues to shrink, night by night, the Moon becomes a Waning Crescent; the dark side is to your right, and the bright Crescent is to your left. You can continue to do waning, repelling, decreasing, or reversing spells. This is a powerful time to take off curses or to send evil back to the one who sent it to you. The Waning Crescent Moon rises between midnight and dawn, but fades out when the Sun comes out.
Release of any negativity, not just banishing it but consciously letting go of it. Continuing any banishing done during the last phase.
Continue work from last phase. Good time to concentrate on removal of self from situations, relationships, and habits. Relates to the Storing of the Harvested Plant. A time to rid oneself of everything that is causing obstruction, to get rid of anything (or one) you know longer need. Good time for haircuts to slow growth, dye hair, or pluck eyebrows. Time for self-analysis, rest and recuperation, meditation and readying oneself for the energies of the New Moon. This cycle’s experiences have culminated and one must now prepare for rebirth.