In Wicca, the power of the Moon cannot be overestimated, and indeed she is highly revered. The Moon is a primary Pagan Goddess. The powerful effect of the Moon is obvious, as it pulls the waters around our world. The Moon affects much more than just water; the very Earth under your feet has tidal movement that also follows the Moon. So does the air you breathe and the blood within your body, at least metaphorically speaking.
The Moon has five phases which are cycled through every month, these are: Full Moon > Waning Moon > Dark Moon > New Moon > Waxing Moon > Full Moon.
Every phase of the Moon creates a certain energy. This energy affects us all, and everything on Earth. As each phase of the Moon has its own energy, and its own power. When spell-casting, the more you can align with the flow of Universal Energy, then the more powerful your Wiccan spells will be, so it’s important to perform your spells in harmony with the Moon’s phase.
The Full Moon
The Full Moon is the point at which we can see the entire side of the Moon. For Magickal purposes, most Wiccans and Pagans consider the Full Moon to include the day before and the day after, for a total of 3 days.
Wicca, as a religion of nature worship, is well aware of the Moon’s cycles, especially as they affect making magick. This means it is very important for the correct Moon phase be taken into account whenever working magick or Wiccan spell-casting; as each Full Moon has a different meaning and magickal purpose.
Wiccans celebrate the 13 Full Moons that occur every year. These celebrations are known as Esbats. The Esbats are lunar and represent the Goddess at her height of power. At these times, Her Magick is more potent than on any other day of the month.
The Full Moon is also a traditional time for divinations of all kinds, as the power of the Moon aids in such work.
- January is known as ‘Wolf Moon’ and a time to plan a ritual of protection around your home and family.
- February is ‘Storm Moon’ a time to ask the Old Ones for help in planning your future.
- March – ‘Chaste Moon’ is an appropriate time for rituals to help fulfil your wishes.
- April – ‘Seed Moon’ to plan a ritual to physically plant your seeds of desire in Mother Earth.
- May – ‘Hare Moon’ is a great time for a ritual to reaffirm your goals.
- June – ‘Dyad (pair) Moon’, plan a ritual to balance your spiritual and physical desires.
- July – ‘Mead Moon’ sees the time for a ritual to decide what to do when your goals have been met.
- August – ‘Wyrt (green plant) Moon’, to plan a ritual to preserve what you already have.
- September – ‘Barley Moon’ and a ritual of Thanksgiving for all the Old Ones have given you.
- October sees ‘Blood Moon’ and a ritual to remember all those who have passed from this world, and be sure to make an offering to them.
- November – ‘Snow Moon’, a time to plan for a ritual to rid yourself of negative thoughts and vibrations.
- December – ‘Oak Moon’ here sees a ritual which will help you remain steadfast in your convictions.
Any Magick can be done during the Full Moon because the Magickal energies have reached their peak.
The Waning Moon
The Waning Moon is the period during which the Moon goes from Full to dark once again. Like the Waxing Moon phase, it lasts approximately two weeks. In many Wiccan traditions this time of the month is used to do ‘baneful’ Magick; that which sends away, gets rid of, or destroys things that you no longer wish to be burdened by. For example, Magick to eliminate negativity or toxic people from your life, workings to smoothly end a relationship or a job, rituals that banish bad habits and any Magick relating to reducing things such as debt, weight, illness etc.