New Moon Esbats
Basic energy: Intellect, awareness, agility, adaptability, multi-tasking.
Zodiac color association: Orange.
Primary element: Air
Suggested magickal operations: Rituals and spells for any type of learning or research. Spells to finish the old and move on to the new, to help you juggle the many projects you are working on at once without failing or for finding a new car or new job. Spells for any of the mental arts, including meditation,learning a divination tool, pathworking, and telepathy. Magick for learning to understand and deal with siblings.
Avoid: Trying to pack too many magickal operations into one ritual.
Be careful: Of self-denial.
New Moon Esbats
Basic energy: Stability, peace, affection, responsiveness, saving, artistic ability, devotion, harmony.
Zodiac color association: Red-orange.
Primary element: Earth
Suggested magickal operations: Rituals and spells for prosperity, saving money, holding on to something you already have (like a grade point average), building and keeping harmony in the home, investing time and money in a project, long-term goal planning, spells for people you love, spells for long-term healing, meditations for peace.
Avoid: Missing a good opportunity.
Be careful: Of your own stubbornness.
The Moon’s energy is most intense when She reaches abundant fullness. Any magickal effort, especially difficult ones, can benefit greatly from the potency of this phase. Use the full Moon to amplify magickal intent and to give spellworkings additional power.
To seal spells performed during the full Moon, use this chant or one of your own choosing:
Abundant Mother, Moon so bright
Hear my plea upon this night.
Your fertile power lend this spell;
Make it potent, strong and well.
The shrinkage of the Moon from full to dark is called the waning phase, and it offers an energy suitable for recession, peaceful separation or elimination. Use the waning Moon to end undesirable eating patterns, break bad habits or to remove yourself from dysfunctional partnerships or stressful situations. Its energies favor any magickal effort requiring decrease or removal.
To seal spells performed during the waning Moon, use this chant or one of your own choosing:
Oh Aging One of grace, now hear:
With your guidance, this spell steer.
Remove all blocks and hesitation,
And take it to its destination.
This phase occurs when the Moon grows from dark to full. In this phase, the Moon provides the proper energy for magickal efforts requiring growth or enhancement. It is a good time for beginnings, fresh starts and new love and is of benefit in building, businesses, friendships, partnerships, and financial prosperity. The waxing phase also provides suitable conditions for planting herbs, developing psychism, and increasing physical health and well-being.
To seal spells performed during the waxing Moon, use this chant or one of your own choosing:
Oh, Maiden Moon, now hear my plea:
Hearken, hearken unto me!
As you grow, my spell enhance–
And power its magick with Your dance.
Dark Moon Chant
Some practitioners use this phase as a period of rest. They find it useful for regeneration, relaxation, and gathering for the creative phase of the waxing Moon.
Others prefer to use it for meditation, psychic power enhancement, or for delving into past life memories to help them better understand current difficulties. Dark Moon energy also lends itself to divination and maters where truth is an issue.
To seal spells performed during the dark Moon, use this chant or one of your own choosing:
I call on You, Oh Crone so wise–
One Who rules the darkest skies.
Come and be my treasured Guest,
And aid me on this magickal quest.
New Moon Esbats
Basic energy: Beauty, love, sociability, cooperation, originality, courtesy, responsiveness
Zodiac color association: Emerald
Primary element: Air
Suggest magickal operations: Rituals and spells for sharing the arts (music, painting, dance, writing) where you seek the approval of others. Spells for love, friendship, and romance, and for conflict mediation. Spells to ensure you are treated fairly, to enjoy beauty and to learn to cooperate with others. Spells to improve communication between yourself and a teacher or parent. Partnerships of any kind.
The New Moon is as powerful in its own way as the Full Moon. It is a time for taking stock. It is a phase of hibernation, retreat, and contemplation. Avoid crowds and gatherings and seek a little time for yourself. Rest is crucial during the New Moon. Simple foods and quiet times are powerful healers. Many women menstruate with the New Moon. It is natural to want to curl up in bed with a good book and nice cup of chamomile tea. Stronger nervines (relaxing herbs) are skullcap, hops, catnip, oatstraw, and valerian. After the New Moon ends and that first crescent appears, then the healing lunar cycle begins all over again. Most acute diseases do not last a full lunar cycle. The information in this article is only intended to be an educational tool, not a prescription. It is always wise to consult with your health care provider when experiencing any illness or discomfort. Awareness of the rhythms of nature can assist you and your health care provider in determining the best course of treatment at any given time. Naturally, some conditions will require that you apply therapies that don’t necessarily “fit” with the phase of the Moon.
The lunar phase is important in determining the best time for magick. There are basically two lunar phases: waxing moon (ideal time for positive magick) and waning moon (ideal time for banishing/negative magick, study, and meditation). In between you’ll have the dark moon (the time of greatest power for banishing and negative magick) and the full moon (the time of greatest power for positive magick). Most witches and pagans work around these lunar phases. However, others suggest a much more complicated subdivision of the moon phases. New Moon Magic (from the day of the New Moon to 3 1/2 days after) Timing: The magic should be performed between dawn and sunset for the best use of this magic. Conjuring: beauty, health, and self-improvement farms and gardens job hunting love and romance networking Crescent Moon Magic (from 3 1/2 days after the new moon through the 7th. day) Timing: The moon rises at mid-morning and sets after sunset. Conjuring: animals, business, change, emotions, matriarchal strength First Quarter (Waxing Moon) Magick ( from 7 to 10 days after the new moon) Timing: Sunset is the prime time for waxing moon magic. Conjuring: courage, elemental magic, friends, luck, motivation Gibbous Moon Magick (from 10 to 13 days after the new moon) Timing: It’s a wonderful time for working around 10:00 to 11:00 p.m. Conjuring: patience Full Moon Magick (14 days after the new moon) Timing: Midnight is the best hour to work. Conjuring: artistic endeavors beauty, health, and fitness change and decisions children competition dreams families health and healing knowledge legal undertakings love and romance money motivation protection psychism self-improvement Disseminating Moon Magick (3 to 7 days after the full moon) Timing: The time of souls is at 3:00 a.m. Conjuring: addictions, decisions, divorce, emotions, stress, protection Last Quarter (Waning Moon) Magick (7 to 10 days after the full moon) Timing: The moon rises at midnight and sets at noon. Conjuring: addictions. divorce, health and healing (banishing disease), stress, protection Dark Moon Magick (from 11 to 14 days after the full moon) Timing: As odd as this may sound, the strongest pull of the dark moon is around 10:00 a.m. Conjuring: addictions, change, divorce, enemies, justice, obstacles, quarrels, removal, separation, stopping stalkers and theft. Lunar Eclipses Eclipses represent the perfect union of sun and moon. Any type of magick is acceptable. There are 2 types of lunar eclipse: 1.Partial eclipse 2.Penumbral eclipse of the moon Moon Void of Course It’s said that the moon is void of course before it enters a new moon sign (Cancer, Leo, Virgo…). There is a sort of dead space when this is happening. The rule here is to avoid doing any important magick work while the moon is avoid of course. Don’t do any major magick work. Don’t complete any magick work.
Protective Charm Bag
Garlic is a great protective herb. Besides its supposed properties of keeping away vampires and the roaming undead, a clove of garlic comes in handy for kitchen magick. For this kitchen charm, use a four-inch squre of black fabric and about six to eight inches of black ribbon. Place the clove of garlic for protection and purification in the center of the fabric. Add a pinch of salt to break up any negativity you feel may be surrounding you or the situation.
Gather up each edge of the square, name them for each of the four Elements. After you gather the corners together, tie the bag closed with the ribbbon. Take a careful look at this kitchen charm, the directions are all laid out for you.
By the powers of earth (pick up one corner)
And air (gather the second quarter)
And fire (pick up the third)
And water (and the last corner)
I create this Witch’s protective charm.
(tie the fabric closed with the ribbon)
Grant me safety and shield me from all harm.
Remember to seal this charm with the closing line.
By all the powers of three times three,
As I will it, then so shall it be.
You may keep the charm bag on your person or tucked away in the most-used room of your home to boost your magickal household protections.