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 traditions of Wicca and Paganism, this time of the month is used to do “baneful” magic — that which sends away, gets rid of or destroys things you no longer wish to be burdened by. Some examples would include:
Magic to eliminate negative people or toxic relationships from your life
Workings to smoothly end a relationship or job
Rituals that banish bad habits
Any magic related to reducing things, such as debt, illness, etc.
Aarik is a Pagan practitioner who lives in New England. He says, “For me, the waxing moon is a time each month when I let go of all the baggage that has built up over the past few weeks. The moon is fading and dwindling, so it’s when I do a simple ritual to unleash all that negative juju into the aether around me. I get rid of anything that’s bad, hostile or toxic, so that with the next moon cycle, I can start over fresh.”
Patti Wigington, Paganism/Wicca Expert
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