In my world I always look for ways to increase the magical things that happen in my life. One might say that I want to live a magical life. It suits me well and it is at this place that my life seems to make the most sense to me. So, I think about magic all of the time and the phases of the Moon really intrigue me. One thing I know for certain is that you have to follow the cycles and live accordingly. What I mean by that is everything created is done so in the correct cycle. You can not create a baby if a women is not ovulating and the egg has not dropped. So learning the cycles whether it is a yearly cycle, or a monthly cycle or even a daily cycles just makes sense if you are in the business of manifestations. I am very much interested in cycles and how to apply them to my life, so when I started thinking about the Moon and her cycles, I wanted to know more. When I began to look for information I found out that there are actually 8 cycles of the moon, which is even more interesting to me. But, also what was more amazing to me was the information I found on the Dark Moon and the Full moon. Who knew? There is so much information out there about so many things, it is breathtaking. I have always believed in working within the cycles and worked with the Dark Moon and the Full Moon but the information I am presenting here, give you an opportunity to fine tune your efforts if you which. So on to the Moon......
The Dark Moon
The first day of the Dark Moon cycle is know as the Old Moon. The waning crescent at its extreme level of attrition. The attribution of this moon cycle is "Composting" or "Pruning." It is the best day in the lunar cycle to do banishing work for habits or diseases, end relationships, bury old resentments, discard items of which you wish to lose the influence(throw away your old boyfriend's stuff today, or clean out the closet you have been avoiding since Grandma died), quit a job, or move. This day is sacred to the "Old Man of the Moon," and is a good day to honor your ancestors or pay respect to an old person or tradition. It is a poor time to begin a relationship or business deal, find a house, buy anything of value, or begin school or magical training.
The second day of the Dark Moon cycle is the Dark Moon. This is the Seed Moon, and its energy is focused on inception, on inner work and the process of renewal. Traditionally, coven work on this day focuses on workshops or classes that may be of personal use, with the expectation that any ritual done will be individual work. If possible, traditional lore says this is not a good day to make decisions or begin or end things in mundane reality, it is a day of stasis, rather like a mild moon-void-of-course. However, there are certain kinds of magical activities which work well today. Personal divination, creation of charms of protection, choice of a magical name, and past-life regressions are likely to be very powerful on the Dark Moon. The day is sacred to the Dark God, who leads us on the inner journey to confront the Shadow Self, acting as protector and guide.
The third day of the Dark Moon cycle is the New Moon. It is sacred to the Young God and is a day of sprouting, new beginnings and prophetic work. It is a good day to plant seeds, start a magical working, dedicated or initiate, hand fast or get pregnant, or begin a new job or relationship. Doing divination for others is likely to be successful today. If you prefer to do magical work or ritual around the Dark Moon, this is the most effective day of the cycle to schedule it. It is also a powerful time to begin any long-term spell work, like a job search, healing work, or searching for a mate or magical partner.
AND ON TO THE FULL MOON
The first day of the Full Moon cycle is the Bursting Moon, or "Right Hand Moon". It is sacred to the Moon Goddess, the ever-pregnant one, Goddess of potential. It is the time right before things come to fruition, the moment before success or completion. Therefore, it is sometimes referred to as the Maiden Moon. It is the time when we best can access our own potential, so it is the time of the Lunar Cycle to create future plans, including doing guided meditation to answer questions, or astral travel to consult with spirit guides and avatars. Mundanely, it is a good day to finish "beginning" processes, like signing a contract for an ongoing business deal, making an offer on a house, applying for a job, or taking examinations in school. It is also the time of the Lunar Cycle when our memories are apt to be the most acute, especially short-term memory. Since this moon phase deals with what is almost there, it is a good time to do such things as find lost objects or recall and make contact with forgotten friends.
The second day of this cycle is the Full Moon. It is sacred to the Silver Circle, Goddess of the Full Moon. It represents blossoming, coming to full completeness or awareness. It is the best day of the cycle for guided meditations. lucid dreaming, and rites of passage. Both men and women may be more sexually aware now, more tactile, sensual, languorous. It is often the preferred time for ritual work since we connect well with others at this time in the cycle. Celebrations and parties will be easier to produce and more successful at this time. It is also know as the Mother Moon, and children born on a Full Moon may have well-developed psi abilities. Projects planned to end on a Full Moon are almost always successful. The Full Moon exerts a strong pull on all the waters of the earth, so emotions may be volatile now (especially if you are a water sign) as well as weather being unsettled. Most people relate the best to people of the opposite sex on the Full Moon.
The third day of the cycle, is the Disseminating Moon or "Left Hand Moon." It represents the beginning of the process of harvesting, synthesis, coming to understand. In some traditions it is the Crone Moon. It is sacred to Sofia, Goddess of Wisdom. It is a symbol of wisdom, experience, a life well-lived. On this day, it is a good time to honor all types of continuity and wisdom including visiting with elders, honoring your ancestor, and teaching your children. Rituals done to access ancient wisdom are particularly successful on this moon, especially those which are done by groups. Elevation to Elder status, croning ceremonies and hand parting ceremonies are successful today. It is the best day of the month to record rituals or lore, or to analyze a magical process you have completed.
On to the other cycles of the moon:
The First Quarter of the moon is about growth. Here plans develop easy so you might take on more than you can do so be careful. There may be an increase in thirst and hunger. It is a good time to learn new skills so taking classes would be good. The direction is Southeast. Energy is balanced and you are not too introspective. Doing this time, you are interested into discussing issues. Most people are exocentric now, and focus on jobs or other mundanity. Dreams are more realistic, fewer symbols, may have prophetic dreams now. The direction is Southeast.
Gibbons Moon is considered the time when things has reached a bud state. You notice details and become self-aware and gregarious. There may be an urge for exercise and you awake earlier. Here you see development of process. The direction is South. Strength increases and hard workouts are possible. You enjoy socializing with feelings of awareness, compassion. At this point, you are becoming more loving and interested in intimacy. There can be a burst of emotional energy which does not last long. More gregarious and flirtatious. Dreams are active. Sleep is deep and relaxing. Often dream of the past recognizable.
After the full moon you have the waning crescent, which is the fruit stage. Should be able to sell idea, sign contract and finish the job. Blood pressure may rise slightly and activity level begin to diminishes. Banishing spells, charms for breaking habits, dream work time. The direction is the West. May become tired in afternoon and early to bed. Aware of others empathetic, feel like you have much to give. You may have passionate emotional and sexual needs especially for tenderness and verbal intimacy. Time of the month in winter when the inversion is most likely. If you do not usually remember your dreams, this is the best time of month to try.
Last Quarter of the moon is the Harvest. Here you understand your personal process, you analyze and have clear thinking. Your appetite decreases and there may be slight weight loss. Rituals of praise and thanksgiving are done here along with Divination. The direction is Northwest. You could have midmorning peaks, lazy afternoon and may need to take naps. At this point, you want attention and feel like being cared for. Your attention turns to your home beautification and family issues. Your focus also includes money, resources, time and you are resting. Often dream answers to real-life questions. It would help you if you start a dream diary to see your dream patterns.
And this brings us back to the three days of the Dark Moon. What a journey! I know that this may seem like a lot of information or a lot of things to do but it is your choice and if you are interested in affecting the changes in your life, this is a good way to do it. Just something to think about. Look up this information on the Moon on the web and see how you can fit it into your rituals. If rituals are new to you then this would be a good place to start. Happy Moon Magic to you. In Lak'esh, I am another yourself, Peace Blessings and Love!