Meanings Of The Lunar Phases
Every time the Moon enters a new phase -- lasting for about 3-1/2 days each -- there's a shift in the electro-magnetic field of Earth. Learn the characteristics of each phase and you'll be guided into taking appropriate action, whether in personal or business relationships. The power and consciousness behind each lunar phase is awesome. Let the Moon support you. It will show you how to stay emotionally and physically balanced and also put money in your pocket.
The Moon governs the general public, sales, and business in general. The overall cycle of the phases governs the acceleration or deceleration of growth and momentum. Ideally, start projects and build them when the Moon is increasing in light -- "waxing" – from New Moon to Full Moon. From the Full Moon to the oncoming New Moon, the Moon is decreasing in light -- "waning" -- and this is when you want to bring whatever activities you can to a completion. Keep this ebb and flow of energy in mind and you'll have an invaluable tool to help you flow with the tide of events, rather than against them. Each phase represents a segment of time within the monthly lunation cycle as a whole. With practice you will begin to see how each phase is not an isolated period within itself, but rather a consequence of the previous phase and a preparation for the following one. In other words "Space is Curved." Whatever you send out will come back to you at the appropriate time, and it's a good idea to know where you stand in the overall cycle. Understanding the lunar rhythms will also save on panic and worry, as you realize that everything in life unfolds in exactly the right moment.
New Moon - "Beginnings." Subjective-Inner awareness starts to open; new seed-ideas begin to unfold in the inner consciousness. Expand into the world of ideas, allow the outrageous wanderings of the mind, open to unlimited possibilities, watch the birthing of the idea into thought. Let it unfold in the quiet.
Crescent - "Growth." The research phase. Ask the big questions - the why? Shape, mold, dance with the newly realized seed-idea. Ask yourself: How can I bring my vision into the material world? Gathering knowledge prepares you to take future action.
First Quarter - "Action." Take action in the outer world. Pick up hammer and nails and build new structures. There's an urgency about facing the challenge of the moment. Move forward, or be buried in the past. Stand up or sit down, but don't wobble.
Gibbous - "Analysis." Make adjustments to clarify your sense of direction. Without expecting absolute perfection, continue to move toward self-improvement. Be comfortable with yourself. Assess and analyze projects. You have a better idea where you're headed.
Full Moon - "Illumination." The outer structure is complete and ready to be filled with content. The completion is the culmination of the seed-idea of the New Moon. Sense where you fit into the overall scheme of life. These 3-1/2 days represent the beginning of maximum fruitfulness. Favors public exposure and events.
Disseminating - "Networking." Give something back to the community. You are now ready to make a contribution. What you know has value even if you may have doubts about its worth. Find common ground through discussions. You can make a powerful mental impression on others because of your ideals and vision.
Last Quarter - "Results." Enjoy the harvest of your labors. This can be the most productive time for completions and gaining results. Success in business and personal affairs. The next question is: "Now that I've achieved what I want, what do I do with it?" Begin to let it go.
Balsamic - "Releasing the Past." Turn away from thought and drop into the quiet. Emptiness is the fertile ground that recognizes and encourages the presence of the new seed. Regeneration. A time of cleansing. Inner time and reflection bring you back into emotional, physical and spiritual balance.
The lunar phase is important in determining the best time for magic. There are basically two lunar phases: waxing moon (ideal time for positive magic) and waning moon (ideal time for banishing / negative magic, study, and meditation). In between you'll have the dark moon (the time of greatest power for banishing and negative magic) and the full moon (the time of greatest power for positive magic). 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) Magic ( 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 Magic (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 Magic (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 Magic (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) Magic (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 Magic (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.
Eclipses represent the perfect union of sun and moon. Any type of magic is acceptable. There are 2 types of lunar eclipse:
- Partial eclipse
- 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 magic work while the moon is avoid of course. Don't do any major magic work. Don't complete any magic work.
A Moon Wobble is generally an unsettling time of sudden ups and downs, increased accidents and violence, unusual or extreme weather, greater incidence of earth activity, e.g. earthquakes, volcanic eruptions, and intense, often volatile emotional behavior. People feel more restless and are more likely to over-react to problems. Anything begun during a Moon Wobble is usually short-lived because of the unstable energy - on average lasting 3 months to one year.
Moon Wobbles have benefits, too. They can be very stimulating times, bringing new contacts, innovative ideas, heightened creativity, and unexpected opportunities. Use them to gather information and consider different options, but wait until they are over to make final agreements and actually begin new ventures. This powerful cycle was first recognized, then researched and named by noted American mathematician and astrologer Carl Payne Tobey. He found that these cycles of intensified energies occur when the transiting Sun makes contact with the Lunar Nodes (the Lunar Nodes are where the orbit of the Moon intersects the orbit of the Earth around the Sun). There are usually 3.5 to 4 Moon Wobbles a year; however, occasionally there are 5, as in 1996. The focus for Moon Wobble phenomena varies according to the sign the Moon Wobble is occurring in; however, there are some general "rules of thumb" that apply to all Moon Wobbles.
Try to avoid:
- Buying a home or moving
- Starting a new job or project
- Having important medical work done
- Having major car or home repairs done
- Taking long-distance trips: If you do travel, be flexible!
- Having arguments or confrontations with the closest people in your life. They can easily escalate out of proportion and be very difficult to resolve.
- Remind yourself it is a Moon Wobble when difficulties arise.
- Try to act not react in dealing with problems.
- Be flexible and roll with the punches.
- Drive with extra care.
- Expect the unexpected!
Moon Phase Magic
New Moon workings can be done from the day of the new moon to three-and-a-half days after.
The new moon is for starting new ventures, new beginnings. Also love and romance, health or job hunting.
Waxing Moon workings can be done from seven to fourteen days after the new moon.
The waxing moon is for constructive magic, such as love, wealth, success, courage, friendship, luck or health.
Full Moon Magic workings can be done from fourteen to seventeen-and-a-half days after the new moon. Prime time for rituals for prophecy, protection, divination. Any working that needs extra power, such as help finding a new job or healings for serious conditions, can be done now. Also, love, knowledge, legal undertakings, money and dreams.
Waning Moon Magic workings can be done from three-and-a-half to ten-and-a-half days after the full moon. The waning moon is used for banishing magic, for ridding oneself of addictions, illness or negativity.
Dark Moon Magic workings can be done from ten-and-a-half to fourteen days after the full moon. The dark moon is a time for dealing with attackers, for exploring our darkest recesses and
understanding our angers and passions. Also bringing justice to bear.
Plants That Come Under the Dominion of the Moon
The whole plant world is especially subject to the moon.
Especially strong lunar associations are:
Acanthus mollis: acanthus, Bear’s breeches
Agnus castus: monk's pepper, Chasteberry, Chaste Tree, Vitex
Atriplex silvestris: atriplex, orache, all-seed, notchweed
Bellis perennis: daisy
Brassicae: all kinds of cabbage, brassicaceous plants
Cardamine pratense: lady's smock, cuckoo flower
Carica papaya: papaya
Cheiranthus cheiri: wallflower
Cucumis sativus: cucumber
Cucurbita Pepo: pumpkin, gourd
Curcuma longa: turmeric
Galium aparine: galium, cleavers, goose grass
Hieracium pilosella: hawkweed, mouse-ear
Hyssopus officinalis: hyssop
Iris florentina: Florentine iris (with Saturn)
Iris germanica: German iris (with Saturn), dark blue flowers
Iris pallida: pale iris (with Saturn), pale blue flowers
Lactuca sativa: cabbage-lettuce
Lenticula palustris: duckweed
Ligustrum vulgare: privet
Lilium album: white lily
Lysimachia nummularia: moneywort
Myristica fragrans: nutmeg
Nasturtium officinale: watercress
Nymphaea alba: water lily
Papa ver rhoeas: corn poppy (with Saturn)
Papaver somnifrruni: opium poppy (with Saturn)
Ruta lunaria: moonwort
Salices: all kinds of willows
Sedum acre: sharp stonecrop, wall-pepper
Sedum telephium: orpine
Stellaria media: chickweed
Telephium vulgare: sedum
Tilia: lime-tree (with Venus)
Trapa natans: water chestnut
Veronica officinalis: speedwell
Vinca minor: myrtle, periwinkle
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