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We specialise in astral magick, which basically means the rules we like to follow come from using the movements of the planets, including the phases of the moon, to time the magick. Lots of other practitioners also include the phases of the Moon in their craft.
The relative qualities and phases of the Moon are described in detail in our favourite grimoire, the Picatrix. This is where most of our astral magickal practise comes from.
As practitioners of astral magick, we have discovered the profound impact that timing can have on the effectiveness of spells. For example, even starting small with understanding the phases of the moon, and how they correlate with different aspects of spellcasting, can be a game-changer. In this article, we will delve into the world of spell timing secrets and how you can utilise the phases of the moon to maximise the power of your spells.
Understanding the phases of the Moon
Before we dive into the intricacies of spell timing, it is essential to have a solid understanding of the different phases of the moon. The moon goes through a continuous cycle of eight distinct phases, each with its own unique energy and symbolism. These phases include the New Moon, Waxing Crescent, First Quarter, Waxing Gibbous, Full Moon, Waning Gibbous, Last Quarter, and Waning Crescent.
We tend to keep it pretty simple, and just stick to the four main ones of New Moon, Waxing Moon, Full Moon and Waning Moon.
How the Moon’s phases affect spellcasting
People have often said that the Moon’s energy has a profound impact on our planet, influencing everything from the ocean’s tides through to our emotions, and even our spiritual practices. Astrology (and the Picatrix) teaches us that each phase of the Moon carries its own specific energy. It is this that we believe can be harnessed to enhance the effectiveness of spells. So by aligning your spellwork with the appropriate moon phase, you can tap into the natural rhythms of the universe and amplify your intentions.
The New Moon: Setting intentions and new beginnings
The New Moon marks the beginning of a new lunar cycle and is a time of fresh starts and new beginnings. It is the perfect phase to set intentions for the upcoming cycle and plant the seeds of your desires. The energy of the New Moon is fertile and receptive, providing a potent opportunity to manifest your dreams.
This makes the New Moon a perfect time to perform rituals and spells focused on setting intentions and initiating new projects. It is an excellent time for introspection, journaling, and connecting with your inner desires. By aligning your intentions with the energy of the New Moon, you can set the stage for a powerful manifestation cycle.
The waxing moon: Harnessing growth and manifestation
During the Waxing Moon phase, the moon is increasing in illumination, symbolising growth and manifestation. This is an ideal time to cast spells related to abundance, creativity, and personal development. Whether you are seeking financial prosperity, career advancement, or personal growth, the Waxing Moon provides the perfect energy to support your intentions.
So consider using this phase of the Moon to perform spells all around attracting new opportunities and amplifying intentions. Another suggestion is to create a vision board during the Waxing Moon, visually representing your goals and desires. By aligning your intentions with the energy of growth and manifestation, you have the potential to achieve some incredible results.
The Full Moon: Amplifying power and intention
The Full Moon is perhaps the most potent phase of the moon for spellcasting. As the Moon reaches its peak illumination, it is said to radiate a powerful energy that can amplify the intentions behind your spells. This is also potentially a time of heightened intuition, heightened emotions, and increased spiritual energy.
During the Full Moon, consider performing spells that require a significant boost of power. Whether it’s a spell to manifest a very specific outcome, maybe to enhance any latent psychic abilities, or perhaps a time to undergo a cleanse or “charge” your tools (or yourself!). The Full Moon’s energy supports these intentions.
The Waning Moon: Releasing and banishing
As the Moon begins to decrease in illumination, we enter what is called the Waning Moon phase. This phase is associated with releasing, letting go, and banishing stuff and things from our lives that no longer serve us. It is a time of shedding old patterns, and making space for new beginnings just before the New Moon.
The Waning Moon is the perfect time to perform spells that release any negative energy, break bad habits, and cut ties with toxic relationships. It is a powerful time for self reflection and meditation.By aligning your magickal work with the energy of the Waning Moon, you can effectively release what holds you back so that you are ready to invite positive transformation into your life.
Additional factors to consider in spell timing
We believe the phases of the Moon are a massive part of timing the magick. For us, this is just the very tip of a complex iceberg that is astral magick. In astral magick, there are other factors to consider to enhance the effectiveness of your spells. These are the various astrological alignments between the planets and star signs, integrating planetary hours, and even the days of the week can all influence the energy of your spellwork. By learning about, and incorporating, these additional factors into your practise, you can further align your intentions with the natural rhythms of the universe. But let’s not run before we can walk!
Tips for incorporating lunar energy into your spellwork
Now that you understand the importance of spell timing and the influence of the moon phases, here are some practical tips to help you incorporate lunar energy into your spellwork:
Start out small: Try using the moon for personal development. We have tips on using the moon for more than just magick.
Plan ahead: Familiarise yourself with the upcoming moon phases and plan your spells accordingly. This will allow you to align your intentions with the most appropriate energy.
Connect with the moon: Spend time outdoors under the moonlight, meditate, or simply observe the Moon’s phases from your window. Establishing a connection with the moon will deepen your understanding and enhance the potency of your spellwork.
By harnessing the power of spell timing and aligning your intentions with the phases of the Moon, you can significantly enhance the effectiveness of your spells. Whether you are seeking growth, manifestation, release, or new beginnings, the Moon’s energy provides a potent backdrop for all your spellwork. So embrace the magic of the Moon, and watch as your spells manifest with remarkable potency.
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