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Moon Phase Chant
Where is the Moon when the Moon is new?
It’s a sliver to the right getting bigger every night
Where is the Moon when the Moon is round?
Rising as the sun is going down
Where is the Moon when the Moon is waning?
Sliver to the left till there’s no Moon remaining
Since time began, we have been using the Moon to live our lives by tuning into the Earth’s natural rhythms – to use the magic of the moon phases for living, growing crops, magic rituals, health and so much more.
Magic of the Moon Basics
The Moon completes a full orbit around the Earth every 29.5 days. The phases of the Moon are:
Waxing Moon (when the Moon gets bigger in the sky, a narrow crescent growing from right to left)
Waning Moon (when the Full Moon is decreasing in size, moving back towards the New Moon, gradually changing to a decreasing crescent from right to left)
Gibbous Moon is the period between the first quarter and Full Moon and between the Full Moon and last quarter.
During the New Moon phase the position of the moon means no light is reflected off the Sun, so it is not visible at all.
The Full Moon appears 14 to 15 days after the New Moon and appears as a glorious glowing white circle in the night sky. This phase reflects the maximum amount of light from the Sun.
But the best way to put it into memory is a good old time folk tale:
The new Moon always rises at sunrise And the first quarter at noon. The full Moon always rises at sunset and the last quarter at midnight.
Or Picture the movement of the moon in terms of a clock whose hands are moving backward. The moon rests on the clock’s hour hand, Earth sits at the clock’s centre, while the sun shines far off in the direction of 12 o’clock. As the moon orbits counter clockwise around Earth, its position relative to the sun and Earth changes, giving us the varied phases of the moon. Each phase of the moon lasts approximately 5 days.
Moon Sister Moon
Moon Sister Moon, shining so high
Smile down upon me, full face in the sky
Moon Sister Moon, with your silver glow
Whisper your secrets, tell me what you know
Full moon names date back to Native American tribes of a few hundred years ago who lived in what is now the northern and eastern United States. Those tribes kept track of the seasons by giving distinctive names to each recurring full moon. Their names were applied to the entire month in which each occurred.
There were some variations in the moon names, but, in general, the same ones were used throughout the Algonquin tribes from New England on west to Lake Superior. European settlers followed their own customs and created some of their own names.
Jan. 26, Full Wolf Moon: Amid the zero cold and deep snows of midwinter, the wolf packs howled hungrily outside Indian villages. It was also known as the Old Moon or the Moon after Yule. In some tribes this was the Full Snow Moon; most applied that name to the next moon.
Feb. 25,—Full Snow Moon: Usually the heaviest snows fall in this month. Hunting becomes very difficult, and, hence, to some tribes this was the Full Hunger Moon.
March 27,—Full Worm Moon: In this month the ground softens and the earthworm casts reappear, inviting the return of the robins. The more northern tribes knew this as the Full Crow Moon, when the cawing of crows signals the end of winter, or the Full Crust Moon, because the snow cover becomes crusted from thawing by day and freezing at night. The Full Sap Moon, marking the time of tapping maple trees, is another variation.
In 2013, this is also the Paschal Full Moon— the first full moon of the spring season. The first Sunday following the paschal moon is Easter Sunday, which indeed will be observed four days later on Sunday, March 31.
April 25,—Full Pink Moon: The grass pink or wild phlox is one of the earliest widespread flowers of the spring. Other names were the Full Sprouting Grass Moon, the Egg Moon and — among coastal tribes — the Full Fish Moon, when the shad come upstream to spawn. The moon will also undergo a very slight partial lunar eclipse, which will be visible from the Eastern Hemisphere, but not from North America. At its peak, less than 1.5 percent of the moon’s diameter will be immersed in the Earth’s umbral shadow; a very underwhelming event to say the least.
May 25,—Full Flower Moon or Hare Moon: Flowers are now abundant everywhere. It was also known as the Full Corn Planting Moon or the Milk Moon. The moon will also undergo a penumbral lunar eclipse, but the passage of the moon’s disk into the Earth’s shadow will result in one of the slightest eclipses of all, administering a mere touch of penumbral shadow at the northernmost part of the lunar limb.
June 23,—Full Strawberry Moon: Strawberry-picking season peaks during this month. Europeans called this the Rose Moon. The moon will also arrive at perigee only 32 minutes earlier, at 7 a.m. EDT at a distance of 221,824 miles (356,991 kilometres) from Earth. So this is the biggest full moon of 2013. Very high ocean tides can be expected during the next two or three days, thanks to the coincidence of perigee with the full moon.
July 22,—Full Buck Mead Moon: Named for when the new antlers of buck deer push out from their foreheads in coatings of velvety fur. It was also often called the Full Thunder Moon, thunderstorms now being most frequent. Sometimes it’s also called the Full Hay Moon.
Aug. 20,—Full Sturgeon Moon: This large fish of the Great Lakes and other major bodies of water like Lake Champlain is most readily caught at this time. A few tribes knew it as the Full Red Moon, because when the moon rises it looks reddish through a sultry haze. It was also known as the Green Corn Moon or Grain Moon.
Sept. 19,—Full Harvest or Barley Moon: Traditionally, this designation goes to the full moon that occurs closest to the autumnal (fall) equinox. The Harvest Moon usually comes in September, but (on average) once or twice a decade it will fall in early October. At the peak of the harvest, farmers can work into the night by the light of this moon.
Usually the moon rises an average of 50 minutes later each night, but for the few nights around the Harvest Moon, the moon seems to rise at nearly the same time each night: just 25 to 30 minutes later across the U.S., and only 10 to 20 minutes later for much of Canada and Europe. Corn, pumpkins, squash, beans and wild rice — the chief Indian staples — are now ready for gathering.
Oct. 18,—Full Hunters’ Moon or Blood Moon: With the leaves falling and the deer fattened, it’s now time to hunt. Since the fields have been reaped, hunters can ride over the stubble, and can more easily see the fox, as well as other animals, which can be caught for a thanksgiving banquet after the harvest.
A penumbral lunar eclipse will also take place. Perhaps for some minutes centred on the time of greatest eclipse (7:50 p.m. EDT) might the penumbra be marginally detectable over the moon’s southernmost limb; for at that moment the penumbral magnitude will reach 76.5 percent. Those living across the eastern half of North America might see some evidence of this faint penumbral shading soon after local moonrise.
Nov. 17, 10—Full Beaver Moon: At this point of the year, it’s time to set beaver traps before the swamps freeze to ensure a supply of warm winter furs. Another interpretation suggests that the name Beaver Full Moon came from the fact that the beavers are now active in their preparation for winter. It’s also called the Frosty Moon.
Dec. 17,—Full Cold, Oak or Long Night’s Moon: On occasion, this moon was also called the Moon Before Yule. December is also the month the winter cold fastens its grip. Sometimes this moon is referred to as the Full Long Nights Moon and the term “Long Night” Moon is a very appropriate name because the nights are now indeed long and the moon is above the horizon a long time. This particular full moon makes its highest arc across the night sky because it’s diametrically opposite to the low sun.
2012 was a special year in that it has a Blue Moon on August 31st! When two full moons occur in a month, the second one is called a “blue moon”. They are quite rare and the next one isn’t until July 31st 2015. Be sure to make a wish on it!
The Full Moon and New Moon phases can also affect people in varying degrees – from feeling happy and full of energy to being exhausted, depressed and nervous! Many people sleep quite badly (if at all) during or coming up to either of these Moon phases.
Call To The Moons
Dark Moon, We Hear You Call Us
Bright Moon, We Call Your Name
Crescent Moon, We Sing With You
Crescent Moon, We Sing With You
The Magic of the Moon is an essential and important part of the Wicca religion. Magic rituals are by and large performed by the moon phases which are known as the Maiden (waxing), the Mother (full) and the Crone (Waning) – all believed to be the faces of the Goddess.
New Moon- When the crescent moon is visible (horns facing left) it is time to begin new ventures and start new projects. Trim your hair and it will grow longer. Light a white candle and make a wish for the month. Move to a new house start a new job or begin a new relationship. Begin exercise regime or healthy eating plan now. is excellent for spells that are related to starting new projects, increasing abundance and healing.
Waxing Moon- Focus on creative magic during this phase. Perform spells for health, wealth or love. Think positively during this phase and your confidence will grow with the moon. Affirmations will encourage a positive attitude. Stand in front of a mirror every morning and say “I am a creative confident person.” You may feel silly but it will work.
Full Moon – When full, the moon is at its height of its energy and power. This is the phase most associated with magic. Concentrate on magic, spells and wishes emphasizing fulfilment, such as taking exams or completing a task. This is an excellent time to perform love spells. Spells for success are also best cast under a full moon. The Full Moon is good for healing rituals, protection spells and finishing off projects.
Waning Moon – As the moon decreases, it is the ideal time to focus on what you would like to disappear from your life. Perform magic to diminish debts, lessen your anxiety, to make illness shrink away or put off unwanted admirer. Visualize all your problems gradually decreasing. It is good fortune to give others during this phase. is perfect for clearing, cleansing, banishing and divination spells.
Dark/ New Moon- The three nights before the New Moon are known as the Dark of the Moon. As energies are uncertain and unpredictable at this time, casting spells in this period is not advised – with one exception! It has long been believed that planting an acorn in the Dark time of the Moon ensures that you will receive money in the near future. As the moon shrinks to nothing and turns its face away from the world, you will be wise to follow its example. Replenish your inner resources by withdrawing and looking inward. Practice yoga or meditation rather than acts of magic at this time unless absolutely need be or just work very minimal everyday magic. Evaluate what you want. But take no action until the next new moon or corresponding phase.
Once in a Blue Moon..
The complete sequence of moon phases from new to full takes over 29 days. There are 12 full moons in most years and 13 in others. Approximately once every 2 1/2 years 2 full moons fall within a single calendar month. The second of the full moons in known as a Blue Moon and magic performed under it is twice as strong.
Moon Oracle Set
Goddess Of The Moon
Goddess Of The Three-Fold Moon
Maiden, Mother, Ancient One
Goddess Help Me Find My Voice
What I Ask Is My Choice
Your Moon charm
You can imbue a charm crystal or even herbs with the power of the full moon.
Place your chosen object in the moonlight and let it absorb the mystical rays.
To charge the object for the first time, bury it on the night of the full moon and wait for a month.
During its waning phase will cleanse the buried charm.
During the waxing phase the moon will bless the charm with lunar energy.
Collect the charm on the next full moon and bow three times in thanks.
Wash the charm in moon water by leaving a glass of water in the moonlight.
Silver objects such as coins or crystals do the best with moon charms.
Gardening By Moon
Sign Placement of the moon in the heavens through astrology is not the same as it’s physical placement through astronomy. In earlier times, farmers used a solar, lunar and astrological calendar to ensure the proper planting period for their gardens and fields. Planting
The water signs are the best for planting. When the moon is in Cancer, Scorpio, or Pisces are the best times. But Taurus, Virgo and Capricorn can be follow-up alternatives. Weeding and Ploughing
When the moon moves into Aries, Gemini, Leo Sagittarius and Aquarius, remove weeds and inspect your plants for pests.
Transplanting and Grafting
Transplanting and Grafting are best done when the moon enters Cancer, Scorpio and Pisces. Pruning
Pruning is best done during Aries, Leo or Sagittarius. Try to schedule your pruning during a waxing moon to encourage growth.
Keep it clean and mended
Clean out your shed during a Virgo moon to help the work move along smoothly. Mend fences, gardening stakes and beds during a Capricorn moon. Ect.
Avoid making decisions when the moon is in Libra
Pagan Lunar Calendars Today’s pagan calendars are typically associated with early European pagan calendar systems. And of course there are many of those as well, calendar systems were either mathematical or oral in nature.
The earliest physical example of a Celtic Calendar we have comes from the Coligny tablet. The tablet was found in a field north of Coligny Ain, France. The tablet was inscribed with Roman letters and numbers, but was written in an early language of the Gaul’s. It’s thought to have been fabricated in or about 50 A.D. or about 100-years after the Roman invasion. The tablet provides us with some details about the structure their calendar system.
A Celtic month started during the full moon, rather than a new moon. Each month alternated 29 to 30 days, making a 354 day calendar year. The calendar took into consideration the tropical cycle as well. Which means it was a lunisolar calendar. The calendar contained 3 years of 12 months and 1 year of 13 months. The extra month was called Mid Samonios. A month was divided into 2 parts; the light half and the dark half. Each half was approximately 2 weeks long. Some scholars believe this confirms the importance of the new moon to Celtic calendar for religious significance.
The stone also marks the festivals of Beltaine and Lughnasadh with small sigils. The festival of Oimelc is also identified and occurs during mid winter. And Samhain marks the Celtic New Year.
Oral traditions bring us 2 additional Celtic calendar systems. The Celtic Tree Calendar and the Celtic Shamans Calendar. Both of these are spoken of in ancient lore that pre-date the Coligny stone. But once again, because they are oral lore, it’s hard to establish evidence to their accuracy or be reliably sure these calendars were utilized by early pagans at all.The Celtic Shamans Calendar doesn’t really have a name or reference. Some call it the Shamans calendar simply because it has reference for use outside the Druidic order or before the Druids aligned the varying regions of Celtic belief under one roof. The Celtic Shamans Calendar is based on the balance of time. It contains 13 months of 28 days, making a 364 day calendar year. Like the Coligny calendar, the year begins on Samhain and divided each month into 2 halves. But the months began on each New Moon and was know as the dark half. The light have ended the month after the full moon. The days began at sunset and were also divided between dark and light. The festivals were marked on time periods coinciding with an equinox, or solstice to divide the year into fertility or planting and harvest or hunting times.
Drawing down the moon.
Imagine above you the round glowing disc of the moon, bathing you in a protective circle of light. Vibrant with energy, your space is transformed, filled with the purity of spirit. Stand and raise your arms above your head. Let your palms face each other and curve slightly toward the moon. Feel as though you’re a sacred chalice, drawing the power of the Great Mother into every cell of your being—from your toes, to your womb, to your breasts, to your jaw, and your eyes. Feel the pleasure of this energy. It is vibrant with the power to give, to receive, to nurture life, and manifest what is possible.
Sending your blessings.
Draw your hands to your heart. Massage this area. Imagine that you have become a Full Moon goddess, capable of balancing the earth and harmonizing its opposing forces. In particular you are tuned to the energies of Aries and Libra, the complementary energies of “me” and “we.” Aries wonders, “Who am I?” Libra wonders, “Who are you—and how can we work together?” Aries is adventurous, individualistic, and trailblazing. Through Aries we feel our existence as an independent being, capable of taking action, without needing approval or support. Libra is harmonizing, beautifying, and partnership-oriented. Its primary purpose is sharing—ideas, experiences, space—with others. Aries and Libra are opposing signs, but together they make for a balanced world. Our Libran ability to relate to others is diminished without a secure sense of our own identity. Our Aries efforts are unsuccessful when we alienate others and are uncooperative. Full Moons bring an opportunity to balance and harmonize its opposing signs. Too much Aries and we’re combative, self-absorbed, and impatient. Too much Libra and we’re indecisive, uncommitted, people-pleasing.
For the centre of this ritual, imagine that the forces of Aries and Libra come to life in their archetypal form—as the Warrior and the Goddess. As you breathe in the weakness of each of these archetypes, you will breathe out the healing strength of the other. In this way, you will reconcile and balance these energies within yourself around the globe. Your sacred work has that power. Believe in it! Find a comfortable rhythm working with the images and your breath. Repeat the statements until you feel a transformation.
The warrior, angry, lonely and in fear.
The goddess, soft and smiling, as the warrior
drops his club, and the two embrace.
Grounding the energy.
See the world bathed in the purifying light of your offering: the sleeping babies, the politicians arguing, the starving children, liars and thieves. See the world transforming with this light, growing peaceful and calm. When you are ready, bring your hands to your sides, palms facing the earth. Send your divine light deep into the earth. See this energy take shape as a round moon, gathering below you in the centre of the earth. Feel yourself slowly coming back into your body. Rest in this peace until you are ready to return to your life. Blessed be.