by Leanna Greenaway
The Moon has always been known to exert a magical inﬂuence on the Earth. Scientists are always adding to their knowledge of the Moon’s activities and are bringing more understanding to the way it affects our planet. It is interesting to note that many scientists studying the Moon have become more in touch with their spiritual side, while those fortunate enough to travel into space have often returned in a more spiritual frame of mind.
The Moon is traditionally linked with the feminine aspect and the functions of the right side of the brain, which tend to inﬂuence creativity and insight. Men also possess these functions, but they tend to be found more abundantly in women.
The Moon sits approximately 250,000 miles away from the Earth. We generally say the Moon takes 28 days to complete its orbit around the Earth, but in reality it is 29.5 days—this latter time is longer due to the movement of the Earth during the Moon’s orbit.
There are many theories about the Moon and how it affects us. One theory posits that the Moon and its phases inﬂuence our internal chemistry, pulling on the gravitational forces of our physical bodies. Another concept states the gravitational field of a full Moon changes energy particles that reach the Earth, inﬂuencing the way we think and feel by changing the functions of our brain.
The word “lunatic” came into use because people suffering mental imbalances tended to become unstable at the time of a full Moon. Of course, the human body is about 80 percent water, so as the Moon affects the tides, perhaps it also changes the tide of our lives!
Dating as far back to humanity’s earliest tribes, the Sun, the Moon, and the stars were identified as having control over women and pregnancy. When we look at the connections between women and the Moon, we see that the female menstrual cycle lasts roughly 29.5 days. This is the length of time between two full Moons. Another interesting thing to note is that a pregnancy is around 266 days long, which is the approximate number of days within ten full Moons. It’s uncanny how women, especially in their fertile years, may be affected by the lunar cycle.
A very interesting experiment that you may wish to try is to study your own mood changes throughout the month and to note down how you feel during each Moon phase. You may be quite surprised at the results. My friend Sasha suggests that you also check how you, your family, and your friends or colleagues behave when the Moon passes through different signs of the zodiac. For instance, many people become irritable, angry, and subjective when the Moon is in a fire sign (Aries, Leo, or Sagittarius), or they may overwork when it is in an earth sign (Taurus, Virgo, or Capricorn). They may be somewhat unemotional and more detached and objective than usual when the Moon is in an air sign (Gemini, Libra, or Aquarius) and more intuitive and instinctive when it is in a water sign (Cancer, Scorpio, or Pisces).
The Full Moon
Research shows that when the Moon is full, more traﬃc accidents, murders, and suicides take place than at any other time during the lunar cycle. Those unfortunate enough to endure mental or emotional problems can experience diﬃculties around this phase. It has also been documented that people with criminal tendencies tend to offend more around this time. From a magical point of view, a full Moon is an excellent time to cast love spells, as the power from the full Moon intensifies emotional matters.
Cast spells during the full Moon for:
- Harmony in relationships
- Musical talents
- Psychic abilities
The Waxing Moon
When the Moon is waxing (growing into a full Moon), many witches cast spells to remove blocks and to improve life in general. Rituals can be performed if you feel that you are in a rut and if circumstances around you are not changing quickly enough. The energies at this time tend to work in a very positive fashion and usually bring about the desired results quite quickly.
Cast spells during a waxing Moon for:
- Problems at work
- Moving house or property matters
The Waning Moon
Magically, the waning Moon (when the Moon is shrinking toward a new Moon) is a good time to cast spells to remove unwanted situations and to shift negative or bad inﬂuences. There are times when we may feel like we don’t have the strength to tackle certain individuals, or that we lack the confidence that we need to face up to our fears. Spell casting during this phase gives us the power to take control, strengthen our inner selves, and become more assertive in our actions. It can also help us to find something that we have mislaid.
Cast spells during a waning Moon for:
- Banishing enemies
- Clearing negative vibrations
- Being bullied
- Emotional healing p Lost property
The New Moon
Spells cast during a new Moon can bring many new changes: buying a new home, starting a new job, enjoying a blossoming relationships. White Witches favor the new Moon phase when spell casting to bring about new beginnings of some kind. Usually, a spell to be rid of a problem or unwelcome situation would commence on a waning Moon; the witch would then wait until the new Moon to bring about the positive replacement.
Cast spells during a new Moon for
- New jobs
- New relationships
- Money matters
- Legal matters
Excerpted from Wicca Plain & Simple by Leanna Greenaway
Leanna Greenaway has her own monthly column in Take a Break’s Fate & Fortune magazine. As their resident witch, she answers reader’s questions and offers quick and easy spells to combat problems. She is the author of Practical Spellcraft and the cofounder of the Psychic Study Centre. She lives in the south of England.