An Introduction to Moon Magic

There are many resources out there detailing how to integrate Moon phases and Moon related magic into your craft. As a witch, you have the option whether or not you want to involve the Moon in your workings. Some people align with its energies naturally, finding that working alongside the Moon brings greater results to their spell work. Others may find they align better with other sorts of magic. This doesn’t mean, however, that you can’t work with the Moon. Anyone is welcome to integrate the energies of this wonderful celestial body into their craft, just as many have throughout the centuries.

The Moon as a Deity

There are two key ways we can look at the Moon. The first is by seeing it as a divine entity. Many cultures looked up at the Moon and came to worship it in the form of a deity, giving it a name, gender, and identity. Lady Selene is one feminine aspect the Greeks gave to the Moon. Later they ascribed lunar connections to Artemis, Hekate, and several other deities. For the Greeks, the Moon was largely correlated with feminine deities. On the other hand, Tsukuyomi-no-Mikoto is a Shinto deity, one given a more masculine presentation. Different cultures will see the Moon differently, and it can be enlightening to look at the similarities and differences throughout the world. Overall, though, these deities are seen as embodiment of the Moon itself.

The Moon as a Celestial Force

The second way we can look at the Moon is as a celestial body to work with in and of itself. There are many characteristics associated with the Moon, both in science and in astrology. The Moon has influence over the tides of the oceans. It helps us see naturally at night by reflecting light from the sun. Our bodies often react to the lunar calendar, even if we don’t realize it. In astrology, the Moon is associated with secrets, introspection, and our inner self. When a witch makes Moon water or uses the phases of the Moon to time a spell, they are typically using the celestial body and associated properties of the Moon. You won’t normally be working with a divine aspect of the Moon unless you specifically call upon them to assist you.

Human Culture and the Moon

Throughout history, we see people from various cultures using the lunar calendar to plan festivals and rituals. This wasn’t just for religious reasons. Before modern technology, planting seasons and tracking time would be based around Moon phases. Even now, we see songs mentioning the ‘Man in the Moon’ or references in fantasy works to telling time by the Moon. The Moon has a long list of connections throughout human history.

Magic and the Moon

Okay, now time for the fun stuff. The easiest way to connect your magic to the Moon is to start paying attention to the cycles of the Moon. Each phase is associated with a different sort of energy. As such, quite a bit of Moon magic is centered around timing. You want to build a ward infused with the energy of the Moon? Do it when the Moon is at its fullest. Want to do an invisibility spell? Do it when the Moon is new, or hidden from the human eye. Prosperity magic benefits from a waxing Moon, when the bright face of the Moon is growing night by night. Similarly, banishing and cleansing magic benefits from a waning Moon, when the light of the Moon is reduced every night.

Moon water is often collected by placing a transparent container full of water in the Moonlight overnight. The water is then infused with the power of whatever phase the Moon was in that night. Some people are very strict about what counts as being “in the Moonlight” or whether it must be brought inside before sunrise. Do what feels best for you, but be assured that, as a mother and person with ADHD, I still consider it Moon water if it was on a windowsill overnight till 11am the next morning. The intention is what matters.

Always Be Researching

Keep in mind that this is just a small sample of Moon magic and associated information. I highly suggest researching Moon magic, how the Moon is regarded in various cultures, and entities associated with the Moon. There is so much to learn. For example, the full Moons are often given names based on where in the world you are and what culture you are living in. See what you can find out, and may your Moon related endeavors be successful!

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