Witchcraft Moon Phases
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Magical Uses of Moon Phases/Cycles
Depending on your spell, you should aim to cast it in harmony with
the cycles of the moon to achieve the most effective results. Below
are the phases of the moon, what they mean, and what sort of spells
are good to do during each phase.
The new moon is the beginning of the lunar cycle, and means that
the moon is completely in line with the sun and the earth. We see a
dark sky with no visible moon. It's a time of newness and rejuvenation.
The new moon is the three days after the new face of the moon and also
includes the day of the new face of the moon.
Spells: New beginnings of any sort, beauty, health, personal improvement
or new employment.
The waxing moon is the period of time between the new moon and the
full moon. Every night, the moon gets a little larger. Any spellwork
that requires growth should be done now.
Spells: Courage, motivation, inspiration, friendship, elemental magick,
healing or luck.
This is a time when the Moon is at its most powerful, and the magic
most potent. Performing any positive spell at this time will achieve
good results. Since the full moon only truly occurs for one night out
of the entire lunar cycle, it can be hard to fit it into your schedule.
You can harness the energy of the full moon for about 2 days before
or after the night the moon is truly full.
Spells: Artistic projects, love, romance, fertility, psychic abilities
or making decisions. Also healing, guidance, and completion spells.
The moon is waning as it gets smaller again, after the full moon.
As the moon seems to disappear in the sky, use this time to do spellwork
to remove things from your life. The waning moon is a good time for
the casting out of the old ways, banishing old habits such as smoking
and overeating, the removal of troubles and worries.
Spells: Banishing bad habits and addictions, ending relationships,
banishing stalkers or bad people from your life.
Typically, there is one full moon every month, but since the lunar
cycle is a bit shorter than our calendar months, there is sometimes
two. The second full moon in any given month is called a blue moon.
Dark of the Moon / Dark Moon
The Dark of the Moon (or Dark Moon) is traditionally the last three
days of the Lunar cycle, immediately preceding the New Moon, and the
time when the night sky is notably absent the presence of the Moon.
George  notes that: The earliest peoples understood that the power
of life lay in the darkness of the moon. The purpose of the dark phase
of any cycle is that of transition between the death of the old and
the birth of the new. The dark time is a time of retreat, of healing,
and of dreaming of the future. i.e. the fallow times preceding outbursts
of creativity and growth.
Most of us do not realize we all have many dark phase times in our
lives, and that these are naturally occurring periods in any life cycle.
We fail to understand that endings are the precursors to new beginnings;
thus when our life rhythms move us into and through these dark phases,
we are ignorant of what is actually happening.  It is the grandeur
of Death and Rebirth, not merely an ending with the proverbial ride
off into the sunset.
The dark phase of the cyclical process is a phase of healing and renewal
rather than one of fear and unknowing; a time of mystery, wisdom, and
healing power -- all gifts of the Dark Moon Goddess. 
There is less energy available for outer activities and meeting the
expectations of others, because the purpose of the dark phase is for
focusing on the inner dimensions of our bodies and minds. If we can
learn to attune ourselves to the natural rhythms of ebb and flow in
our lives, we can use the intrinsic function of the dark times for healing
and renewal. When we resist this inward motion in our psyche, then anxiety,
stress, and fear are more likely to take hold of our emotions. 
The Triple Moon Goddess, in her new, full, and dark phases, was a model
for the feminine nature in her entirety as maiden, mother, and crone.
In her original worship the Dark Goddess, as the third aspect of this
lunar trilogy, was honored, loved, and accepted for her wisdom and for
her mystery teachings of renewal. 
Healing, renewal, psychic spells. A good time to meditate
on the inner self.
 Demetra George, Mysteries of the Dark Moon, The Healing Power of
the Dark Goddess, Harper San Francisco, 1992.
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