Moonlight Monday: The Magic of the Moon

The Magic of the Moon

I have always been enthralled with the moon: it’s beauty, it’s light, it’s cyclical change and it’s mystery. So when I started writing a book about witches and magic, I decided the moon would play a big role. Luckily there is a wealth of moon magic, traditions and beliefs to draw from.

The Moonlight Witches rely heavily on the power of the moon. In BLOOD MOON, the witches race against a particularly devious and evil witch to bind the Powers of the Earth. It all hinges on the night of the October full moon, known as the Blood Moon, a very powerful moon when the veil between this world and the Otherworld (ghosts and the unknown) is extremely thin.

In Pagan/Wiccan tradition, every full moon has specific powers and a name. Here are the names:

January ~ Cold Moon
February ~ Quickening Moon
March ~ Storm Moon – the title of book #3
April ~ Wind Moon
May ~ Flower Moon
June ~ Sun Moon
July ~ Blessing Moon
August ~ Corn Moon
September ~ Harvest Moon
October ~ Blood Moon – the title of book #1
November ~ Mourning Moon
December ~ Long Nights Moon
Each book in the Moonlight trilogy revolves around a specific lunar event. Book #2, BLACK MOON, is not on the list because a Black Moon is not a full moon, but a rare and powerful lunar event of two new moons occurring in the same month. 
Each phase of the moon has different magical powers. In my books, each chapter is connected to a phase of the moon, not random, but purposeful, according to what is happening in the story.

Here are the phases of the moon and the magic connected: (source – Earth, Air, Fire and Water: More Techniques of Natural Magic by Scott Cunningham.)

“The moon waxes and wanes each month, rising an hour or so later during each 24-hour period. When it is full, it rises as the sun sets.”

WAXING MOON (from new to full)
This is a time for beginnings, health and healing, psychic awareness, beauty, fertility and all positive magical workings.

FULL MOON
All positive spells are performed beneath the powerful light of the full moon, including protection, love, healing, purification, physic awareness, money and travel.

WANING MOON (from full to new)
When the moon is fading away it is a time for banishment of habits, addictions, disease and negative thoughts. Jealousy, guilt and hurts are released. “The old is swept away to make room for the new.”

NEW MOON (no visible moon)
The new moon is a time for renewing commitments and for creativity. It is the time to start new things.

Other terms to know:
CRESCENT: curved shape of the moon between half and full or half and new.
GIBBOUS: the fatter shape of the moon after half moon, almost full and then after full moving toward half.

Right now the moon is a waning gibbous, so take a peak out your window before you go to bed tonight.

So there you have it: your first lesson in Moonlight Magic“Hail fair moon!” (That’s a Moonlight Witch saying – more on that next Moonlight Monday.)

For more about the magic of the Moonlight Witches read my post What Gift of the Magic Do You Want?

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