Lydia is a solitary witch who has been active in the occult community for 15 years. She is a published writer and visual artist.
Working With the Lunar Phases
Working with the lunar phases gives us an understanding of the positive and negative forces in our life. They can be related to Yin and Yang. The Waxing Moon phase is the active Yang time while the Waning Moon phase reflects Yin energy. Integration of the positive and negative influences in our lives gives us an opportunity to be happier and live more meaningful lives. At the Waning Moon phase our focus is on banishing and eliminating, while the Waxing Moon phase is about increase.
Many things on the earth are affected by the Moon's phase. The tide is one thing that is tangibly impacted by Luna. The waxing crescent lunar phase is the one that follows the New Moon. Each night the Moon will get a little bigger. At the New Moon phase, Luna is replenishing herself by building light energy. It starts off as a small sliver of light on the right side and works its way towards wholeness. This can be symbolic of our own monthly journies. By aligning ourselves with the Waxing force of the Moon we can enrich our spellwork and lives.
This Waxing phase is a time to be constructive and focus on growth. It is about bringing positivity into your life. Get in touch with key aspects of your personality that you would like to build more of rather than eliminating. Harness the positive emotions behind your goals and allow them to motivate you.
The waxing crescent phase lasts about 3.5 days. Energy and light are growing with the Moon. Allow the intentions you set at the New Moon to gradually grow with this light as well. Focus on magick intended to attract things into your life and the positive. Look at the things you want to add to your life rather than the things you wish to dissolve. The emphasis is on motivators and raising vibrations. If you find yourself experiencing some negative feelings always emphasize the constructive ways in which you are dealing with them.
Love, finances, prosperity, or health are all optimal areas to work on at this lunar phase.
Love spells need not be romantic. You can work on generating positive feelings in all kinds of relationships or in your broader community. If you are experiencing a rift at work with your co-workers you could use this lunar phase to bring about a positive change. Magick aimed at increasing your own feelings of worth is another type of love spell you could do.
Your magick can also be focused on your inner world. You could work on cultivating better character. Grow your positive qualities into something bigger so you can master yourself. If you are full of anxiety or worry you can do magick focused on increasing your courage. If you are down in the dumps, you could do magick aimed at increasing the amount of happiness in your life. Take the seed of your finer qualities and allow them to grow.
Work magick to increase your memory, self-control, or willpower. Just focus on the constructive side of the coin. Don't focus on your negative habits. Focus on building the strengths and skills needed to overcome them instead.
You can choose to repeat whichever spell you construct on each of the 3 days of the waxing crescent Moon.
The First Quarter
At the first quarter half of the Moon's face is now visible to the earth and is halfway towards full. This moon phase lasts about 3.5 days. There is the least change between high and low tide at this juncture of the Moon cycle.
The appropriate time to work on magick aimed at accruing balance in your life is now. Balance and growth are the key areas for magick work in the Moon's first quarter. Spells aimed at fairness, justice, balance, and equality are more effective at this time. We can also meditate on the Justice card in the Tarot.
It is a really good time to work on self-healing. The Moon is now giving off more light. This is a more revealing Moon phase than the previous one. It can cast light on the emotional issues you are working through. This makes it a perfect time to embark on work on balancing your emotions.
Finding lost objects or recovering other things you have lost is another great endeavor. These lost things could be your self-confidence or courage. You could bring back lost initiative to work on abandoned projects.
Any spell you were working on in the previous crescent moon phase can be moved forward with inclusions about balance.
Waxing Gibbous Moon
The Moon is now 3 quarters full. This is the 3.5-day phase right before the Full Moon. Everyone knows that the Full Moon is the most powerful phase for any kind of magick work. At the Waxing Gibbous phase, you might work magick on increasing power in your life.
This is a time to take charge of your life. It is also time to prepare for the Full Moon. Since you are probably about to do an elaborate ritual this is a great time for preparatory work. You can use this period of time to plan out your Full Moon ritual in completion. That way you will remember all the tools and items you need and nothing will be left to chance.
This is also a good time to sit back and reflect on the things you have set in motion since the last New Moon. Take a bit of a break before the Full Moon. Spend some time meditating and journaling.