Particular moon phases are used for different rituals and magic. It has four phases – waxing, full, waning and dark.
The waxing (growing) moon begins as a slender bow in the sky, gradually broadening out over the next two weeks. Waxing moon energy concerns growth, increase and surging power. It is a time for beginnings, things that will grow to fullness in the future. It is a good time for starting new projects, new relationships and for planting. Anything you do to strengthen your body, to fortify yourself, is much more effective that when the moon is waxing.
Full Moon (Mother)
The moon reaches its glorious, pregnant fullness, sailing majestically through the night sky and illuminating the night. The moon has reached its maximum strength and energy and is very powerful for magic. The full moon is used for positive magic – healing, blessing, love, friendship, success, scrying and other psychic work, initiation, consecrating magical tools, and charging potions and crystals under the moon.
Waning Moon (Crone)
The waning (shrinking) moon follows the three days of the full moon, and the powerful energy ebbs and starts to draw inwards, the right-hand side vanishing bit by bit until she becomes a silver sickle in the night sky. The magic of the waning moon is concerned with diminishing, with winding down, letting go of bad habits and negative thinking.
Dark Moon (Dark Mother)
For three days, the moon is swallowed by darkness. But just as all life generates in the darkness of the womb or seeds in the dark earth, during this dark phase, the moon somehow regenerates itself and begins life anew, growing to maturity in the light before ageing and dying and returning to the darkness where life begins again, month after month, season after season, year after year. The days of the dark moon are good for deep inner journeys and meditations, rather than the outward expression of the life-journey. Now is not the time to act, but to retreat, think and meditate. You may find that your dreams and intuitions are very powerful at this time.