As this is the last Monday in January (our planning and goal setting month) I thought I would do a brief post on the phases of the moon.
Galileo Moon Phases
We start with the new moon, which is dark. The moon “grows” or waxes through the first quarter until it is full. It then reverses course and begins waning through the third quarter until it is dark and new again. This whole cycle take about 29.5 days.
Witches (as well as other people) track time and activities by the moon. Some witches do rites to mark each phase of the moon (new, 1st quarter full, 3rd quarter) and nearly all do a rite to mark the full moon. The full moon is considered to be the moon and the Goddess at the height of her power.
Planting, activities and spells are all timed according to the phase of the moon. Spells where you want to increase something like money or love are done on the waxing to full moon. Spells to decrease something such as gossip or pain are done on the waning phase.
Many plants have very specific times they liked to be planted but in general for Veggies the rule is. If it is an above ground edible i.e. a tomato or melon or bean, you plant it during the waxing phase. If it is a below ground edible i.e. carrots, potatoes, radishes etc, you plant during the waning phase of the moon.
If you are a Witch or Witchy person it is a good idea to stay on top of what phase of the moon you are currently in. It will become habit after a while and you will be able to plan things more accordingly to the natural rhythm. With that I will leave you with two other moon tid bits. It is said that if women are not on any birth control hormone and they are not exposed to light at night other then the moon they will bleed with the full moon. It is also said that storms most frequently occur around the Full and the New moon.