The Moon, Queen of the NIght, and starship of the Mother Goddess, is the influential planetary body in the sky. Our response to her power is deeply embedded in us. She comes to us with a history; the representation of her major phases is still replicated today — )0( — and is used to symbolize the covenant with the Great Goddess. Her eight Phases related to the solar cycle of Pagan holidays, and the symbology is analogous, as both cycles start with the absence of light and march forward sing the same song.
The New Moon Phase
At the begging of Moon’s cycle, she slowly emerges from under the beam of the Sun, where she has been resting and gathering energy for the coming journey. From 0 degrees to 44 degrees in her zodiac cycle, the New Moon celebrates the rebirth of light, just as we do at Yule. The maiden is setting the stage and magic is afoot!
The Crescent Moon Phase
In the Crescent Moon phase (45 degrees – 89 degrees), she appears in the sky like a slim harvest sickle. Her curve mimics the round belly of the letter D. With the faintest of light in the sky, this Moon is poised for action, energizing new projects with fresh power, and offering new challenges. This phase is related to the sabbat of Imbolc.
The First Quater Phase
Seven days after the New Moon, the First Quarter Moon (90 degrees – 134 degrees) can add balance and considerable magic to your endeavors that burgeon with life. The waxing phase is the time to plant your sees, be they ideas or moonflowers. You’ll feel the drive to get a move on, to let go of the past, and be aggressive in working new spells. Half of the Moon is light and half is dark, just like the Quarter Day, Eostre (Ostara) or Spring Equinox, which divides the solar day into equal parts of light and dark.
The Gibbous Phase
Gibbous is a wonderful medieval word that describes the hunchbacked swell of the lady Moon as she moves from Maiden to Mother (135 degrees – 179 degrees). It’s time to evaluate new growth, eliminating what doesn’t work and finding more successful ways of doing things. Refine goals and prepare for the work of the Full Moon. The Gibbous Moon indicates that the most powerful time for magic is about to peak. This phase is related to the sabbat Beltane.
Full Moon Phase
The Full Moon (180 degrees – 224 degrees) reflects the golden glory of the Sun, light the night for ritual or planting or other agrarian* tasks. Crystals, herbs, and oils bated in the Moon’s light will be energized and ready to dedicate for pathwork. Consolidate efforts to move towards completion in short-term projects. This is the last of the big energy in this cycle for growth, but major undertakings can still be aggressively be set in motion. Look to the mythology of Midsummer to find a more profound meaning of the Full Moon
Disseminating Moon Phase
The Disseminating Moon (225 degrees – 269 degrees) indicates that it’s time to start drawing in; the project set in motion at the New Moon is maturing. Diets and other work of “letting go” can only properly be started now with the waning Moon. As the Moon starts to shrink, the side with the rounded curve of the letter D loses light and the viable curve faces the other way shaped like a C. This phase is related to the sabbat of Lammas.
Third Quater Phase
The Third Quater Moon (270 degrees – 314 degrees) is the crone-wise and still very powerful, but no longer fecund**. This Mabon Moon continues to power banishing work, expelling illness, negative thoughts and bad habits. Now is the time to weed and prune your life and in the garden. As worked started at New Moon crystallizes in its completion you are already beginning to feel the draw of a new cycle.
Balsamic Moon Phase
The Balsamic Moon (315 degrees – 360 degrees) provides the three and half days when you can best go indie yourself to search out what drives your passions and dislikes, so that you can understand them and let go. It’s necessary to prepare yourself for the rebirth of the next cycle, even while feeling out of step with everyone in the current one. If you missed the power of the FUll Moon phase to look into the future, the last 30 degrees of this cycle are very potent for prophecy work. This phase is related to the sabbat Samhain.
The Dark Moon
The Dark Moon rests for three and a half days while she gathers information and lays the foundation to implement new ideas. It occurs just before the beginning of the next lunar cycle.
Editor’s Note: The eight phase of the Moon as they are described in this article are different for the Moon’s quarter system, which used on the date pages of this book. The eight phase system divides the Moon cycle into segments, each of which can influence magical begun at that time. The quarter system divides the Moon’s cycle into four parts. The first quarter begins at the New Moon and continues until the Moon has moved 90 degree; the second quarter begins at 90 degrees and continues until the Full Moon (180 degrees); the third quarter begins with the FUll Moon (180 degrees) and continues for another 90 degrees to 270 degrees; and the fourth quarter begins at 270 degrees and continues to 360 degrees, a perfect circle and just before 0 degrees, the place of the New Moon. Although the two systems are different, you can easily compare them and use them together. In the quarter system, the New Moon phase and Crescent Moon phase of the eight-phase system combine to make the first quarter; the First Quarter phase and the Gibbous Moon phase combine to make the second quarter; the Full Moon and the Disseminating Moon phase combine to make the third quarter; The Third Quarter phase and the Balsamic Moon phase comebine to form the Forth Quarter. The DArk Moon is the time just before the end of one cycle and the beginning of the next. Although there are no actual days between cycles, it is the time just before the New Moon when seeds, dreams, and plans of the new cycle await birth.
Copyright by K. D. Spitzer 1999 Llewellyn Wiches’ Datebook Pages 11 – 13
*a·grar·i·an [ uh- grair-ee- uhn]
1. relating to land, land tenure, or the division of landed property: agrarian laws.
2. pertaining to the advancement of agricultural groups: an agrarian movement.
3. composed of or pertaining to farmers: an agrarian co-op.
4. rural; agricultural.
5. growing in fields; wild: an agrarian plant.
a person who favors the equal division of landed property and the advancement of agricultural groups.
**fecund fe·cund | \ ˈfe-kənd , Adjective
Well, I just learned something new about the spring equinox in the northern hemisphere and the fall equinox in the southern hemisphere. The spring equinox is at 4:58 PM CT on March 20th while the fall equinox is at 8:58 AM AEDT in the southern hemisphere. Which means we are experiencing the equinoxes at the exact same time just in different time zones and because of the international date line on a different date.
When I read this I felt it covered more than just a blessing for Ostara and Mabon. I felt it was a blessing to carry with us all through the year.
Northern Brothers and Sisters: May what you sow this spring come to a bountiful harvest in the fall.
Southern Brothers and SIsters: May what you sowed in the spring be bring you a bountiful harvest this fall.
Remember we can sow different things for our own reasons they do not have to be something we plant in the ground and watch grow, they can be something we change in our lifestyle or in our spiritual or magickal path. Then when we harvest them they become part of us and who we are.
If you want to say send Lady A A special birthday message please put in a comment on WOTC website instead of here on Coven Life. Thank you, Lady Beltane
You are much more than a friend, a sister or a mother,
You are a very special soul that has lightened all the lives
that you touch each day.
On your special day, we just wanted to let you know
that we love you more and more each day we spend with you.
We wish you a very special day and a very Happy Birthday!
WE LOVE YOU!
Remember spellcasting should not be done by anyone who has not been taught to do it safely and also doesn’t know that a spell was done on themselves or someone else will always have some type of consequences be they good or bad. So these timing tips are not to be used by people who no nothing or the proper way to cast a spell for your own protection and the protection of others.
To give a spell the most power you can you need to do some research on when that would be. When you can plan exactly the best Moon phase, the best day of the week, and the best hour of the day or night to do you spell casting to give it the most power it can have. Some witches also look to how all the planets are aligned especially if it is a life-changing spell that is being cast. For example, helping a woman and/or a man with fertility problems, buying a new house or car or other large expense items, or starting your own business, etc
But there are times when a spell for example healing needs to be done right now to help someone or a person needs help financially or they may lose their home or their only transportation to go to work; these plus other things that come up in our lives may require an emergency spell to be done as soon as possible. This is the time when you pull in Universal Energy to give extra strength to your spellwork.
For the next few days, there will be posts going up that you may want to print out or copy and save to a word document on your computer or at least bookmark the page, all the topics have to do with how to find out the best time to cast a specific spell. Add the time to your strong intention of how the spell is supposed to work and it, if the spell you are doing is right for you or whoever you may be doing it for you, may find it comes to fruition sooner and better then you expected it to.
If you have any questions about this post or any of the ones to follow about spell cast timing please ask in the comment section below before you do you cast a spell. A spell not done correctly can backfire very badly on the person who cast it. I will put a disclaimer up that neither I or Coven Life are responsible if a spell goes wrong if you use the information I am making available on the worldwide net.
Article by Hypatia
Written for Coven Life
19th March 2019
Salt has an increduble ability to absorb negative energy.
It has been used throughout different cultures and across time for this very purpose.
A salt bowl is a wonderful way to ensure a peaceful and relaxing environment.
Choose a Bowl
I love copper, it’s a great conductor. You can choose any natural material you like and even reserve that bowl purely for that purpose.
Choose a Salt
I have chosen Black Sea salt from Crete and Murray River Sea salt from Australia. The choice of salt is endless.
Adding Herbs and Oils
You can add protective herbs and oils, I have chosen Juniper berrys both the berry and the oil, rosemary, both the herb and the oil, peppercorns and cloves. Once again the choice is yours.
The essential oils make such a beautiful addition to the atmosphere!
Set your Intentions
When making the salt mix, set your intentions. I set my intentions for harmony, banish negativity and protection.
Place the bowl where you feel the energy needs to settle or where you may need protection.
People often place this over a fireplace, front or back door. Mine sits in the front room of my home. It works well in high traffic areas of the home or even a business.
What to Consider
As this is the salt used to absorb the negativity it is important that you:
- Keep it away from pets and children
- When the energy of the salt doesn’t feel clean anymore get rid if it.
- Get rid of the salt by disposing it where you don’t want plants to sprout like in between the cracks of the concrete. In time the earth will neutralise this energy.
This fits me so well right now because of the problems I am having with my internet provider. Got a new modem for faster speed a week ago and first, it slowed my computer down than just quit working. This morning I had to reset it twice already while trying to do posts. At least the service provider kept my signal strong enough to post today and schedule one for tomorrow in case it goes out on me again. I live in a medium size town that is a suburb of Chicago, Illinois it seems to me I should not have as many internet issues as I do. Oh well, all I can say is it will get better from here and stay this way or else the service provider won’t be to happy….witchy cackle
Until we meet again dear sisters and brothers may your lives be blessed with all positive and great things.
Love ya, Lady Beltane
The myth of Hades and Persephone is one of the well known Greek myths.
Hades was the brother of Zeus and the god of the underworld.
Persephone was the daughter of Demeter, the Goddess of nature.
The myth of Hades and Persephone is one more myth of love and abduction in the Greek mythology.
Hades And Persephone: The Beginning Of The Myth
Hades fell in love with Persephone and decided to kidnap her. The myth says that in one of the rare times he left the Underworld, he traveled above ground to pursue her, while she was gathering flowers in a field.
One day Hades, God of the Underworld, saw Persephone and instantly fell in love with her.
To read the rest of this version and other mythology connected to Hades and Persephone please click on this link: 1 View on the Mythologies of Hades and Persephone
To read other interpretations of the tale please click on this link that will take you to a general search: More Views on Persephone and Hades Mythology
(This week I went through the deck to find this Goddess’ card because she is very important to why we have the warmer weather and a time when plants, flowers, trees, etc have time to grow into abundance for our food and herbs for magickal and medicinal needs. She is also important to why we have colder months when nothing will grow outdoors. This goddess is part of an ancient Greek tale that includes her mother, Demeter, and the god of the Underworld Hades. I will write posts with more information on Demeter and Hades which will follow after what the “Goddess Knowledge Card” has to say about Persephone.)
Although Persephone is best known as Demeter’s daughter, the maiden who was abducted by Hades, lord of the underworld, the Greek version of her reflects the usurpation of female mysteries by a patriarchal mythology. In this version Persephone personifies the kore, the maiden aspect of the goddess. Her myth exemplifies the cycles of nature, for when Persephone is underground, plants do not bloom, and when she returns to earth, spring ensues.
Persephone is the goddess of the soul, for it is in the darkness of the underworld (analogous to the unconscious) that the soul is formed. In the Orphic mysteries, Persephone granted wisdom to the initiate, for she is the goddess of a dark, uncomfortable wisdom, a goddess of dark and frightening power. Persephone represents the ability to rule over the aspects of ourselves that are terrifying in the extreme.
Just remember when life seems the tougest and your blood family doesn’t care that you have a family you choose to be come part of here on Coven Life. At least one of us will alwats be around to give you love, support, compassion, comfort, a willing ear to listen and more.
Blessed be dear ones.