what is moon magic

Moon Magic

Earth, Sun, Moon

The moon phases involve three bodies in our solar system: Earth, Sun, and Moon. We here on Earth spin on our axis, making a complete 360-degree rotation every 24 hours (which is what gives us night and day), we also orbit the Sun in a yearly transit. Next, there’s the Moon. The Moon takes its own orbital path around us, Earth. Making a full cycle about every 29.5 days. And of course, the Sun is the center of our solar system. It’s also moving, just slowly and our entire solar system orbits around the center of the Milky Way Galaxy.

Our Luna, LaLuna – The Moon

The Moon literally moves with us, within us and a sacred dance, like moving of tides unfolds in even, rhythmic cycles mirroring the cycles of your body, the cycles of the harvest and growth of plants and trees, the cycles of life. This dance is what we celebrate when we follow moon phases and honor the Moon’s cycles. The Moon is the closest astronomical body to Earth, giving it strong influence over all life on our planet. The Moon’s gravity pulls on Earth’s oceans, causing tides. Tidal friction caused by the Moon slows down Earth’s rotation over time, creating our 24-hour days. Without the Moon, our days would be 6 – 8 hours long, with more than 1,000 days in a year. The Moon is the only reason we have solar and lunar eclipses. The external force of the Moon stabilizes Earth’s 23.5-degree axial tilt, preventing catastrophic shifts – imagine no seasons at all or rolling on our side like Uranus, with the most extreme seasons imaginable. Existence on Earth without our Moon would mean very dark nights forever.

Lunar Phases

Although new moons and full moons get the most attention, there are actually 8 moon phases. And these phases reflect the relationship between the Sun and the Moon. The Moon isn’t changing on her own, she’s reflecting the Sun’s light. The positions of the Moon and Sun in the sky from Earth’s perspective determine how much of the Moon is illuminated or visible. The entire lunar phase cycle is about 29.5 days. It begins when the Sun and Moon come together (new moon), peaks when they oppose each other (full moon) and ends just before they come back together again (waning crescent or dying moon).

New Moon

The new moon is the beginning of the entire lunar cycle. The Moon is dark, being infused with the light of the Sun, but not visible. The yang (masculine) energy of the sun merges with the yin (feminine) essence of the moon during this time. This is the best and strongest time to set intentions for; new ideas, projects, jobs, all things of new beginnings. The dark moon is full of possibility. During a new moon, it serves us to breathe new life into any area of stagnation or any place in your life where you would like to impact positive change. This is the time to set intentions based on your deepest desires, release fear, lean into faith, and trust your inner vision. Work with labradorite, black moonstone, iolite, obsidian, aquamarine and clear quartz. 

Waxing Crescent

In her waxing crescent phase, the Moon begins to grow s. What intentions you initiated in the new phase is starting to take shape. This phase reflects a commitment to intentions. Time, effort, and determination are required to establish roots and build a strong foundation for your intentions to begin to take hold. This isn’t the time to sit back and just wait for things to materialize, you have to put effort and heart into it. The process is still in the early stages and it’s challenging to let go of old beliefs and patterns that block new growth. Especially the ones deep seeded into your subconscious from childhood trauma or hardship and ancestral karma that was never resolved. It’s time to keep going forward, putting one foot in front of the other. Work with nuumite, rainbow moonstone, rose quartz and emerald. 

First Quarter

When the Moon is in her first quarter phase she is brightening, but we only see a small part of her. This halfway mark in the sky reflects the process of actualizing intentions, letting and watching as plans unfold. This part of the cycle demands your effort and a whole lot of heart behind that push. This is the time to courageously work hard for what you want, so that you may attract all that you’ve asked for and more. Work with jet, onyx, carnelian and lapis lazuli. 

Waxing Gibbous

The Moon is now almost full and the growing intensity and illumination is powerful. This is the time to make any adjustments, or fine tuning your intention you set at the New Moon. Waxing gibbous phase can be stressful. What if it’s not perfect? What if my intention doesn’t transpire? Now’s the time to stay focused, this building of energy can be tireless and it’s important not to get fixated on things that don’t really matter.  Work with fluorite, carnelian, tigers eye and citrine. 

Full Moon

“Full phase” is a metaphor for fulfillment, completion and manifestation! When the Moon is new, we set intentions. When she is full, we give birth to our intentions, dreams and hopes. Whatever you’ve been working towards is ready to be revealed in awareness and foresight. This is the culmination of results from the entire waxing cycle. This is the time for gratitude and release. Whatever you are ready to let go of, tonight is the night. Fear, relationships, bad habits, etc… it’s time to toss them into the virtual fire to be released, cleansed and put in a place of peace. Work with moonstone, selenite, and quartz.

Waning Gibbous

his phase is sometimes called “disseminating” which urges you to share the results of your efforts with the world. How are your manifestations helping others and serving mankind? It’s time to take responsibility for yourself and your accomplishments and put them to good use while removing ego from the equation. Express gratitude to your elders, ancestors and higher power ask for their guidance as you ready for the descent of the entire moon cycle. If your higher power is purely energy or trees, ocean or mountains; proclaim your gratitude and spend time honoring and understanding the working of your world. Work with calcite, angelite, citrine and unakite jasper. 

Last Quarter

Last quarter symbolizes the expanding consciousness about who we and how we walk through our world. Last quarter moon reflects those moments when you finally (should) be seeing the bigger picture. There is potential for vision and prophecy but you need to be willing to let go of old attachments to make room for the future. And release that ego! Work with rose quartz, bronzite, and sodalite.

Waning Crescent

There’s powerful magic in endings, which includes the birth of beginnings. When the moon reaches waning crescent, she’s at the end of her entire cycle. It’s time to release what isn’t needed and let go with grace. In this phase, the veil grows thin, making it easier to receive messages and signs. There is an emptiness in the darkness and much to be learned there. Lean into faith and honor the darkness within and without, you discover the greater truths of existence. This phase compels you to sacrifice for future generations, including your own rebirth. Lead with the best of yourself through service, love, and compassion. Work with bloodstone, black tourmaline, petalite, and obsidian. 

The Eclipse

Most of the time, the Earth, Moon, and Sun do not perfectly align because the Moon’s orbit around Earth is about 5 degrees off from Earth’s orbit around the Sun. If they were aligned, Earth would block the Sun’s light at the full moon and the Moon would block the Sun’s light at the new moon. When they do precisely line up, we experience a phenomena known as the solar and lunar eclipses. A solar eclipse occurs when the Moon’s shadow crosses Earth’s surface. A lunar eclipse occurs when the Moon enters Earth’s shadow. This is why a solar eclipse can only happen during a new moon, and a lunar eclipse only at a full moon. Eclipses affect our body and our personal energy field just as they change the Earth’s electromagnetic energy field. The currents that run through our nervous systems are sensitive, and pick up these influences. Eclipses deal with shadow energy and truth. Secrets that others are keeping from you may be revealed. Secrets that you’re keeping from others may also be revealed. It’s a good time to be honest with yourself (and others) before the Universe forces you to. Both eclipse events are shadow work time, which means they reveal what’s hidden or just beyond our grasp. Solar eclipses, associated with the daylight, have more of an external effect. They reveal what’s hidden from you in your conscious, waking life. Lunar eclipses bring up emotional and internal issues. They reveal what’s hidden from you in your subconscious world. Work with Moldavite, Tektite, and Labradorite. I also find heavy metals, such as gold, copper, and pyrite to be grounding and protective during this time, and they keep prosperity and abundance flowing into our lives when we may feel a little unsupported.

Hear the words of the Star Goddess, the dust
of whose feet are the hosts of heaven, and
whose body encircles the universe:

“I who am the beauty of the green earth,
and the white moon among the stars,
and the mysteries of the waters,
I call upon your soul to arise and come unto Me.
For I am the soul of nature that gives life to the universe.
From me all things proceed and unto me they must return.

Let My worship be in the heart that rejoices,
for behold! all acts of love and pleasure are My rituals.
Let there be beauty and strength,
power and compassion,
honor and humility,
mirth and reverence within you.

And you who seek to know Me,
know that your seeking and yearning will avail you not,
unless you know the Mystery.
For if that which you seek, you find not within yourself
you will never find it without.

For behold! I have been with you from the beginning,
and I am that which is attained at the end of desire.”

2021 Moon Phases

dark moon

Dark Moon = Void Of Course

The void-of-course period of the Moon is the period of time from the moment the Moon makes the last contact with any planet in the current Sign of the Zodiac, and until it enters the next sign.

The Void of Course Moon as a ‘brief astronomical period of time after the moon has made its last aspect (in one sign) before it enters the next sign.’ The Dark Moon occurs 3 days prior to the New Moon and it’s the shortest ‘phase’ of the moon. This is the time when you can’t see the moon in any phase. Typically no magic is performed during this time. This is the time to give yourself a break, to turn inward to self and pamper or replenish your energies. Vision quests and deep meditations are called for at this time to focus on personal matters, questions and answers. The Void of Course moon is not recognized through astronomical means, it’s purely a nature based observance or astrological phase. The Void-of-Course Moon is one where the moon will not make any major connections with any of the planets. The best way to spend this time is too “just be”. Nothing is going to come of whatever situation you are seeking advice about. Something better will come your way, trust that you will get what you need when it is the right time. Simply stated – surrender to the Divine.

Void-Of-Course Crystal Of Choice

“Vanadinite – Allows for a deep state of meditation, allowing the mind to be entirely void of course. It can promote order to ones life helping to define ones goals and to pursue these goals in an orderly manner.”

Dark Moon Mantra

Life changes, so I make adjustments

Vision Quest – A Meditation

You can preform this meditation with, or without music or sound. I recommend meditation music, nature sounds, singing bowls, or perhaps some flute music that you find comforting.

Imagine yourself alone and relaxed in an open field surrounded by grass, wildflowers and trees. Feel the sun’s warmth and light bathing your body creating a feeling of peace and deep stillness. As you become aware of your senses and the fragrances of nature that surround you … the grass and the flowers, the tree branches swaying in the wind as they lift high into the sky. Listen to the sounds of nature in the distance; perhaps a waterfall or water rippling over stones, the sound of song birds and rustling of woodland animals.

A spirit or guide comes into the field ready to take you on a journey in which your spiritual mission or purpose, your path will be shown. This spirit may be human, or other, in form. Go with the spirit on foot, by flight, or by whatever way the spirit guides you to move with them.

Take your time and linger there where you are taken. Take in all your spirit shows you; the sights, sounds, maybe a symbol or word. Perhaps you will meet an animal along the way as your totem.

When you feel you have received all the messages and information you will at this time, thank your spirit or guide knowing if you ever need to, you can return. Return to the field on foot, by flight, or by whatever way you choose. Settle back down on the grassy field and just be with your message for a few moments to allow the message to become one with you.

When ready, open your eyes and write down what you have experienced. You may want to research to understand more about what you were shown and who you are, why you are here, and what you have to do on this path, at this time, in this lifetime.

Dark Moon – Intentions

  • Prayer and meditation. 
  • Extra rest
  • End a relationship or get divorced. 
  • End business dealings or close a business
  • Deep reflection
  • Yoga. Spiritual disciplines like yoga or meditation take on a new dimension.
  • Women’s Circles
  • Creating vision boards
  • Release illness and discontent
  • Routine goes well, but take care when starting new projects.

What Not To Do During The Dark Void-Of-Course Moon

  • Important life-changing projects or events
  • Try to avoid trying to make deep connections with people.
  • Start a new job.
  • Shop

When Is The Next Dark/Void Moon?

Just Google “Void of Course Moon Tables” for the month or year you need. There will always be several websites with tables available. And, like most everything else these days there’s an app for it. Several in fact. Search for “Void of Course Moon app”. 


“I am the star that rises from the sea, the twilight sea.
I bring men dreams that rule their destiny.
I bring the moon-tides to the souls of men,
The tides that flow and ebb and flow again;
That flow and ebb and flow alternately;
These are my secret, these belong to me.

I am the Eternal Woman, I am She –
The tides of all men’s souls belong to me.
The tides that flow and ebb and flow again;
The secret, silent tides that govern men;
These are my secret, these belong to me.”
~Dion Fortune

Current Moon Phase