Phases of the Moon
Different phases of the moon possess different energies. Each different phase is important to different types of magic. Esbats (rituals that align with the Lunar phases) are usually held at the Full Moon. Some also do them during the New. It will vary depending on tradition and individual solitaries preferences.
The New Moon: New beginnings and initiations.
The Waxing Moon: Growth, building on something started at the new moon.
The Full Moon: Anything is possible at this time. Full moon energy is available three days before and after the actual date of the full moon.
The Waning Moon: This is the time for banishing or getting rid of netatives in your life.
The Dark Moon: Some believe work shouldn't be done during this phase of the moon. This is something that each individual has to decide about for themselves.
January - Wolf Moon
It is also known as the Cold, Snow, or Winter Moon. This is a time for protection and strength. Because of it's place in nature and the calendar year it can be both a time of beginnings and endings.
February - Storm Moon
It is also known as the Death or Quickening Moon. It is a time for fertility and strength magic. It's also a good time to do magic to help face life's challenges as well as a time of cleansing, both internally and externally.
March - Chaste Moon
It is also known as the Seed or Worm Moon. This would be a time to plant mental seeds, thoughts of success and hope. It's also time for purity and newness. You prepare yourself mentally for new experiences, new job, and trips. This is the time when you bless the herbs and plants in your garden and to start preparing the soil for the seeds that you will plant.
April - Seed Moon
It is also known as the Egg, Grass, or Wind Moon. It is a time of fertility, growth and wisdom. You should sow the seeds of magic during this time. Empower seeds to help them grow when you put them in the Earth.
May - Hare Moon
It is also known as the Flower or Planting Moon. This is a time for health, love, romance and wisdom. You should now plant the seeds that you have empowered.
June - Lover's Moon
It is also known as the Strawberry or Rose Moon. It is a time for love, marriage, and success. Nurture your garden, marvel at its beauty.
July - Mead Moon
It is also known as the Blessing, Lightning, or Thunder Moon. This is a time of enchantment, health, rebirth, success, and strength. The first harvests begin.
August - Wyrt Moon
It is also known as the Wort, Barley, Corn, or Red Moon. It is a time of abundance, agriculture, and marriage. Collect and store magical herbs for the winter and remember to give an offering back to the Goddess for her generosity.
September - Harvest Moon
It is also known as the Barley or Hunter's Moon. This is a time of protection, prosperity, and abundance. Grains are being harvested and this is a good time for magic concerning prosperity, abundance and the nurturing of others.
October - Blood Moon
It is also known as the Falling Leaf or Hunter's Moon. It is a time for new goals, protection, resolution, and spirituality. The night of the Blood Moon is a good time for divination of any kind. Nature is getting ready for winter. This is a good time to reflect on what you did this past year and to evaluate accomplishments.
November - Snow Moon
It is also known as the Beaver, Mourning, or Tree Moon. This is a time to work with abundance, prosperity, and the bonds of family and friendship. It is also a great time to do divination to get ideas of what is ahead.
December - Oak Moon
It is also known as the Cold or Long Night Moon. It is a time for hope and healing. You should let go of the negative and let the light of longer days shine inside.