How to Cast Spells Using the Magical Timing of Moon Phases

Moon Phases

The image of the Witch in the moonlight may be stereotypical, but it's apt. Witches are intimately connected to the moon, and this is not just by coincidence. The moon is considered one of the most powerful forces to affect magical energy. The way the ebb and flow of the moon can affect the tides, our menstrual cycles, our moods, etc., it can also affect our magic.

Not all Witches bother with magical timing-- everyone develops their own methods and techniques and it's always trial and error to find out what works best for you. But those of us who use lunar timing do so by choosing the moon phase most conducive to our working in order to lend it an extra lunar energy boost. This is akin to swimming with the tide rather than against it.

Phases of the Moon

Moon Phases for Magic
Moon Phases for Magic | Source

Overview of the Moon Phases

Phase *
Moon Looks**
Approx. Rising Time
Approx Setting Time
Dark Moon
Waxing Crescent
Slim crescent (right side)
1st Quarter
half full (right side)
around noon
around midnight
Waxing Gibbous
3/4 full (right side)
wee hours of morning
Full Moon
full, round
Waning Gibbous
3/4 full (left side)
early evening
3rd Quarter
half full (left side)
Waning Crescent
Slim crescent (left side)
wee hours of the morning
* Some people call the Dark Moon the "New Moon"; some call the young waxing crescent moon the "New Moon". Because of the confusion in using the term "New Moon" I've opted not to use it. ** If you are facing the moon
Moon Wisdom: Transform Your Life Using the Moon's Signs and Cycles
Moon Wisdom: Transform Your Life Using the Moon's Signs and Cycles

It may surprise you to learn just how powerfully the moon affects us. Planning your life in harmony with the moon can actually give you an advantage-- it did for me. At the very least, what have you got to lose?


"Moon Magick" Phase

Moon Magic in the Daytime
Moon Magic in the Daytime | Source

Dark Moon Magic

There are some who say that it is ill-advised to work magic at this time. I don't agree with that-- I think this is a potent time for your most powerful destructive magic. Note, destructive does not necessarily mean 'harmful'. You don't have to destroy a person; although if you were seeking to cast a curse, this would be the most opportune time for it.

Magical workings conducive to the dark moon include destroying or banishing very powerful things, such as unwanted entities, addictions or serious diseases. I would not use this time lightly-- it's got a little too much 'umph' behind it to just get rid of a whiny ex who still calls you once in a while, to break your habit of having a second cup of coffee in the morning, or if you have the sniffles. But if you were dealing with, say, a stalker, a drug addiction, cancer, etc.-- something that poses a serious threat -- then this is the best timing for it.

The Dark Moon is also a good time to go within for soul-searching and to perform divination.

"Moon Magick" Phase

waxing crescent moon
waxing crescent moon | Source

Waxing Cresent Moon Magic

When the moon is "waxing" it appears to be growing, the period from the dark to full moon phases. It's magnetic energy assists with bringing things to out. This entire waxing period is the best time to work with constructive magic, or magic that builds things/brings things to us.

The waxing crescent is the best time for magic on yourself (or on the subject) pertaining to new beginnings, such as starting a new project or making plans for the future. If you're looking to conjure energies into your life such as a more positive attitude, more patience, more understanding in your relationship, this is the perfect timing for such goals. When you want to cast spells for self improvement, such as if you want to improve your psychic abilities, to absorb the information in a new class, or bring out your inner beauty, this is the time to do it. Artists or anyone artistic/creative will find this the best time to cast spells or perform meditations that will bring inspiration and passion into your work.

"Moon Magick" Phase

half moon magic
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First Quarter Moon Magic

The First Quarter, or Waxing Half Moon, is the time when energies are most conducive to attraction. Unlike the Waxing Crescent, which is best for going within and bringing things out, this is the best time for magic that attempts to draw things outside of yourself to you.

Use this time for spells and meditations meant to attract things you want in your life, such as money, protection or success. It's also an ideal time for attracting people into your life, such as friends, lovers and clients. If you're looking for an animal companion or have one that you want to bond with, this is a good time to perform the workings.

If you're looking for a lost object, or house hunting, etc., this is a good time to perform spells for success in that area to help you bring that which you most desire into manifestation.

"Moon Magick" Phase

gibbous moon
gibbous moon | Source

Waxing Gibbous Moon Magic

The Waxing Gibbous is still a time for constructive magic, best used towards 'reeling in' that which you've been working for already. If you started a project and it's floundering, stalled, if you're at the point when the thing you're working for is coming into the home stretch and you need some extra energy to bring it home, the Waxing Gibbous will give it a boost.

This phase is a great energy for renewing your strength, will and determination to see your efforts through. If you are giving in to temptation on your diet, working hard toward something and feeling burnt out or are at the point where you're getting lazy and distracted from completing your tasks, give yourself a power boost during the Waxing Gibbous.

"Moon Magick" Phase

full moon magic
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Full Moon Moon Magic

When the Earth is caught between the moon and the sun, the result is the Full Moon bearing the most powerful energies of the lunar cycle. The Full Moon is often seen by people as 'all purpose'-- it's energies are prismatic in that it flows into all areas and needs, be it constructive or destructive.

Even more so than the Dark Moon, the Full Moon is a time you would utilize for extra power when you're facing very difficult challenges. This is not just for minor mundane tasks, such as looking for the energy to reorganize your closet or trying to clear negativity out of the house after an argument; this is a time to reserve for those important things in your life that need major changes or major boosts.

While you can plan spells for anything, utilize this energy for your priorities that really matter in your life. If you need to win a court case, or find a new job with better pay to prevent you from losing your home,

Magics and meditations revolving around spirituality, psychic development, dreams and divination are particularly well times for the Full Moon.

"Moon Magick" Phase

waning gibbous moon
waning gibbous moon | Source

Waning Gibbous Moon Magic

After the Full Moon peaks, we enter the waning half of the lunar cycle. Waning energies repel rather than attract, so it's a good time to begin working on spells to get rid of things.

Minor banishings can begin with the Waning Gibbous. This is a good time for general cleansings to upkeep your home, office, garden or any of your personal spaces, etc., to keep things from mounting up. This is also a good time to cleanse any personal objects you may have, such as your jewelry or magical tools. Think of this more like routine dusting-- there's no major build-up, you're just trying to keep things clear to prevent problems.

If you have something for which you need closure, or if you're ready to end something in your life (such as an unfulfilling relationship or unsatisfying business venture), this is a good time for spells to bring things to their fruition.

As for meditations and divination, rather than looking to the future or on to new things, it's a good time for introspection. Where have your previous attitudes and actions brought you? What things in your life have been affecting you most? Are you happy with where you are? Do you need to make any attitude or behavior adjustments?

"Moon Magick" Phases

Third quarter moon
Third quarter moon | Source

Third Quarter Moon Magic

The Third Quarter, or the Waning Half-Moon, is the perfect timing for dealing with obstacles or leaping over hurtles that might cause you to stumble on your way. Whenever you've been working toward something, and there's a road block in your path, the timing of this moon phase offers appropriate energies for helping you burst through it.

Temptations are the number one thing I like to deal with during the Third Quarter. If I'm finding that I often want to cheat on my diet, or lay in bed rather than get up and do my exercise, or watch TV and fool around on the internet rather than working, I banish that temptation with a spell.

Another good use of this moon phase's energy is in aiding with transitions, whether these are transitions that you have to make or simply want to make in your life. It can help smooth out any wrinkles that might cause snags as you go on your way.

"Moon Magick" Phases

waning crescent
waning crescent | Source

Waning Crescent Moon Magic

if you need to clear your life and home of negativity, stress, strife, chaos, etc., now is the time to do it. The Waning Crescent, as it approaches the Dark Moon phase, it suitable for stronger banishing than at any other time of the waning moon phases. Get rid of whatever has been plaguing you-- anything you find to be seriously annoying, frustrating or concerning (save things that are serious threats for that Dark Moon).

If you need things to end-- not just to finish up and bring to a close, but things that no longer serve you that you need to just stop in their tracks-- this moon phase is a good time to do it. Dropping a hopeless project, relationship, friendship, etc. is best done at this time. This is a good time to cast a spell for anything for which you wish to bring about a swift and benign ending.

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What's Your Opinion

Do you use lunar timing when planning your magical workings?

  • Always- I find it so beneficial
  • Sometimes- but in emergencies I may not bother
  • About half & half- I try to consider the moon phase, but it's not that big a concern
  • Once in a while- only if I feel I really need that extra push
  • Never- I don't think the moon phases have any effect on my spells
  • I use other methods of magical timing
  • I haven't started casting spells yet and I'm still trying to learn what would work best for me
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How to Use Moon Phase Magic

Some would argue that your need may not always correspond with the best moon phases timing-- and that we don't always have 3 weeks to wait for the 'ideal timing'. I would say to these people: use your imagination!

For example, if you want to lose weight, look at the moon phases. If it's the Waxing Crescent, cast a spell to improve your energy or will power. If it's the Waxing Gibbous, cast it to triumph over cravings and urges to eat the wrong foods. If it's the Waning Half-Moon, cast the spell to destroy the tempting effects that bad foods hold over you. No matter what the moon phase, you can use it toward your goal.

Likewise, along the same line of thinking, some will also say that certain goals are best for certain moon timings-- for example, a lot of the guides will say divorce spells are best suited for the Third Quarter or Waning Crescent. I would say: consider what you are trying to accomplish.

If you are starting your divorce proceedings and want to conjure up your own strength and resolve to deal with it, use the Waxing Crescent. To find a great lawyer, the First Quarter. For an overall boost to have it turn out in your favor, go for the Full Moon. If the divorce is dragging on due to negotiations, scheduling, paperwork and red tape, use the Third Quarter. If you just want it over quickly and done with, use the Waning Crescent. If you're dealing with a particularly nasty divorce with a soon-to-be ex-spouse who is playing dirty, trying to slander you or bringing false accusations against you, etc., utilize the power of the Dark Moon to destroy these efforts and make them backfire on him or her.

There are other ways to fine tune your spell timing as well; you can also go by planetary hours, days of the week, or the Moon Sign (the astrological sign through which the moon is currently passing). To fine-tune your timing even more, trying using more than one-- the right phase, in the right planetary hour, on the right day of the week in the ideal moon phases would offer a huge boost to your efforts-- if it can happen. Unfortunately, all the elements don't always line up quite so neatly; but the more you can put to your advantage, the better.

One final thing to remember: magic isn't an exact science. Like cooking, there are basic techniques to learn, but you should practice, experiment, and adapt them to your own needs and uses. You might discover that certain types of spells are always more effective for you on the First Quarter-- don't worry if me or some other writer recommends doing them on the Third Quarter. Do what works for you. Witchcraft involves a lot of trial and error because no matter what information you can learn about the energies around you and their influences, your own personal energies are always going to bring a new twist to it. It's not about who's wrong and who's right, but finding what works for you.

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billybuc 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

This really isn't my gig; I just stopped by to say hi and wish you a great afternoon. :)

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Bishop55 2 years ago from USA

I relate to the full moon phase. I found this interesting and useful! Oh, and I pinned this. I need to save it. :)

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VVanNess 2 years ago from Prescott Valley

Very interesting. I always learn something new and unique when reading your articles! Great job!

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Nadine May 2 years ago from Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa

I'm always learning something new. Very thought provoking.

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WiccanSage 2 years ago Author

Always nice to see you, Billy! Stop by anytime :o)

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WiccanSage 2 years ago Author

Thanks so much! I'm glad you could find it useful. I've always been in favor of working with the phases of the moon. Every little bit helps.

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WiccanSage 2 years ago Author

Thanks VVanNess, I'm glad you find my hubs informative. I appreciate you stopping by.

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Thank you Nadine May, I'm very appreciative of your comments. I'm glad you could learn something interesting from my hubs. Have a great weekend!

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TurtleDog 2 years ago

I love this article. Very interesting and so different from mainstream posts (like I write lol) Great stuff and voted up

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WiccanSage 2 years ago Author

Thanks a lot TurtleDog, I appreciate your comments and your votes. I think you'll find most of my hubs are way out of the mainstream posts, lol. Have a great day!

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grand old lady 2 years ago from Philippines

This is quite interesting. I'm not really into Wiccan but am willing to learn why others are into it. Wishing you well, and have a great day.

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WiccanSage 2 years ago Author

Hi Grand Old Lady! Thanks so much, I'm glad you found something interesting to learn. Wicca & Witchcraft are actually 2 different things that can go hand in hand, or be mutually exclusive. Wicca is a religion-- which may or may not include the practice of Witchcraft (it's allowed; not required). So not all Wiccans cast spells-- people are Wiccan for the same reasons someone is drawn to any other religion: faith, spirituality, beliefs. Witchcraft is a spiritual art, a person need not be Wiccan to learn it. People take up the practice for various reasons. I appreciate your comment!

i have a man problem which polish can't seem to be able to handle. i have to prefirm a death spell as this is only permane t 18 months ago

I am at a lose I need to know what phase of moon and day of week and is there a best hour this man doesn't more and jail he causing my. Xdisablty and he is not safe for my life til I perrmanentlly deal. With him please leave me a resp once I can back to you if I have questions

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WiccanSage 18 months ago Author

Sorry honey, but I can't help you with any spells involving death or harm. I do think you should look into justice and protection spells, while also taking the logical legal channels that are available (police, restraining orders, court, etc.) and social services (shelters, etc.) to get help.

baby olayon 3 months ago

Hi im new to this hub...its fun here.

Pls advice which moon phase best suited for moving in to ur new house. we plan this month, july. My birthday is july 4, 1966. My husband is Oct 13, 1964.

Brian night owl 3 months ago

My mother had the gift, my sister had the gift. I have the gift, I have always read palms,tea leaves, had second sight and have in the past used my powers casting some powerful elemental spells. I have seen spirits that have visited me and also had a near death experience where I had a inner body experience and a spirit told me to stay calm or I would die. Finding a site that gives very good basic information has helped me move forward and accept that I am different. Thank you.

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WiccanSage 2 months ago Author

Hi Baby Olayon; I don't do astrological charts for people, but when I plan new endeavors like moving, I try to work with the moon phase. Packing up and closing up the old place at the end of the moon phase/dark moon and unpacking/moving in during the new moon phase would be ideal for me.

As it's not always possible to get exact timing by moon, I'd look for when the moon sign was in Taurus, which is good for things relating to material matters, the home, and projects that will require slow-but-steady long-term energy. Moon in Cancer would also be good, due to it being a good time for all things family-oriented.

If moon phases and signs fail, there's always planetary hours that you could put to work for you. Good luck!

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WiccanSage 2 months ago Author

Brian night owl, thanks for your comment! Yes, some of us are lucky to grow up with people who are in tune to the subtle magical energies of the earth and the spirit world, it makes it so much easier to pursue.

ghostrave 2 months ago

All planets, give off different waves and these can either be, working with or against each other...technically speaking every hour of the day is assigned a specific planet and archangel(or spirit guide) just as each month etc...everything works in cycles and waves, whether your a physicist or a witch...magick is just as much a science as any other...follow the 'experiment' to the letter and it will work.

Invincible spirit 2 months ago

I love the article and its highly informative totally recomendable for new ones like me.

But what inspires me to write is Brian night owl exp. I had exactly the same dream where i see the spirit watching over me and saving me to die, it was nearly a death experience and spirit also told me I am looking at you what your doing. This dream I had after my loosing everything in house fire. Thanks to God me and my baby were saved. I had a very strong intutions and literallly pick up energies from other ppl. I did some palm reading in the past which turn out to be true which I stopped doing now and have a very deepest interst in occult and astrology. I sometime feel gush of energy in me and my mood swings goes as per the Moon phase.

I see dead peoples in my dream which were known to me specially and that goes without saying i see my deceased parents quiet often its been 7 yrs now. ONE more thing when I see people I start getting to see about them. I DONT know whether I being judgmental or I see there energies.. so confused.

I think I need some guide or a guru to show me the right path as I am no good in whatever I am doing. Also I am so stuck in my present situation that had no time to meditate and no money to join any classes for that matter.

One phsycic reader told me that I have powers to heal someone and could help people as medium and she also told me that i am in wrong proffession I shud be in helping others theough medium. Still not sure but my loniest time goes into reading these kind of articles and pages.

How would I know and what are the signs which confirms that i have physcic abilities?

I highly appreciate if anyone can help me. I am not sure if I can leave my mail id here but let me know if anyone is up for help.

Thanks and regards

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WiccanSage 2 months ago Author

Hi Invincible Spirit; I do believe that everyone has some psychic abilities to an extent. The only way to know the extent of yours is to experiment with them, or improve them by meditation, exercises and practice. Sometimes the thing that gets in the way is not even a lack of practice but a block, so cleansing baths and other such work can be useful.

Money for lessons, supplies, etc. are all nice but really just working with it-- meditation, mindfulness, mental discipline, reading/studying (lots of free resources online), taking notes, practicing, etc. is what gets you there... dedication will show improvement. Best of luck!

Daughter of the Divine 12 days ago

I have been a practicing Pagan for many years. Pagan, of course all my life. I am ever learning from other witches. I do not belong to a coven, but I do have Pagan friends with whom to share circle or Sabbots. I often have my 'lay' friends ask for help, magick, (code phrase: "Could you light a candle for me?") etc.. In the spirit of always learning, I thoroughly enjoyed this article. I especially love your use of language (namely, the correct use of language!). I have pasted this into my personal Book of Shadows and have referenced this article, as not to plagiarize! Thank you much for all the wonderful and well-written information. Blessed be!

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