Sage has been a witch for 25 years. She enjoys writing informative articles to teach others the craft of the wise.
Spell Casting for Beginners
Magic spells depend on a number of different components to be effective. The most important involves the spell caster's knowledge and skill level—that’s something that makes or breaks a spell. Other factors that can help give a working boost is magical timing.
In a previous article, I discuss planning your spells by the moon phases. The moon phase—full, waxing, waning, etc.—is the easiest and most basic timing to use because everyone who has ever looked up at the night sky knows what they are. If you want to get a little more specific for an even bigger boost, you can also time with moon signs.
Moon signs involve the astrological sign that the moon is in at the time of the spell. Just as each sign’s qualities affect us depending on where they fall in our birth chart, they also affect the moon’s specific energies. This is where magical timing gets just a little more complex, but can also make the results a little more precise.
Magical Spell Casting With Moon Signs
Moon phases are easy to figure out when casting a spell—pretty much all you need to do is look up at the night sky the day before to see what’s going on. Moon signs are not so easy to calculate. You can’t tell which planetary influences are working on it by just gazing up at it.
Calculating Moon Signs
Location also has a lot to do with it. Moon signs change about every 2 ½ days, but not for the whole world at once. People in the UK may have crossed over into a new phase a couple of hours before people in the US cross over. So when checking moon signs, it’s important to consider your time zone.
A good resource for calculating moon phases is Zodiac Arts. You can change the time zone for more accurate calculations.
What About Your Spell Casting?
Moon Sign Correspondence Table
Aries - ruled by Mars - cardinal Fire sign
Starting short-term projects and ventures. The energy doesn't hold out for the long term, but if you need to get really aggressive to give something one big push and strike hard, it's your best bet. Any spells dealing with the ego. Good if you you need strength, courage, have a lusty desire for something, need to be controlling or dominating.
Taurus - ruled by Venus - fixed Earth sign
Starting long-term projects and endeavors expected to go slow but require steady energy. Results are usually lasting, if not permanent. Great for creative inspiration or new love matter. Workings that involve financial matters and imporovements and material possessions.
Gemini - ruled by Mercury - mutable Air sign
Not a good time for starting projects, as the energy is fickle. Results will be inconsistent or easily influenced by outside sources. Ideal sign for communications of all kinds and dealing with personal relations such as relatives and friends. A good time for aiding studies. Writers should take advantage of this time, not to start new projects but to make revisions, to polish off your work or to get attention for it. Good time for spells involving travel.
Cancer - ruled by the Moon - cardinal Water sign
Best timing for any domestic issues- home, family, nurturing, parenting, children. Cancer rules emotions so it's good for love and relationship spells, such as wedding planning, improving relationships or working toward reconciliations. The energies of this sign are very intuitive so it's good for any work on any psychic abilities or divination.
Leo - ruled by the Sun - fixed Fire sign
In this sign, the moon is full of passion. Cast love spells if you're looking for love and romance, or spells for creative arts because inspiration will peak. Good for spells involving risk taking and gambles. If you're looking to get attention by boosting confidence, appearing authoritative and charismatic, it's a good time to sprinkle some magic over yourself in your spell casting.
Virgo - ruled by Mercury - mutable Earth sign
Matters pertaining to health and wellness: healing spells, diet and nutrition, weight loss spells, breaking unhealthy habits and overall physical improvement. A good time for workings to improve your skills and quality of work. Any workings involving communities (outreach programs, voluteering, covens, groups and organizations, etc.).
Libra - ruled by Venus - cardinal Air sign
Favorable for business interactions or cooperation-- partnerships, negotiations, contracts, legal proceedings, marriage counseling and resolving relationship problems, etc.; Use this time to bring peace and harmony in any interactions.
Scorpio - ruled by Pluto - fixed Water sign
Powerful time for the three things we all have in common: sex, death and taxes. This is not a time for working on romance, but on spicing things up physically. A good time to put things to death-- addictions, relationships, or anything you want to come to an abrupt and permanent hault. Very destructive influences, so it tends to be ideal for cursing and banishing. Good time for anything to do with the occult or hidden matters.
Sagittarius - ruled by Jupiter - mutable Fire sign
Magical spells involving spiritual and metaphysical pursuits, such as studying ceremonial magic or attuning with the higher self, are ideal. Any issues involving outdoor and pyshcial activities, such as exercise, sports or travel and exploration. A good time to use magic involving divination and intuition; expand your horizons, consciousness, set your sights on new ideals and possibilities.
Capricorn - ruled by Saturn - cardinal Earth sign
Casting spells for self-discipline, organization, structure and authority is ideal. Good for spells to improve your career or pursue your ambitions for the future. Work on your long-term goals. A powerful time for magic involving controlling others.
Aquarius - ruled by Saturn - fixed Air sign
If you have needs in the computer or technology area, this would be the time to do it. This is also a good time to cast spells for humanitarian reasons: to better society or improve situations for your community. Work on your friendships and relationships with people in groups and organizations, such as co-workers, coven mates and neighbors.
Pisces - ruled by Neptune - mutable Water sign
Magic spells to banish negative influences in your life will be ideal now, such as depression, arguments, self-pity and stress. Good for workings involving dreams and past life regression, or for working with altered states of consciousness. Cast spells for lost objects at this time. Also good for making concoctions such as potions, brews and incense blends.
Moon Void of Course (VOC)
There is one more particular time you should know about. When the moon is in-between moon signs, it's what is called "Void of Course". This can last for a few minutes to a couple of days.
Casting spells when the moon is VOC is not recommended. The energies of VOC are considered a bad time for actions, particularly when it comes to spell casting because energies can go awry. When VOC the moon's influences are unpredictable and chaotic, as are outcomes.
This is really a better time for reflection, for introspection, for going through your dream journal or meditating in quiet contemplation.
Remember—It's Not "Gospel"
Keep in mind that moon timing is an imperfect art. Your own personal energies and the way you send them out when spell casting will have an even greater effect on your results. This is why you should take any moon timing suggestions as merely guides. They are meant to be jumping off points, not gospel.
For best results, experiment and always keep records. That way you'll truly learn what works best for you.
This article is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge. Content is for informational or entertainment purposes only and does not substitute for personal counsel or professional advice in business, financial, legal, or technical matters.
© 2014 Mackenzie Sage Wright
Mackenzie Sage Wright (author) on January 28, 2014:
Hi Bishop; LOL, I'm enjoying Hubs and the HP community.
Channeling is one of those things that is not really part of Wicca, but not prohibited and is certainly compatible. So it depends on the individual Wiccan if it's something they want to pursue. I myself practice channeling in the form of automatic writing. I used to use Ouija boards but I've found automatic writing just easier because it goes faster and you can get into a deeper trance than with the board. Rather than opening myself to any old spirit (I'm not experienced enough in mediumship to do that) I prefer to contact my spirit guides and have them relay the messages.
Mackenzie Sage Wright (author) on January 28, 2014:
Thank you very much VVanNess-- I can't take credit for the pictures so much, I get them mostly from creative commons/public domains. I always put a link you can follow if you want to look around for your own.
Rebecca from USA on January 27, 2014:
You're on fire with hubs lately. I've been thinking a lot about channeling lately, and wondered your opinion on that. Not magic practice because my ego wants to primarily do curses right now, ha!, but since I believe in Karma, I can't do that. Does channeling come into play with Wiccan practices? Sorry, my comment is not entirely relative to this hub, which I enjoyed BTW. :)
Victoria Van Ness from Fountain, CO on January 27, 2014:
Your articles are always so well done, but I'm in love with the amazing pictures! :) Nice job WiccanSage.