“Cold-hearted orb that rules the night,
Removes the colors from our sight,
Red is grey and yellow white,
But we decide which is right,
And which is an illusion.”
~ From the album Days of Future Passed (The Moody Blues)
The Mystical Implications
Modern Wicca tends to see the Moon as a Goddess. It comes from the idea (at least in my opinion) that Charles Leland spoke of Diana the Huntress as Goddess in Aradia, or the Gospel of the Witches. Diana the Huntress is associated with the crescent moon. As I said in the post on the Sun, I was raised with the idea that there was a man in the moon, that the moon wasn’t necessarily feminine. But I finally wrapped my head around the concept of moon-as-goddess after becoming Wiccan many moons ago, so I’m sticking with that concept.
The Practical Implications
Witches often go by the phases of the moon for their work. The way I work with the moon phases is very simple: waxing and waning. I don’t do any work at the exact full of the moon because this is a fulcrum, a turning point, a twilight between increase and decrease. The same with the new/dark moon – it’s a between-point, and you can’t always be sure which way things will go from a between-point.
A waxing moon is anytime between the new/dark of the moon and the full moon. This is a time for doing work for growth, building, arranging, drawing in, attracting, manifesting.
A waning moon is anytime between the full moon and the dark/new moon. This is a time for doing work for decrease, taking down, pushing away, banishing, un-manifesting or stopping from manifesting.
The moon is very much associated with water. It rules the tides, as we know. It is also associated with the zodiac sign Cancer. The day of the Moon is Monday. The moon can be used in healing, intuitive exploration, influence of emotion, the subconscious mind, hidden/occult things, psychic work. On the full moon, many will conjure the swain (power) and do well or water magic. The colors of the moon are purple, silver, blue and white, and her number is 9.
An effective packet for psychic dreams can be made by taking a white cloth and making a square out of it. Only sew up 3 sides. Then put in the packet these nine herbs: Anise, Bay Leaf, Honeysuckle, Jasmine, Lotus, Peppermint, Sage, Sandalwood and Mugwort. Add the square of the moon pictured here, then sew up the fourth side. Put this under your pillow between new/dark of the moon and the full moon to induce psychic dreams.