As old ways witches we utilize elemental forces for magick and mystical significance of the natural world and its fauna and flora along with esoteric knowledge, lore of healing, protective herbs, natural poisons, psychoactive plants, energetic resonance of roots, and of course, the moon.
The moon is of key importance for the witch. The phases of the moon and its cycle impact the potency of the spellwork and its success. Performing a ritual during the improper phase of the moon will not lead to disastrous effects, rather it will hinder the fruition of the outcome. The moon amplifies spellwork and works in harmony with the energies exerted by the witch.
An old ways witch does not follow the exact terminology and specifications of modern astrologers and astronomers. We maintain the visual interpretation and energies of the moon, therefore our spellwork is similarly aligned.
Some things to keep in mind:
If you are unable to align your spellwork with the date a good rule of thumb is to perform the spell the night before. For example, if you are planning to perform a spell for attracting financial prosperity into your life but the moon is Full during an inconvenient time (say, 10am on a Tuesday while you're at work), I advise you to perform it the night before. As the moon grows full, so too will your access to the energies that are harmonizing the manifestation of your spell. Same applies to Dark Moon for banishing and curses.
The Witch's New Moon is when the very crescent of the moon is visible, which is the evening on or between the two dates listed.
Full Moon: January 1st, 2018
Dark Moon: January 16th
Witch's New Moon: January 20th-21st, 2018
Full Moon: January 31st, 2018
Dark Moon: February 15th, 2018
Witch's New Moon: February 18th-19th, 2018
Full Moon: March 1st, 2018
Dark Moon: March 17th, 2018
Witch's New Moon: March 20th-21st, 2018
Full Moon: March 31st, 2018
Dark Moon: April 15th, 2018
Witch's New Moon: April 19th-20th, 2018
Full Moon: April 29th, 2018
Dark Moon: May 15th, 2018
Witch's New Moon: May 18th-19th, 2018
Full Moon: May 29, 2018
Dark Moon: June 13th, 2018
Witch's New Moon: June 16th-17th, 2018
Full Moon: June 27th, 2018
Dark Moon: July 12th, 2018
Witch's New Moon: July 15th-16th, 2018
Full Moon: July 27th, 2018
Dark Moon: August 11th, 2018
Witch's New Moon: August 14th-15th, 2018
Full Moon: August 26th, 2018
Dark Moon: September 9th, 2018
Witch's New Moon: September 12th-13th, 2018
Full Moon: September 24th, 2018
Dark Moon: October 8th, 2018
Witch's New Moon: October 12th-13th, 2018
Full Moon: October 24th, 2018
Dark Moon: November 7th, 2018
Witch's New Moon: November 10th-11th, 2018
Full Moon: November 22nd, 2018
Dark Moon: December 6th, 2018
Witch's New Moon: December 9th-10th, 2018
Full Moon: December 22nd, 2018
Witch's Dark Moon (no moon is visible): when the moon cannot be seen and is in the dark phase, this is referred to as the Dark Moon by the old ways. Modern astronomers and astrologers call this darkness the New Moon, because the cycle of the moon is about to restart.
The Witch's Dark Moon is a night of stillness, contemplation and banishment. The only types of spellwork that should be done on the Dark Moon is banishment work or curses/hexes. The Dark Moon is also ideal for all types of divination, as well as working with the departed.
The moon is energetically at its lowest point and is is more conducive to the mentioned spellwork.
Witch's New Moon (when the first crescent is visible, increases to Full Moon): The New Moon of the old ways is when the very first crescent or sliver of the moon is visible. This is typically 2-3 nights after the Dark Moon.
The Witch's New Moon is the ideal time to begin spellwork that draws a life experience, physical possession or situation to you. This can be for love, money, health or personal development.
Spells are best performed for 3-12 consecutive days. This is what leads to powerful, lasting and measurable results. Starting candle burning rituals 3 night after the Dark Moon will give you exactly 12 days of spellwork, leading up to the Full Moon.
It is also the ideal time to begin a new venture, get married, apply for a job or embark on a journey.
The same energetic attributes apply throughout the Waxing Moon, all the way up to the Full Moon.
Full Moon: The Full Moon is not only the most magickally potent and powerful time of the month, but it is also the most physically stimulating. As the moon affects the ocean tides, so too does it affect our bodies. If you pay close attention to your body, you may have noticed that on the mornings leading up to the full moon and a couple of days thereafter, you may feel extra swollen or puffy. These are the days of maxi dresses, undereye concealer and perhaps an inclination to wear less rings on your fingers.
If you have been performing spellwork leading up to the Full Moon, consider the night of the Full Moon the climax of your ritual.
This is the night that gives any spell the extra boost into manifestation. The Full Moon is best used to draw something into you life, such as love, financial prosperity or self-development.
If, however, you are choosing not to perform any magick on the night of the Full Moon, simply sitting under the moon rays and energetically absorbing the magnetism will reawaken and enliven your spirit.
Waning Moon (decreases back to Dark Moon): As the moon wanes, the energy becomes particularly effective for ending various relationships, habits and overcoming hurdles.
Whether you're having a difficult time leaving an unsuitable relationship or are trying to quit smoking, the Waning Moon is perfectly capable and willing to help you align with your greater good.
In addition to removing negative influences from your life, this is also an appropriate time to cast curses or revenge spells (if needed).
The Waning Moon reminds us of things yet to be done and that time is slipping away. Anxiety is usually heightened during this time, therefore self-care is especially important.
Waning Moon Full Moon Witch's New Moon Dark Moon