By popular request, a reprisal of the Lunar Basics. Everyday Moon Magic is probably the easiest aspect of astrology to grasp. That and the art of not firing off impulse missives during Mercury Retrograde.
So the Moon – aka Artemis – is the closest astrological entity to Gaia aka Earth.
Luna (another of her many names) is classically deemed ‘feminine’ or ‘Yin’ by contrast to the masculine Sun. Although the Ancient Babylonians had a Moon GOD, called Sin. We all know that the Moon affects tides and our internal rhythms, the menstruation cycle being the most obvious. FYI that word originates in “Mensa” – an olden-day Etruscan/Roman Goddess of measurement.
WHY do we call these bodies “the Moon” – “the Sun” and the basic “Earth”? Is there an aversion to using the God/Goddess names because nobody wants to seem too Pagan or make like magic is real? Apollo and Artemis/Diana are twins…Why can’t we say Gaia or Terra?
Anyway, werewolves, hormones, parasites and emergency room workers all clock up extra activity during the Full Moon. Hares, bats, spies and vampires prefer it. As the Moon waxes to be full so too do poets, composers and artists wax lyrical. Soldiers in stealth mode at night move across treacherous terrain during the Full Moon. Sailors navigate and insomnia turns pro.
But the most practical Moon Magic tips are below.
Weaving the Moon and her cycles is a really simple way to access astrology. It’s easy and it’s not at all complex. Nor is even a difficult phase of the Moon going to last for very long. It’s not like some Nemesis Transit that runs for months and you need to evolve your everything. Obviously the below tips work in alignment with your intuition, personal wisdom or knowledge of any situation, broader transits in play for you personally AND the general astral terrain.
# Start things on the New Moon or in the 14 days after the New Moon and before the Full Moon. Generally, those two weeks support action and the getting of what you want. It is also a really good time to set your intent for the next lunar cycle. I am increasingly trying to weave little ritual suggestions into the daily horoscopes.
# Anticipate situations that have been left to simmer or that may be fragile/needing to change to come to a boil/climax/snap around the Full Moon. The Full Moon is fantastic for clarity, always. Watch the Daily Mystic emails and the Horoscopes for the Full Moon times in your zone + suggestions of ways to maximise their good effects/minimise the less desirable ones.
# The two weeks after the Full Moon are better for releasing, ending things and honouring what’s ended in your life so it can go properly. It’s when you’re less on the hustle, more receptive to info and wisdom. This comes to a peak intensity with the Dark Moon, which is the few days right before the New Moon. That’s de-cluttering central, as it is so cathartic and inspirational to do it with this particular phase of the Moon.
# Old Witches Tales – and why wouldn’t old witches be right about a variety of things? – start diets on the old Moon not the New Moon – as you’re trying to release weight. It’s not a gain. Get hair you want to grow trimmed when the Moon is waxing but remove hair you would like to discourage during the Moon Wane. If you want to do a tie-cutting ritual with an ex-lover or a bad habit (both?!) find a Moon Wane when Venus is in aspect to Saturn. There is also a whole school of thought around gardening with the Moon that i don’t (yet!) know anything about but i am sure commenters do.
# Use the synch feature of the Astro-Scheduler to put some of the Lunar Portals into your iCal, so that you can note for yourself how they manifest for you. This sort of astral detective work – combine that with recording your Tarot read results, instinctive flashes, moods and dreams – delivers the most rad results. You can still seek guidance from the Horoscopes and consults but if you KNOW that – say – the Moon Jupiter Answered Prayers Lunar Portal tends to be epic for – say – dealing with difficult people or getting into Creative Flow, you can schedule that in accordingly.
# Moon-Gaze – looking at the actual Moon in the sky is healing. Don’t ask me how but it is. If you are interested in a plausible theory re how all this works, read the terribly erudite and amazing Cosmos & Psyche.
Image: Xiang Wei Ren
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