The moon is a primal force whose currents infuse the earth and us. The moon calls to many witches, myself included. I have a deep personal connection to lunar energy that speaks to my very core. The changing intersection of the moon, the earth and the sun resulting in the different crossroads that is each part of the lunar cycle. Each one has dominant energies that we can summon into our witchery. Waning for removals, waxing for attracting, dark for honoring Hekate, new for beginnings.
The Lunar Signatures
Each part of the lunar cycle carries a unique energy signature. The Full Moon represents wholeness and illumination. The Full Moon is the womb from which all life on earth grows. It is the external embodiment of the core of the planet. Symbolically, the moon sets and rises out of this core. Each night Selene emerges from Hekate’s Cave to share her energy with the world.
While experiencing lunar energy without a goal is wonderful, we typically are harnessing the moon for a specific task. Writing your intention or claim, preparing an altar to serve as your portal to the forces you’ll be summoning, and getting into the desired state of mind/body (through cleansing, etc.) are all part of the preparation process.
You don’t have to wait for a specific phase, adapt your spell to the current phase or when you’ll be ready for the magick.
When drawing down the moon, adding layers of correspondences to the working is very beneficial. I generally use a tripartite approach. With the moon, we can add astrological considerations since the moon is always in a specific house of the zodiac. Several botanicals and stones act as conduits of lunar energy, including the user-friendly mugwort and moonstone. Colors are another layer that can be added to augment our lunar connection: black for the dark moon, white for the new/waxing, red for the full, grey for the waning.
Ensure that the space you’ll do the working in is safe and without toxicity.
Securing Yourself Through Grounding
Tether yourself to the earth beneath you before getting involved with the moon. Breathe into your roots, releasing stress and toxins. This is not optional.
Summoning The Powers WithinOnce grounded, turn your attention inward to your own power supply. The technique below outlines how to extend your own Sacred Seven energy centers. An alternative is to envision all your energy forming a spirit-moon in your own hands.
Releasing Your Personal Power
With your energy focused and your tether in place, stretch your energy around you, securing your space. Scan your surroundings for any unwanted forces, then banish them.
Drawing Down The Moon
Next, calling out to the moon with your energy. Use words to augment what you are doing energetically. Draw the lunar energy into the contained energy you’ve created, whether it’s your hands, a jar, etc.
Containing Lunar Energy
You want to keep the lunar energy required for the working. Envision capturing the energy into whatever your container is. You may separate the lunar energy from the source or keep it connected, depending on your purpose.
Directing It Into Your Ritual Or Spell
Now use words, thoughts, actions, etc. to direct the lunar energy into your working. Wild moon magick is awesome, but can be unpredictable. Instructing the energy of what to do yields powerful results.
Activating The Spell
Once you’ve spoken your incantation or otherwise given direction to your contained moon energy, envision the spell and the moon, along with other correspondences merging into one beautiful spiral. Release this coil out to your intended target.
Releasing From Lunar Energy
Even if you separated your piece of moon magick from the source, you’ll still need to separate from the moon. Pull back your energy cords until they are resting within you.
Returning Your Internal Energy To Rest
Using a calm, steady deep breath, settle your power back to the usual everyday level. More instruction on this is found in the technique below.
Separating From Your Tether
Pull up your roots gently, further returning to everyday consciousness.
If your energy is too high, you may want to keep those roots in the earth so the excess can drain off. Too low? stand straight, shoulders relaxed and let the moon pour down through your physical/spirit spines.
Recording what happens before, during and after a working is the surest way to practice powerful witchcraft that gets the results you need. Note your experiences, any messages that came through, etc.