How to work with the phases of the Moon
The Magickal Creatrix

Working with the Phases of the Moon The Witchy Way

[et_pb_section fb_built=”1″ _builder_version=”3.0.47″][et_pb_row custom_padding=”0px|0px|24px|0px” _builder_version=”3.0.47″ background_size=”initial” background_position=”top_left” background_repeat=”repeat”][et_pb_column type=”4_4″ _builder_version=”3.0.47″ parallax=”off” parallax_method=”on”][et_pb_text _builder_version=”3.0.89″]Working with the phases of the moon is becoming more and more popular which I’m sure you will agree is a fantastic thing. Although this may seem relatively new to a lot of people, working with the moon is in fact as old as time itself.

I love the moon and her energies. And as I’ve worked increasingly closely with the phases of the moon each month I’ve seen positive shifts in my life. When I resist and go against the moon, things indeed take a different turn. I also notice patterns in my mood, energy levels, creativity and sleep as I document my experiences each month in my journal.

However, there is something I want to address in this blog that has caused me some confusion in the past and hopefully it will help clarify some things for you too.

Have you noticed a lot of conflicting information about what you should be doing on which moon phase when you scroll down your social media news feeds? I know I sure have and it’s made trying to work with the moon quite hard to do as I’ve doubted what I already knew and also taken on some conflicting advice which has influenced me along the way.

To help get to the bottom of this I’ve teamed up with Andrea Lancaster from Andrea Lancaster Witchery to talk about the current confusion and get the facts right about what we should be practising when it comes to working with the cycles of the moon.

Check out my conversation with Andrea below.

PLEASE NOTE: I just want to mention that the way Andrea and I work with the phases of the Moon comes from a witchy background. If you have been taught something else and it works for you then keep going with that. This article isn’t telling you that you are wrong for doing things a different way but is instead a guide to help you get clear on what will work for you and to explain why the information you see in your newsfeed is confusing.[/et_pb_text][/et_pb_column][/et_pb_row][et_pb_row _builder_version=”3.0.89″][et_pb_column type=”4_4″ _builder_version=”3.0.47″ parallax=”off” parallax_method=”on”][et_pb_divider color=”#8300e9″ _builder_version=”3.0.89″ show_divider=”on”] [/et_pb_divider][et_pb_text _builder_version=”3.0.89″]

Chat with Andrea Lancaster from Andrea Lancaster Witchery

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Andrea: Somewhere along the line the truth has been bent out of shape. A lot of this is about trying to be different and getting noticed, and this is more so with a lot of astrologer being on social media these days. This latest new age movement has unfortunately resulted in some wrong information being passed around as the truth.

 

Sarah: I was recently very confused by numerous social media posts saying to release on a full moon. Why do you think this has gone viral the way it has?

Andrea: The full moon is probably one of the most easily recognised moon phases. When astrologers read charts about the planetary influences, releasing can be a recommendation and somewhere this planetary information has then become attached to the full moon. However, releasing is not recommended on a full moon, and if planets have a releasing energy, then you should wait until after the full moon (Disseminating) but before the dark moon (Balsamic).

 

Sarah: Where does the original information about working with the phases of the moon come from?

Andrea: Working with the moon is ancient knowledge which has been used in many cultures for many years. The moon cycle shows the cycle of life helping farmers to manage their crops. Working in this way means a better harvest and more food for people and livestock. Publication of a farmers almanac allows farmers to keep track of weather predictions, moon cycles, astronomical data and much more. Also, it’s important to consider the circadian rhythm of plants, animals and people which are the natural biological processes which repeat approximately every 24 hours and is closely influenced by the seasons, moon cycles, daylight hours and tides.

 

Sarah: How can we all work with the moon phases correctly?

Andrea: By understanding the traditional meaning of each phase and working in flow with the cycles of the moon as we’re about to go through.[/et_pb_text][/et_pb_column][/et_pb_row][et_pb_row _builder_version=”3.0.89″][et_pb_column type=”4_4″ _builder_version=”3.0.47″ parallax=”off” parallax_method=”on”][et_pb_divider color=”#8300e9″ _builder_version=”3.0.89″ show_divider=”on”] [/et_pb_divider][/et_pb_column][/et_pb_row][et_pb_row _builder_version=”3.0.89″][et_pb_column type=”4_4″ _builder_version=”3.0.47″ parallax=”off” parallax_method=”on”][et_pb_text _builder_version=”3.0.89″]

Working with the Phases of the Moon 

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Let’s take a look at each moon phase in more detail. 

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New Moon 

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Visibility: 0%
Duration: New Moon to 3.5 days after
Keywords: Beginnings, Planting Seeds, Future Dreams

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Waxing Crescent Moon

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Visibility: 0.1% – 49.9%
Duration: 3.5 days to 7 days after New Moon
Keywords: Movement, Action, Move Forward, Courage, Faith

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First Quarter Moon

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Visibility: 50%
Duration: 7 days to 10.5 after New Moon
Keywords: Building, Shaping, Problem Solving, Increasing Confidence, Making a Commitment

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Gibbous Moon (Waxing)

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Visibility: 50.1 % to 99.9%
Duration: 10.5 days – 14 days after New Moon
Keywords: Attention to Detail, Personal Growth, Make Small Adjustments, Hone your Skills

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Here you’re being asked to keep going and maintain your stamina and endurance. Take a look at the results so far and make small changes towards your goals. Now is a time for attention to detail so notice the little things and make changes, hone your skills and encourage personal growth and development at this time. 

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Full Moon 

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Visibility: 100%
Duration: 14 days – 17.5 days after New Moon
Keywords: Completion, Harvest, Results, Gratitude, Forgiveness

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Disseminating Moon (Waning Gibbous)

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Visibility: 99.9% – 50.1% 
Duration: 3.5 days to 7 days after Full Moon
Keywords: Banish and Release

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**Void of Course – The Moon makes a complete circle through the twelve signs every 28.5 days and spends approximately 2.5 days in each sign. As the moon enters each sign, the different effects can be felt. Then every few days the Moon floats between the signs and this is called Void of Course until the Moon enters the next sign. There’s a strange energy associated with Void of Course which is why it’s advisable not to do anything. Void of Course can last anywhere from a few minutes to several hours with rare events lasting days. Here’s a great link for Void of Course timings https://www.lunarium.co.uk/calendar/universal.jsp

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Last (3rd) Quarter Moon

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Visibility: 50%
Duration: 7 days – 10.5 days after Full Moon
Keywords: Destruction

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Balsamic Moon (Dark Moon or Waning Crescent)

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Visibility: 49.9% – 0.1% 
Duration: 10.5 days – 14 days after Full Moon
Keywords: Rest, Heal, Sooth, Surrender

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Stay Connected to Andrea Lancaster Witchery

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Andrea’s knowledge seems to have no limitations and I highly recommend following her Facebook page and checking out her website. 
Here’s how you can do both. 

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Hi, I’m Sarah Cornforth and I'm a Creatrix of Magick.  I have never really considered myself creative or artistic as I'm too much of a perfectionist for that and I still find it hard to accept the word ‘artist’ as a title for myself. Initially creating art was a way of coping with the curveballs of life. When I draw, or paint or craft I feel calmer, my mind slows down to a pace I can cope with and life becomes easier. I also love working closely with the phases of the moon and the cycles of nature in everything I do as the benefits are huge. At the end of 2017 a dear friend nudged me in the direction of creating art to sell, and if it had been anyone else who encouraged me I would have thought they were mad. But this particular friend has a special gift. She can see the life purpose of others. So I listened and I took every piece of advice she had to give me.....and here I am, creating art, working with the Moon, teaching people how to heal through Mandala art, feeling happy and sharing what I love with the world. Thank you for joining me on this journey.