Book of Shadows

Correspondences: Elements

Generally within these descriptions, the only thing that could vary greatly is the associated direction – in my own practice, I place Earth in the South and Fire in the North; but traditionally this is reversed.  Some place Earth in the East and Air in the North.  It depends on your teachings or, if solitary, what feels right to you.  If you live where there is physically water in the east, you might wish to honour water in the east.  It’s up to you.

EARTH
Gender: Feminine
Direction: South
Colour: Green
Elementals: Gnomes
Animals: Wolf, owl, dragon, stag, wild cats
Stones: Onyx, jade, amethyst, fluorite (to be fair, most stones could be Earth stones, since they mostly come from the earth)
Properties: Fertility, jobs, money, business, health, ecology, nature, stability.

AIR
Gender: Masculine
Direction: East
Colour: Yellow
Elementals: Sylphs
Animals: Doves, wolf, fox, deer, turtle
Stones: Moonstone, turquoise, rhodochrosite
Properties: Memory, intellect, test-taking, divination, psychic ability, travel, overcoming addictions.

FIRE
Gender: Masculine
Direction: North
Colour: Red
Elementals: Salamanders
Animals: Porcupine, coyote, fox, squirrel, hawk, mouse, deer, bear, snakes
Stones: Amber, citrine, smoky crystals, gold, copper
Properties: Success, sex, illness, protection, legal matters, competitions, strength, energy.

WATER
Gender: Feminine
Direction: West
Colour: Blue
Elementals: Undines
Animals: All sea mammals, all sea birds, fish, night creatures, ravens
Stones: Silver, river rocks, amethyst, coral, seashells, rainbow-coloured crystals
Properties: Love, friendship, meditation, healing, dreams, childbirth, clairvoyance, purification.

Correspondences: The Moon

Like the days, the moon and its phases also hold different energies – for example, a new moon is for beginning new things, while a waning moon is for getting rid of old things.  I’ve collated some information here for you about the moon’s phases, as well what it means when the moon is in a particular sign and what this can hold for your spellwork and ritual.

Please note – that the waxing and waning moon may appear the opposite way around depending on where you are located in the world, but the properties of each remain the same.  I have written how I see it from the Southern Hemisphere.

MOON PHASES

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New Moon

When: Technically the midpoint of the Dark Moon between the waxing and waning moons, but astrologically when the first sliver of the moon is again visible.

New Moon magick begins on the day of the New Moon to three-and-a-half days after.  Use the energy of the New Moon for new ventures and new beginnings.  Also use the New Moon for love spells, job hunting and healing.

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Waxing Moon

When: The Waxing Moon begins at seven till fourteen days after the New Moon.

Use the Waxing Moon for constructive magick, such as love spells, magick for wealth and success, courage, friendship, luck or good health.

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Full Moon

When: Fourteen days after the beginning of the new moon.  Halfway through the moon’s cycle.

A powerful energy for rituals of prophecy, divination and protection.  Any spellwork that requires extra energy, such as finding a new job or healing serious conditions, is best begun during the Full Moon.  Also for love, gaining sacred knowledge, legal matters, attracting money and prophetic dreams.

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Waning Moon

When: Begin Waning Moon magick three-and-a-half to ten-and-a-half days after the Full Moon.

The Waning Moon is used for banishing negativity, for curing addictions and illness.

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Dark Moon

When: As soon as the moon is no longer visible, after the waning moon.

The energy of the Dark Moon is useful for working magick against attackers, and for understanding your own angers and passion.  Wonderful for inward journeys of the soul.  Also for rituals designed to bring justice to bear in very negative situations.

MOON IN SIGNS

The Moon spends a day or two each month in each of the twelve signs of the zodiac.  The Sign the moon is transiting through can be used to good advantage during spellwork.

Moon in Aries
A good time to perform spells related to job ventures and all new projects related to money.  Also a good time to develop strength and courage, and lust spells.  This is not a good moon for performing divination.
Keywords: Purification, overcoming, personal development.

Moon in Taurus
This moon is excellent for spellwork related to love, creativity and inner peace.  Spells done at this time take the longest to manifest, but the results will be very long-lasting and be stable.
Keywords: Abundance, devotion, fortitude.

Moon in Gemini
The perfect time for spells dealing with communications, healing and uncrossing spells.  Be careful – the moon in Gemini can be unpredictable and unstable.
Keywords: Transformation, bringing symmetry to diverse energies/situations.

Moon in Cancer
Excellent for any spell involving the home, fertility, children or divination.
Keywords: Inventiveness, prosperity, any lunar-orientated working.

Moon in Leo
Spells involving leadership, prosperity, fame and career are best done in Leo, but do not perform any spells invoking love, or any other emotion, as Leo may actually counteract it.
Keywords: Acquiring new qualities, strength, any solar-orientated working.

Moon in Virgo
This moon ensures a spell which involves meticulous detail, especially spells involving education, healing and stability.
Keywords: Virility, monetary improvement, success.

Moon in Libra
Excellent for working a spell with a partner, and for magick involving marriage, couples, partnership, peace and fairness.
Keywords: Balance within and without, discernment, revealing secrets, air-orientated magick.

Moon in Scorpio
Use this energy for mysteries, the occult, divination and sex magick.
Keywords: Passion, sexuality, intense study.

Moon in Sagittarius
This is an excellent time to experiment with new techniques or magick spells, but not a good time for psychic work or divination.
Keywords: Firm foundations, self-control, manifesting goals, fire-orientated magick.

Moon in Capricorn
Perfect for spells to manifest life’s basic needs and for stability.
Keywords:  Looking within (inner development), overall supportive energy, earth-orientated magick.

Moon in Aquarius
The best time to work on behalf of others, but consciously stay focused on your heart to maintain a higher consciousness with others, and to avoid selfish motives.
Keywords: Fun, adventure, liberation.

Moon in Pisces
Perfect for divination and psychic work, past life regressions and communication with spirits.
Keywords:  Movement, profuseness, water-orientated magick, developing psychic awareness.