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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.

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Correspondences: Days

Quite often you will need something done immediately, and the day doesn’t matter.  But each day holds its own energy, and so your spells and rituals can be more potent and more relevant on certain days.

Here I have listed some information about each of the seven days of the week, including the planet, elements and starsigns they align to, as well as some other useful bits of information.

SUNDAY
Planet: Sun
Element: Fire
Sign/s: Leo
Colours: Gold, yellow, orange
Stones: Citrine, Tiger’s Eye, Amber, Quartz Crystal, Red Agate, Carnelion
Trees: Birch, Laurel, Cedar, Oak
Flowers/Herbs: St. John’s Wort, Buttercup, Marigold
Oils: Heliotrope, Orange, Cloves, Frankincense, Ambergris, Musk, Myrrh
Incense: Mastic, Palaginia
Deities: Sun Gods, Brighid, Apollo, Lugh, Belissama
Angel: Michael
Symbolic Object/s: Disc
Influences: Power, prosperity, health, banishing evil, exorcism, happiness, contentment, music, poetry.

MONDAY
Planet: Moon
Element: Water
Sign/s: Cancer
Colours: Silver, white, grey, pearl
Stones: Moonstone, Pearl, Aquamarine, Fluorite, Quartz Crystal, Geodes, Azurite
Trees: Birch, Willow
Flowers/Herbs: Orris Root, Motherwort, Vervain, Night Flowers, White Flowers, White Rose, Iris, Moonwort
Oils: Poppy, Rose
Incense: Myrtle
Deities: Hecate, Moon Deities, Selene, Nephtys, Artemis, Isis
Angel: Gabriel
Symbolic Object/s: Cauldron
Influences: Intuition, dreams, psychic ability, female fertility, the Goddess, increase.

TUESDAY
Planet: Mars
Element/s: Fire, Water
Sign/s: Aries, Scorpio
Colours: Red, orange, pink
Stones: Carnelian, Bloodstone, Ruby, Garnet, Pink Tourmaline, Rhodocrosite
Trees: Holly, Cedar
Flowers/Herbs: Red Rose, Cockscomb, Pine, Thyme, Daisy, Pepper, Basil
Oils: Basil, Ginger, Allspice, Hellebore, Carnation, Patchouli
Incense: Lignum Aloes, Plantain
Deities: Elves, War Gods, Mars/Ares, Tiew, Oya, Kali
Angel: Samuel
Symbolic Object/s: Arrow
Influences: Courage, energy, physical strength, banishing negativity, defence, protection, inspiration, defeating obstacles, sex, dance.

WEDNESDAY
Planet: Mercury, Chiron
Element/s: Earth
Sign/s: Virgo
Colours: Orange, Grey, Light Blue, Purple, Yellow, Violet, Magenta, Silver
Stones: Aventurine, Moss Agate, Bloodstone, Hematite, Sodalite
Trees: Hazel
Flowers/Herbs: Lavender, Fern, Hazel, Cherry, Periwinkle
Oils: Benzoin, Clary Sage, Eucalyptus, Lavender, Anise, Sweetpea, Mastic, Frankincense, Cloves
Incense: Cinnamon, Cinquefoil
Deities: Lord & Lady, Mercury/Hermes, Athene, Sarasvarti, Woden
Angel: Raphael
Symbolic Object/s: Staff
Influences: Divination, communications, knowledge, wisdom, study, learning, exams and tests, legal issues, travel, ideas, memory, science

THURSDAY
Planet: Jupiter
Element/s: Fire, Water
Sign/s: Sagittarius, Pisces
Colours: Purple, Royal Blue, Metallic Colours
Stones: Sugilite, Amethyst, Turquoise, Lapis Lazuli, Sapphire
Trees: Oak, Pine
Flowers/Herbs: Cinquefoil, Cinnamon, Beech, Buttercup, Coltsfoot, Oak
Oils: Clove, Melissa, Oakmoss, Lilac, Storax, Aloes
Incense: Nutmeg, Henbane
Deities: The Lord, Thor, Jove/Jupiter, Rhiannon, Juno, Laxmi
Angel: Sachiel
Symbolic Object/s: Drum
Influences: Generosity, natural justice, expansion, property, wills, family matters, good luck, wealth, healing, male fertility, legal matters

FRIDAY
Planet: Venus
Element/s: Earth, Air
Sign/s: Libra, Taurus
Colours: Green, Pink, White, Aqua, Light Blue
Stones: Rose Quartz, Rhodocrosite, Moonstone, Pink Tourmaline, Peridot, Emerald, Jade
Trees: Apple, Myrtle
Flowers/Herbs: Thyme, Pink Rose, Ivy, Birch, Heather, Clematis, Sage, Violet, Water Lily
Oils: Cadamon, PalmaRosa, Rose, Stephanotis, Apple Blossom, Musk, Ambergris
Incense: Saffron, Verbena
Deities: The Lady, Love Goddesses, Venus/Aphrodite, Angus, Parvarti
Angel: Ariel
Symbolic Object/s: Rose, Star Symbol
Influences: Love, sex, sexuality, marriage, fertility, friendship, affection, partnership, allurement, beauty, art

SATURDAY
Planet: Saturn
Element/s: Earth, Air, Fire, Water
Sign/s: Capricorn, Aquarius
Colours: Black, Red, Grey, White
Stones: Jet, Smoky Quartz, Onyx, Amethyst, Lava, Pumice, Snowflake Obsidian
Trees: Alder
Flowers/Herbs: Mullein, Myrrh, Moss, Hemlock, Wolfsbane, Coltsfoot, Fir, Nightshade
Oils: Cypress, Mimosa, Myrrh, Patchouli, Hyacinth, Pansy
Incense: Pepperwort, Assodious, Black Poppy Seeds, Henbane, Lodestone, Myrrh
Deities: Fairies, Hecate, Nemesis, Saturn
Angel: Cassiel
Symbolic Object/s: Chain, cords
Influences: Boundaries, binding, exorcism, discipline, reduction, protection, deflection, psychic ability, meditation, communication with spirits.

Magickal Living

I had a suggestion from Amy on my Facebook page asking about iPhone apps for pagans.

Can’t get much geekier than that!

So here’s what I have under the ‘Witchcraft folder’ on my iPhone:

1. Ultimate Spellcraft & Lunar Phases by Stacey Demarco (www.themodernwitch.com) provides free spells, a Wheel of the Year and brief explanations of each sabbat, moon phases for both the northern and southern hemispheres, and even an option to Cast an E-Spell!  A fun little app.

2. The White Witch – covers witchy related news, YouTube videos, photos, audio, Twitter feeds, Facebook and LiveAlbum feeds.  A one-stop resource.

3. Live Moon Pro – a Moon phase app, provides an alarm to remind you of the next moon phase, and a full calendar for future phases.  Better yet, it auto-detects your location to accurately match the correct moon phase.

4. Virtual Candle – when I need to light a candle without a candle or a match, I turn on my phone, direct my intent and light the virtual candle.  Great for meditation too (would suit those college dorms where candles aren’t allowed!).

5. Dreamcatcher – learn what all those weird and wonderful dreams are about.

6. Crystals – gives you a run down of a select few crystals – more can be included with an upgrade.

Do you have any apps that you’ve found useful on your path?

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Correspondences: Colours
White – The colour of the Moon, white is often used to invoke lunar energy in spellwork.  It is also symbolic of purity and light and is often used in conjunction with other colours to denote these aspects of the work we are undertaking.  Blessing rituals generally use white candles.  Because white promotes ideas of innocence, it can also be used to connote initiation and pure intentions.
Keywords: The Goddess, purity, spiritualism, peace
Black – Contrary to popular belief, black is not a colour of ‘evil’ but the colour of potential, of space and protection.  It is often used in banishment and binding spells as it is the colour denoting the dark part of the Moon as it wanes or the Dark Moon itself.
Black symbolises darkness; again, in Wicca not conceived of as ‘evil’ but as potentially creative and inward-reaching.  It is a popular colour for candles if summoning the dark goddesses such as Hecate, Kali or the Morrigan.
Keywords: Binding, protection, banishing negativity, potential.
Red – A primary colour denoting fire, passion, the will, courage and sexual energy, red is often used in love spells to summon true love.  The colour of Martian energy, red is used in spell work to summon defence against that which threatens or oppresses.  Red is also used to denote solar energy.
Keywords: Sun, intelligence, memory, study
Yellow – A primary colour, denoting matters of the mind, communication, learning, movement and beginnings, yellow is the colour of Goddesses of intellect and study such as Athena and Sarasvarti, and of apprenticeship and studenthood.  Like red, it can be used to invoke solar energy, but belongs chiefly to Mercury, planet of swift movement and communication.
Keywords: Sun, intelligence, memory, study.
Blue – A primary colour representing Water and consequently healing, harmony, love, emotions, psychic abilities, dreams and intuition, blue is linked with Neptune energy, with darkest blue sometimes symbolising Jupiter.
Keywords: Wisdom, protection, creativity, communication, water, healing, harmony, emotions, psychic abilities.
Green – The secondary colour symbolising fertility, growth, material matters and the Earth, green is also linked with Venus energy.  Green is the colour of the heart chakra and symbolic of feelings, wholeness and harmonious conjunctions.
Keywords:  Fertility, money, tree magic, growth.
Purple – In ancient times regarded as the royal colour, purple is the colour of the planet Jupiter, once seen as king of the gods.  Purple denotes spirituality, generosity, justice, serendipity and wonder.  Purple is also the colour of transformation, which links it back to its association with the element of Spirit.  A colour linked with Fortuna, goddess of the wheel of fate and chance, and with Iris, the messenger goddess of the rainbow.
Keywords: Spiritual power, psychic ability & energy, hidden knowledge.
Pink – This colour symbolises affection, affinity, friendship; pink candles are sometimes used in love spells alongside red and white to add these particular qualities to the others required of a prospective lover.
Keywords: Love, peace, romance, emotions.
Silver – Like white, symbolic of lunar energy, silver is worn by many witches in preference to gold because of the emphasis on Moon phases and other lunar symbolism within Wicca.  Silver can also symbolise the need for money in spells for wealth.  The colour for purity, protection, ice, stars, potential and fame.
Keywords: Dreams, the Goddess, intuition, telepathy, feminine power.
Gold – Gold symbolises the attributes of the Sun, including happiness, health, fulfilment, success and, according to alchemy, spiritual attainment.  Gold is often used in spells to bring health to an individual or general success to an enterprise.  To most, it represents solar energy and the God aspects.  We can used this colour better connect with the masculine energies of the universe and with attributes like leadership skills, logical thinking, conscious awareness and problem-solving.
Keywords: Wealth, the God, happiness.
Brown – The element of Earth and is symbolic of endurance and animal health.  Brown is a good colour for grounding, solidifying and strengthening.  It is also used for matters dealing with material increases, eliminating indecisiveness, improving concentration, study, telepathy, increasing financial success, locating lost property and anything to do with animal matters.
Keywords: Earth Elemental, endurance, animal health, steadiness, houses and homes, physical objects, uncertainties.
Rainbow – Strictly speaking, not one colour but multi-coloured, the rainbow has been adopted as a symbol of gay price in the West, and Iris, goddess of the rainbow, is its patron.  In Wicca the rainbow symbolises hope, the close connection between sky and earth, spirituality and physicality, and the principles of connection, coalition and unity.
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Correspondences: An Introduction

Magickal correspondences are items, objects, days, colours, moon phases, oils, angels, and herbs (amongst others) used in a ritual or magickal working that match the intent or purpose of the celebration or ceremony.

So, if one was to conduct a prosperity spell, some examples for great items to use would be green candles, clover or basil, amethyst or aventurine, and the best time would be a Thursday or a Sunday, or at the time of a waxing moon. Obviously it doesn’t really matter what you use, as your intent is the main requirement, but these items and times help us to focus the intent with more clarity and add a  little more ‘oomph’ to our spellwork.