Moon & Female Mysteries
The moon ("Luna" in Latin) is the only natural satellite of the earth. It orbits around the earth establishing the lunar month and during this period it passes through all its phases. Transformations of the lunar body which we see in the sky are the result of the angle that the moon creates with the sun as seen from earth. Moving around the earth the moon changes, therefore, the visible fraction of its face and its changes are known as moon phases, repeated in the same way every month.
Each phase has a specific energetic qualities that can be used in magic for different rituals and purposes. Also, the moon is deeply connected with the women's cycle and her creative power. Celebrating the moon means to celebrate our feminine nature and unify ourselves with the energy of the Divine.
Each phase has a specific energetic qualities that can be used in magic for different rituals and purposes. Also, the Moon is deeply connected with the women's cycle and their creative power. Celebrating the moon means celebrate our feminine nature and unify ourself with the energy of the Goddess.
Phase of the Maiden - Follicular phase
A time of dynamic and radiant energy, an ideal phase to make plans, take action, socialize and communicate. Mind is more analytical and focused on the goals to achieve. This moon phase is appropriate for attraction and growing rituals.
The period of the waxing moon can also be divided into three intermediate phases:
Wet Moon (from new Moon to the first quarter of the Moon) - fecundity, growth, development and extension.
First Quarter - confirmations, initiatives, possibilities.
Hot Moon (from the first quarter to full Moon) - dynamic energy movement, passion, intensity, growth, expansion, affirmation.
Phase of the Mother - Ovulation
The lunar energy is at its maximum fullness and power and the moon appears perfectly round. This is a good time for empowerment, beneficial and devotional rituals.
January - Wolf Moon: preservation, protection, purification, introspection, new beginnings.
February - Ice Moon: purification, growth, healing, self-love, forgiveness, planning.
March - Seed Moon: growth, prosperity, exploration, new beginnings, balance, enlightenment.
April - Hare Moon: changings, centering, creativity, productivity, inner balance.
May - Flowers Moon: creativity, propagation, intuition, strength.
June - Lovers Moon: strengthening, rest, protection, prevention, introspection, meditation.
July - Hay Moon: meditation, divination, receptivity, dream time, goals, planning.
August - Corn Moon: meditation, gratitude, health, vitality, sharing and friendship.
September - Harvest Moon: rest, balance, stability.
October - Blood Moon: purification, release, surrender, introspection, karma, reincarnation, justice, inner harmony.
November - Snow Moon: transformation, spiritual connection with the divine, reflection, evaluation, grounding.
December - Cold Moon: death and rebirth, transformation.
Phase of the Enchantress or Witch - Luteal phase
This moon phase cleans and releases energy, so it is suitable for making all kinds of household and bodily cleansing processes, follow slimming diets, detoxifying, purifying and face surgery, as well as to ward off bad habits and attitudes.
The period of the waning moon can also be divided into three intermediate phases:
Dry moon (from full Moon to the last quarter) - shrinkage and reduction, refinement, selection and choices.
Last Quarter - time of selection, challenges, focusing and elimination.
Cold Moon (the last quarter to new Moon) - confluence, retraction and immobility. The energies are concentrated and stiff.
Phase of the Destroyer o Dark Maiden - Menstrual bleeding
Phase of the Crone - Menopause
When the moon appears black and not visible is called the new moon. It is an appropriate period for divination, practices concerning past life, ancestors, protection and banishment, defence and liberation from negativity or the evil eye. It is also a time of great transformation and suitable to close the past in order to open new chapters.
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