Harnessing the Lunar Cycle: Rituals and Spells for Every Moon Phase


Jun 18, 2023

Harnessing the Lunar Cycle: Rituals and Spells for Every Moon Phase

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As celestial bodies move and dance in the sky above us, they offer more than just a fascinating spectacle.

The moon, with its constant but ever-changing presence, has been a focus of human attention since time immemorial. It inspires spiritual practices and rituals that help to channel its energies. This post is dedicated to exploring rituals that you can practice during different phases of the lunar cycle to amplify your intentions and foster personal growth.

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The New Moon: Seeds of Intentions

The New Moon is a time of absolute beginnings. When the moon is aligned between the earth and the sun, the side of the moon that's illuminated by the sun faces away from Earth, making it barely visible from our perspective. This is the perfect time for New Beginnings spells, which align with the symbolism of the moon's renewal.

Harness this phase to sow the seeds of your intentions. A cleansing ritual during the New Moon can symbolize the purging of old, unnecessary energies, making way for the new. Abundance checks, a practice of writing down your desires as if they've already been granted, can help you set intentions for what you want to manifest during the lunar cycle.

  • New Beginnings Spell: Write your goal on a piece of paper. Light a white candle and focus on the flame, visualizing your goal being fulfilled. Burn the paper in the flame while holding this visualization. Let the candle burn out naturally.
  • Intention Setting Spell: Meditate in a quiet, dark space, visualizing what you desire. Write it down on a piece of paper. Fold the paper and keep it in a special place until the Full Moon.
  • Cleansing Ritual: Cleanse your space using sage or another herb of your choice. Walk around your space, allowing the smoke to reach all corners, while visualizing negative energy dissipating.
  • Abundance Check: Write a check to yourself, specifying the amount of abundance you wish to receive. Keep it on your altar or a special place until the Full Moon.

Waxing Crescent: Cultivating Growth

As the moon starts to move away from the sun in its orbit, the Waxing Crescent phase begins. This phase symbolizes the seed breaking through the soil, embodying hope and resilience. Energize yourself during this phase with cleansing baths. The energy from growth spells can help you foster the intentions set during the New Moon. This is a period of hope, resilience, and patience.

  • Growth Spell: Plant a seed in a pot while visualizing your intentions as the seed. As the seed grows, so too will your intention.
  • Energizing Bath: Mix sea salt and your favorite essential oils in a warm bath. As you soak, visualize the water energizing and revitalizing you.


First Quarter: Overcoming Obstacles

When the moon reaches the first quarter of its orbit, we see it as a half-moon. This phase is symbolic of challenges we may face in our journey. An Obstacle Banishing spell can help you face these challenges with bravery. Motivation spells can provide you with the drive to overcome obstacles, while Protection spells ensure you stay grounded and safe during this transformative period.

  • Obstacle Banishing Spell: Write down your obstacle on a piece of paper. Safely burn the paper, imagining the obstacle dissolving with the smoke.
  • Protection Spell: Anoint a black candle with protection oil. As it burns, visualize a protective shield around you.

Waxing Gibbous: Manifesting Desires

The Waxing Gibbous moon signifies that our goals are closer than they seem. It's a time to refine, adjust, and observe the progress of our intentions. Psychic Abilities spells can sharpen intuition, helping us stay attuned to our paths. Confidence spells work great during this phase, empowering us to own our journey and believe in our capabilities.

  • Manifestation Spell: Write your goal on a bay leaf. Burn the leaf safely while visualizing your goal manifesting.
  • Confidence Spell: Anoint a yellow candle with an oil that symbolizes confidence to you. Light the candle while reciting an affirmation of confidence.

Full Moon: Realizing Potential

The Full Moon phase occurs when the moon is on the opposite side of Earth than the sun, allowing us to see it in its full glory. This phase is about realization, completion, and gratitude. Performing a cleansing or releasing spell during this phase can help you get rid of any residual negative energy, while a Gratitude Ritual allows you to express thanks for the journey so far.

  • Releasing Spell: Write down what you want to release on a piece of paper. Burn the paper while visualizing the unwanted energy or situation leaving your life.
  • Gratitude Ritual: Create a gratitude jar. Fill it with small notes of all the things you're grateful for. This can be done daily or as often as you feel necessary.

Waning Gibbous: Reflection and Gratitude

The Waning Gibbous moon, still more than half visible, marks the start of the moon's transition back to a New Moon. This phase signifies a time of introspection, reflection, and giving thanks. It's a great time for performing Banishing spells, to symbolically remove any negativity or hurdles that remain, and Reflection spells to understand what you have learned and experienced in this cycle.

  • Banishing Spell: Write what you wish to banish on a piece of paper. Bury it in the earth, visualizing it leaving your life.
  • Reflection Spell: Meditate with a journal nearby. Write down any insights or reflections that arise during this time.

Third Quarter: Letting Go

In the Third Quarter, we see the other half of the moon lit. This phase is a reminder of the impermanence of all things and the need for letting go. Forgiveness spells during this period can help you release resentments and grievances, fostering a sense of liberation and peace.

  • Forgiveness Spell: Write a letter of forgiveness to yourself or to the person you wish to forgive. You can either burn this letter, bury it, or keep it somewhere safe.

Waning Crescent: Deep Release and Rest

The Waning Crescent phase is the final stage of the moon's cycle, where less than half of the moon is visible. This phase is perfect for performing Dream spells, helping you tap into your subconscious. Deep Release rituals can aid in letting go of deep-seated fears and anxieties.

  • Dream Spell: Write a question or topic you'd like insight on under your pillow before sleep, and see if your dreams provide guidance.
  • Deep Release Ritual: Write what you want to deeply release on a piece of paper. Burn it in a safe way, visualizing your release.


Embracing the moon phases' energy can provide a roadmap for personal growth. Each lunar phase offers a unique opportunity for introspection, growth, and transformation. Harnessing these energies requires patience, dedication, and belief in one's own capabilities. As we journey with the moon, we learn to align our personal growth with the rhythm of nature, developing a deeper understanding of ourselves and our place in the cosmos.




Lisa is a Reiki Master, Certified Neurolinguistic Programming (NLP) Practitioner, and trained in the Bengston Energy Healing Method. Lisa is also a Certified Life coach and currently in her second year of graduate school for a Master of Social Work to become a Licensed Clinical Social Worker.

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