Monday, August 17, 2020
Witchy Tea Time--Flowing with the Tides of the Triple Goddess
The ebb and flow of the Moon's energy is sometimes described as "tides", and each stage is ideal for certain magical workings. As my mother used to say, "it's better to go along with nature, than against it." She was referring to my exceedingly unruly hair at the time, but the principle holds true!
What I'm about to describe is something we all likely learned while reading our first witchcraft 101 book--but it's good to remind ourselves of the basics from time to so. So often I have found the solutions for difficulties or knowing how best to proceed lies within foundational principles and the knowledge need only be applied to the situation at hand.
New Moon: Just as the dark of the moon, this is the return of the slightest sliver of light. It is the time to plant the seeds for the coming moon cycle. Workings conducted at this time should focus on new beginnings.
Waxing Moon: As the light grows, so should we nurture and support the growth of the seeds we planted earlier. Think of it as feeding and watering the plants, and pulling the weeds. This stage involves maintenance.
Full Moon: The Moonlight is at it's peak and this face of the Goddess is the most accessible. This is the time for manifestation--or going into full bloom to carry on with the gardening metaphor. Celebration, praise, gratitude--all appropriate in ritual.
Waning Moon: The light begins to fade, and the energy starts to turn inward. The focus is no longer on what can be grown or what is blooming, but what to dispose of and cut back. Workings to banish and release things are most effective at this juncture.
Dark Moon: The light is gone, and this face of the Goddess is the most hidden. It is a time of endings, the final completion of the cycle, and looking away from the outer world. This moment is best served by rest, meditation and pathworking, and planning for the next cycle.
None of this information is likely to be new to anyone (except brand-new Seekers), but it's worth contemplating all the same. Within straightforward principles lie the hidden mysteries--if we choose to look. Working within this natural flow improves the effectiveness of our magic and we get more out of it--certainly we learn more.