To each Lunar month
the ancients assigned a name in accordance with the nature of the activity that took place at that time.
Wolf Moon - The moon in deepest of Winter. In earlier times
a time when the wolf came close to the villages to seek food.
Celtic - Alder - Masculine Moon of Completeness Exorcism; Prosperity; Banishing;
Ritual - January is the time to conserve energy by working on personal problems
that involve no one else. It is also a time for protection rites and reversing spells. During this month the energy flow is
sluggish and below the surface.
Storm Moon - The storms come in silence. They blanket the world
Celtic - Willow - Feminine The Witches' Moon; Moon of Balance Romantic Love;
Healing; Protection; Fertility; Magick for Women
Ritual - February is the time for loving the self, accepting
responsibility for past errors, forgiving yourself, and making future plans. At this time the energy flow is working toward
the surface; good for purification, growth, and healing.
Chaste Moon - Like Diana, all of Nature at this moment is pure
potential waiting fo be fulfilled.
Celtic - Ash Feminine Moon of Waters Prosperity; Protection; Healing
Ritual - March is the time for new beginnings, breaking
illusions, and seeing the truth in your life however much it may hurt. The energy flow breaks into the open, a good time for
growing, prospering, and exploring. Light and Dark are in balance now.
Hare Moon - Rabbits leap and play care-free in their mating
and joyful in their games.
Celtic - Hawthorn Masculine Moon of Restraint; Moonof Hindrance; Summer
Moon Fertility; Peace; Prosperity; Binding
Ritual - April is the time for working on your temper, emotional
flare-ups, and selfishness. The energy is flowing into creating and producing; a good time for change, self-confidence issues,
taking advantage of opportunities, and realizing self-reliance.
Dyad Moon - Sacred Marriage of the God and Goddess. When all
meet their opposites in perfect balance and in perfect harmony. Let there be beauty strength, power and compassion, honor
and humility, mirth and reverence, within you."
Celtic - Oak Masculine Moon of Strength; Moon of Security; Bear Moon
All positive purposes; Magick for Men; Fidelity
Ritual - May is the time for strengthening the connections with
supernatural protectors and beings around you. The energy is in full flow making this a good time for intuition, propagating,
and connecting with faeries and nature spirits.
Mead Moon - After the bees have gathered their pollen and nectar
the hives are filled with honey that is waiting to be gathered.
Celtic - Holly Feminine Moon of Encirclement; Moon of Polarity
Protection; Prophecy; Magick for Animals; Sex Magick
Ritual - June is the time for decision making, taking responsibility
for present happenings, working on personal inconsistencies, and for strengthening and rewarding yourself for your positive
traits. The energy is in full, but restive, flow, the Earth tides are turning making this a good time for protection, strengthening,
and prevention spells.
Wort Moon - gathering of herbs, the word wort is old Anglo Saxon
Celtic - Hazel Feminine Moon of the Wise; Crone Moon Manifestiation;
Spirit Contact; Protection; Fertility
Ritual - July is the time for dream-work, divination, and meditation on spiritual
goals and plans. The energy is slower and more relaxed, proper for success and prosperity spells. This month is the time to
start preparing for the colder and darker months ahead.
Barley Moon - A time to contemplate the eternalness of life. The
grain in the bread we eat are descended from the first grain ever gathered.
Celtic - Vine Androgynous Moon of Celebration (Property dependent
on the type of vine)
Blackberry - Prosperity; Protection;
Sacred to Brid Blueberry - Spirituality; Dream Magick
Grape - Fertility; Inspiration;
Thistle - Courage; Protection;
Ritual - August is the time for harvesting, gathering, and appreciating.
The energy flow is slowing more and now is the time of vitality, health, and friendships.
Wine Moon or Harvest Moon. A time of true spiritual initiation. Since wine was,
and is, such a sacred fluid, the Pagans of old named this Lunar month the Wine Moon.
Celtic - Ivy Masculine Moon of Buoyancy; Moon of Resilience Healing;
Protection; Cooperation; Exorcism
Ritual - September is the time for organizing and straightening up physical,
mental, emotional, and spiritual clutter. The energy flow is resting and Light and Dark are in balance.
Blood Moon - In days past a time for gathering food for the winter.
The harvest supplemented by hunting wild animals or by slaughtering domestic ones.
Celtic - Reed Feminine Moon of the Home; Hearth Moon; Winter Moon; Moon
which Manifests Truth Fertility; Protection; Love; Family Concerns
Ritual - October is the time for inner cleansing. Meditate on
the laws of Karma and thoughts of reincarnation. This is the time of letting go, justice, balance, and inner harmony.
Snow Moon - Ahead are the dark months of winter. The Spirit
is most active when the body is still.
Celtic - Birch Feminine - Moon of Inception; Moon of Beginning, Protection
of children; purification; creativity
Ritual - November is the month of transformation. It is time
to prepare for the coming winter and a time to strengthen communication with the god or goddess closest to you. The energy
flow is taking root and preparing to flow once more.
Oak Moon - The moon nearest the Winter Solstice. Like the Divine Child who
is born to die and dies to be reborn anew, the ancient Oak has its trunk and branches in the material world of the living,
while its roots, the branches in reverse, reach deep into the Underworld, symbolic land of the Spirit.
Celtic - Rowan Masculine Moon of Vision; Spirit Moon; Astral Travel
Moon, Healing; Personal Empowerment; Divination
Ritual December is the time of Spiritual Paths. The Earth
tides are turning and it is time to reach out to friends and family, the lonely, and the needy. This is the month of death
and renewal. Spells should should be aimed at endurance and provision.
Blue Moon Comes but once a year. The moon that
occurs second in a one month period.
Used for personal
growth, healing, the blessing of a new project or venture, etc. If done correctly, success should be obtained by the first
Full Moon. The Crone is transformed into the Maiden. It is a time of renewal and new beginnings. The Maiden is the continuation
of all life; her color is white, denoting innocence and newness. She is the springtime, the dawn, eternal youth and vigor,
enchantment and seduction, the new and waxing moons.
The three days before
the New Moon is the time called the dark of the moon. This is when you can't see the moon in the heavens. Traditionally, this
is a time when no magick is performed. It is a period to give yourself rest. Meditation and vision questing can be performed
now, but without a specific magickal purpose. However, The Crone, or the Dark Mother, rules this time, and if her magick is
needed, now is the time when you should use it.