Peace be with you, my friends! In our last blog entry, we talked a bit out the phenomena of mercury retrograde and how it can effect spell work and our lives in general. I would like to continue along the same lines and discuss the importance of the phases of the moon in any spell or energy work. I will state before continuing that Voodoo does not traditionally pay attention to the phases of the moon like other forms of magic, but I have noticed in my personal workings that the moon does seem to have an influence of the efficacy of energy work.
The moon does seem to have an influence of the efficacy of energy work.
According to a variety of magical traditions, workings to bring about prosperity and good fortune as well as new love are traditionally cast during the waxing moon and cleansings, exorcisms and workings to rid oneself of an unwanted influences are done mainly during the waning moon. Any type of spell may be done on the full moon as the energy is so intensely strong that it will magnify any vibe being sent out. This is just a rough guideline, as I have had success doing various types of workings regardless of the moon phase.
Various cultures have placed great importance on the moon and have even gone as far as to create holidays to honor the moon and the blessings that it brings. This is especially true of Asian cultures. In China, there is a major celebration on the 15th day of the eighth lunar month which occurs anywhere from mid September to early October according to the western calendar. This holiday is known as the mid autumn festival which originally was to commemorate the goddess Chang’e. According to traditional Chinese folk religion, Chang’e is the goddess of immortality who happens to live on the moon. On this day people share a traditional sweet called moon cakes which consist of a flaky crust wrapped around sweet and rich fillings. These cakes often include messages and wishes or good luck and prosperity. In addition to the sharing of moon cakes, many people will also make lavish dinners and set the food outside on tables so that the moons rays and Chang’e’s energy may bless the food before it is served. For the last ten years, I have been holding services for the mid Autumn Moon Festival, which again is not part of traditional Voodoo, but is still none the less a beautiful and empowering tradition. In fact, since the 1920’s the 30’s many Chinese symbols and practices have been absorbed into New Orleans Hoodoo practice. I plan to expand upon this is a future post.
Lastly, before wrapping up this post, I would like to comment on the fact that the moon does have an effect of people’s behavior. I have many friends who work in the medical and law enforcement fields and they have remarked on the fact that during the full moon people seem to be drawn to the streets and do things that they normally wouldn’t do. I personally have problems sleeping during the full moon, but then again, I’ve always been a night person anyway.
I hope you have enjoyed this post and I think we can agree that even if it is not a part of traditional Voodoo, the moon does exude a powerful energy that we can and should use to our advantage not to mention stop on occasion simply to admire its beauty. I thank you for taking the time to visit my blog and until next time I wish you peace, love and the sweetest of blessings.