Book of shadows: moon magic

Chasing the magic from moon

Moon. Have you ever stared it alone at night?

I have. Magical moon staring down at us in the darkest hours of the day.

Moon is important part of magic. That’s what I knew even before trying to learn more about the lifestyle of witches and wiccas. Moon has been mystery for humankind so long that it felt natural for us to use it for measuring time but also for our magic.

But it’s not just some rock on our sky.

Even if the most clear way we feel moon is seeing it on the sky at night there’s much more behind it. Water levels and tides are just some powerful things caused by the mighty moon.

So, what does moon mean in the magical lifestyle?

I think talking about our moon should be important part of every witches’ book of shadows. Following the moon magic guidelines may not be for everyone but every starting witch should look into it. That’s what I’m doing. Like in other subjects there won’t be guidelines for the magical practices for now. I have to look more into the matter and magic before I can start giving proper tips for anyone else. Or even for myself in this book of shadows!

Many witches follow the moon phases when planning their rituals. The general understanding seems to be that magic will be stronger during the full moon and that’s why many covens meet on the night of full moon. There’s also “special” full moons for even more powerful rituals and witchcraft. These are for example blood moon and blue moon.

The lunar energy aka moon energy is often described as feminine force and so perfect for witches who have traditionally been women taking part to the magic rituals.

I also found a lot of talk about full moon heightening our awareness and intuition. Not sure if that’s what I believe in but the night of full moon is always a little magical, don’t you think?

You should also know these two terms of moon magic: waxing moon (moon from new moon to full moon) and waning moon (moon from full moon to new moon). Those terms are used a lot in the magical books of shadows I’m reading currently. It’s kind of interesting because different phases of moon are perfect for different kind of rituals. Just like it is stereotypical to think about witches!

Kind of annoying though. You have to wait maybe a whole month or sometimes even more for the perfect time for you ritual.

I have to start to keep eye on the moon cycles and especially the times of full moon.



I could never be a green witch

All my friends know that there’s two things that I should never be allowed to do: cooking and growing plants. Both will end in catastrophe when I’m included.

I have made things burn inside oven more than trice. And I mean burn with flames. Every plant that gets even near me tends to die in a week or two. And let’s not even mention me trying gardening. I’m catastrophic person – that’s how it has always been – but cooking and taking care of plants seem to take my nature on totally new level.

Cooking is its own chapter but today we’re going to talk about plants. Witches love green fresh plants that can help them with all kinds of problems, right? Green witches are those women and men who practice magic using their love for plants.

I could never be a green witch.

Or so anyone who knows me would say.

The problem is that I love plants despite my almost magical ability to make them wither. It doesn’t matter if I follow all the rules of where to place the plant, how much to water it or what nutrients use. Plants I own die.

But not all is black and white.

To my and everyone else’s surprise there’s this one bamboo plant from Ikea that has survived now in my care for almost an year. It must be some kind of super plant. And it’s not even that it’s surviving but it’s literally growing unnaturally fast. My gardening skills are either nonexistent or excellent. Of course there’s no in between when it’s about me…

Despite that one win people would never call me nature person. In addition to my poor gardening skills, I also lack everything one would need to be seen as fitting for hiking, living in forests or fitting in with the other nature people. I can’t make fire, don’t know daisy from rose and get scared of huge animals. My family is from city. Everything in me screams city girl.

So, why am I talking about this in my book of shadows?

I can’t take care of plants, good enough reason for me not to be green witch, that’s it.

If it just was that easy.

I may not be green witch material. I suck at growing plants and would die if left alone to forest for more than a few hours. And still something in these green living things is calling for me. Despite my bad gardening skills I have kept trying to understand how to take care of plants properly. All my life I have been buying new plants just to maybe this time succeed and taking care of them.

Maybe this is the start of my path as a green witch?