So we all know the new moon and full moon are a good time to do magick, but what about during waxing or waning? Since we are presently in waning Gibbous (Scorpio) I thought I would do some research on spells that are ideal for this moon phase.
The Waning Moon
Waning Moon means the moon is decreasing in size, moving from the Full Moon towards the New Moon. This is a time for spells that banish, release, reverse. This is a time to break bad habits or bad addictions, to end bad relationships. This is a time of deep intuition and a time for divination.
At this time the moon represents the Goddess in her Crone Aspect, give praise to Hecate, Morrigan or one of the other Crone Goddesses. The period of the waning moon lasts about 14 days.
(source: The White Goddess )
So here are some spells I have compiled from the internet that work to banish, release, or reverse.
- Goddess candle — White, once at center of the altar, or two at the back.
- Banishing Candle — Black, placed at the left front of the altar.
- Invoking Candle — Pink or red, placed at the right of the altar.
- Incense — Sage, cedar, rosemary or pine at the beginning of the ritual, changed later to rose or amber. Burn loose herbs on charcoal blocks to do this.
- Oils — Use Goddess or Altar oil on the Goddess candle; sage, pine or other banishing oil on the banishing candle; and rose oil on the invoking candle and for self-blessing.
- Symbol Objects — Use a black gemstone for banishing, and a piece of rose quartz or a rose quartz pendant for invoking. Place the pendant on the altar and put it on before doing the self-blessing.
- Matches to light candles and incense.
- charcoal blocks for loose incense.
- ritual wand (if used) to cast the circle.
Light candles — “Dress” the candles with the oils, working base to tip, (away from you) for the banishing candle and tip to base (towards you) for the invoking candle and the Goddess candles. Visualize the intent, banishing depression when handling the banishing candle, and invoking joy and self-love while “dressing” the Goddess and invoking candles. Light only the Goddess candles at this time.
Purify — Start the charcoal block and give it time to heat up. Sprinkle loose herbs of sage, cedar, rosemary or pine on the hot coal and use the smoke for purifying. Visualize the intent of the ritual, at this point visualize banishing depression and emotional pain, while smudging with the smoke. Then light the black candle from the Goddess candle.
Cast circle/invoke a Crone Goddess or Goddesses to help in banishing, and a Goddess of gentleness and peace for the invoking part of the ritual. Try Kali the Destroyer or Hecate for banishing, and Kwan Yin for gentleness and invoking. Use Goddesses for the five elements or these two aspects only, or whatever feels right. do a full casting and invoking to make the circle, or as informal invitation to the aspects and elements.
Invocation — Say:
Dear mothers of wisdom and grace,
I invite you here to ask your help.
I refuse my depression
and choose to banish it,
and ask instead for joy
and peace of mind.
Help me in my work tonight,
Kali and Kwan Yin.
Body of ritual — Focus on the flame of the black candle, thinking of all the things that need changing. Remember fully all the reasons for depression and pain, acknowledge all your anger, all your rage, and all your fear. Dwell on every hurt, every feeling, every negativity. When you have focused them all onto the candle, shout “NO!” and blow the candle out in a decisive, quick motion. Watch the smoke rise from the extinguished candle, and feel all the negativity dissolving in the rising air. Breathe the banishing incense for awhile.
Now lighting the invoking candle. Do it from the Goddess candle, and sprinkle rose incense on the charcoal block. Let the light of the pink candle and the fragrance of the rose incense fill you as you watch and breathe them. Breathe the energies in deeply, remembering the qualities of Kwan Yin, or other Goddesses of mercy invoked in the ritual. Ask Kwan Yin for her presence and help.
Focus on the candle flame and think of all the good things in your life. Refill each banished item and negativity with some positive attribute; where there was pain before, replace it with love. For every wrong remember something to give thanks for; for every pain remember something joyful. Remember your accomplishments in life, how good a woman you really are. Do a series of affirmations, “I am” or “I have”, to list your good qualities and the qualities you choose to become or gain. Continue stating the positives and affirmations untill you feel filled with pink light and the scent of roses.
Self-blessing — Put on the rose quartz pendant or hold the rose quartz stone. Do your favorite self-blessing ritual slowly and lovingly, anointing your chakras with the rose oil. Breathe the scent deeply and draw it into your body, emotions, mind and spirit.
Thank Kwan Yin for your joy and Kali for her energy of change.
Allow the pink candle to burn out itself, or extinguish and relight it nightly until at least the next Full Moon. Do affirmations nightly with the flame. Continue burning pink candles for as long as needed to remind you of new joy and positive attitude. Repeat the ritual on the next waning moon if needed; it will be needed less each time you do it. Each time, bury the remains of the black candle in the earth, along with the ashes from the incense; visualize your pain being buried and recycled with them. Repeat the self-blessing at any time, and do it often, at least every New and Full Moon. Continue wearing the rose quartz pendant, or carry a piece of the stone with you at all times. Remember you are Goddess.
A SPELL OF RELEASE
A Spell of Release: To be performed during the Waning Moon
You will need:
- Bowl of water
- Fresh Sage Leaves
- Sprigs of fresh rosemary.
- Cleansing/purifying stones like selenite, kyanite, clear quartz, tourmaline, amethyst, or whatever works for you.
- Optional: cleansing herbs to add to the water. I used fresh hyssop flowers and calendula petals. Dried flowers would also be acceptable.
Place a bowl of clear water on the altar. Place your stones around the bowl, touching the bowl as much as possible. Place salt, a rosemary sprig, and sage leaves near the bowl.
Cast the circle in your usual way.
Hold fresh sage leaves between your hands and think of what you need to release. This could be illness, or it could be the self-destructive behaviors that you wish to let go. Feel the fresh sage pulling these energies from your body to be cleansed. You might feel the sage leaves grow hot between your palms.
Drop the sage leaves into the water. Tell yourself you are releasing _______. Feel it dropping into the water.
Add a pinch of salt and purifying herbs (if you’re using them) to the water. Use the rosemary twig to stir the water widdershins/counterclockwise: visualize _________ being dissolved, and the energy being cleansed and transformed by the salt water, herbs and stones.
Smudge yourself, again focusing on cleansing/healing. Consider what you will do with the strength and energy that will be freed up by your spell. Consider what you will be able to give back to the world in gratitude for being healed. Make a promise to yourself and any gods or spirits you work with that you will use your revived health and energy in positive ways.
When you are finished, pour out the purified water onto the ground. If you’re performing your ceremony indoors, you can wait until after the circle is cleared to take the bowl of water outside.
These are just two examples of spells I found by googling “Banishing spell” and “release spells” (I did NOT write these and credited the sources above.) I often prefer a very simple spell. I often write down on paper or a leaf what I wish to banish and have a little ritual burning each paper (or leaf ) and then dumping the contents into the earth and saging after. I prefer to always use black and white candles simultaneously (black to banish, white to purify.) There are a number of self-written spells you can do too. Just bear in mind what this moon phase can do for you.