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What Sign is the Moon in, and what does it mean in Magic?

Posted by Alison Sheehan on Oct 30th 2019

What Sign is the Moon in, and what does it mean in Magic?

What's a Moon Sign?

We are all likely familiar with the astrological signs of the Sun, the 12 signs of the zodiac that are in Horoscopes - but the moon and all the other planets have a sign too!  Each planet in your Natal chart (a chart of where all the planets were at the time of your birth) was in a specific sign when you were born. That sign is YOUR moon sign.

There is more to it though, because the moon is in a specific sign all the time. And the moon moves fairly quickly through the chart as it rotates around the Earth on a fairly short cycle. That means the moon sign changes about every day or two. This is the sign the moon is in on ANY GIVEN DAY.

The impact of the Moon is felt in YOUR moon sign as it influences your emotions and how your emotional life will progress. The impact of the moon sign each day has an influence on all of us and on what we do, how we think, what works well vs. what is challenging. And the moon sign can impact our manifestation and our magic - maybe most of all.

How to Tell what Sign the Moon is in

I use a calendar called the Witches Calendar, from Llewellyn that I get every year. I also get the Astrology Calendar (which captures this information also) and use it a lot too. Both of these are nice tools, but to use them you will find it helpful to learn the symbols for the planets and the signs.  Symbols for the interactions between the planets like "conjunctions", "sextiles", "trines" and "squares" can be covered later if you are interested - leave a comment below. These calendars include keys and some intro information to teach you about these interactions and symbols.

If you would prefer to use something online, I just found this nifty page: www.Moontracks.com

I expect there are also apps for your phone, but I just have my Witches Calendar hanging in my office beside my desk for handy reference.  I also get the Witches Datebook from Llewellyn, but it doesn't fit well in my purse, so I have found I don't often carry it...which makes it less useful. And, if you are in "the broom closet", having a book called "The Witches Datebook" in your bag could cause some uncomfortable questions!

However you find the sign of the Moon, let's assume you have found it and talk about how it impacts magic! 

What impact do Moon Signs have on Magic?

It is true that you can perform a spell any time. And just as a love spell during a waning moon may work, it is also true that a love spell during an Aquarius moon may work. I however, have always liked to increase the odds...

It is more likely that a spell intended to bring something to you, to INCREASE something in your life, will be assisted and helped by the energy of a WAXING moon.  The energy of the WAXING moon is about attraction, increase, it is pulling energy.

Likewise the energy of the WANING moon is about REDUCTION, lessening, pushing away. This is a good time for a ritual to end a relationship or ties that seem unhealthy and no longer serve you.

The sign the moon is in can also be helpful. some signs have more affinity with some works than others. This doesn't mean that if you are an Aquarius, you can't find love or be romantic - far from it! What it does mean is that a moon in Aquarius is not really the ideal moon for a love spell. A moon in Aquarius is a super time for a spell to start an intellectual pursuit, like starting back to school, or starting in a technical hobby or field. Think of what the sign rules, and apply it to the work you wish to do.

Looking at the chart below, if I wanted to perform a spell to draw abundance and wealth, I'd be looking for an Earth moon in a waxing of full phase. I might work in another sign if the WAY I want to draw the wealth is specific...so let's say I wanted to become rich and famous as a You Tube personality talking about high tech. Well then an Aquarius moon might be just the ticket! But if I am after solid, financial stability, I'd look for a waxing Earth moon like Taurus, Virgo or Capricorn.  Although Cancer isn't bad either. Make sense?

So what if I wanted to do a spell to attract love into my life? Well it kind of depends on what you are after here. If you are after LOVE, including solidity and long term commitment, I'd go for an Earth or Water sign moon, waxing. If you are really just looking for sex...well then Fire moons might be good. Scorpio can be pretty intense and work well for all things sexual too. 

Look over the chart below. There are listings for each astrological sign and what that sign tends to mean for the moon specifically. These meanings are NOT the meanings of the Sun signs necessarily - they are the meanings for the moon in that sign.

The Signs in Astrology and what they control:

Symbol Sign Element, Cardinality & Gender What does the Moon do in that sign, and what impact does it have on Magic? 

Symbol for Aries

Aries Fire
Cardinal
Masculine
The moon in Aries is about COURAGE! The moon is about emotions and they overflow with confidence when the moon is in Aries. 
Magic: Perfect for starting short term projects! This energy doesn't last, but it is a powerful push to get things moving. Also good for spells for strength or courage, and anything related to the ego. 

Symbol for Taurus

Taurus Earth
Fixed
Feminine
The moon in Taurus is about STABILITY. The Taurus moon is solid and reliable emotionally. This time is about emotional stability and being dependable. 
Magic: The Taurus moon is good for starting long term projects. These will move slowly, but they will keep moving steadily. This sign is wonderful for improvement in financial matters or manifesting material posessions.

Symbol for Gemini

Gemini Air
Mutable
Masculine
The moon in Gemini is about COMMUNICATION. This moon is a great time for all activities related to communication, computers and thought. 
Magic: Gemini moons are the time for anything related to communication. Friendship, heart to heart talks. Not the time to start new projects, but a great time to make revisions. All things related to communication, networking and social contacts.

Symbol for Cancer

Cancer Water
Cardinal
Feminine
The moon in Cancer is PSYCHIC and DOMESTIC. This moon is
"exalted" because the Moon rules Cancer. This is a time for activities about home, family, nurturing...
Magic: The Cancer moon is the time for any spells about family, domestic life, nurturing, parenting...all works related to health, and for work related to deeply felt love for family friends and life partners. This is also a good time for psychic divination and developing psychic abilities.

Symbol for Leo

Leo Fire
Fixed
Masculine
The moon in Leo is PASSIONATE. These people are outgoing, affectionate, they do emotional things in large ways. They feel huge affection, and also huge hurt.

Magic: The Leo moon is about passion! This is the time for spells to develop your charisma and self-confidence. Want to become a more magnetic speaker? This is the time to do spell work to manifest this in your life. Also encourages emotional bravery, warms up cool affections and pours a little fire into that relationship that has been cooling.

Symbol for Virgo

Virgo Earth
Mutable
Feminine

The moon in Virgo is about HEALTH & WELLNESS. Activities like volunteering, starting new, healthy habits, or breaking old, bad habits are favored during this moon.

Magic: Health and healing spells, diet and nutrition are all naturally magnified during the Virgo moon. Also a good time to improve your skills and the quality of your work.

Symbol for Libra

Libra Air
Cardinal
Masculine

The moon in Libra is about PARTNERSHIP. The Libra moon is a wonderful time to bring peace and harmony to interactions.

Magic: A perfect time for workings about legal issues, partnerships, business success. Work on resolving relationship issues and healing rifts is perfect for this diplomat moon time.  

Symbol for Scorpio

Scorpio Water
Fixed
Feminine

The moon in Scorpio is INTENSE. This energy is ideal for ending things, fast and sudden. If you are in a relationship you wish to end, this is the time to do it. 

Magic: Not the time for romantic love work, this is a time for sex magic. It may be a good time for working darker magic, although I not generally advise that kind of work. Often used for banishing and hexes.

Symbol for Sagittarius

Sagittarius Fire
Mutable
Masculine

The moon in Sagittarius is IDEALISTIC. A time for the study of higher arts in philosophy and religion, the Moon in Sag is a time for high ideals.

Magic: Ideal for work about travel, study of higher magic, connecting with the higher self, meditation. A good time for magic relying on intuition and divination.

Capricorn Earth
Cardinal
Feminine

The moon in Capricorn is AMBITIOUS. This moon is not likely to make people run out and shop until they drop. This moon thinks of self-discipline, organization, structure and authority.

Magic: Ideal for workings concerning long term goals. If it is your intent, this is the time for work concerned with controlling others, although that should always be approached with caution.

Aquarius Air
Fixed
Masculine

The moon in Aquarius is HUMANITARIAN. This is a humanitarian time, perfect for work on the greater good.

Magic: An ideal time to cast spells for humanitarian reasons, to help your community or friends - to benefit others. This is the time to work on relationships with groups such as covens, co-workers or neighbors.

Pisces Water
Mutable
Feminine

The moon in Pisces is PSYCHIC & MAGICAL. When the Moon shifts into this last sign of the zodiac, shift your focus to work involving dreams and past life regression. 

Magic: A Pisces moon is the time for psychic endeavors. Perfect for reading tarot, scrying and other types of foreseeing. Cast spells to find lost and missing objects, people or pets. Create magical oils and incense, make herbal oils and herbal salves, tinctures or other remedies.

Summary:

While it is possible to perform any spell at any time, and I am not saying that you MUST learn about Astrology to make your practice meaningful and strong, the use of knowledge about Astrology has made my practice richer. Learning the meanings of the signs and symbols has made me more confident in my ability to interpret when reading various texts, and has given me insights into plants and other ingredients because of the strong planetary and astrological connections discussed in so many magical books.

If you would like to see more article son this subject, please comment below. I would love to write more about this topic, but I want to ensure the subjects here are those most interesting to you!

And remember: above all else, the magic is in YOU. You are the ingredient that cannot be edited or replaced. You are the wielder of the energy and power that will manifest your intent.

Blessed be!

Alison