Now that the full moon last week has passed us, we’re approaching the waning moon, which will technically take place on the 14th (today) and through 1-2 days before the new moon.
What kind of magick is best on the waning moon?
Think of this phase of the moon as ‘going away’ or ‘getting lesser’ as the visible part of the moon from earth shrinks until we reach the new moon.
During this phase, destructive magick, or magick in which we get rid of, clear out, clean, banish, rid ourselves of, or otherwise break down, cut loose, and leave behind is the name of the game.
Here are some things to consider with this waning moon, as it is currently going to be in Pisces as of today, then Aries on the 17th, and finally it will move into Taurus on the 19th, before entering Gemini on the actual new moon.
To add to those brief positions, there are also 3 planets going retrograde this month: Saturn, Venus (13th), and Jupiter.
Re-evaluate things and people
- negative or harmful self thoughts
- toxic relationships
- emotional vampires
- overflowing closets
- dust bunnies
- excess stuff you just aren’t going to use, admit it
- self-destructive habits (excess drinking, binge eating, blowing off exercise)
Set powerful intentions
This is also a great time to replace those things you’re cutting out or getting rid of with positive, affirming, and self-loving mantras, thoughts, and routines.
This can also include establishing and enforcing boundaries, for yourself and others
The waning moon is perfect for tough love.
Working on your shadow self
The waning moon, plus the energy of saturn retrograde, is a really really fantastic opportunity to do some deep work on your shadow self.
I know this is something that has been on my list for some time, and i’ve been waiting for this part of the moon’s cycle, as well as some important transits to my natal chart in late May to begin to really chip away at retained anger, hurt, and things that hold me back.
I haven’t really written extensively on the shadow self, but here is a great guide if you want to read more about it.
This can help you address creative blocks, self-esteem blocks, blocks you are experiencing in your magickal practice, professional blocks, relationship patterns, and so much more. there are even people who claim they have healed from complex health problems by simply working on their shadow self.
How to use this energy in daily practice during the waning moon
There might be one thing or many things you want to work on letting go of during this waning moon. i find its helpful to make a list of the things i know i need to work on, or want to work on. then i go through and journal for a bit on some or all of them.
Just free write everything that comes to mind, word vomit onto the page. your thoughts, feelings, emotions, impulses, intuitive inputs all come together to paint a picture of this problem or issue you’re working on.
Some of these things may stand out as important, yet you need more guidance. consider consulting your tarot or oracle deck, or a trained reader if you do not feel comfortable yourself, to ask how you can overcome this.
With destructive magick, one of my favorite workings is to burn a written representation of something i am letting go. so you might write down ‘using alcohol as a crutch when i feel upset with my partner’, for instance.
Once you have identified a solution that suits your problem, state out loud the thing or habit you are letting go, and what you intend to do in its place or instead of it, or perhaps what boundary you are setting to prevent it from happening again.
Burn the scrap of paper, as you visualize the thing or habit leaving your body and mind and drifting away in the smoke of the ashes (open a window, let that bad habit leave!).
That’s just one example, but there are many out there. i love to use a spell oil, too, such as release, the one i’ve blended for this exact purpose of letting things (or people) go. i feel that it really amplifies my will and my outcomes are so much more effective.