Ancient cultures observed the flow of time to be a circle without beginning or end. Most people were farmers, hunters and shepherds. They lived and worked close to, and in harmony with, nature. It was vital that they knew the schedule, demands and gifts of nature to survive. They astutely observed that the phases the Moon passed through in a month, coincided with events and changes in their environment. In harmony with the Moon, they learned to plant, fish, harvest, hunt, and make predictions, all by the light of the Moon.
To the Ancients, the mysteries of the heavens were a revelation of divine principles, of which they were a part. The phases of the Moon reflected life as a whole, in life, death, growth, rebirth and change. They paid careful attention to the eclipses of the Sun and Moon. They believed that there is a correlation between events in the heavens and events on the earth. Their observations formed the universal laws that are the foundations of Ancient Wisdom.
THE WAXING MOON: corresponds to the season of spring, birth, the colors green and red, the physical, the earth, growth and sensuality. It is the correct lunar phase to perform all types of magic for healing, attracting good luck and increasing things such as money, love, etc.
THE FULL MOON: corresponds to the season of summer, maturity, creation, the colors silver and white, the emotional and psychic. Magickal powers are said to be at their greatest when the light of the Full Moon illuminates the night. Spell work involving fertility, divinations and problem-solving magic are often performed during this lunar phase. The full moon is given different names, depending on when it appears. For example, the "Harvest moon" is the full moon that appears nearest to the Autumnal Equinox, occurring in late September or early October. Some other full moon names, by month, are:
THE WANING MOON: corresponds to the seasons of fall and winter, the colors gray and black, the spiritual, the underworld, death and transformation. It is the time for spell work that involves banishing, binding and eliminating things such as negativity, bad habits, disease, and obstacles.