The moon has always played an important part the world and has long been considered the counterpart of the sun. Long ago, ancient people believed that the moon chased the sun; and each night, the sun descended into the Underworld as the moon reigned high in the night sky.
Moon mythology includes many lunar deities such as Roman gods like Luna, Diana, the Thracian Bendis, Greek Selene and even Thoth from African mythology.
But for many Pagans, the cycles of the moon were more important to magical workings than to pleasing the dieties. It was believed in many traditions that the waxing moon, the full moon, the waning moon and the new moon all had special, magical properties. The full moon has long held an aura of mystery and magic. It is tied to the ebbs and flows of the tide, and was linked to the ever-changing cycle of women’s bodies. Moon was considered to be connected to our wisdom and intuition, and many pagans chose to celebrate the full moon with a monthly ritual.
The period during and immediately following a new moon was often considered a time of new beginnings and re-evaluation.
During the waxing moon, as the moon is working its way towards the full stage, many people liked to do magic that involving bringing things towards them.
The full moon is typically seen as a period of intuition and wisdom. In many magical traditions, the three days before or after the full moon are still considered “full.” Some people believed that any reading done during a full moon was going to have a lot more intuitive power added to it, simply because the moon is full and our intuitive abilities are peaking during this time.
Finally, during the waning moon, this is the period – as with many magical activities – for getting rid of stuff through magic.