The power of the
Moon, and its enchanting light has always been associated with magic
rituals, witchcraft and the shamans tradition. In order for any
moon magic to be deep and ceremonially useful, it must build on actual
knowledge of the nature and cycles of the Moon - this has always been
an indispensable part of the magic tradition. This article presents
a brief introduction for you to learn the Ways of the Moon yourself.
ancient skills of being familiar with the phases of the Moon, and
at any time knowing by heart where and how high the moon will show,
is not only linked to the magic crafts and the spiritual use of lunar
power. It is also old common lore to use Moon as a calendar, source
of light, compass, clock and pathfinder.
deep-rooted everyday knowledge of the Moon, which once belonged to
everyone, is now almost lost in our culture. And thus it has become
a new challenge for any shaman apprentice or witch of our time and
age - in our function of tradition bearer and guardian of lore - to
keep and pass on knowledge about the Moon. This is part of your shamanic
work to ensure that our rituals and spirit work will stay connected
with nature, not separated from it. You could say that we should know
how to find East of the Sun and West of the Moon.
knowledge is best learned from the Moon, the Sun and the Earth themselves.
So how do you get started?
support your study you will find two picture diagrams below describing
the basic patterns in the MOON CYCLES: Page one shows the Phases of
the Moon and page two shows Sun and Moons Journey across the
Sky. However, your real Moon School is out there, under the open sky.
So go out and begin by finding a good place with open horizons from
east to west, where you can stand facing the south, like in the pictures
below. Here is your Moon School. The closer it is to your home, the
better it will serve you. Find the directions and the sky arch. The
four directions are the solid base which all your moon observations
relate to and make sense from. Become familiar with them, without
GPS, as humans have always been. And now you can apprentice yourself
to Moon itself, throughout the year, the days and nights.
the beginning of your Moon studies, a Moon or Sky app might also help
you find the directions and grasp the geography of the sky. For example
Deluxe Moon. However, true moon knowledge and connection
are found offline, in the sky and stored in your deepest soul. You
build it from your real presence, attention and patience. There is
just you and the Moon, and nothing stands between you. There enchantment
and magic will embrace you