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Magical Moon Phases

Celebrating the Magic of the Full Moon


Each of the monthly full moons has its own associations with magic and folklore. Use this list of the different full moon phases to get information on how to celebrate them appropriately. There's even a special section just for our Southern Hemisphere reader, to help figure out how to celebrate below the Equator!

Moon Phase Names in the Southern Hemisphere

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If you're one of our Southern Hemisphere readers, your seasons are directly the opposite of those in the northern hemisphere. This means that the traditional moon phases will fall slightly differently for you. Here's an important bit of information on how you can calculate which moon is being celebrated in your part of the world, based on agricultural markers and local traditions. Moon Phases in the Southern Hemisphere



January: The Cold Moon

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January's Cold Moon is one that falls when the nights are still dark and long. It's a time of year when many people feel a bit off-kilter, as we adjust our bodies to the chillier temperatures. In some magical traditions, it's a good month to work on developing the inner self, connecting with the deities of our paths, and focusing on self-discovery and awareness. January's Cold Moon

February: The Quickening Moon

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February is a season of bone-chilling cold in many areas, yet because of its proximity to the coming spring, it's also a season of quickening. New life and conception are taking place, in anticipation of the warming of the earth, and magical rituals this month often focus on new beginnings and plans for the future. February's Quickening Moon

March: The Storm Moon

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March comes in like a lion, and in many areas, we never know what it's going to do. We could have bright sunshine one afternoon, and be snowed in by the next morning. Use this month to celebrate balance, rebirth, and renewal. March's Storm Moon

April: The Wind Moon

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Sometimes called the Seed Moon, April is a month of pending rebirth. As the earth and soil prepare for new life to sprout, watch as the natural world around you begins to change. Look for buds and blossoms to start appearing. This is the season to stop talking about what you want to do some day, and just go ahead and make it happen. April's Wind Moon

May: The Flower Moon

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May is a time of fertility, passion and lust. It's the month to sow that which you hope to reap later on. In May, focus on magic related to careers and jobs - if you've thought about changing jobs, or even entering a new career field, this is a good time to do it. Expand your horizons this month. May's Flower Moon

June: The Strong Sun Moon

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June is full of long, light-filled days, and the nights are short and warm. This month's magical workings are perfect for maintaining and enhancing things you already have. Let your garden and your heart blossom and bloom this month, and focus on things that will improve your spirit and nurture your relationships. June's Strong Sun Moon

July: The Blessing Moon

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July's moon, also known as the Meadow Moon, is a time to work on divination, dreamwork and meditation. Count your blessings this month, and think about what you can do to bring more of them into your life. July's Blessing Moon

August: The Corn Moon

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Thanks to kicking off the month with Lammas, August is a month associated with the grain harvest. It's no surprise, then that the Corn Moon is a time to focus on harvesting that which you have already planted - but don't forget, it's important to set some of your harvest aside for the coming winter months. August's Corn Moon

September: The Harvest Moon

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In September, the fields are full of bounty and abundance - and it's a season to celebrate hearth and home. Brew up some comfort food, begin storing your harvest for the winter, and settle in for a month of thanksgiving. September's Harvest Moon

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