Moon Magic to Banish Depression

I love the moon. I feel drawn to it. I take comfort in it. I look to it for guidance. So when I found myself in a deep winter funk (aka seasonal depression) I knew she’d be the one to turn to for help.

When you are using the moon’s power for magic and/or manifesting (whatever term you’re most comfortable with) it is important to make sure the moon is in the proper phase for what you want to accomplish. I could go on and on about this topic, but here’s a brief explanation. When the moon is dark it is a good time for the removal of binding spells and bringing justice; the new moon just after is a perfect time to start new ventures. As the moon grows (or waxes) you’ll want to work magic that is constructive (think of this a drawing things to you). When the moon is finally in her full glory it is a very powerful time; any and all magic is stronger on the full moon (though I usually just meditate on the moon when she’s full). And finally, as the moon wanes (gets smaller) this is when you do banishing spells, break habits, etc… For the purposes of banishing, I like to work at (or just after) the full moon.

On the  full moon, I set my intention to heal my soul. In a conversation with a friend, the idea came to me to place a jug of water under them moon and set my intent upon it. My thoughts being that between my own personal power and that of the moon I could manifest some real healing power. It turns out, this is not an uncommon practice, but I had not heard or read about it before.

Moon magic for depression

Being the practical Kitchen Witch that I am, I didn’t use a fancy vessel or anything. I just grabbed a large, clear jug and got to work. I set my jug, filled with purified water, in the full moon’s light, surrounded by candles (any old candles will do here) to represent the four directions. Then, I sat myself in a comfortable chair nearby and set my intention with meditation. It was during this time that the chant I used came to me. Feeling the time was right, I placed my hands on the jar and chanted to the moon.

The next morning I brought the jug inside and drank my first glass or magic. I drank one glass each day during the moon’s waning phase (always honoring the moon and her healing each time), finishing unexpectedly on the day before the new moon. I could feel the magic in it, giving strength to my will to heal myself.

Moon Magic Water Spell

It should go without saying that this post is not meant to replace any current therapies or medications you may be on.

As a side note, I feel confidant this practice could be implemented in many ways, depending on your needs and the phase of the moon.


The Magic of Star Anise

Star Anise

Star Anise…just the name sounds magical, like the last whispers of a song. It’s strongly connected to Yule thanks to it’s spicy scent, but let’s not pigeon hole this pointed beauty.

Star Anise hails from Vietnam and South East China, where is grows on evergreen trees. In eastern medicine it is known for its warming properties and as a potent cure for colds.  Magically speaking, we look to it for good luck & psychic powers. I’ve read that Hoodoo practitioners use it for dream work. It seems you can place it under your pillow to dream of (or is it with?) someone far away. I’m not too up to snuff on my Hoodoo, so forgive me if I’m missing details there. You can grind it up and use it in/as incense for luck to use while you’re casting/manifesting. Or you can nest you favorite piece of quartz in a bed of star anise to add some oomph to you psychic abilities. Honestly, there are so many wonderful magical applications and uses for this pointed beauty.

Star Anise Magic

Now that I’ve gone through the traditional thoughts on Star Anise, I’ll share my personal ideas. Here’s the thing about magic from my point of view: magic is a very personal undertaking and you have to follow you gut. What I mean by that is that we can read and research, re-enact old charms, do out best to stay old school witches, but if something isn’t vibing for you it just plain old ain’t gonna work. The end. Full stop.

You might be thinking, “what could she mean by that?”.  Well, I’m glad you asked! This is one of those items in my magical pantry that I see differently than many others. When I see/smell/touch Star Anise one word comes to mind. Protection. I think maybe it’s the little hard points, or maybe it’s how closely it resembles a pentacle; I really couldn’t say why. Whatever the reason, that’s how I use these glorious little star pods. For instance, this past December I added them (with the intent of protection and good health) to the Yule candles I gifted to friends. Sometimes I’ll grind it up and add it my black salt concoctions; again for protection.

Star Anise Magic

The magic is in the making. You’ll come to hear that quite a bit from me. Reason being, that I truly believe the magic is in us and it is in the practices of casting/manifesting that we bring our own magic into the world with others. I feel like I’ve gone a tad off topic here, but I really want to drive this idea home. You are magic, babies. All you have to do is apply your intent and let it fly!

Star Anise Magic

And with that I will leave you. Bright Blessings!


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