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.
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.
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.