As the New Year begins, look ahead to the full moon cycle for guidance on how to plan your rituals. Each full moon has its own significance within the great Wheel of the Year. Each has something to teach you about the cycles of sowing, growing, reaping, and lying fallow. The names of the full moons vary according to different cultures and traditions. Some names have a Native American flavor, and others sound distinctly Wiccan, but the names themselves are not as important as their essence. Here is a guide for each month to come.
The January full moon (16 January 2014) is the Wolf Moon. This is a point of great stillness. The cold has frozen the ground. The lakes and rivers are gripped in ice. Nothing can move, but great potential is building. You want to start afresh and anew. On this full moon night, perform banishing rituals to sever the ties with any negative energy that may have followed you from last year. Do protection spells for the year to come. Practice divination with your favorite method (Tarot, runes, Ogham, pendulum, scrying, et cetera) to gain insights into the year’s potential. Remember to write down your results in your Book of Mirrors (see Related Links below).
The February full moon (14 February 2014) is the Storm Moon (also known as the Quickening Moon). February is a month of beginnings and renewal as celebrated with the Imbolc sabbat. During this month, you want to get rid of emotional baggage and physical clutter to make way for new projects. On this full moon night, try a purifying ritual and cast spells for health and vitality.
The March full moon (16 March 2014) is the Sap Moon. It is a time of unpredictability, shifting of the seasons, and surging energy. Now the sap is rising in the trees and the Ostara (spring equinox) sabbat is at hand. You must choose, organize, and bless your upcoming projects. On the night of the full moon, perform a blessing ritual and work fertility magic.
The April full moon (15 April 2014) is the Seed Moon. It is time to plant and start your projects. On the full moon night, cast prosperity spells and protection spells.
The May full moon (14 May 2014) is the Flower Moon. This is also the month of Beltane sabbat. Now the first seedlings in your garden should be pushing forth from the ground. The first few results from your projects should also be manifesting. Here is where you must evaluate your initial results to decide where to offer help – or where to cut your losses. In gardening, you will be thinning out the seedlings to make room for the plants with the most potential. On this full moon night, try divination to determine how to do the same with your projects. Cast prosperity spells.
The June full moon (13 June 2014) is the Strawberry Moon, and this is also the month of Midsummer sabbat. Your garden and all of your projects should be thriving and you can turn your thoughts to love and companionship. On this full moon night, practice sex magic or cast attraction spells to alert the universe of your desire to find a mate or acquire a patron god or goddess. Celebrate your marriage. Research, study, and deepen your relationship with your patron gods.
The July full moon (12 July 2014) is the Mead Moon. On this full moon night, work magic that is centered upon friendships, relationships, health, hearth, and home. Celebrate your blessings. Perform rituals of gratitude.
The August full moon (10 August 2014) is the Herb Moon, and this is also the month of the first harvest of wheat, and the Lammas sabbat. Now is the time to harvest all your herbs for next year. On this full moon night, you are balanced between the growing and the great reaping. Look back over the year and take stock of how your projects have performed. Cast prosperity spells to make the harvest the best it can be. Any magic involving herbs will be especially potent during the August full moon.
The September full moon (9 September 2014) is the Harvest Moon, and this is also the month of the second harvest of root crops and Mabon (fall equinox) sabbat. On this full moon night, cast spells to increase your health and strength to fortify yourself during the busiest time of the year and to ready yourself for the coming winter.
The October full moon (8 October 2014) is the Blood Moon or Hunter’s Moon. This is also the month of the third harvest when the Lord sacrifices himself in human form, and it is Samhain sabbat. It is also a good time to work with animal energies because this used to be the month that harvesting turned to hunting to lay away enough food for the winter. It reminds us of the close bond between humans and animals. On this full moon night, take a shamanic journey and seek the advice of your power animal. It is also a good time to perform divination to see what potential the upcoming New Year holds.
The November full moon (6 November 2014) is the Snow Moon, also known as the Tree Moon. On this full moon night, cast spells of protection and banishing. Now is the time to let all negative energy go and to step into winter with a clear conscience and a light heart.
The December full moon (6 December 2014) is the Long Nights Moon. Some traditions know it as the Oak Moon, which is wonderfully symbolic to the Wiccan religion: upon the Yule sabbat, the Oak King defeats the Holly King in battle, which turns the Wheel of the Year back toward longer days and shorter nights. On this full moon night, work magic that pertains to home, hearth, family, and health.