The waning crescent. The waning moon is a time of banishing, endings and release. It rises in the east only a few hours before dawn, and sets before sunset. This leaves the nights of the waning moon dark and mysterious.
The waning or old moon represents the Goddess in her crone aspect, or deities who tend to wear the guise of a crone – think Cerridwen, the Morrighan or Hecate.
This is the perfect time to work magic related to contraction or endings – break bad habits, release negativity, end destructive relationships or reverse any spell work that is no longer needed.
Inner journeying or shadow work will also be particularly powerful during the waning moon. Turn your focus inward and meditate on issues of self-development. This will help to set the groundwork for the energies of the new moon.
The waning crescent lasts roughly 7 days between the 3rd quarter and new moon. The easiest way to tell if the moon is waning is to go out and look at it. If you can cup it in your left hand, the moon is waning. If you can cup it in your right, it’s waxing.
The moon phases for 2013 can be found on the Lunar Calendar 2013 at lunaf.com.