One of the first bits of knowledge I would like to pass along is that it’s very advantageous to follow the phases and signs of the moon. That’s right, the moon affects more than the tides! She affects our emotions and thought patterns. The phase of the moon as well as the astrological sign she is in will be important to know if you are going to work some magick into your life. Here is a great website I use to find out what Lady Moon is doing at any given time :http://www.zodiacarts.com/whatsup/Calendars/ct/Calendar.shtml The great thing about the website is that you can adjust the information for your time zone.
In a nutshell: when the moon is new (not visible in the sky) it a great time to begin new projects and bring new energy into your life; when the moon is full it is a powerful time to focus and work many kinds of magick; when the moon is waning (getting increasingly smaller in appearance in the night sky) it is a good time to send things away or banish things from your life. We will also need to take into account what sign the moon is in or if the moon is void of course (more on that later) when planing magickal workings.
Today, Jan.27,2012, the moon is waxing (growing bigger) and is now in the sign of Aries. This might be a great time to focus on your personal needs. Aries is the sign that is focused on the self, so maybe you would like to think of a way to make some self improvement. An example of what type of magick you could use with this Aries moon is to start a fitness plan. Aries is ruled by Mars which rules athletic achievement. You could use a little candle magick to get things off to a good start. Write your goals on a small piece of paper. Get a tea light (a red one would be great) and pull the candle out of the metal candle holder. Read your fitness goals three times and say, “So it is”, fold the paper so it fits in the candle cup and replace the candle on top of the paper. Light the candle and as you gaze at it say, “candle, candle, burning bright, make my plan turn out all right” as many times as you wish but at least three times. Focus on how you will look and feel when you have achieved your goal. Let the candle burn out in a safe place. See how it works with the moon signs and phases? The important thing is for you to focus your energy to work with the energy of the moon.
Take some time to go outside and gaze at the moon. Appreciate all she does for us!