Professor of Lunar Magic
The professor of lunar magic is the physical embodiment of
moonlight. She’s a living luminary goddess, and she’ll help you tap into the
magical powers of the moon.
The professor of lunar magic is pictured in a sacred
circle of standing stones. The megaliths separate the land of night and
shadows from the everyday world of the sun.
She’s scantily dressed, so she can clothe herself in
She’s raising her arms and lifting her face to the
sky, drawing down the powers of the moon.
She’s dancing, spinning in slow revolutions, like the
moon in its passage around the earth and sun.
All of the phases of the moon are depicted in a
graphic at the top of the card — but the full moon is missing, because
she’s drawn it down into herself.
The moon is a useful marker to chart the cycles of our
lives. The moon is closely linked to pregnancy and childbirth, because
its phases so clearly match the pregnant female form: slim, then round
and full, then slim again.
A close look at her figure will reveal that the
professor embodies all three forms of the triple goddess: maiden,
mother, and crone. Her figure is slim, like a young woman’s. However,
her stomach is curvy and her breasts are full. She has either given
birth recently, or she’s in the early stages of pregnancy. At the same
time, her hair is silver, which suggests the wisdom and experience of
While most of the ground is covered in a dreamlike
mist, the reflecting pond at the professor’s feet is clear and still.
It’s a scrying pool that can be used for divination, like a crystal
The professor is holding two silver talismans. Amulets
and talismans are often thought of
synonymously, but there is a subtle difference between them. Amulets are
typically carved from stone, while talismans are made of metal. Amulets
are worn for protection
; they are intended to keep bad
things at bay. Talismans are worn for luck; they are designed to bring
good things to their wearers.
The talisman in the professor’s right hand is the
glyph for Pisces, the watery sign of intuition and psychic ability.
The talisman in her left hand is the Hebrew letter
Qoph, which means the back of
the head. It serves as a reminder that what can be felt can’t always be
seen. It also hints at the dark side of the moon, which is always turned
away from the earth.
The professor is accompanied by two hounds, sacred
guardians of the passageway between the worlds. They look like they
could be the mythic hounds that once accompanied Diana, the goddess of
the moon. Hounds, like all dogs, symbolize the taming force of
civilization, and the domestication of wild animals.
Esbats: Celebrations of the Full Moon
The students, faculty, and staff gather once a month for
an Esbat — a celebration of the moon at her most powerful. Full moons are an
excellent time for appreciating the fullness of life, commemorating the
highlights of the month, and practicing divination.
For basic lunar magic, track
the phases of the moon by watching the sky. As the moon moves through its
phases, it seems to spell the word “DOG.” The waxing moon is curved like the
letter D. The full moon looks like an O, and the waning moon is curved like
The new moon, dark and invisible, is a time to plan
new ventures and new beginnings.
The waxing moon is a time to perform spells for
The full moon, at its peak, offers prime timing for
divination and dreamwork.
The waning moon lends itself to banishing magic, to
eliminate or repel unwanted forces. It’s also the time to complete
The Moon in the Signs
When you do any magical work, also note the passage of the
moon through the signs. When the moon is in a fire sign, it’s a good time
for spells that could use a burst of fiery energy and inspiration. When the
moon is in a water sign, it’s a good time to practice relationship spells,
as well as magic for fertility and creativity. When the moon is in an air
sign, intellectual work is favored. And when the moon is in an earth sign,
your magic will be practical and grounded.
Here’s a simple guide to harnessing the power of the moon.
Moon in fiery Aries: Spells for leadership and
Moon in earthy Taurus: Spells for love and property.
Moon in airy Gemini: Spells for communication and
Moon in watery Cancer: Spells for motherhood,
homemaking, and family life.
Moon in fiery Leo: Spells for fathers, recreation, and
Moon in earthy Virgo: Spells for work and health.
Moon in airy Libra: Spells for partnerships and
Moon in watery Scorpio: Spells for sex.
Moon in fiery Sagittarius: Spells for higher
education, long-distance travel.
Moon in earthy Capricorn: Spells for career, political
matters and ambition.
Moon in airy Aquarius: Spells for friends, social
groups and causes, science, and technology.
Moon in watery Pisces: Spells for psychic visions,
telepathy and clairvoyance.
The Phases of the Moon Spread
This spread reflects the pattern of the waxing, full, and
waning moon, and the symbolism of the Triple Goddess. You can use this
spread for an overview of a woman’s life, from her youth to her golden
years. You can also use it for a monthly forecast. The first three cards
represent the first few days of the lunar month. The four cards in the
middle represent the full moon, a time when events reach fruition. The last
three cards reflect the last part of the month, as events come full circle.
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