Questioning the Moon

I’ve always been a bit confused about how the moon fitted into Wicca. Some Wiccans gather on the Full Moon, some on the New Moon, and some whenever there is need. Some see the Goddess personified in the Moon, and other don’t. Throughout the world, many goddess are associated with the Moon, but many are associated with the Sun or other heavenly bodies or even just the Earth, or none at all. So where does the Moon fit in with Wicca?

Well, what if it didn’t? Some recent reading has pointed out that Moon “worship” is sort of an add-on to Wicca, an addition added to make Wicca seem more primitive or to tie it into witch cults that may or may not have existed in Europe (more or less). In some cases, it’s purpose has been confused, associating rites and goddess with the Moon that historically are not appropriate. Maybe that is why I have always had trouble figuring out how it all went together.

Wicca is seen by many as a “do-it-yourself” or “whatever-seems-right” religion. And while that may be true to some extent, I think we need to be aware and question practices that don’t make sense. I love to look at the Full Moon because it is beautiful, and I also love nights of the New Moon for their darkness. But should I arrange my worship around them if it doesn’t make sense to me? No, I don’t think so.

(quanta is probably wondering what worship, since he never sees me doing any rituals. Well, it is amazing the rituals and worship you can do in your mind, or in the few quiet minutes you manage to steal for yourself throughout the day.)


2 Responses

  1. Rilana says:

    Oh, I love the moon in all its phases. But I am not Wiccan. I did start out as Wiccan years ago. But have since moved on. I am just a plain ole’ witchy now. LOL!
    I do agree that Wicca is a more DIY thing. Which is fine…more power to the masses. LOL!

  2. I just came accross your blog by accident.
    I believe the moon plays a major part in wicca/paganism as it affects our lives and rituals and always has done I don’t know baout you or anyone else but I feel my mood and lifestyle change as the moon goes through it’s phases, but that’s just me.