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Moon Water: History, How To Make It, And Its Spiritual Uses

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Moon water is an important tool in witchcraft.

It’s one of my favorite tools to use, too.

Moon water is a historical tool for witches. It has been used since at least the 1800s for love spells, and is even more popular today. Its connection to emotions and spirituality makes it an incredibly versatile tool for witches everywhere.

Moon water can be added to spells, or it can be used to cleanse my magick tools.

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Or fresh moon water can simply be added to cleansing magick baths.

Like rose quartz and tarot cards, making moon water is one of the most popular activities for modern witches and pagans.

But do you know the history of moon water? Do you know about its use in occult traditions.

Do you know how to use moon water, and to harness the power of the different moon phases?

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About Moon Water

The 29 day lunar cycle has played a huge part in cultural and religious traditions and ceremonies since before recorded history.

Humanity has been enthralled by the moon for a long time.

Early humans surely noticed the connection between the moon and a woman’s menstrual cycles.

Many ancient religious saw the moon as a female deity, like the Greek goddess Selene and the Roman goddess Luna.

The Mesopotamians had a male moon god named Sin. Germanic tribes had the male god Mani.

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Many cultures have or had a lunar calendar instead of a solar one.

The myths and legends surrounding that beautiful orb in the sky are endless.

Cleansing and charging water with the power of the moon has a murky past, but modern neopagans use moon water in many rituals.

This water can be filled with the power of any phase of the moon, but it is most often filled with the full moon’s power.

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Moon Phase Meanings

New moon: This is the time for new beginnings. Magick to take advantage of the clean slate is best now. Start new projects, start a new exercise program, gather your thoughts, execute plans.

Waxing crescent moon: Set your intentions now. Send out your hopes and desires. This is a good time to start law of attraction magick.

First quarter moon: Kick down obstacles. Now is the time to take action and push forward.

Waxing gibbous moon: This is a time to reexamine the intentions you’ve set and realign them with the universe. This is also when you want to work to bring in money and prosperity.

Full moon: This is the time to reap the rewards of the spells you did in the previous cycle or previous months. This is also the time to do charging spells, and to enhance your psychic energy.

Waning gibbous moon: This is a time of introspection and giving thanks. It’s also the right time to expel negative energy and banish curses.

Third quarter moon: Release and let go of bad habits. Clear out junk and focus on self care spells.

Waning crescent: The time for cleansing. Cleanse the house with holy water or sage. Recuperate and rest. Feel and enjoy the coming emptiness. Release things in your life that aren’t helpful.

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What Is Moon Water?

This special water is a type of consecrated water that has holy and magical associations for pagans.

Moon water is a type of consecrated water. It has holy and magickal associations for witches and pagans.

Similar in many ways to Holy Water for Christians, moon water is a powerful tool for removing negative energy.

When sprinkled on people or objects, it banishes anything negative that has become stuck.

In Ayurveda, purifying things like water, milk, and ghee by the moon has been a practiced tradition for centuries.

In fact, the full moon is the best time to make ghee within the Ayurvedic tradition.

One of the oldest references to water charged by the moon for the sake of a spell comes from Fontaine’s Golden Wheel Dream-Book And Fortune-Teller, which was published in the 1800s.

That spell is this:

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To Prepare A Love Potion

The following substances must be gathered in silence when the full moon is in the heavens: Three white rose leaves, three red rose leaves, three forget-me-nots, and five blossoms of Veronica.

All these things you must place in a vessel, then pour upon them five hundred and ninety-five drops of clear Easter water, and place the vessel over the fire, or what is better still, over a spirit-lamp.

This mixture must be allowed to boil for exactly the sixteenth part of an hour.

When it has boiled for the requisite length of time, remove it from the fire, and pour it into a flask.

Cork it tightly, and seal it, and it will keep for years without losing its virtue.

That this potion is certain in its effect I myself will guarantee, for I have gained more than thirty hearts by its help.

Three drops swallowed by the person whose love you desire, will suffice.

Fontaine’s Golden Wheel Dream-Book And Fortune-Teller

Learn about how the astrological moon transits impact your love life.

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How To Make Moon Water

Making water charged by the moon is incredibly easy.

All you need to do is leave some water out under moonlight for some amount of time.

If you want only the power of the full moon in your water, you would only leave it out the night the moon is at its fullest.

You can also leave your water out for a full month.

If you do that, you will have general moon charged water, but I wouldn’t use it for any spells that require ingesting it at that point.

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Bacteria can and will grow in water.

You should bring your lunar water indoors before sunrise.

Some witches prefer to keep their moon water out of sunlight. I’m not convinced that’s totally necessary.

If you’re concerned about that, simply bring the water in before sunrise and put it in a dark place.

But what can you do with your moon charged water once it’s been imbued with the energy of the moon?

Oh, so many things!

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How To Use Moon Water

There are so many ways to use moon water!

Because this is a powerful but simple form of magick, it can be spiritually fulfilling to include moon water in as many activities as you can.

Charge And Cleanse Objects And People

Use moon charged water to cleanse your crystals. Keep in mind that some crystals can be damaged by water, though!

Some crystals that you should keep out of water include carnelian, celestite, galena, halite, hematite, labradorite, lepidolite, lodestone, malachite, mica, moldavite, muscovite, obsidian, opals, pearls, pyrite, selenite, turquoise, and ulexite.

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You can cleanse yourself with moon charged water, too.

Moon water can be used as a hair rinse. Or you can pour a cup into your bath.

I have found that cool water does better with lunar magick. Hot water may not work as well.

If your moon water is fresh, drink it to remove bad energy from yourself. Luna water also opens up our intuition and improves psychic abilities.

Only use moon water on your body or internally if you’re sure it’s safe and fresh, though!

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Use Moon Water Around The Home

Clean your home with lunar charged water to bring peaceful energy into your space.

Water your plants with moon water in a loving ritual that will help to keep your plants healthy and happy.

Cleanse mirrors with moon charged water to prepare them for scrying.

Put moon imbued water into a spray water to quickly cleanse yourself or your home. This is a great way to cleanse your aura or prepare to meditate.

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Spray moon water onto your bed to encourage psychic dreams.

Fill a vase with moon water and a cut flower arrangement.

Add moon charged water and essential oils that correspond to the moon into your diffuser or your humidifier.

Freeze moon water in an ice cube tray to add to cold drinks. I like to use this in cooled fertility teas since the moon is so closely linked to fertility and a woman’s cycle.

Add some to a swimming pool before swimming for a relaxing and healing time in the water.

Use it in your pet’s water bowl to cleanse them of negative experiences.

Get your kids involved in your magick by filling water balloons with your lunar water!

Add it to your washing machine when washing your clothes.

Cleanse your work space with moon water frequently. I can’t think of a space that is more likely to harbor negative energy than our places of work, so clean that bad juju out often with this cleansing magic water.

Use moon charged water in your car to help you keep a clear head while driving.

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Moon Water For Beauty

Cleanse your face with lunar water as a simple beauty spell.

Moon Water Toner

Make a face cleanser with a magickal punch.

This toner will be anti-aging beautifying.


  • 1/4 cup green tea
  • 1/8 cup pure pomegranate juice
  • 1/8 cup fresh moon water
  • 1 spray bottle


Cool down the green tea to room temperature.

Dilute the pomegranate juice with the moon water.

Add all ingredients to a spray bottle.

Store in the refrigerator.

Spray on your face after washing your face and before you use serum or moisturizer.

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Use Moon Water Spiritually

Put your moon charged water into a beautiful chalice and place it on your altar to honor the moon.

Cleanse your magickal amulets and jewelry in this water.

Add this water to a bowl and float candles on it on your altar.

Anoint yourself with moon water before rituals or speaking with a goddess.

Add it to a black bowl to use it for scrying.

Use your moon water with watercolor paints to add magick to your creativity.

Set intentions. When you set your water out to be charged by the moon, write an intention on the container that will be holding the water. Then, as you use that water, your intention will become an active spell that will surround wherever the water is used.

Carry your moon charged water with you in small witch bottles for quick access when you need to use your intuition.

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How To Super Charge Your Moon Water

While lunar-charged water is simple to create, it can be enhanced with oils, herbs, and crystals.

A crystal that I often add to my ritual water is clear quartz.

Quartz is safe to use in water, and is associated with the moon.

I find quartz enhanced moon water to be incredibly purifying and cleansing, so I most often drink it or use it in a bath.

Here are other crystals that are generally safe in water:

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As for herbs, I mostly see rose petals used with this magic water.

These petals can make for a great beauty spell when added to this magical water.

I also add red raspberry leaf to my lunar water, either for tea or as a spell to soothe my menstrual cramps.

I have PCOS so I work with red raspberry leaf a lot, and moon water works really well with it.

Here are some herbs that are associated with the moon and go well in this spiritually healing water:

  • Anise
  • Blue lotus
  • Clary sage
  • Milk thistle
  • Ginger
  • Hibiscus
  • Poppy
  • Rose
  • Aloe
  • Almond
  • Bamboo
  • Coconut

Of course, never ingest a plant without knowing if it’s poisonous or not. Some herbs are only suitable for spell work.

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Essential oils that are feminine, floral, or related to herbs associated with the moon are good choices for adding to moon water, too.

Don’t ingest them, though, because a lot of oils pretending to be essential oils are really just fragrance oil and there is no way for you to be sure you aren’t being sold a fragrance.

It’s just better to be safe than sorry, right?

Now that I’ve given you the history of moon water and some ways that you can use it, I hope you will start your first jar of this cleansing liquid this moon cycle!

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Working With Hekate During The Full Moon

During the full moon, we call upon Hekate to assist us in clearing our past, releasing our fears, and opening ourselves to new possibilities. We ask her to help us gain clarity in our lives, to help us transform our inner worlds, and to allow us to move forward with courage and confidence.

It is said that Hekate helps us to overcome obstacles and challenges that stand in our way, and to achieve our goals. In addition to being a benevolent Goddess, she is also a fierce warrior. When we summon her, we invite her to help us take charge of our lives, to lead us into battle, and to fight for justice.

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