The ancient witches of Thessaly were said to have the power to draw the moon down from the sky at their command; a symbolic ritual of drawing down the moon is still performed in modern Witchcraft. Witches hold their meetings, called 'circles' or 'sabbats', and perform their magic spells in accordance with lunar phases.
The waxing moon is propitious for growth, achievement, good fortune, and healing spells; the waning moon is propitious for banishing spells and the undoing of harm and negative influences.
The moon itself is believed to cast a spell; one may become moonstruck beneath its silvery rays. The term 'mania', derived from 'moon', means ecstatic revelation; lunacy' means possessed by the spirit of Luna.
Nights of the full moon provide the greatest power for magic and the world of spirit.
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