This is a list of the different moon phases and what they mean in terms of spell casting. Use this list to determine if you are working at the right time. This does have a big effect on the out come of your spell.
New Moon Magick - Now is the time to give thanks for workings, both long terma nd short term, that have been successful. Banishments at the full and waning moons have most likely manifested by now. Offerings of milk, or water laced iwth fertilizer for the plants outside is appropriate. If the season is asleep, then set out food for the small animals.
Conjuring: New mon workins can be done from the day of the new moon to 3 1/2 days after. Naturally, the closer you are to the new moon, the better your chances of success. Your work should manifest by the full moon or the next new moon. If it does not, repeat the working. Things to work for include:
Beauty, health, and self improvement
Farms and gardens
Love and romance
Crescent Moon Magick - You should be gathering information, ideas and lay a foundation for the project you have set into motion through magick. Use small rituals and magickal techniques to help your mundane work along.
Conjuring: This phase lasts from 3 1/2 days after the new moon through the seventh day. You can do some minor magicks each day to enhance your goals and projects. This is definately a time for the Goddess and Her femal archetypes as the crescent energy is strong. Work for:
First Quarter Magick - Now is the time to put on a little extra steam, buck up a few things that are sagging, and push forward toward manifestation. Do a small ritual to continue success or bring it on a little faster. If extra magickal guns are needed, now is the time to use them.
Conjuring: Moon is from 7 to 10 1/2 days after the new moon. Check the planetary hours for spellworking or additional ritual performance. Work for:
Gibbous Moon Magick - Time to catch loose ends or make any changes necessary. If the working appears to have stalled, don't panic. Often a gestation period is needed where no change is immediately visable. You may wish to relax a bit and begin planning any working you choose to do with full moon energy.
Conjuring:The moon is 10 1/2 to 14 days after the new moon. Work for:
Full Moon Magick - All rituals of balance in life or a situation are done at this time. Full moon magick is like a white candle - all purpose. If you follow lunar phases for most of your magick, you know that prophecy and protection are biggies here. Short term projects may have concluded now and it is time to give thanks for the blessings that have come your way. The full moon is also a time of legends, reading them, studying them and making your own. Any working that needs a major punch, such as divorces, help in finding a satisfactory job, healings for major conditions, can all be done now with excellent chances of success.
Conjuring: The moon is from 14 to 17 1/2 days after the new moon. Work for:
Beauty, health and fitness
Change and decisions
Health and healing
Love and romance
Disseminating Moon Magick - Banishing work starts now. If you want to get rid of a bad habit, banish illness or negativity, this is the time to begin. A good time to take things apart, whether is is old modes of thought ro that radio you wanted to fix six months ago.
Conjuring: The moon is 3 1/2 to 7 days after the full moon. Workings should include:
Last Quarter (waning moon) Magick - Release of any negativity around us, continued banishing work or minor magicks to support a banishing ritual begun during the disseminating moon. Continued banishings in the realm of healing.
Conjuring: The moon is 7 to 10 1/2 days after the full moon. Work involves:
Health and healing (banishing disease)
Dark Moon Magick - Most famously known, of course, for cursing, chaos magick, and bringing justice to bear. It is also a time to move within self, to explore our darkest recesses and understand our angers and passions, steering them to work for us in a positive way. Dealing with attackers is best begun during the dark moon.
Conjuring: Moon is 10 1/2 to 14 days after the full moon. Workings include:
Stopping stalkers and theft
The information on this page is taken from To Stir a Magick Cauldron by Silver Ravenwolf.