Luna is Void in Aries for most of today, as she is now moving through her darkest phase.

She won’t be New until tomorrow evening (at 20:29 BST) but we have reached that powerful portal of endings, which comes at the close of each cycle.

It is a day for banishments and release.

As Luna is Void until this evening (she enters Taurus at 18:10), anything significant which is acted upon today will, as we know under lunar lore, come to very little.  So the potential for this day to be used to end and impede anything from growing, is super strong.

Any habits you may wish to break, a partnership which is going nowhere, even a run of bad luck which you feel has been following you around … today can be used to halt, to back out and cut yourself loose of its negativity, knowing that there will be no reprisal.

One of my favourite fast waning Moon spells to cut ties and release soul contracts requires only a candle and a mirror.

It works best with a black candle, though any colour will do.

It is best done at night, or when the lights are low.

First, sit comfortably with the candle in front of you, in front of the mirror, so that you can see your own reflection and that of the candle.

Light the candle, keeping the room otherwise dark.

You may like to invoke one of the lunar Deities – Diana, Arianrhod, Selene, Nephthys, Hecate, for example – though these energies can be super strong to work with, so act with caution and call on them only if you plan to use and respect their presence.

Then think about what negative elements you wish to release.

Once your thoughts are clear, let them become feelings – really try to enter into the state of emotion which causes you the pain and upset that you are trying to rid yourself of.

Gaze at your reflection in the mirror as you do this, it will help to bring the feelings to the forefront of your experience, then drop you eyes to the candle’s reflection and send all of those feelings into the flame.

Know that with this symbolic shift, all of this negative energy is now being deflected from you, and instead being reflected into, and absorbed by the flame.

When you feel ready, stand up and back away from the mirror, until you can no longer see yourself, but let the candle remain.

Thank the lunar Deity for her presence (if necessary) and return to the candle to blow it out (avoiding facing the mirror).

Now take the candle stub and throw it away, out of the house.  You may bury it in the earth, or put it in the rubbish outside, but don’t leave it lying and re-use it!

This is a very effective dark Moon ritual, so I find it useful and important to focus or releasing the feelings caused by a situation rather than the people within it, as in time you may need those people to return…?  Do think carefully about this!

And be sure, as always, to qualify your spell with the line “let it be in my highest good, and in the highest good of all”.

Sending you insight and the purest guidance today,