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Victorian-Era Spell for the New (?) Moon


January 30th is the second new moon this month. Since the new moon marks the beginning (or the end?) of a moon phase, it’s associated with manifesting and regeneration spells. [Tweet this!] Here’s a Victorian-era spell from Fontaine’s Golden Wheel Dream Book and Fortune Teller, 1862:

Fortune Teller“On first seeing the new moon, if you happen to look at it over
your right shoulder, you may make a silent wish, and you will realize
it. If a girl thus observes the new moon, and desires to see her
future husband, she must repeat to herself (so as not to be heard by
any one) the following lines:

New moon, new—pray let me see
Who my husband is to be:
The color of his hair,
The clothes he is to wear,
And the happy day that he’ll wed me!

If she is to be married that year, she will positively see the man of
her choice before the wane of the full moon.”

The book was meant for parties and entertainment, and it’s hard to take it seriously, but let’s face it – spells and fortune telling surrounding love have probably been around since recorded history began, and just aren’t going away.

UPDATE: Friend Elizabeth Barton let me know the Victorians called the waxing crescent the new moon. This is actually a spell for the waxing crescent!

About the Author:

Kirsten Weiss is the author of the Riga Hayworth series of paranormal mysteries: the urban fantasy, The Metaphysical DetectiveThe Alchemical DetectiveThe Shamanic DetectiveThe Infernal Detective and The Elemental Detective.


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  1. I Just got some very important clarification from friend Elizabeth Barton. The Victorians called the waxing crescent the new moon (today we call no moon in the sky the new moon). So this is actually a spell for the waxing crescent!

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