The Moon does not only affect magick through its phases, it also moves through the zodiac and possesses different energies depending on what sign it is in. Because the Moon's orbit around the Earth is quite fast, the Moon generally passes through all the signs of the zodiac in a month, only spending about a day in each sign (remember that 'passing through' a sign means that the Moon is in the area of the sky occupied by one of the constellations of the zodiac). There is a period between when the Moon leaves one sign and moves into the next which is called 'Void of Course' - this is like a retrograde period for the Moon, although it does not actually move backwards across the sky. In this time, the Moon's energies are not what we would normally expect (I'll elaborate on this after the 12 signs below). So, if you know where the Moon is, you can use these different energies to help you in your magick, and below are listed the different energies the Moon has when it is in each of the signs of the zodiac.
Those of you that have read the astrology pages in Shadows of Oz will know that there are 13 constellations in the sidereal zodiac, and you've probably noticed there are only 12 listed here. This is because Ophiuchus doesn't really have widely-recognised energies associated with it, so I haven't really get anything to attribute to it here.
The Moon in Aries
This is a good time to start new projects and ventures. The energy of the Moon in Aries promotes energy, leadership, willpower, spirituality and motivation.
The Moon in Taurus
When the Moon is in Taurus, it is the time to work on issues around faithfulness, love, money, material things and prosperity.
The Moon in Gemini
When the Moon in Gemini it is a good time for travel, writing and communication in general.
The Moon in Cancer
The energy of the Moon in Cancer is conducive to working on domestic, family-oriented, emotional and nurturing matters.
The Moon in Leo
The Moon in Leo lends itself to workings involving courage, fertility, power, showmanship and physical performance.
The Moon in Virgo
When the Moon is in Virgo, the time is right for self-improvement, working on matters of health, intellect and also employment.
The Moon in Libra
The energy of the Moon in Libra is geared towards achieving balance, justice and doing work on spiritual or artistic matters.
The Moon in Scorpio
The Moon in Scorpio is a time for change and transformation - work on making changes in your life and getting those things you desire.
The Moon in Sagittarius
A Sagittarian Moon will help you explore and uncover truth and also with legal matters.
The Moon in Capricorn
The Moon in Capricorn has an achievement-focused energy which can also help you with careers, politics and organisation.
The Moon in Aquarius
When the Moon is in Aquarius, it is the time to work on matters involving freedom, creativity, problem solving and self-expression - maybe even to do something a bit revolutionary.
The Moon in Pisces
A Pisces Moon has a compassionate, healing energy. It is also useful when working with music, dreams and psychic matters.
Void of Course Moon
This is the period from when the Moon leaves one sign of the zodiac and moves into another. This has an effect on the Moon's energy that is similar to the effects on a planet that is in retrograde - the Moon's energy is not what we would expect. It can be described as a 'bad signal', like the broken-up reception you get from a mobile phone in a tunnel or an underground car park - things tend to get misunderstood or missed altogether. Consequently, this is not a time to do active magick - try meditation or prayer or something more 'passive' instead at these times.