Lasting anywhere from 1 1/2 to 3 days, depending upon location, the Dark Moon is highlighted by the New Moon. It is the end of one Lunar cycle, the beginning of another. This time is not suitable for magick. Turn your focus inward, find what needs to be fixed.
A tiny sliver of Moon appears in the sky, steadily growing larger. This phase lasts for only about a week, but it is a great time to begin new tasks. Begin magick that needs time to build, culminating at the Full Moon, or magick that focuses on increase and opportunities.
The power of the Moon grows strong and the force of the Full Moon will soon be felt. Magick and Spells started at the New Moon will have a good amount of energy behind them. This is a good time for strengthening that which has already been started, maintaining, adding last minute touches before the perfection of the Full Moon is upon us.
Rising at the setting of the Sun and setting at Dawn the next day, the effects of the Full Moon can be felt and Her energies utilized a full 3 days before and after the night of the Full Moon, making for a week's worth of magick.
The Lunar energies gradually decrease. Time for magick concerning banishings, cleansings, purification, endings, protection, and weight loss. Tye that which you wish to be rid of to the power of the Moon and as She descends into the shadows, so too, will that which you need be done with.
The Moon appears as just a sliver in the Sky, growing smaller with every passing night. Her force diminishes. With only a week left till the Dark Moon, now is the time to focus on completion: wrap up those spells you started last quarter and begin preparations for the Dark Moon.