Moon Water: What It Is & How to Make It

By Victoria Wheeler 

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Witchcraft is trendy enough these days; still, not everyone plans their life around lunar cycles and apps like Co-Star and The Pattern.

Even if you don’t practice, the metaphysical is hard to escape these days with it becoming so mainstream. You’ve likely heard of Moon Water; some popular celebrities swear by drinking it.

Perhaps you always wondered what it was. You’re in the right place. This article will cover what Moon Water is, what you can use it for, and how to make it.

What is Moon Water?

Often viewed as the “holy water” of witchcraft, Moon Water is considered very magickal and sacred. Due to its purifying qualities, it’s often used for cleansing rituals or to offer blessings.

But what exactly is Moon Water? It’s water charged with the power and essence of the new or full moon.

It’s not surprising that witches took to the ritual of creating their “holy water” from the power of the moon, as many witches gather their strength and abilities from her (the moon)—a celestial representation of the divine feminine.

New Moon Water

New Moon Water nurtures new beginnings. If you need a new job, a new relationship, a new apartment, a new lease on life, etc., new Moon Water can assist with this new path in your life journey.

Full Moon Water

Full Moon Water is all about manifestation. Remember all of those things you started in your life with new Moon Water? Watch them culminate and come to fruition with the assistance of full Moon Water.

What can you use Moon Water for?

You can use Moon Water in spells and rituals, but you can also use it in many different ways to add a little magick to your everyday life. For example, you can:

  • Drink it straight
  • Put it in your pet’s water bowl
  • Use it to make your coffee or tea
  • Add some to your bathwater
  • Use it to water your plants
  • Pour it in your ice cube trays to make ice
  • Use it as the water in a vase of flowers
  • Mix it with vinegar in a spray bottle and use it to clean your home
  • Use it for cooking
  • Incorporate it on your altar
  • Add it to your oil diffuser
  • Use it to take your medicine or vitamins
  • Use it to make rose water
  • Put it in your humidifier

This is by no means a complete list. There are a million ways to use Moon Water in your day to day life. Get creative; there’s no wrong way to do it as long as you are honoring yourself and the moon.

How do you make Moon Water?

There are a few factors to consider when making Moon Water:

  • When to make it
  • What kind of water to use
  • What type of container to use
  • How to actually make it

Let’s dig into these considerations and discuss how to make the best decisions for you and your own individual practice.

When to Make Moon Water

As previously mentioned, you can make Moon Water during the new moon or the full moon. However, you are not limited to just one evening of the new or full moon to charge your water.

The new or full moon’s charging power is active for three consecutive nights surrounding the moon of your choice.

For example, say you have chosen to make full Moon Water. In that case, the full moon’s charging energy activates the night before the full moon, peaks the night of the full moon, and extends through one more night after the full moon.

You can charge Moon Water on any or all of these three nights.

For details on nights there will be moon energy activation around new and full moons this month, refer to the below calendar.

Moon Water: What It Is & How To Make It

What Kind of Water to Use

This depends entirely upon personal preferences, but most people will say that it’s best to use filtered tap water or spring water. If you’re going to be consuming your Moon Water or using it in beauty/hygiene products, filtered or spring water is probably the best idea.

Some purists and green witches collect rainwater and only use that to make their Moon Water. This can be an excellent way to build a deeper connection with nature if you don’t plan to consume your Moon Water.

However, a note of caution: collecting rainwater is illegal in many jurisdictions. Check your local laws and statutes before beginning to collect rainwater to make sure it’s legal in your area.

What Type of Container to Use

You should select the containers you use thoughtfully based on what you plan to do with your Moon Water. Glass containers are best, but plastic will do if that’s all you have.

You can use mason jars, glass water bottles, fancy glass or decorative crystal jars, really any clear container of your choice, in any size you like. It just needs to be clear so that the moonlight can penetrate it and charge the water.

How to Make Moon Water

First and foremost, you must let the sun set before you begin. You do not want sunlight to touch your Moon Water.

After the sun has set, fill your container(s) with water and place them somewhere in or outside your home where they will catch the best moonlight.

It’s the most ideal if you can put them outside, but if you live somewhere that is not an option, just place them in your best moon-facing windowsill with the curtains/blinds open for the night.

As you’re doing this, keep your intentions for the Moon Water focused. Once you have your container(s) placed, say a small blessing or affirmation over them. Perhaps sit with them for a moment and meditate on your intentions. You can make this part of the ritual as big or small as you’d like. It’s up to you.

Once completed, check what time sunrise is and set an alarm before that so that you can wake up early and collect your container(s) before the sun touches them. This is important.

That’s all there is to it. For best results, charge the same water all three days in a row.

What if I didn’t wake up before sunrise?

If you didn’t wake up before sunrise to grab your container(s) and save them from the sun, hopefully, it was only day one or day two, and you still have day three left to charge your water.

The Benefits of Moon Water

Moon Water is a key, very spiritual element of witchcraft. Many witches honor the moon by making altars for her and working with moon goddesses.

The moon is one of the most sacred and important celestial bodies in the world of witchcraft, so it makes sense that water magickally charged with the moon’s power would offer so many benefits.

If you find yourself in need of cleansing, purification, a new beginning, or manifestation, check out a lunar calendar and make yourself some Moon Water on the next appropriate moon cycle.



Victoria is an eclectic witch based in the Midwest who stays actively involved in the online pagan community. When she’s not writing, you can find her offering guidance to less experienced witches and moderating large witchcraft groups and forums. Follow her adventures on Twitter at @witch_imightbe

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