Waiting for the moon. . .
I hate to admit it, but yes, timing matters. Magic done on the full moon in the hour of its governing planet just seems to work better — faster, more spectacularly, and with more wide-ranging effects. It seems superstitious, like cutting your hair when the moon is waning, but it tends to work. Which is why I’m sitting here waiting for the moon to start waxing. I think I can wait until first quarter, rather than full, because I’m not working on changing my life. I just need a bit of grease in the wheels for some of my goals.
Of course, that’s nonsense: all magic changes your life. Anyone who imagines that being a magician is standing untouched like Prospero and directing the storm is a fool. Magic about communication, and communication is always two-way. If you’re not changed by magic, you’re doing it wrong.
And probably that’s why timing really works (okay, just a theory). By waiting for the moon you’re willing to say “I’m part of the universe, and I’ll change myself, form my schedule, around it if it’ll respond in kind.” I don’t know. Maybe not.