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Drawing Down the Moon

Posted on November 6, 2017

We celebrated Samhain on Saturday, the 4th, which was also a full moon. This co-occurrence inspired me to reproduce the traditional ritual of drawing down the moon. However, I decided on a self-empowering ritual in a more egalitarian ritual. Rather than have the priest draw down the moon into the priestess, we would each draw down the moon into ourselves. As already empowered beings, we can bring to ourselves the power of the moon.

The power of the moon brings us the understanding of the night. It brings us the wisdom of the hidden, the arcane. We become aware that we are just the dancers in the moonlight, but the moonlight itself.

You can’t see so well in the photo, but the Moon is an exact model of the moon. As above, so below! We first captured the moon in a cup to understand the levels of image and reality. Then we used the traditional invocation of the Goddess, attributed to Doreen Valiente, to bring the power and light of the moon to us

I call upon She who unveils the mystery,

Ancient Crone, Hecate, who reign

as darkness falls upon the unlit sky

Queen of Heaven, Earth and the Underworld.

Hecate, this is your time,

Eternal Goddess, Lady of the Night.

I have prepared this sacred Circle for you,

O Wise One,

Come now into us, who honor you,

Fill us with your presence

O gracious Queen of Witches

As we do perform this Rite in your honor


It was a powerful and enlightening ritual.



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