It was believed by the ancient Greeks and Romans that Witches had the power to draw down the moon from the sky. This assumption is not without reason—were the Witch to be seen invoking the Goddess beneath a full moon, she would naturally be standing in a position where the beams from the moon would highlight her person, making it seem as if she had a direct link to the lunar orb.
In modern Wicca, the rite of Drawing Down the Moon (or Calling Down the Moon) is of considerable importance. During this potent invocation, the practitioner enters a trance-like state of altered consciousness and draws the essence of the Goddess into herself. The energy of the Goddess is then used for a magical act, for divining the future, or for spiritual revelation.
The act of Drawing Down the Moon involves being completely open and receptive to the feminine spirit of nature. It is usually done out of doors. Beneath a full moon, the practitioner stands with arms outstretched, palms pointing upward towards the moon. Once relaxed and focused on the moon, the practitioner slowly begins the following invocation, building to an emotional climax.
Bewitching Goddess of the cross roads Whose secrets are kept in the night, You are half remembered, half forgotten And are found in the shadows of night.
From the misty hidden caverns In ancient magic days, Comes the truth once forbidden Of thy heavenly veiled ways.
Cloaked in velvet darkness A dancer in the flames You who are called Diana, Hecate, And many other names.
I call upon your wisdom And beseech thee from this time, To enter my expectant soul That our essence shall combine.
I beckon thee O Ancient One From far and distant shore, Come, come be with me now This I ask, and nothing more.
The sacred texts presented here express the essential nature of the Wiccan religion. They also help establish it as a viable spiritual philosophy with its own unique mythological history. The important thing to focus on when reading sacred text is how it makes you feel, not when it was written. Despite the fact that most Wiccan doctrine is less than seventy-five years old, it still brings hope, personal empowerment, and enlightenment to the devotee. And, after all, isn't that what matters?
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