Dark Moon Ritual

This Dark Moon Ritual is to be performed anytime in honoring of the Goddess Hecate and/or performing any type of dark moon magick and requesting Her assistance in your magick.  Also, since this is a Dark Moon ritual, and you are working with the Crone and Her energies, there is no need to call in any God.   Moon rituals are sacred and for the Goddess only. You call in the Goddess and God at Sabbats, as the Sabbats are the interaction between the Goddess and her Consort...between Earth and Sun. And the Moon......is for the Goddess only!

Arrange your altar with all of your tools and other items the way you wish and then bless the altar saying:


I bless You now that You may aid
The energy flow as magick is made
I cast out negative energy
Leaving only the positive to live and breathe
Within you as I start this Rite
Blessed be in joy, love and light.

Then pick up the wand and draw an invoking pentagram in the air above the altar.  Replace the wand and say:


Blessed Be, O Creature of Light
Tools now of magick with power and might.

RITUAL SWEEP WITH BESOM (going widdershins)

Witche's Broom, swift in flight
Cast Out Darkness, Bring in Light
Earth be hallow; Air be clear; Fire bright; as water heals
A sacred bridge this site shall be, as my will, so mote it be.

CAST THE CIRCLE with your magickal sickle or staff.  (Note, some Witches are using a Sickle to cast the Circle of Hecate.  The sickle is the symbol of the Crone--of harvesting and death.  It is an ancient women's tool--more so than the sword.)

I conjure thee, great womb of the Goddess Hecate
Cauldron of a Witche's power, within who's sacred precinct
are we separate from the world of care, safe from harm and strife.
May it be a shield against all wickedness and evil;
A boundary between the world of seekers
and the realm of the Mighty Ones;
 a guardian and protection that shall preserve and contain
the powers that we shall raise this night of the Dark Moon
Wherefore, do I bless thee and consecrate thee
in the name of the Goddess Hecate.

Bless and consecrate the water, incense, and salt which is on your altar with your athame by casting out any impurities and uncleanliness of the spirit unknown.  Then combining salt and water cleanse circle with a chant.  Then add your incense to your charcoal and cleanse circle chanting a chant.

EVOKE  QUARTERS & LIGHT THEIR CANDLES

Winds of the East

Come to me now, O winds of the East
Whirl and twirl 'til magick has ceased.
Blow through my mind and the energy raise
Blow away clouds and blow away haze.
The Circle is opened--your power please lend
Your presence is welcomed--I bid you come in.
(Light candle - draw an invoking pentagram in the air with your wand)

Fire of the South

Come to me now, O Southerly fires!
Warm light, pure strength--add flame to desires
Cleanse and purify all actions mundane
Protect well this Circle with your pure light and flame.
The Circle is opened--your power please lend
Your presence is welcomed--I bid you come in.
(Light candle - draw an invoking pentagram in the air with your wand)

Waters of the West

Come now, O waters of the Western port!
Tides rise and fall, and all harm abort.
Wash away troubles and rinse away pain
Wash over my spirit with your oceans and rain.
The Circle is opened--your power please lend
Your presence is welcomed--I bid you come in.
(Light candle - draw an invoking pentagram in the air with your wand)

Earth of the North

Come, Earthly power to me from the North!
Lend your strength and stability-give me your support
As your soil is fertile, this Circle shall be
Nourish all works, as you nourish the tree.
The Circle is opened--your power please lend
Your presence is welcomed--I bid you come in.
(Light candle - draw an invoking pentagram in the air with your wand)

CIRCLE IS SEALED (make an invoking pentagram in the air over your altar)

The Circle is sealed and I am
completely cut off from the outside world
so that I may give honor to the Goddess Hecate,
Great Goddess of the Dark Moon.
 
LIGHTING THE TRIPLE GODDESS CANDLES

Three Candles I do Light
In Honor of Thee, O Goddess this sacred Night
White for the Maiden pure as Snow
Red for the Mother full within, and
Black for the Crone, old and wise


DRAWING DOWN THE MOON-
INVOCATION TO THE DARK GODDESS HECATE

I call upon She who unveils the mystery,
Ancient Crone, Hecate, who reigns 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 me, your Priestess,
Fill me with your presence
O gracious Queen of Witches
As I do perform this Rite in your honor.

(Imagine the Dark Moon and see this haze descending from the moon into you.  Feel Her slowly envelope you, starting at the top of your head and slowly moving down to your feet.  Feel this vibrating energy of the Goddess Hecate fill your very being.  When Her energies reach your feet, know that you are walking as Hecate, as She is you and you are She.  Note:  you can use this invocation or another one from Invocations to Hecate)

Charge of the Crone Hecate

I am the Queen of Magick, hidden in the deepest night.
I am the mystery of the other world and the fear that coils
about your heart in the times of your trial.  I am the soul of
nature that gives form to the Universe.
My torches light the way for enlightenment and illumination.
My sickle of death cuts away things that are dead & no longer needed
It is I who awaits you at the end of your spiral dance.
I am She who has no secrets but a thousand secrets.
I am the aged Old Crone of Darkness who face of death
portends life anew and filled with Luna's secrets.
All acts of magick and mysteries are my rituals and
My greatest ritual is love itself.
You who seek to remove My veil and know My true face,
Know that all your questing and efforts are for not,
Until thy own face beholds and knows the mysteries of they own self.
For you to truly know Me, you must look in your own heart
and know and accept thy self.
For those of you who call upon Me
and My powers for magick, beware!
For My magick is swift and without regards to the consequences.
Those that know Me shall glide safely through troubles,
For it is My dark cloak of protection that is wrapped about you.
Close your eyes My child and call to me, for I am there,
within your Darkness. 

PRAISE TO HECATE

In this most sacred Night of the Dark Moon
And mystical hour of the night
Does the Goddess Hecate reign supreme
And in Her name do I now give Her praise.
HAIL TO THEE HECATE; HAIL TO THEE HECATE
HAIL TO THEE HECATE, TRIPLE GODDESS OF THE MOON

If you wish to do some sort of magick to banish poverty, unhappiness, etc., or do a protection spell, this would be the time to do it. If someone has harmed you,  and you need justice, you will find a chant to Hecate for Swift Justice to be used with candle magick, poppet, parchment magick, etc.  If you would like to take a journey to the realm of Hecate to receive Her message to you, you will find a journey in Samhain Ritual to Evoke Hecate which can be used as a Dark Moon Ritual as well, as Dark Moon rituals are simply mini Samhain Rituals.  But other than that, this ritual can stand alone to simply honor the Crone Hecate when the moon is dark. 

Blessings of Cakes and Wine - wine should be in Chalice and with athame bless the wine and then the cakes as follows:

I bless thee of Creature of Wine (cakes)
Knowing that when I drink (eat) of the
I partake in the powers of the mysteries of You
Great Goddess Hecate

LIBATION (Take the chalice of wine in both hands and hold it up and say:)

In honor of the O Great Goddess Hecate
Do I pour this Libation and drinketh this Toast
All Life is your Own
All fruits of the Earth your power, your wisdom, your liberation
I thank You for Your blessings and strength
Join with me; Feast with me; Enjoy with me.
(You can pour a few drops of wine onto the ground in front of the altar as an offering to Hecate, if you are outside.  If you are in your temple, then pour some wine into your Libation bowl along with an offering of cakes) Then raise the chalice to your lips and drink.)

(You can now medicate, consult the tarot, or any other divinatory devices, or simply sit back and relax.   Remember eating of the cakes helps ground you from the energy of the circle, and from the cone of power that you built if you did magick.)

THANK YOU AND FAREWELL

O Hecate, My Queen, My Goddess
You who awaits for me at the end of Life.
I thank you for thy blessings and of your spirit from your
Cauldron of the sacred fire on this night of the Dark Moon
I bid thee farewell
(Put out Goddess candle)

Thanking the Triple Goddess

Wise Crone, who face is hidden from the starlit night
Thank you for joining my sacred this night.
I bid thee farewell
(Put out Crone/black Candle)

Mother, nurturer and giver of life
Who dances across the nightly sky in your silvery light
Thank you for joining my sacred circle this night
I bid thee farewell
(Put out the Mother/red candle)

Maiden, bringer of new ideas and inspiration
Who dances across the sky in carefree glee and anticipation
Thank you for joining my sacred circle this night
I bid thee Farewell
(Put out the Maiden/white candle)

QUARTERS RELEASED (I go widdershins, since I went deosil to welcome)

O twirling Breezes and winds of the East
Who protected this Circle and witnessed all feats
Of magick performed and blessing poured out
I thank you for coming and gathering about.
But now comes the time for this Circle to end
I release you back to the dark, fertile realm where you reign
Hail and farewell until I see you again.
(Put out candle - draw banishing pentagram in air with wand)

O Northern forests, mountains and plains
Who protected this Circle and witnessed all gains
Of magick performed and all blessings poured out
I thank you for coming and gathering about.
But now comes the time for this Circle to end
I release you back to the dark, fertile realm where you reign
Hail and farewell until I see you again.
(Put out candle - draw banishing pentagram in air with wand)

O Oceans and rainstorm and streams of the West
Who protected this Circle and witnessed all quests
Of magick performed and blessing poured out
I thank you for coming and gathering about.
But now comes the time for this Circle to end
I release you back to the dark, fertile realm where you reign
Hail and farewell until I see you again.
(Put out candle - draw banishing pentagram in air with wand)

O Southern Fires and bright, dancing flames
Who protected this Circle and witnessed all claims
Of magick performed and blessing poured out
I thank you for coming and gathering about.
But now comes the time for this Circle to end
I release you back to the dark, fertile realm where you reign
Hail and farewell until I see you again.
(Put out candle - draw banishing pentagram in air with wand)

Return to the East and draw a banishing pentagram in the air with your wand to break the seal of the Circle.

CALLING BACK THE CIRCLE ( I go widdershins in calling back the Circle.  Use whatever tool you cast the Circle with.  I prefer using my sickle of Hecate or staff/wand)

Power cast and then forgotten is power wasted
Wherefore do I call Ye back O Circle of Power
into my mighty staff (or sickle)
By the holy flame, this Circle disappears and becomes no more
Everything is as it was since the beginning of time.

The Circle is opened by unbroken
May the love of the Goddess be ever in your heart
Merry Meet and Merry Part
and Merry Meet again

I hope after performing this ritual that you feel as magickal as I do on a Dark Moon night and you can feel the magick and know the mystery of Hecate. 

Take this opportunity to fly on over to Women and Dark Moon Magick for Hecate's words and wisdom regarding  the Dark Moon and Her powerful energies.  Also, take the opportunity to fly over to Hecate's Magickal Ritual Setup to learn more about Circle casting.  In Drawing Down the Moon, there is more of an in depth look at drawing down the moon.

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Blessed Be ~Lady Hecate~


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