Drawing Down the Moon
Needs: Wand, Scourge, Priestess' Athame
Follows: Casting Circle
Next: The Charge
HPS stands in God position in N. before altar, holding scourge and athame.
Coveners are in S. facing altar.
HP kneels before HPS and salutes her with the Fivefold kiss (as he kisses
her womb, she opens into blessing position).
HP again kneels before HPS who stands in Goddess positon (right foot
slightly forward). HP invokes the Goddess, saying:
HP: "I invoke thee and call upon thee,
Mighty Mother of us all, (touch right breast)
bringer of all fruitfulness; (touch left breast)
by seed and root, (touch womb)
by stem and bud, (touch right breast)
by leaf and flower and fruit, (touch left breast)
by life and love (touch womb)
do I invoke (raising wand)
thee to descend upon the body
of this thy servant and priestess.
Here, speak with her tongue,
touch with her hands,
kiss with her lips,
that thy servants may be fulfilled."
As he invokes, HP touches HPS gently with wand upon r. breast, l. breast,
womb and upon the same three places again.
As he finishes the invocation, he spreads his arms in adoration (still
kneeling) and says:
HP: "Hail, Aradia ! From the Amalthean Horn
Pour forth thy store of love; I lowly bend
Before thee, I adore thee to the end,
With loving sacrifice thy shrine adorn.
Thy foot is to my lip [kiss], my prayers upborne
Upon the rising incense smoke; then spend
Thine ancient love, O Mighty One, descend
To aid me, who without thee am forlorn."
HP stands and takes a step back. All adore in silence as HPS traces
invoking Earth pentagram in air before them with athame, saying:
HPS: "Of the Mother, darksome and divine,
Mine the scourge, and mine the kiss,
The five-point star of love and bliss -
Here I charge you, in this sign."
This completes Drawing Down the Moon. HPS and HP now face the Coven
and deliver the Charge.
-Lots of published sources
eg. Janet and Stewart Farrar's "The Witches Way"