Drawing Down the Moon


  • Wand
  • Scourge
  • Athame

Stand in the God position in north before altar, holding scourge and athame.

Invoke the Goddess, saying:
"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 you invoke, touch yourself gently with wand upon right breast, left breast, womb and upon the same three places again.

As you finish the invocation, spread your arms in adoration (still kneeling) and say:
"Hail, Artemis! 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."

Trace the invoking Earth pentagram in air before you with athame, saying:
"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."