Full Moon Ritual


  • Bell
  • Wand or Athame

Priestess stands with her legs apart and her arms raised up and out, stretching to the sky. Priest kneels before her. All the coven members also kneel. All raise their arms high.

Coven Member: "When the Moon rides on high,
As she crosses the sky,
And the stars on her gown trail behind,
Then we Wiccans below
Are with love all aglow,
Just to see her so brightly enshrined."

Coven Member: "On the night of Full Moon,
As we sing to the tune
Of the Lady who watches above,
We raise high our song
As she glides by so strong,
And we bask in the light of her love."

All lower their arms. Priest rises and kisses Priestess, then kneels again.

Priest: "Lovely lady, you have been known by so many names to so many people. Aphrodite, Kerridwen, Diana, Ea, Freya, Gana, Isis, and many more have been your names. Yet do we know you and love you as (Goddess), and in that name do we adore you and worship you. With your Lord by your side, do we give you due honor and invite you to join with us on this, your special night."

Priest stands and, with his athame — or wand, if used — draws a pentagram above the Priestess's head. A Coven member rings the bell three times.

Priest: "Descend, my Lady, descend we pray thee, and speak with us your children."

Priest kneels again. Priestess spreads her arms out to her coven. If she feels so moved, she may now speak — or allow the gods to speak through her. If she does not "feel the spirit", she may simply recite the following:
Priestess: "I am She who watches over thee; Mother of you all.
Know that I rejoice that you do not forget me. To pay me homage at the full of the Moon is meet and right and brings joy unto yourselves even as it does to me. Know that, with my good Lord, I weave the skein of life for each and every one of you. I am at the beginning of life and at its end; The Maiden, the Mother and the Crone. Wherever you may be, if you seek me know that I am always here, For I abide deep within you.
Look, then, within yourself if you would seek me.
I am Life and I am Love. Find me and rejoice; for love is my music and laughter is my song. Be true to me and I will ever be true to you. Love is the Law and Love is the Bond. So Mote It Be."

Priestess folds her arms across her breast and closes her eyes. Then follows a moment or two of silence before going into the Cakes and Ale Ceremony.