Hi,

 

I was wondering, how do you "draw down the Moon" ?

 

Do you make it at any phase, or just some of them (full Moon ?)

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Drawing Down the Moon is a very specific magical process, between trained priestesses and priests, with very specific techniques and goals. What are you defining as "Drawing Down the Moon"?

I was told it could also be performed alone.

 

I was thinking of something like  "bringing the Goddes in you" in a Moon ritual.

You can always perform an invocation, to invite the Goddess into your Circle, or even into communion with you. Drawing Down the Moon is a bit more than that.

 

It is a specific ritual by which a High Priest and High Priestess working together invoke the Goddess into the body of the Priestess through a series of very precise magical steps. It is one of the most powerful - if not THE most powerful - magical acts in the whole of Wicca. Many times the High Priestess does not remember what happened, and many times the Goddess speaks prophecy through her.

 

There are things that individuals can do that are similar, but it wouldn't do an individual much good - if you did it right, you wouldn't remember a thing. Then what's the point?

GAIADIANNE REPLYING:

Hello and Merry Meet, Siannan --

 

I'd just like to add a bit:

 

Yes, this is most often done during the Esbat of the Full Moon, and the Goddess is usually therefore a "Full-Moon" Goddess.  However, it *may* be done at any time -- although then one would want to consider which phase of the moon, and therefore which Goddess, would be appropriate.

 

After the High Priestess has "Drawn Down the Moon (Goddess)", she speaks to each of the coveners, to deliver specific, personal messages to them (from whichever Goddess has been called). 

 

You should also know that there is a similar Ritual (called "Drawing Down the Sun") in which the High Priest similarly evokes the God.....

 

And yes, i strongly agree that these are profoundy powerful, beautiful and magickal experiences.

 

One of the reasons why it's sometimes said that "a Solitary" may do it, is because especially in Dianic (Feminist) and in Solitary-Eclectic Paganism  (and the writings of each), women are often encouraged to do so -- But it really doesn't make much sense if they're alone, since the major purpose is for each covener to receive a special Message of guidance or encouragement directly from the Goddess, and then to *experience* the actual Presence of the Goddess (or if it's a Drawing Down of the Sun, to experience the Presence of the God) in the Circle.

 

I think it should also be stressed that it takes considerable training and experience to do this -- It is in fact unwise to attempt it on your own.

 

For a Solitary working alone, it makes more sense to -- as Oakthorne said -- "perform an invocation, to invite the Goddess into your Circle, or even into communion with you."

 

I hope that's helpful -- Blessed Be -- GaiaDianne

 

 

What exactly is drawing down the moon?

It is a rite of assumption, in which the Priest invokes the power of the Goddess into the body of the Priestess. The actual manifestation of the rite can vary - some Priestesses experience it as a possession-like overlaying of the Divine Presence over their own, others experience it as a sharpening of the Divinity within them ("as though the rest of me became so transparent that the Divine Flame within were refracted and reflected a thousandfold" one Priestess of my acquaintance described it), and others feel it is an act of reflection, a "polishing of the soul" to a mirror-bright finish to allow the light of the Moon to be reflected within them.

None of these are more right than the others. At its core, though, Drawing Down the Moon is a specific occult and spiritual technique that depends on the Priest and Priestess working in strict, loving concert. There are many kinds of invocation and evocation that deals with goddesses from all sorts of cultures and practices - Drawing Down is a form of invocation, but all invocation is not Drawing Down.

Drawing Down is not about the Priestess. Most don't entirely remember the experience, so even if it were possible to do alone, it wouldn't make sense to. It is about acting as a vessel for the Divine Waters, containing and defining for a short time that which is infinite and without form, and providing that experience to the rest of the coven. Prophecies, healings, admonitions and simply loving silence come of the experience, for the coven, from the Goddess, through the Priestess.

I think I accidently did that this last full moon. I was doing a spell and wanted to make it stronger and my instinct told me to call down the moon goddess and so I did. I didn't know exactly what it was called, I felt a huge rush of power to the point I felt faint, light headed a bit dizzay and wanted to pass out, but I was strong willed and stubborn and held my ground. When I was done with the spell and released the spell she left, but I noticed her energies weren't gone. There was all this extra energy from the moon goddess and so I channeled it into some water. I ended up making 4 bottles of moon water with the rest of the energy that was left over.


Oakthorne said:

It is a rite of assumption, in which the Priest invokes the power of the Goddess into the body of the Priestess. The actual manifestation of the rite can vary - some Priestesses experience it as a possession-like overlaying of the Divine Presence over their own, others experience it as a sharpening of the Divinity within them ("as though the rest of me became so transparent that the Divine Flame within were refracted and reflected a thousandfold" one Priestess of my acquaintance described it), and others feel it is an act of reflection, a "polishing of the soul" to a mirror-bright finish to allow the light of the Moon to be reflected within them.

None of these are more right than the others. At its core, though, Drawing Down the Moon is a specific occult and spiritual technique that depends on the Priest and Priestess working in strict, loving concert. There are many kinds of invocation and evocation that deals with goddesses from all sorts of cultures and practices - Drawing Down is a form of invocation, but all invocation is not Drawing Down.

Drawing Down is not about the Priestess. Most don't entirely remember the experience, so even if it were possible to do alone, it wouldn't make sense to. It is about acting as a vessel for the Divine Waters, containing and defining for a short time that which is infinite and without form, and providing that experience to the rest of the coven. Prophecies, healings, admonitions and simply loving silence come of the experience, for the coven, from the Goddess, through the Priestess.

You may have worked invocation.

But I guarantee you that it's impossible to "accidentally" Draw Down the Moon, particularly by yourself.

ok good to know. It feel really awesome though :) I started researching more moon magick. I have been wanting to preform some sort of solitary ritual on full moons, this last full moon was the first time I tried :). and moon water tastes good for some reason lol.

I have performed the solitary invocation of the Moon/Goddess and found it to be a very moving and powerful experience. 

The act of Drawing Down the Moon has always fascinated me.  I mean, wow!  How awesome and absolutely beautiful would that be to behold?  And what an honor to serve as the vessel.

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