Drawing Down the Moon

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In this ritual the Goddess becomes incarnate in
the High Priestess. The High Priestess stands in
front of the altar with her back to it. She holds
the wand in her right hand and the scrounge in her
left. She crosses her wrists and crosses the wand
and scrounge above them while holding them close
to her breast. The High Priest stands in front of
her and says:

"Diana, queen of night
In all your beauty bright,
Shine on us here,
And with your silver beam
Unlock the gates of dream;
Rise bright and clear.
On Earth and sky and sea,
Your magic mystery
Its spell shall cast,
Wherever leaf may grow,
Wherever tide may flow,
Till all be past.
O secret queen of power,
At this enchanted hour
We ask your boon.
May fortune's favor fall
Upon true witches all,
O Lady Moon!"

The High Priest kneels before the High Priestess
and gives her the Five Fold Kiss; that is, he kisses
her on both feet, both knees, womb, both breasts,
and the lips, starting with the right of each pair.
He says, as he does this:

"Blessed be thy feet, that have brought
thee in these ways.
Blessed be thy knees, that shall kneel at
the sacred altar.
Blessed be thy womb, without which we
would not be.
Blessed be thy breasts, formed in
beauty.
Blessed be thy lips, that shall utter the
Sacred Names."

For the kiss on the lips, they embrace, length to
length, with their feet touching each others. When
he reaches the womb, she spreads her arms wide,
and the same after the kiss on the lips.The High
Priest kneels again and invokes:

"I invoke thee and call upon thee, Mighty
Mother of us all, bringer of all fruitfulness; by seed and
root, by bud and stem, by leaf and flower and
fruit, by life and love do I invoke thee
to descend upon the body of this,
thy servant and priestess."

During this invocation he touches her with his right
forefinger on her right breast, left breast, and
womb, repeats the set and finally the right breast.
Still kneeling, he spreads his arms out and down,
with the palms forward and says:

"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 adore.
Thy foot is to my lip
(he kisses her right foot)
my prayer up borne
Upon the rising incense smoke; then
spend
Thine ancient love, O Mighty One,
descend
To aid me, who without thee am forlorn."

The High Priest stands up and steps backwards.
The High Priestess draws the Invoking Pentagram
of Earth in the air with the wand and says:

"Of the Mother darksome and divine
Mine the scrounge, and mine the kiss;
The five point star of love and bliss
Here I charge you in this sign."

The High Priestess should be in a trance now. This
is a good time to do the Charge or the Witches'
Creed. When the Charge or Creed is finished, the
Goddess must be dismissed. It is bad magical
practice not to do so.

The High Priest faces the Priestess and says:

"We thank you Our Lady for attending
our rites. We bid you farewell till next
we call you. Blessed Be."