Solitary Moon Rite
By: Ellen Reed, Coven of Sothistar
This rite may be used for either New or Full Moon. The
difference is in your meditation and mental attitude in preparation. Remember
that the New Moon is a time of outward work and thought, building
to the peak which is the Full Moon. At the Full Moon, you should be
preparing to lessen the outward flow of energy, bit by bit, until the
period before New Moon, during which you are passive, building a pool of
energy within you, in preparation for the New Moon..
The altar should be placed in the center of the ritual area..
On it should be placed a rose or stick of incense on the eastern side,
a red votive candle to the South; a cup of water on the West, and a
bowl of salt or living plant on the North..
Around your ritual area, you should place an unlighted candle
at the cardinal point of each direction..
To begin your rite, enter your darkened temple, carrying one
burning candle, white or lavender, with you. Place it on the center of
your altar, sit, and meditate on the meaning of the rite. When you
feel the time is right, stand, and go to the eastern point, carrying
with you, the burning taper. Light the votive at the eastern point
and go to the southern, picturing, as you do, an arc of pure strong
light curving from one candle to the next. Continue to the West, and then
to the North, lighting the candles as you go, and then walk to
your eastern candle again, having formed a circle of protective light
surrounding the area in which you worship..
Return to the center of the circle, replace the candle on the
altar, and say:
My Lady of the Moon, who is called Diana, Artemis, Levanah,
Isis and by any other names, I come to you to bring you my love and my
devotion. May you grant me the joy of your presence..
Mentally divide the room into four quadrants by visualizing a
line of silvery moonlight from the southeast to the northwest, and from
the northeast to the southwest. Go the East, taking with you the
rose or incense. Say:
Sweet Goddess, the gentle breeze is the touch of your loving
hand, the wind of storm a reminder of your strength. The sound of the
trees in the wind is your voice, and the fragrance of flowers borne on the
wind is your gift of beauty..
Place the rose next to the votive candle, then stand there
as you picture the quadrant filling with moonlight. See the
moonlight streaming quietly and gently into the room, filling the quadrant
from center point to the edge of your circle..
When this is complete, take the red candle to the South..
Place the gift and see the quadrant fill with moonlight. Say:
Most beloved Lady, the light of the candle is a guide along
our path leading to you; its warmth the reassurance of your presence and
your love. The light of the Sun is the knowledge you impart to us,
driving out ignorance and those things which can survive only in darkness..
At the West:
Lovely One, the quiet pool is the serenity of your being. The
vast sea where life began on this planet is the vast sea of your
being whence all life came; its waves are the ebb and flow of the
universe you rule..
At the North:
Goddess of all, the fertility of the earth is a sign of your
fertility, from whence all life arose. The solidity and permanence
of it are still less than yours. The Earth's fertility
feeds our bodies, and your fertility feeds our souls..
Go to the center of your temple, which is now filled with moonlight..
Everything in the circle is touched by it, blessed by it,
including you. Sit down and feel this moonlight around you. Know that
it is the Goddess. Realize that you are in the center of a sphere of
light that is half above and half above and half below where you sit..
Begin to breathe slowly and evenly, deep breaths that penetrate your
whole body. When this rhythmic breathing becomes natural, imagine
that the moonlight by which you are surrounded enters you, fills you
entirely. With each exhalation of your breath, some of the essence of
yourself leaves your body, and with each inhalation, the light enters you..
You are being filled ever so gently with this beautiful light..
This light, which is the presence, the being of the Goddess, is
within you as well as without. With each breath, you are less yourself and
more the Goddess..
When you are filled with light, filled with the Goddess, the
shell of your body fades away. You have no body; there is nothing to
separate you from the entire being of the Goddess. Nothing exists but
the being of which you are apart. You have ceased to be a
separate entity. You are nothing and everything. All that was, that
is, and all that will be, you are..
Enjoy this feeling as long as you like. When you feel it is
time, picture the outer shell of your physical body reforming,
becoming solid again. It is being built out of the Universe of which you
are a part..
Now, as you continue your slow deep breathing, see the
moonlight flowing out of your body, as gently and slowly as it entered..
As it flows out, realize there is a difference. Because you have
become one with the Goddess, with the Universe, your being has changed..
As the moonlight flows out of your body, it takes with it a part of
that which was yourself, now part of the Goddess, and leaves behind a
of the Goddess, forever now part of you. You become yourself again,
solid as you were, but changed. You are surrounded by the presence of
the Goddess, which now contains a part of yourself ..
Move again to the East. As you speak, and after, picture the
moonlight in that quadrant flowing back to its source, leaving
thatquadrant as it was..
Do this at each quadrant, until all the moonlight has returned
to the Moon..
At the East:
My Lady, guide my thoughts. Let them lead always closer to you..
At the South:
Gracious Goddess, guide my actions. Let them always help and never
harm others or myself..
At the West:
Lovely One, guide my emotions: Let them be healing and touched
always by you..
At the North:
Sweet Goddess, let my mind always be fertile and strong, that I may
grow always toward you..
Return to the East to complete the circle and say:
Queen of Heaven, I thank you for your presence, both now and always..
My love and devotion are yours. Blessed be!
All spirits who have joined me tonight may depart, with my love..
Return to your proper places..
Walk again around your circle, but this time counterclockwise,
extinguishing the quadrant guards as you go, and at the same time,
mentally erasing the white line which surrounded your circle. When the
candles are out and the circle gone, rap on your altar and say:
The rite is ended..