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Forums -> Wicca -> Drawing down the Moon

Drawing down the Moon
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Post # 1
Has anyone done the Drawing down the Moon goddess posseion(i know i spelt it wrong) !?!?!?!?
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Re: Drawing down the Moon
By: Moderator / Knowledgeable
Post # 2
Yes, I have done this many times as part of ritual work in my Tradition. It is probably one of the most powerful and sacred things I have ever experienced.

Did you have a specific question about it?
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Re: Drawing down the Moon
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Post # 3

Cloud it kill someone

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Re: Drawing down the Moon
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Post # 4
Lark i would really like to know how to perform this ritual because my grand mother told me that her grand mother have performed such rituals and the closes i know is that my great-grand mother was naked during the ritual "screaming" some words and there were herbs in her room in each corner... Is this part of such ritual or is it something else?

I will be thrilled and honored if you answer my question in this thread or by mail.

Thank you in advance.
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Re: Drawing down the Moon
By: Moderator / Knowledgeable
Post # 5
"Cloud it kill someone"

That would be very unlikely.

However, it can be disorienting and it does carry some risks so it should not be done by anyone who is not properly prepared and who does not have well-trained support behind them.
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Re: Drawing down the Moon
By: Moderator / Knowledgeable
Post # 6
First a little clarification. Some Wicca 101 books talk about Drawing Down The Moon (DDTM) as a ritual where a solitary Witch draws energy from a full moon to charge an item. This is a worthwhile ritual...but it is NOT what DDTM actually started out being understood as, nor is it what is practiced in Traditional Wiccan covens.

Drawing Down The Moon is a ritual act where a Goddess is drawn into the High Priestess, using her body as a vehicle where the Goddess can speak directly to the members of the group. (Alternatively Drawing Down the Sun is done in the High Priest.) It is an act of ritual possession where the personality of the High Priestess steps back and permits the Goddess to take over here body. Most High Priestesses that I know who have done this have little or no awareness of what is said or done during the period when the Goddess possesses them.

Since one always has to be careful during possession work that the entity invited is the entity that appears such work should only be done within a strong and properly cast circle. And since a temporary gate must be opened in the circle for the Goddess to step through, it also requires that one have trained coven members to monitor that gate and make certain that nothing other than the invited Goddess comes through.

In order to insure that one manifests the Deity that is desired it is a very good idea for the High Priestess to be very clear in her invocation as to which Goddess is invited. Leaving that open to chance is a good way to encounter aspects of the Goddess that aren't what you are expecting. For instance you might be expecting Aphrodite and end up with Eris. This isn't a catastrophe, but it can be unsettling.

I do not recommend that anyone try to do this on their own or without appropriate training. For one thing, since it is unlikely you will recall anything the Goddess might say it isn't particularly useful for a solitary. For another, one needs the additional help of covenmates to insure a successful and safe Draw Down.

Drawing Down the Moon can be accomplished in a number of ways. I have done it using two of them and both worked equally well. Most important of all is that the Priestess be trained and confident in her work and that she is comfortable with relinquishing control of her body to the Goddess for the period of the Draw Down.

There are some side effects that often go with Drawing Down the Moon even in a properly trained Priestess working in a trained circle. Some disorientation immediately after the DDTM is not uncommon, even some physical weakness. We always made a point of having someone stand near the Priestess to catch her at the end of the DDTM in case she lost her balance. I always felt as if I had to fit back into my skin. And it's also common to be really hungry for certain foods. (When I drew down Sekhmet I wanted LOTS of meat!)

I am not going to teach how to do this on an open board or with people I can't work with directly because I have safety concerns for people who might try it and get in trouble because they aren't properly trained. In addition, I would have to work with someone for quite awhile before I was certain they were ready to do this. In my own Tradition this is something done only by 3rd Degree Initiates and one does not reach 3rd Degree in my Trad until after 7-10 years of training and ritual work. But I hope that what I have written gives you a better idea of what DDTM is all about.

If you have any specific questions don't hesitate to ask me.

-Lark-
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Re: Drawing down the Moon
By: / Beginner
Post # 7

Drawing down the moon is a very simply ritual and it's power depends on your skill as it is a simple matter of visualization.

Blessed Be

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Re: Drawing down the Moon
By: Moderator / Adept
Post # 8
Drawing Down The Moon is not at all simple! And I don't think it can really be taught just by reading alone. It needs a personal teacher. The power is very strong; so the ritual should never be undertaken by the untrained.
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Re: Drawing down the Moon
By: / Beginner
Post # 9

Yes I know, but I'm talking about the basics for Drawing Down the Moon. The basic ritual is very easy and simply as I've done it many times. The basic ritual doesn't actually draw down the Goddess, but it draws down the Moon Goddesses energy

Blessed be.

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Re: Drawing down the Moon
By: Moderator / Knowledgeable
Post # 10
While drawing on the energy of the Moon Goddess has been mistakenly been called Drawing Down the Moon, that is not the ritual that we are talking about here. We are talking about the original ritual which involves the Goddess herself temporarily possessing the priestess and speaking through the priestesses lips.
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