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The accumulation and direction of the subtle
forces of the moon, is one of the arts of Witchcraft. Moon magic is a personal
art, even though there are basic guidelines.
In ancient times, witches held the position
of the Moon priestesses/priests. In coastal regions, and upon islands,
witches were also Sea Priestesses/Priests. The use of water from the sea
was an important aspect in Moon Magic (salt being a crystal form). The
"charging" of water, and the release of the "char- ge" through evaporation,
was an important aspect. So too was the soaking of woods and herbs in sea
water, which were later dried, and burned as incenses and offerings. Two
excellent books on this subject are MOON MAGIC and THE SEA PRIESTESS by
The use of Portals to gain access to the Lunar
Realms, and the building of magical images there, is a very important aspect
of Moon Magic. The actual "essence" of the power used in Moon Magic, originates
out among the stars. The Sun draws in the stellar influences and transmits
them into our Solar System. The Planets within our System absorb this energy
which then merges with their own vibrations or energies. The Planets, in
turn, then emanate a composite energy within our Solar System. Each Planet's
energy or vibratory pattern is unique, and influences other planetary bodies
and forces, within each planet's sphere of influence. This is the basis
of Astrology and Planetary correspondences in Magic (this is how and why
The Moon is the focal point of power upon
the Earth. The Moon absorbs, condenses, and channels all of these forces,
which are then carried to our Planet, upon the Lunar Light Spectrum.
Agrippa, a 15th Century magician, understood
these principles when he wrote
"...but the Moon, the nearest to the heavenly influences,
Aradia, the Holy Strega, told her followers to
seek the Moon above all others, for the purposes of Magic. In the closing
prayer of the Full Moon Ritual, we find these words which Aradia's followers
were later to have written :
by the swiftness of her course,
is joined to the sun,
and the other planets and stars,
as a conception,
bringing them forth to the inferior world,
as being next to itself,
for all the stars have influence on it,
being the last receiver,
which afterwards communicates the influence of all superiors to these
and pours them forth upon the Earth..."
"O' Goddess of the Moon...
Agrippa understood this also, when he wrote,
teach us your ancient mysteries...
that the Holy Strega spoke of,
for I believe the Strega's story,
when she told us to entreat Thee,
told us when we seek for Knowledge,
to seek and find Thee above all others".
"Therefore. her (the moon) motion is to be observed before
What Agrippa spoke of, is what witches have known
as the parent of all conception......hence it is,
that without the Moon intermediating,
we cannot at any time attract the power of the superiors..."
The Moon is
the focal point of power upon the Earth.
Without the Moon we cannot make use of the
Universal Forces beyond her. In Moon Magic, the ritual altar is the focal
point for the Lunar forces which are drawn upon. Women are the vessels
for Lunar Energy, receiving and directing the magical force. Men can also
become lunar vessels, but women are much better suited (as their biology
is more attuned to the Moon's Cycles, than are men's biology).
Receiving the Moon's Light: (for women)
The Moon altar is placed facing the West Quarter.
The altar itself should be round, but a square or a rectangle is OK.
In the center of the altar, place a bowl
of saltwater. A white sea shell is then set into the center of the bowl.
As this is done, whisper the name of the Goddess who rules the current
phase of the Moon, under which you are working. The new moon belongs to
Diana (De-ah-nah), the Full Moon to Jana (Jah-nah) and the waning Moon
Around the bottom of the bowl. set nine white
shells, forming a crescent (horns upward, as in a smile). If the magic
is for the gain of something, place the shells from right to left. If the
magic is for the removal, or loss of something, then place the shells from
left to right. As each shell is placed, chant the name of the Goddess who
presides over the goal of the magical influence you desire.
Matters concerning "beginnings" are under Diana.
Matters involving "forces", energies, or powers are under the influence
of Jana. Matters of Death, decline, and stagnation are ruled by Umbrea.
Censers of Moon Incense are placed around the
bowl, upon the altar, forming a triangle (so you have 3 incense containers
forming a triangle, with the Moon Bowl in its center). A reversed triangle
(V) is formed for manifestations desired upon the physical plane. Upright
triangles (A) are formed for manifestation upon the astral plane.
During the magical work, the energy is
focused into the altar bowl (or moon bowl, as it is often called). This
can be done in several different ways. In group rituals, members may point
their ritual blades at the Priestess, who stands before the altar. The
members visualize their energy flowing from their themselves, through their
blades, and into the aura of the Priestess. The Priestess then visualizes
this collective energy flowing from herself, through her own blade, into
the moon bowl. Or she may simply place her palms over the bowl and focus
the energy out through her hands. During this technique, she may recite
an incantation, stating the purpose of the "charge", or the group may chant
the spell's intent.
One of the ways in which energy can be raised
for this technique, is through deep breathing. Each person draws in air
slowly and deeply, and exhales as they visualize the energy flowing outward
through their ritual blades, or their hands. Eastern Mystics teach that
the Ether of our planet can be drawn in through the breath, and condensed
as pure energy. This they call "Prana".
Another method is to "enchant" the water.
Begin by passing your right hand, palm down, over the bowl in a clockwise
manner. Perform nine passes, then do the same with your left hand. You
will need to create a Chant which will serve to describe your intent. It
can be a simple rhyme, or whatever you want. As you chant, blow gently
upon the water slightly disturbing the surface. Formulate the incantation
to be as descriptive as you can, about what you desire. Once you have spoken
the incantation into the bowl, it is time to release the "charge". One
technique for this is to boil the water, and observe the steam as it evaporates.
Boil it until all of the water is gone. As the steam rises up, repeat your
incantation, and watch the steam as it moves upward. It is carrying off
your magic, so that it may take effect. Think this as you watch it (thoughts
Another very old method is to pour out the
contents of the bowl into a stream, or river. As you do this, you recite
a simple rhyme spell, such as :"Water to water, a witch's spell, I give
this stream, to speed it well"
The Priestess receiving the Full Moon, will
need an assistant. The assistant will require a silver disk, smooth and
highly polished. If absolutely necessary, a small hand mirror may be used
in its place. The Priestess will stand or kneel before the altar, with
her head bowed down. The assistant will part her hair at the base of the
skull, using water or oil to help separate the hair, if it is short. While
the priestess visualizes the form of the Goddess merging from behind, into
her own form, the assistant will reflect the Moon's light upon the base
of the skull, using the silver disk. You will find that this is quite difficult
in city light pollution, and works best in a country setting, or a desert.
Once the Priestess receives the Moon she can channel it into the Moon bowl,
or she can "store" it within her Being for seven days. This light is pure
Lunar energy, and can be "impregnated" with whatever "thoughtform" the
Receiving the Moon's light: (for men)
The Priest receiving the Full Moon,
does not need an assistant, but may choose one if he desires. Men cannot
receive the Moon in the same manner as women, nor should they visualize
the Goddess merging with them.
The Priest will stand, or kneel, before
the altar with his head slightly bowed. Using a polished brass disk, the
Moon's light is reflected upon his forehead. At this point the Priest will
visualize himself as the Full Moon itself. Once the light is received,
the Priest can channel it into the bowl. Men do not "hold" Moon Light very
well, and it is best to channel it off before the seven day period, which
the Priestess enjoys.
Receiving the Moon's light: (for women without
There are several ways for a woman to
receive the Moon's Light, without any assistant. The technique I gave in
this subject note, is just one of the magical techniques. The Moon may
also be received in a religious setting (no magic intended, just a blessing
or a union with Deity). In these modern times, you can set up a mirror
behind you, and angle it so that it reflects down upon you, if you desire
to try the magical technique.
One of the old ways of non-magical union,
was for the woman to lay nude beneath the Full Moon in the Full Moon Goddess
Posture. This posture is also referred to as the Star Goddess Posture,
and is an X formation, arms and legs spread out wide. The woman anoints
herself with an oil of the Moon, just below her navel (forming a crescent
with the oil). As she lays upon the earth, she will look up into the Moon,
and slowly draw in the muscles of her abdomen, as she mentally pictures
that she is drawing down the light of the Moon, into herself. Just as men
draw power into themselves through the solar plexus, a woman draws power
into herself through the navel region ("pit of the stomach" kind of thing.
This is the center of a woman). This is just one method, but it can be
a powerful experience.