Esbat

Drawing Down the Moon

Drawing down the moon is a very important ritual to many witches. To draw down the moon, or calling the moon, is to invoke the light of the moon and fill yourself with the moon’s energy. Many witches, especially Wiccans, associate the moon with the Goddess and when they draw down the moon, they become a “goddess on Earth”. Drawing down the moon is the feminine counterpart to drawing down the sun, and both can be practiced by both genders.

There are many reasons why drawing down the moon is such a popular ritual. Since the light from the moon is divine light, drawing down the moon can help transform any negativity, into positive, whether it be physical, mental, emotional, or spiritual.

You can perform this ritual during any of the moon phases, but during the full moon is best. Be aware, if you draw down the moon when it is not full, you could be invoking certain energies. The waxing moon’s energies are creation, production, growth; waning moon’s are release, protection, reversing; etc etc. Just be sure to have a clear intention whenever performing this ritual.

It is always best to perform this ritual outside while the moon is visible, but if that is not possible, you can visualize the moon. You should greet the moon, give offerings, and make it apparent which energy you are wanting to invoke. Then you should take the position of your choice. You can stand straight, legs together, arms above your head in a cup or chalice shape; you can stand or kneel with your arms reaching towards the moon; you can also sit in a meditative position. After you become comfortable, you should visualize the moon’s energy flowing into you (or filling your “cup”, if you’re in the chalice position) until you are filled. You should slowly get out of position and give thanks to the moon.

You should always cast a circle while drawing down the moon, as well as ground and center before and after. If you are drawing down the moon as part of an esbat ritual, you’ll want to do this before you do any other magickal work, before you recite a charge (usually of the goddess), and take communion (if you do).

This is only one of the ways to draw down the moon. You may modify it to fit your path and spirituality as needed.

Keep in mind, all of these are based on my opinions I found from my research. You may disagree or have something to add. Please do so kindly in the comments.

Blessed be, brothers and sisters.

Resources:
http://www.wicca-spirituality.com/drawing-down-the-moon.html

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