As the name suggests.
Casting Instructions for ‘Solitary Full Moon Rite’
This rite may be used for either New or Full Moon. The difference is
in your meditation and mental attitude in preparation. Bear in mind that
the New Moon is a time of outward work and thought, building to the
peak that’s the Full Moon. At the Full Moon, you should be prepar-
ing to lessen the outward flow of energy, bit by bit, until the interval
before New Moon, where you are passive, building a pool of
energy inside you, in preparation for the New Moon.
The altar should be placed in the middle of the ritual area. On it
ought to be placed a rose or stick of incense on the eastern side, a red
votive candle into the South; a cup of water on the West, along with a bowl of
salt or living plant on the North.
Around your ritual area, you should place an unlighted candle in the
cardinal point of each direction.
To begin your rite, enter your darkened temple, carrying one burning
candle, lavender or white, 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, imagining, as you do, an arc of pure strong light
curving from one candle to the next. Proceed to the West, and then
to the North, lighting the candles as you go, and then walk into a oriental candle, having formed a circle of pro tective light
surrounding the area where you worship.
Return to the middle of the circle, replace the candle on the altar,
My Lady of the Moon, who is named Diana, Artemis, Levanah, Isis and
by any other names, I come to you to bring you my love and my devo-
tion. 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 northw est, and from the
northeast to the southwest. Proceed the East, taking with you the incense or rose. Say:
Sweet Goddess, the gentle breeze is the touch of your loving hand, the
wind of storm a reminder of your strength. The s ound of these trees in
the end is your voice, and the odor of flowers borne on the end
is your gift of beauty.
Place the rose alongside the votive candle, then stand there as you
imagine 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 adored Lady, the light of the candle is a guide along our route
resulting in you; its heat 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 that can survive only in darkness.
At the West:
Lovely One, the pool is the serenity of your being. The vast
sea where life began on this planet is the huge sea of your being
whence all life came; its waves are the ebb and flow of the world
At the North:
Goddess of all, the fertility of the earth is a sign of the fer-
tility, whence all life rose. The solidity and permanence are still
of it are still less than yours. The Earths fertility feeds our
bodies, and your fertility feeds our spirits.
Go to the center of your temple, which is currently full of 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. Understand that you’re in the center of a sphere of light
which is half over and half above and half below where you sit. Start
to breathe slowly and evenly, deep breaths which permeate your entire
body. When this rhythmic breathing becomes natural, imagine the
moonlight by which you’re surrounded enters you, fills you entirely.
With each exhalation of your breath, some of the nature 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, that is the existence, the being of the Goddess, is within you
and without. With each breath, you are less yourself and more
When you are full of light, full of the Goddess, the shell of
your body fades away. You don’t have any body; there is nothing to separate
you from the entire being of the Goddess. Nothing exists but the
being of that you’re apart. You have ceased to be a distinct
entity. You are everything and nothing. All that was, that is, and
all that will be, you are.
Enjoy this feeling as long as you like. When you feel it’s time,
picture the outer shell of your physical body reformi ng, becoming
solid again. It’s being built from the Universe of which you’re a
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. As you have become one
with the Goddess, with the Universe, your being has changed. As the
moonlight flows from your body, it takes with it a portion of that
which was yourself, now part of the Goddess, and leaves behind a part
of the Goddess, forever now part of you. You end up again,
solid as you were, but changed. You are surrounded by the presence of
the Goddess, which contains a portion of yourself .
Proceed to the East. As you speak, and after, envision the moon-
light in that quadrant flowing back to its origin, lea ving that
quadrant as it had been.
Do this at every quadrant, until all the moonlight has returned to the
In the East:
My Lady, guide my thoughts. Let them lead always closer to you.
In the South:
Gracious Goddess, direct my actions. Let them always help and never
hurt others or myself.
At the West:
Lovely One, guide my emotions: Let them be touched and healing
always by you.
At the North:
Sweet Goddess, let my mind always be fertile and storng, that I may
grow always toward you.
Return to the East to complete the circle and state:
Queen of Heaven, I thank you for your existence, both now and always.
My love and devotion are yours. Blessed be!
All spirits who have joined me tonight may leave, with my love.
Return to your appropriate places.
Walk around your circle, but this time counterclockwise, extin-
guishing the quadrant guards as you go, and at precisely 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.