Great Goddesses of Magick & Mystery: Ritual for Unleashing Your Inner Witch

Great Goddesses of Magick & Mystery: Ritual for Unleashing Your Inner Witch October 15, 2018

Turn to the Great Goddesses of Magick and Mystery to unleash your inner witch. Each holds the gift of one of the key powers of witchery, from animal spirit magick to working with the dead. 

Hekate, Persephone, Demeter, Artemis, Medea and Kirke bring us seasonal messages and ways to work with them. Hekate offers us wisdom for all things to do with witchcraft and calls us to explore our emotional depths. Persephone awaits on her Underworld throne for us to ask her to reveal the secrets of the dead. Mother Demeter graciously accepts our harvest offerings and will lend her talents to our magicks for control and guide us inward to the mysteries of the life cycle. Medea will share with us her secrets of magick, especially for the use of poisons, wardrobe witchery, and drawing down the moon. Fairest Kirke, the Original Witch, guides our preparation of tinctures and tonics, as well as wild crafting. Artemis brings to us animal spirit magick and wildness. Hail to these Great Goddesses of Magick and Mystery.

Come, my sweet sisters, let the air strike our tune

Whilst we show reverence to yon peeping moon.

From The Witch by Thomas Middleton (17th c CE)

 

Preparation

In the weeks leading up to the ritual, I recommend that you explore what each of the six Great Goddesses mean to you as well as dive deep into what activating your Inner Witch means. Envision what your life will become when you accept your true witch power.
You can learn more in my blogs about each of the six and by following the link at the end of this article to the free fall edition of Open Circle Magazine.

Depending on how and where you are doing the ritual, you should also construct a Great Goddesses altar including correspondences and an image of all six. All objects should be cleansed and consecrated prior to setting up the altar. Connect with me for guidance on how to do this if you wish.

You will need a talisman to put on at the end of the ritual. Choose something, a necklace or bracelet, that speaks directly to your witch’s heart. A black candle should be lit at the end of calling forth the Great Goddesses. This candle will protect and activate all your witchery henceforth, so it should be lit whenever you are doing magick. A piece of moonstone should be placed beside the candle. It, too, will become a container of your power and connections to the Great Goddesses.

The day of the ritual should include preparing the altar, cleansing of the space where you will do the ritual and purification of the mind, body and spirit through bathing and meditation.

Arrange to have a couple of hours with no interruptions for the ritual. Send your housemates elsewhere, put the pets in a different room and shut off all electronics except those required.

Make sure to have your journal on hand to record any messages received during the working. You may receive a personal power symbol or words from each of the Great Goddesses in the time after you speak your petition. Being well-prepared through openness workings, cleansing and study will make your connection to them stronger and the ritual more powerful.

The Ritual

Stand before your altar and call forth your Inner Witch. See her/him/them filling every molecule of your physical being and your energy centers. Breath deeply, but calmly during this process. See your powers extending far beyond you, connecting to the Great Goddesses. Envision their powers pouring into you and your chosen talisman, candle and the stone.

When you are ready, speak the following petition:

Hail the Great Goddesses of Magick and Mystery,
Demeter,
Artemis,
Medea,
Kirke,
Persephone,
Hekate.
Demeter, You are the circle of life, the Womb,
Goddess of the Harvest,
Queen of the Mysteries,
Hail and Welcome.
Artemis, Brave Hunter,
Shooter of Arrows, Wild and free,
Goddess of the Marsh and Forests,
Queen of animals,
Hail and Welcome.
Medea, Witch Supreme,
Mistress of Poisons and Wounded Goddess of the Shadows,
Queen of Well Woven Spells,
Hail and Welcome.
Kirke, Witch Goddess,
Revealer of Magick,
Queen of plants and transformation,
Hail and Welcome.
Persephone, Goddess of the Dead,
Soul Warrior and Protector of Secrets,
Queen of the Underworld and Adaptation,
Hail and Welcome.
Hekate, Mighty Goddess of the Witches,
Wise Guide, Guardian and Gatekeeper,
Queen of Magick,
Hail and Welcome.
Great Goddesses,
Companions to each other, all witches and myself.
I welcome you,
Release my true witch powers!

(The extended version of the ritual is available in the Open Circle Magazine, link below.)

After the Ritual

Do the usual processing in your journal, an interpretive imagery exercise is a great follow-up for this working. Make a collage with words, images, etc. that reinforce your true witch power. Light the candle daily to boost your personal power, saying a few words to each of the Great Goddesses. Carry your moonstone with you to stay in your truth.

The Seasonal Energy of the Great Goddesses

The Great Goddesses are reflected in the seasons. Artemis wanders the forest and marsh during the summer. Demeter’s energy is highest during the harvest season. As the daylight hours wane, the Goddesses of Witchcraft and The Underworld come forward. Kirke wanders the woods searching for plants in early autumn. Medea calls down the power of the moon in October, with Great Hekate ushering in the New Witches’ Year in November. Hail to Persephone in the darkest month of December, the Mistress of Souls awaits you.
Read more about The Great Goddesses of Magick and Mystery in the Fall Edition of Open Circle Magazine, including the full ritual. Download:
https://www.dropbox.com/s/ar0ftr8ba5w55gu/Season%20of%20the%20Witch%20Edition.pdf?dl=0

 

I published a ritual with The Sovereign Goddesses of Artemis, Medea, Kirke, Persephone and Hekate earlier this year that can be done at any time of the year:
http://www.patheos.com/blogs/keepingherkeys/2018/06/sovereign-goddesses-ritual/

The Great Goddesses were explored in depth, including a Summer Solstice Ritual, in the Summer Edition of Open Circle Magazine.

Download it: https://www.dropbox.com/s/khddf6w97candyq/summer%20solstice%20special%20edition%20%281%29.pdf?dl=0

Connect with Keeping Her Keys on Facebook for loads of Samhain witchery and always lots about the Great Goddesses of Magick and Mystery. Apply to join The Witches’ Realm for activities, discussion, courses and more.

About Cyndi
Cyndi Brannen is a witch and spiritual teacher, a trained energetic healer, psychic and herbalist. Merging together her training in shamanism, Tarot, past life work, meditation and psychology, she teaches and writes about better living through witchcraft. Keeping Her Keys: An Introduction to Hekate’s Modern Witchcraft explores Hekate from her ancient origins to modern understanding through magic and personal development is available now for pre-order from Moon Books. True Magic: Unleashing Your Inner Witch uses the magic of the elements and the three realms to activate your true witch powers and will be available later in 2019 from Moon as well. Connect with her on Facebook or at keepingherkeys.com to learn more about her teaching and writing. Cyndi lives in rural coastal Nova Scotia with her two sons where she can often be found wandering the cliffs or wild foraging plants. She lives what she teaches: fierce love, emotional courage and true magic. You can read more about the author here.
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