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Standing Stones Full Moon Rite

Gaze at the moon . . . Feel its cool Goddess energy wash you with power and love

Copyright © 1989 Scott Cunningham

Perform this at night, in the view of the Moon if possible. It is appropriate for crescents, white flowers, silver and other lunar symbols to be present on the altar for this ritual. The quartz crystal sphere can be placed on the altar as well. Or, if you prefer, use the cauldron (or a small white or silver bowl) filled with water.

Place a piece of silver into the water.

Arrange the altar, light the candles and censer, and cast the Circle of Stones.

Stand before the altar and invoke the Goddess and God, with the Blessing Chant and/or any other invocations (see our Book of Shadows).

Now gaze at the Moon, if possible. Feel its energies sinking into your body. Feel its cool Goddess energy wash you with power and love.

Now say these or similar words:

Wondrous Lady of the Moon

You who greets the dusk with silvered kisses;

Mistress of the night and of all magicks,

who rides the clouds in blackened skies?

and spills light upon the cold Earth;

O Lunar Goddess,


Shadow maker and shadow breaker;

Revealer of mysteries past and present;

Puller of seas and ruler of women;

All-wise Lunar Mother,

I greet your celestial jewel

at the waxing of its powers

With a rite in Your honor.

I pray by the Moon,

I pray by the Moon,

I pray by the Moon.

Continue chanting “I pray by the Moon” for as long as you will.

Visualize the Goddess if you so desir

e, perhaps as a tall, robust woman wearing silver jewelry and white, rippling, draped clothing. A crescent Moon may rest upon Her brow, or She may toss a glowing silvery white orb in Her hands. She treads the star field of eternal night in an eternal round with Her lover, the Sun God, spreading moon rays wherever She goes. Her eyes laugh, Her skin is white and translucent. She glows.

Now is the time for magick of all types, for the full of the Moon marks the height of its powers, and all positive spells cast then are powerful.

Full Moons are also excellent times for meditation, mirror magick and psychic workings, for such are often more successful within the circle. Crystal-scrying is particularly recommended; flood the crystal with moonlight prior to the ritual. If you have no crystal sphere, use the cauldron filled with water and the piece of silver.

Gaze at the water (or at the Moon glinting on the silver) to awaken your psychic awareness.

Lunar liquids such as lemonade, milk or white wine can be consumed during the simple feast that follows. Crescent cakes are traditional as well.

Thank the Goddess and God and release the circle. It is done.


This informative article, plus MUCH MORE, can be found in:

Wicca: A Guide for the Solitary Practitioner

by Scott Cunningham

Wicca: A Guide for the Solitary Practitioner is the essential primer from one of the best known authors on Wicca. Focusing on the importance of individualism in your spiritual path, Cunningham explains the very basics of Sabbats (holy days), ceremonies, altars, and other nuts and bolts of Wicca that a solitary practitioner may have trouble finding elsewhere. While Wicca shouldn't be your sole point of reference when considering Wicca as your way of life, it is one of the best starting points. --Brian Patterson, Amazon.com