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Invocation of the God/Goddess


 

Analogous to this total self-commitment concept of Buddhism and Christianity is the concept of invoking the spirit of the Goddess and Horned God into the high priestess and priest during the Drawing Down the Moon and Sun ceremonies as practiced in witchcraft. At times during the Drawing Down the Moon ceremonies it is believed the high priestesses are so possessed by the spirit of the Goddess the she speaks through the priestesses. Depending on the altered state of consciousness (see Altered States of Consciousness) of the high priestess and the ceremonial energy raised, the words that come forth can be moving, poetic and inspiring, and many women connect with the power of the Goddess and therefore with the power within themselves.

The invocation of the God/Goddess is not the only spiritual practice employed within neo-Pagan Witchcraft. Other spiritual practices include raising a cone of power, which involves hand-clapping, dancing, drumming, and chanting; the energy raised from the cone can be used for healing, benefiting others, or warding off an enemy. The power is believed to be a psychic power which is directed in magic and healing. A.G.H.


Sources:

Bowker, John, The Oxford Dictionary of World Religions, New York, Oxford University Press, 1997
Guiley, Rosemary Ellen, The Encyclopedia of Witches and Witchcraft, New York: Facts On File, 1989