Hear, Goddes queen, diffusing silver light, Bull-horned and wandering through the gloom of Night. With stars surrounded, and with circuit wide Night’s torch extending, through the heavens your ride: Female and Male with borrowed rays you shine. And now full-orbed, now tending to decline. Mother of ages, fruit-producing Moon, Whose amber orb makes Night’s reflected noon: Lover of horses, splendid, queen of Night, All-seeing power bedecked with starry light. Love of vigilance, the foe of strife, In peace rejoicing, and a prudent life: Fair lamp of Night, its ornament and friend, Who gives to Nature’s works their destined end. Queen of the stars, all-wise Artemis hail! Decked with a graceful robe and shining veil; Come, blessed Goddess, prudent, starry, bright, Come moony-lamp with chaste and splendid light, Shine on these sacred rites with prosperous rays, And pleased accept your suppliant’s mystic praise.
In starting I have to say that this devotional approach to magick (a form of Bhakti Yoga) is really working for me. By looking at life, and things as living beings, by talking to plants, crystals, animals, stars and planets, by animating all of existence, I feel more connected and am able to express my Love for Life in a more personal way. When I developing these personal relationships with all things, they start to talk back and the love I sent is returned. This way I can explore each and every aspect of my self and my Greater Self, and work with them, so that all things may work together for the honor and glory of the One.
I’m entering into a love affair with the Universe, and honor the oath: To know all things, to love all things.
To conclude: by treating things as being alive, they come alive. And there we have in a nutshell the Great Secret of Animating the Statues of the Gods and Saints, and maybe even the secret of Creating Gods. This great creative power as is first seen in the child who talks to the beloved stuffed animal, and plays with imaginary friends. Then these imaginary friends start to influence your reality (@youtube), they become your guides, they become your Gods. Or maybe the vessels you have created in your imagination become empowered by and channels for macro-cosmic powers. What do I know? I am just at the beginning of my path.
Back to Selene. The ritual was taken from Graeco-Egyptian Magick, which uses spells from the Greek Magical Papyri (PGM) to Invoke an Initiate the current of the Gods of the Planets. In preparation of the ritual I searched for some pictures of Selene and my eye was taken by the picture you see here in this post. I read her the Orphic Hymn of the Moon while anointing my head with Myrrh resin essential oil and chanted AKTIOPHIS, a magical word associated with her.
On the day of the full moon I skipped a meal, transformed my living room into a temple, cleansed myself, and meditated on her image. It began to flicker and move before my eyes, and I felt a deep sexual current rising within. I won’t lie to you, I love sexual energy, especially the tantric kind that flows and rises within and up. I love what sexuality symbolizes, my urge to merge with the beauty that is the world. My consciousness, pure consciousness, Shiva, that wants to merge and meet Shakti: energy, form, sensuality, and all things. Let this Fool marry the World I say! Well, more about that when we meet again in Venus probably 😉
During these preparatory hours before the ritual I felt my reality shift a little, a bit of a psychedelic experience where synchronicity and intuition guide what is happening. For example, just before the ritual I wanted to find a more traditional image of Selene to use as my focus during the ritual. Exactly at that time my internet stopped working. I kept using the picture above.
During the ritual she kept moving and I heard her thoughts in my mind. Her arms turned towards me, inviting me to step into the Mystery with her. And that where exactly the words I heard in my mind. “Embrace the Mystery, I am the doorway into the Mystery”. She also said she would test me and bring fears to the surface that are blocking me from fully stepping into this mystery. She kept true to her word, but that is something for another post.