Recommended ritual tools:
A black metal or brass censer
Mugwort, Dragonsblood, and/or Wormwood incense
Charcoal incense burner
A white candle
Wine (the darker the better)
Surround yourself in a circle of black candles, no less than three (the traditional number is either 13 or any multiple of three).
On the ground, set up your materials, and set all items facing west.
Work this rite any time after dark- during the bewitching hour if possible.
Prepare the atmosphere by casting the incense into the burner.
If you do not feel safe in the circle of candles, place 3, 5, or 9 protective talismans around your circle and wear one on your body.
Visualize the darkness entering your ritual area, enveloping it in a dark veil.
Surround yourself in the darkness, drink in the night, feel it pulsate within your body.
With every breath, draw more and more night into you, until you are filled with the dark energy.
If at any time you hear an animal- a dog, a raven, or a crows call, then you may move freely into the next part.
If not, invoke spirit Raven into your circle, and ask his blessing on your journey into the abyss.
Next, look upwards to the moon (this should be done outdoors when the moon is full, if possible.)
Let its silvery light shine into your body, going through you like glass. Invoke Hecate, holding your arms into the air saying this or something similar:
You who are the night,
You who are the darkness, the moon above.
Triple goddess, come unto me!
Grand Hecate, I call ye!
Be here oh Queen of Heaven
Unto me oh Queen of Hell!
You who command all things!
You from whom all magic flows!
Great Mystery, oh Shadow of Darkness,
Hecate, I invoke Thee!
You should feel yourself becoming lighter, feel a surge of power, or some tingling, or maybe a feeling of safety, or that you are not alone suddenly. If you experience no change whatsoever, repeat the chant, and if after three times you still feel no change, end the rite and try another time.
When you feel Hecates power, either do your other magick workings, some divination, or try and communicate. If you wish you may ask for her blessing or simply her guidance, but whatever you ask of Her, do so with the utmost respect.
If you wish to further channel Her, continue, otherwise give her license to depart.
To continue, hold up the chalice with the wine to the moon and say:
Moon, shining bright above me!
Goddess, let thine blood run down! Feed me with thine darkness!
Make me thine Kindred!
Drink the wine, and continue to channel the Goddess until you are satisfied.
Dismiss Her politely, and use your strongest banishment to rid any malevolent creature from you (make sure you thank Raven if you invoked him).
Be careful with this spell, have someone to observe you (in a triple circle of protection) and also, it might be a good idea to have designated driver/magician should you become tipsy or begin to hallucinate or lose your sanity or whatnot.
A Song to the Dark Goddess
I am the Darkness behind and beneath the shadows.
I am the absence of air that awaits at the bottom of every breath.
I am the Ending before Life begins again,
the Decay that fertilizes the Living.
I am the Bottomless Pit,
the never-ending struggle to reclaim that which is denied.
I am the Key that unlocks every Door.
I am the Glory of Discovery,
for I am that which is hidden, secluded and forbidden.
Come to me at the Dark Moon and see that which can not be seen,
face the terror that is yours alone.
Swim to me through the blackest oceans
to the center of your greatest fears–
the Dark God and I will keep you safe.
Scream to us in terror, and yours will be the Power to Forbear.
Think of me when you feel pleasure, and I will intensify it,
until the time when I may have the greatest pleasure
of meeting you at the Crossroads Between the Worlds.
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