What is the Drawing Down the Sun?
How It Came to Be...
When Is the Ritual Performed?
- Preparing the altar and ritual space
- Cleansing the water with salt
- Opening the circle with the athamé
- Marking the circle with the Elements
- Visualizing the protection of the circle
- Invoking the Elements
- Invoking the Goddess and God: Drawing down the Moon (the Fivefold Kiss+the Charge of the Goddess) + the invocation of the God (sometimes the Drawing Down the Sun)
- Dancing the Witches' Rune (optional)
The Drawing Down the Sun ritual
At the end of Drawing Down the Moon, after the High Priestess's words "Here I charge you, in this sign", the High Priestess and High Priest change places, moving deosil, so that he stands with his back to the altar and she faces him from the centre of the Circle.
The High Priest picks up his athame from the altar and holds it in his right hand over his left breast, points upwards.
The High Priestess gives him the Fivefold Kiss as follows:
"Blessed by thy feet, that have brought thee in these ways" - kissing his right foot and then his left foot.
"Blessed be thy knees, that shall kneel at the sacred altar" - kissing his right knee and then his left knee.
"Blessed be thy phallus, without which we would not be" - kissing him just above the pubic hair.
The High Priest spreads his arms to the Blessed Position, still holding his athame in his right hand, point upwards.
The High Priestess continues:
"Blessed be thy breast, formed in strength" - kissing his right breast and then his left breast.
"Blessed be thy lips, that shall utter the sacred names." They embrace, length for length and with feet touching, and kiss each other on the mouth.
The High Priestess steps back a pace and kneels. She invokes:
"Deep calls on height, the Goddess on the God,
On him who is the flame that quickens her;
That he and she may seize the silver reins
And ride as one the twin-horsed chariot.
Let the hammer strike the anvil,
Let the lightning touch the earth,
Let the Lance ensoul the Grail,
Let the magic come to birth."
She touches with her right forefinger his throat, left hip, right breast, left breast, right hip, and throat again (thus forming the Invoking Pentagram of Fire). She then spreads her hands outwards, palms forward. Meanwhile she continues to invoke:
"In her name do I invoke thee,
Mighty Father of us all -
Lugh, Pan, Belin, Herne, Cernunnos -
Come in answer to my call!
Descend, I pray thee, in thy servant and priest."
The High Priestess stands and takes a step backwards. The High Priest makes the Invoking Pentagram of Fire towards her with his athame, saying:
"Let there be light!"
The Charge of the God
Listen the the words of the Great Father, who of old was called Osiris, Adonis, Zeus, Thor, Pan, Cernunnos, Herne, Lugh and by many other names.
My Law is Harmony with all things. Mine is the secret that opens the gates of life and mine is the dish of salt of the earth that is the body of Cernunnos that is the eternal circle of rebirth. I give the knowledge of life everlasting, and beyond death I give the promise of regeneration and renewal. I am the sacrifice, the father of all things, and my protection blankets the earth.
Hear the words of the dancing God, the music of whose laughter stirs the winds, whose voice calls the seasons:
I who am the Lord of the Hunt and the Power of the Light, sun among the clouds and the secret of the flame. I call upon your bodies to arise and come unto me. For I am the flesh of the earth and all its beings. Through me all things must die and with me are reborn. Let my worship be in the body that sings, for behold all acts of willing sacrifice are my rituals. Let there be desire and fear, anger and weakness, joy and peace, awe and longing within you. For these too are part of the mysteries found within yourself, within me, all beginnings have endings, and all endings have beginnings.