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Tuesday, 18 May 2010

Rite of the Invocation of Selene


Turn to face Selene and chant Α. Burn myrrh and anoint your forehead with myrrh oil whilst chanting ΣΕΛΗΝΗ[1]. The chant of the god-name is to be repeated 9 times.

Recite the orphic hymn to Selene,

Hear, Goddess 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 you 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.
Lover 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-wife 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 please accept your suppliant's mystic praise.


I call upon you who have all forms and many names, double-horned goddess, ΜΗΝΗ, whose form no one knows except him who made the entire world, ΙΑΩ, the one who shaped you into the 28 shapes of the world so that you might complete every figure and distribute breath to every animal and plant, that it might flourish, you who has wax from obscurity into light and wane from light into darkness.

Come to me night-shining, triple-sounding, triple-voiced, triple-headed, Selene, triple-pointed, triple-faced, triple-necked, and goddess of the triple ways, who hold untiring flaming fire in the triple baskets, and you who oft frequent the triple way and rule the triple decades with three forms . From toneless throats you send a dread, sharp cry when you. O goddess, have raised up an awful sound with triple mouths. Hearing your cry, all worldly things are shaken: the nether gates of and Lethe’s holy water and primal Chaos and the shining chasm of Tartaros. At it every immortal and every mortal, the starry  mountains, valleys and every tree and roaring rivers, and even the restless sea, the lonely echo, and daimons through the world, shudder at you, O blessed one, when they hear your dread voice. Come here to me, goddess of the night, beast-slayer, come to me with love. And heed my prayers, Selene, who suffer much, who rise and set at night, O triple-headed, triple-named ΜΗΝΗ ΜΑΡΖΟΥΝΗ, fearful, gracious-minded and Persuasion. Come to me, horned-faced, light-bearer, bull-shaped, horse-faced goddess, who howl doglike; come here, she-wolf, and come here now, mistress of night and chthonic realms, holy, black-clad, round whom the star-traversing nature of the world revolves whenever you wax too great, you have established every worldly thing, for you engendered everything on earth and from the sea and every race in turn of winged birds who seek their nests again. Mother of all, who bore Eros, Aphrodite, lamp-bearer, shining and aglow, Selene, star-coursing, heavenly, torch-bearer, fire-breather, woman four-faced, four-named, four-roads’ mistress. Hail , goddess, and attend your epithets, O heavenly one, harbor goddess of the crossroads; O nether one, goddess of depths, eternal, goddess of dark, come to my sacrifices. Fulfill this of which I ask, and as I pray give heed to me, lady, I ask of you. Come,  ΑΚΤΙΩΦΙΣ, mistress, Selene, only ruler, swift fortune of daimons and gods, ΝΕΒΟΥΤΟΣΟΑΛΗΘ ΙΩΙ ΛΟΙΜΟΥ ΛΑΛΟΝ.

And the first companion of your name is silence[2], the second a popping sound, the third a groaning, the fourth a hissing, the fifth a cry of joy, the sixth moaning, the seventh barking, the eight bellowing, the ninth neighing, the tenth a musical sound, the eleventh a sounding wind, the twelfth a wind-creating sound, the thirteenth a coercive sound, the fourteenth a coercive emanation from perfection.

Ox[3], vulture, bull, beetle, falcon, crab, dog, wolf, serpent, horse, she-goat, asp, goat, he-goat, baboon, cat, lion, leopard, fieldmouse, deer, multiform, virgin, torch, lightning, garland, a herald’s wand, child, key.

I have said your signs and symbols of your name, so that you might hear me, because I pray to you, mistress of the whole world. Hear me, you, the stable one, the mighty one, ΑΦΕΙΒΟΗΩ ΜΙΝΤΗΡ ΟΧΑΩ ΠΙΖΕΦΥΔΩΡ ΧΑΝΘΑΡ ΧΑΔΗΡΟΖΟ ΜΟΧΘΙΟΝ ΕΟΤΝΕΥ ΦΗΡΖΟΝ ΑΙΝΔΗΣ ΛΑΧΑΒΟΩ ΠΙΤΤΩ ΡΙΦΘΑΜΕΡ ΖΜΟΜΟΧΩΛΕΙΕ ΤΙΗΔΡΑΝΤΕΙΑ ΟΙΣΟΖΟΧΑΒΗΔΩΦΡΑ.

Perform the deific formula of the thumos followed by a meditation on Selene. You are then to partake in the eucharistic feast of Selene.

To end the rite recite,

O ΜΗΝΗ I thank you for having come to me, and may you always be a part of my life.

[1] You are to attach a title of Selene that represents the aspect of Selene you seek to invoke.
[2] As you recite the following words you are to hear each one resonate within you.
[3] As you recite you are to see each symbol and form.

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