Invoking the God or Goddess

Invocation: In Wicca the concept of invocation is used in what is called “invoking” the God or Goddess. Invoking the Goddess means, that during ritual the high priestess will “draw down the moon” or invoke the literal spirit of the Goddess (similar to the idea of possession, but not with the negative connotation).  She will become the Goddess for the ritual. This is done to become closer to the Goddess and to hear her words directly during a ritual. God can also be invoked, but he is associated with the sun and day time rituals usually (also the role is reversed and it is the HP that does the invoking). While many Wiccan traditions and covens teach that only the high priestess can invoke the Goddess, there is no reason that a solitary witch cannot if he/she wants to. It is a personal choice. You should perform ritual and worship the Divine however you see fit.

When is this a good idea?

I would say it is a “good” idea to invocate when: 1. your are ready to and are properly trained 2. the Divine puts the desire and need on your heart to do so 3. it is a special occasion/ritual 4. there is a need for the Divine’s specific guidance and words.

What do you feel are the potential ramifications of invocation?

I do not think there are any serious ramifications-at least not in the sense of extreme harm i.e. you are not going to be physically harmed or “cursed” for trying invocation. I do think if you are not properly trained and your intentions are not in the right place, there is potential for the person doing the invoking to use it wrongly. You do not want to use invocation for power or to give bad advice and guidance. Witches should always be careful when using magick of any kind. Our intentions are to bring good and positive changes into our own lives and the lives of others. Our intentions should never be to harm anyone with magick or to abuse the use of the Divine and other spirits!

Evocation: Evocation is often times confused with invocation. Evocation is more of an inviting of the spirits to join your circle and ritual, not a literal possession by them. You can evoke the God, Goddess, elements, or other spirits and energy for your rituals. Having the Goddess and elements join your ritual is not only important as a way to honor and worship them, but as a way to borrow their energy for the ritual.

When is this a good idea?

I think witches can evoke pretty much all the time. Of course just like invocation or magick of any kind you should make sure your heart and intentions are in the right place first. I am not a believer that you have to be in circle, properly bathed and dressed etc. to envoke the elements or other spirits. I think the idea of limiting our access to the Divine is dogmatic. For example I have a morning devotional time in my car on the way to work every morning-I envoke the elements, the Goddess, and the God for my devotional time. Obviously since I am driving I do not have a circle pulled up or candles lit etc. I still find it important to envoke the elements and the Divine in order for me to proper thank and worship them during my devotional time-also they bring in extra energy. This is just my personal preference. I am sure there are witches out there who would make the argument that you need to be more formal when envoking and I certainly understand that concept. It is similar to the idea of whether or not Christians should dress up to go to church on Sundays. I was raised wearing jeans and tee-shirts to church, however, I had many Christian friends at the time who found that derespectful to God. I believe what is on the inside of your heart and soul is much more important then your outward appearance and ritual tools and actions. On a side note I do envoke the elements, the Goddess, and the God more formally when I am in ritual and circle. I think it is respectful to be a little more formal when performing a ritual-it is also part of learning your practice and customizing it to your style and beliefs.

What are the potential ramifications of evocation?

Wicca does teach that there are different types of spirits and entities to envoke, and with these different types comes a heirarchy so to speak. That is when using different techniques such as calling, stiring, and summoning come into play. My natural personality is to once again envoke most spirits the same way, but I understand the concept of being more careful and respectful with a “higher” level spirit. One of my struggles with this concept is that not everyone agrees on the spirits. Some see the elements as literal spirits, while some see them as types of energies. Some witches see the elements and the watchtowers as the same spirits, while some view the watchtowers as a higher level spirit then the elements. In the end I think it is important to do what feels right to you! We are not all the same in how we approach the spirit world. It is a good idea to be careful and a little cautious because you do not want to have any spiritual encounters that could be too much for your to handle, or that could lead to any negative energy or experiences (this again also depends on whether or not you believe there are “bad” spirits who could potentially harm you)-regardless it is better to error on the side of caution.

Below are two great examples of chants/prayers you can say to invoke the God and Goddess

Invocation of the Crone

Behold the Crone…
Dancer of Time
Completion of the Sacred Cycle

She Who is Wisdom
Beloved, respected and feared
Honored as Grandmother, Ancestress and Hag

In the end ~ there is beginning,
Death brings Birth, Life renews through Her

Behold the Crone, Dancer of Time
Mother of worlds, Maiden of re-birth,
Child of the next generation

Dancing through Time
She Who cuts the cords…Of life and death,
Grandmother of all

The Crone comes……..
Silently, powerfully, relentlessly
Crossing space and time,
Holding the threads of life and death,
Mistress of endings and beginnings

Speaking through elders
I am the Crone….
The Grandmothers….The Wisdom of Age….

I am Hecate, I am Kali, I am the Eternal One

I cross space and time,
Holding the threads of life and death,
Mistress of endings and beginnings

I am completion of the Cycle
Maiden….. Mother….. Crone…..
I have come as the Goddess,
And in me… all life renews
All things are possible

The Crone comes dancing
Silently, powerfully, relentlessly,
To all

~ Abby Willowroot © 2000

Retrieved November 05, 2009 from

Invocation of the Horned God.

By the flame that burneth bright

O Horned One!

We call thy name into the night

O Horned One!

Thee we invoke by the moon led sea

By the standing stone and the twisted tree

Thee we invoke where gather thine own

By the nameless shrine forgotten and lone

Come where the round of the dance is trod

Horn and hoof of the goat-foot God

By moonlit meadow on dusky hill

When the haunted wood is hushed and still

Come to the charm of the chanted prayer

As the moon bewitches the midnight air

Evoke thy powers, that potent bide

In shining stream and secret tide

In fiery flame by starlight pale

In shadowy host that ride the gale

And by the fern-brakes fairy-haunted

Of forests wild and wood enchanted

Come! O Come!

To the heartbeats drum!

Come to us who gather below

When the broad white moon is climbing slow

Through the stars to the heavens height

We hear thy hoofs on the wind of night

As black tree branches shake and sigh

By joy and terror we know thee nigh

We speak the spell thy power unlocks

At Solstice, Sabbat, and Equinox

Word of virtue the veil to rend

From primal dawn to the wide world’s end

Since time began—

The blessing of Pan!

Blessed be all in hearth and hold

Blessed in all worth more than gold

Blessed be in strength and love

Blessed be wher’er we rove

Vision fade not from our eyes

Of the pagan paradise

Past the gates of death and birth

Our inheritance of the earth

From our soul the song of spring

Fade not in our wandering

Our life with all life is one,

By blackest night or noonday sun

Eldest of gods, on thee we call

Blessing be on thy creatures all

by Doreen Valiente

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