Who is your dark moon goddess?

I work with two primary goddesses, Brigid and Morrigan. In my work, they form a complementary pairing. Brigid usually takes the creative and healing roles, while the Morrigan is the goddess I turn to when I need to work through more difficult situations, such as engaging my shadows. As we turn towards this dark moon after Imbolc, I am reminded of the ways both of them are necessary and important parts of my work.

Do you tend to turn to different powers or deities in different situations? Do you have a dark moon goddess?

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Literata is a Wiccan priestess and writer. She edited Crossing the River: An Anthology in Honor of Sacred Journeys, and her poetry, rituals, and nonfiction have appeared in works such as Mandragora, Unto Herself, and Anointed as well as multiple periodicals. Literata has presented rituals and workshops at Sacred Space conference, Fertile Ground Gathering, and other mid-Atlantic venues. Literata offers healing and divination services as well as customized life-cycle rituals. She is currently completing her doctoral dissertation in history with the support of her husband and four cats.
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8 Responses to Who is your dark moon goddess?

  1. Well, I give special offering to Hekate at the dark of the moon (the Supper), and that’s traditionally her night, as the goddess who takes on unclean things and who cleanses (so you’re clean and ready for the new month), but I worship and work with her throughout the month. Also with Ariadne, Persephone, Medea, Circe, Helen, and Athene. Athene I work with specifically around my spinning, weaving, and other crafts, because I owe her honor for the skills she has given me. The others, along with Dionysos and Hermes, I work with as part of overlapping cultic practices, one based on the Orphic mysteries, and the other a set of girls and women (the Purple Thread set, if you’ve seen some stuff about them on my blog) whose lives were deeply changed by the gods. (I actually need to write about them.)

    Sometimes I work with other gods, or at least make offerings to and requests of them, if a situation comes up that seems appropriate. I pray to Apollo before certain kinds of divination that belong to him. That kind of thing.

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  3. Swift Rabbit says:

    I tend to avoid working with historic Gods(esses) in part because we’ve never formally been introduced and in part because pushing through all the different lore, stories and implications is simply overwhelming to me. I like mythology a lot. I read and research on a part time basis because it is interesting to me, but I never feel I’ve researched or read enough to practice or to create a practice that resonates with my own theological out look.

    I do follow local gods and patrons. The weather, the moon, the natural spring, the mountain(s) in the middle of my city, and various trees. My personal guides and angels along with my home-based local personal hearth deities. These are all very land based beings. Practicing with them varies greatly based on season and time of day. I don’t just seek different ones for counsel or help based on task but based on where physically I am and what time of day it is and the season. That’s all part of the natural cycle of who both has the means and has the inclination to help me with various goals.

    • Literata says:

      Very interesting! So you turn to different Powers because of their proximity to where and when you are. In contrast, I feel like it’s been easier for me to get to know some Powers through their stories and background, and I’m doing more work to get in touch with the more land-based beings. (Having moved a lot and now living in a densely urban area presents certain challenges!) I like your point about means and inclination both being important.

  4. Different deities are appropriate for different things, yes. My primary “dark moon” Goddess would be Lilith, of course. I have taken certain problems to Ereshkigal as well, although she has no obvious affinity with the Moon.

    • Literata says:

      That makes sense. I didn’t mean to imply that all goddesses have to be associated with the moon. Maybe I should have said shadow work instead, but then again, not everything I’m talking about is covered under that term, either.

      The mythology makes Inanna an obvious counterpart to Ereshkigal, but do you work with both of them? Does Lilith have a “bright” counterpart for you?

      • My others are Inanna (Ishtar), Ningishzida, Utu (Shamash), and Ea (Enki). In Her cosmic aspect, Inanna provides enough brightness to balance them all. I don’t know of anyone who would complete the light-dark binary with Lilith specifically, other than Inanna.

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