When we did this exercise for the Maiden, I made my feelings on the invocation plain. They remain the same for the mother, but I did my best to set that aside and continue to follow Roderick’s directive. But oh, was it hard. I say “Cerridwen” with a hard C and “Ceres” with a soft C. So cacophonous…seriously, alliteration on paper does not always translate into practice. At least the meter is marginally better in this one.
Stand facing the southwest. Light a green candle and set it on a table before you. Ignite self-lighting charcoal, then sprinkle loose incense (meadowsweet and oakbark) on the hot coals. Practice the magical pass of the mother, and hold your arms in this position while you say:
By Demeter and Dana,
By Aradia and Astarte,
By Cerridwen and Ceres,
And the countless names of power,
By the full moon and branched horn,
Come ye Mother Goddess,
Thy Holy Rites reborn!
When you are finished, sit where you are, close your eyes, and sense the mother goddess’ presence.
As with the maiden invocation, this did not feel powerful, but I did note subtle changes in the atmosphere when I completed the invocation. The space outside of me felt warmer–not physically, but emotionally. It was kinder and more loving.