Dark Goddess Ritual Without Tools

August 30th, 2009

Medusa by Caravaggio, 1597Many people have a lot of trouble with deep-seated negative emotions. I previously posted a cleansing ritual without tools that would clean a room of negativity and put up a barrier to allow only positive energy to enter. But what if the person living in the room is the source of the negativity?

If you are full of depression, self-hatred, and other negative emotions, the negative energy will re-enter the circle through you. This does not completely negate the effect of a cleansing ritual, as that ritual removes the residual energy and blocks out other sources of negativity.

There are many ways to cleanse oneself of this. One simple, yet very powerful, method is to work with Lady Medusa in a circle. Medusa is a gorgon, a Dark Goddess, who can absorb negativity. Here is how you can send your negative emotions to Medusa:

  1. Within the room that already has a circle (such as one created by doing the cleansing ritual I posted or any other magical circle method you wish to use), create a second circle that is much smaller around yourself. This circle can be cast the same way as before.
  2. On each side of the circle, invite the elements to stand guard and bless the inner circle. Air goes in the east, Fire in the south, Water in the west and Earth in the north. If you don’t know where the actual directions truly are (which can be difficult inside an institution), work as if the room door is in the south.
  3. Close your eyes and invite Lady Medusa, the snake-haired gorgon, and Lord Hades, God of the Underworld, into the inner circle. Ask for them to come and help you rid yourself of unnecessary negative emotions. You may use your own words, or if you wish, a hymn such as that written by my wife to Hades. Visualize Medusa in front of you, with her snakes moving around and her dark face, next to Hades.
  4. Next, allow your negative emotions to rise up. The sadness, the hatred, the depression, whatever comes is ok. Talk about it with Lady Medusa. You can do this silently if necessary, but it is better to verbalize it somehow. You can whisper it out. The ideal is to scream it out and let it all go at once, but I understand that you may not feel comfortable doing this in an institution with others around. The important thing is to vent all those emotions, thoughts, etc. to Medusa. She is a gorgon; she can take all the negativity you can unleash onto her and more. She does not get angry at you for spewing anger at her. She is a Dark Goddess, she feeds on the anger, sadness and negativity you give to her.
  5. When you have pushed all of the negativity you can muster to Medusa, thank Her and Hades for taking all of it down to the Underworld, where it will be transformed into something positive.
  6. Thank the elements for their assistance and wish them farewell.
  7. Take the inner circle down by outstretching your arm and feel the energy of the circle go back into your arm. Move around the circle in a widdershins (counter-clockwise) direction pulling in the whole inner circle.
  8. Touch the floor and send the energy of the inner circle (which will contain some residual negativity) down to the earth, where it can be absorbed and transformed, the same way a dead plant or animal becomes fertilizer for new life.
  9. Sit or lay and rest a bit before moving on to do something else. Deep breathing and feeling the warmth of Hestia and Apollo that is in the room within the larger circle that remains will help. Feel free to be like this as long as you need.

You may need to do this a number of times. Since this is an intense ritual, I don’t recommend you do it daily. Probably once a month is good if you have a lot of negativity. Otherwise, just do this ritual when you feel there is too much built up and you have a need. It may take time to feel it’s effects, but you will notice your heart become lighter and you can start to see the beauty in the world around you, even in the things that are not normally seen as beautiful.

After a purging ritual like this, you may feel the symptoms of a “healing crisis,” where your body may feel lethargic, sick or your mood may be low. It can happen for a few days to a week. If you feel it in a specific part of your body, or if you only feel it in specific situations or locations, you may want to look at a psychic surgery ritual I wrote that can focus on the issue more specifically.

Many Pagans and Wiccans focus so much on the light-side that they ignore the dark. The dark has an important role in the universe, and this is one such way it can be immensely useful.

3 Responses to “Dark Goddess Ritual Without Tools”

  1. Mystic Liz Says:


  2. Flaming Raccoon Says:

    I attempted this ritual this morning, then I felt sleepy during class this afternoon. Is it one of those side effects?

  3. Morninghawk Says:

    Yes, that can happen. A lot of energy is released during this ritual, so feeling sleepy and low energy for a couple days can happen.

    I hope the feeling subsided quickly for you.

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