the skills that used to be expected of an
Adept Witch was Drawing Down the Gods. This is a process where the
Priest or Priestess ‘steps aside’, and allows a God or Goddess to
control and speak through them.
if a Goddess is drawn, it is called
Drawing The Moon. If a God is drawn, it is said that you are Drawing
The Sun. Traditionally, A Priestess Draws the Goddess and Priest Draws
the God, but there is no rule that says it must be this way.
to be that Drawing was a gender specific
event. Priests would only Draw the God, and Priestesses only the
Goddess. This is no longer the case. Many have found that Drawing
across gender can have benefits both to the Seekers talking to Deity,
and the person who is Drawing.
I’ve seen many times where the Goddess
has been Drawn into a Priest, and the God into a Priestess. Some people
identify so well with their opposite gender that they prefer to Draw
Opposite. If a Priest or Priestess is transgendered, which gender is
the most appropriate?
mention those Deities of mixed or
been a few years since I’ve Drawn Down, and
longer since I attended such a ritual as a Seeker. The purpose of such
a ritual is to give Seekers a chance to talk face to face with Deity.
For the Priest or Priestess Drawing Down, it gives them the chance to
become closer to Deity.
to the Gods daily. I get answers to my
questions, and signs as to what I should do, so I don’t require a
Drawing Down to be close to the Gods. Most however, feel a desire to
have an interaction with the Gods that they can’t or don’t get
was at Dragonfest, I found myself being
hit repeatedly over the head with the Metaphysical 2X4, as I stated in Old
School Witchcraft. At first, I thought I should take over
coordinating the Drawing Down there, but after talking to others, I’ve
realized that what is really needed is something else.
Drawing Down at Dragonfest started when a
Priestess decided to try it for one of the main rituals, many years
ago. So many people showed up, that the ritual went for several hours.
The next year, she got two other Priestesses, and they Drew Down the
Maiden, Mother, and Crone.
so many people showed up that they couldn’t
see everyone, even with each of them only seeing a third of the crowd.
This lead to what some of us call the Triple Drawing Down with a half
twist and a full gainer.
there may be up to 10 Priests or
Priestesses Drawing Down Gods and Goddesses at the same time. It has
become the most popular ritual at Dragonfest, with well over 100 people
seeking to talk to the Gods.
Priests and Priestesses will never have to
work with more than a few Seekers during a Drawing Down. It’s usually
done in a Coven situation, for those of the Coven to talk to the Gods.
Even with a small group, the Priest or Priestess may need to Draw for
several hours, in order to give each Seeker the time they need, and
accommodate the whole group of Seekers.
the most asked question I get from those
who attend a Drawing Down for the first time, is “are the
Priests acting?” The answer to that is, if they’re acting,
they aren’t really Drawing Down. When someone you know is Drawing, it’s
obvious. Everything about them from the way they act, to their voice,
even seen eye color change, while someone
is Drawing Down.
Priest or Priestess is not mentally present
during the ritual. They may be aware of things at the time, as if they
are standing off to the side, but with a few exceptions, all memory of
what happened soon fades. If you ask a Priest or Priestess about an
answer you got while they Drew Down, they most likely won’t have any
idea what the question was, or what answer was given.
really knows why this is, but it is nearly
universal. The answers aren’t coming from the Priest or Priestess; they
are coming directly from the Divine. I remember the first time I Drew
Down. I wasn’t supposed to.
backing up a friend and Priestess while she
Drew Down at Dragonfest. At one point, the Lady looked at me, and asked
if I was Drawing Down. I was shocked to say the least, and stammered
that I wasn’t. The Lady told me that there was another entity with her
besides the Priestess whose body she was inhabiting.
thing I knew, my friend Starr was
standing over me saying, “No, you can’t go
to the drum frenzy until Ken comes back!” Starr had been
bringing Seekers to the Goddess, when she was informed that they would
now be seeing both the God and the Goddess.
accounts, the God who had come into me,
calling Himself Puck, was a Trickster.
year Alia, the Priestess I had been
helping at the ritual for several years, asked if I wanted to try
Drawing Down on purpose. The idea scared the crap out of me, but I
accepted, with the promise from Alia, to give me instruction before
usual, it didn’t work that way. We got all the
way to Dragonfest, and the day before the ritual, before I had the
chance to talk to Alia about how to Draw Down. She was very reassuring,
and insisted that I had nothing to worry about, since I had already
to Drawing Down is preparation. This isn’t
something you can go into and just do. At least not at first. There are
Priests and Priestesses I know who can draw very quickly, but they’ve
been doing it for years, and know what it feels like, and when it’s