Twilight Sleep Invocation
Meditation has much value in witchcraft. It clears the mind, cleanses away distractions, and prepares one mentally for any arcane working, great or small. It also creates fertile ground for knowledge, insight, and self-development. It can also be a tool or technique for entering the altered state of awareness known as “Twilight Sleep”, where the practitioner is neither asleep nor awake, but in a condition that can easily be characterized as something between the two. This is one of the first steps in venturing into the astral realms.
With that being said though, bear in mind that meditation and other types of cleansing rites are not a prerequisite for rituals, spell casting, or other types of craft work. I cannot even begin to count the number of sources I have seen that direct it as necessity. It is merely a tool that can lead to greater success. If your will is strong and your intent is focused you will, more likely than not, achieve similar levels of success. Meditation and altered states of awareness just make the process easier.
I like to begin my meditations with an invocation, and the following is one I adapted for my own path from Janet and Stewart Farrar’s works. I have to say… it is one of my favorites.
Great God Cernunnos, come forth again!
Come at my call and show thyself to men.
Goat God of Witches, upon the wild hill’s way,
Lead thy flock from darkness to day.
Forgotten are the ways of sleep and night –
Men seek for them, whose eyes have not found the light.
Open the door, the door that hath no key,
The door of dreams, whereby men come to thee.
Goat God of Witches , O answer unto me! (18)