This ritual is best performed at midnight, at the dark of the moon. Be sure that you are completely alone and undisturbed.
Fill your cauldron with dried sage for burning. Sage is an herb of wisdom and appropriate for crone rituals. Dress all in black, drape your altar in black and use a black candle. Carve Hecate’s pentacle into the candle.
Before the ritual, spend a few hours, and if possible, a full day and night in total solitude or if that cannot be accomplished, in total silence of speaking. Eat a meal by yourself, savoring the peace and the food. Meditate upon Hecate, the dark side of your nature, the sorrows and fears you have known. Keep notes in your journal and record all significant realizations. Go out and find a crone stone for your altar or you can use obsidian, jet or any other black stone.
Light your candle at night and seat yourself before the altar. Light the sage and inhale some of the smoke, letting it pass over you and fill your aura. Sage is also good for your psyche and trance work. Do some deep breathing and let yourself go into a trance; close your eyes. See yourself entering a cave and descending down into long dark passages into the bowels of the earth. See the Crone, Hecate awaiting you beside her cauldron of wisdom and transformation. She helps you into the cauldron where you are bathed, healed, liberated, renewed. She gives you three gifts: a crystal for insight, a sickle blade for cutting and a dried snake’s skin for transformation. You tuck these into your robes saying:
"Hecate, Dark Moon Mother, wise one, who knows the secret ways
I receive the gifts in joy and in solemnity.
Always will I treasure these
Always will I remember their teachings
Many thanks. Blessed Be."
Hecate embraces you, kisses you and with her gnarled fingers, invokes the pentacle upon you and embraces you one more time, and sends you on your way. See yourself ascending up through the passages of the earth, out under the night sky and back to your position before the altar.
When you open your eyes, sit in silence for a bit, gazing upon the candle, the flame, the image of Hecate. Take the image into yourself, become one with her. Open yourself to any insights or prayers that may come.
When you feel complete, ground the energy and snuff out the candle.
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