[Since several aspects of this ritual are contrary to modern Pagan and Wiccan ethics and practice, I had some misgivings about including it in this collection, but decided to do so, because the hymn is so beautiful, so moving and so empowering. It has been discussed by K. Kerenyi, "Die Goettin Natur," Eranos-Jahrbuch 14 (1947), 39-86.]
"Come to me, O Beloved Mistress, Three-facedSelene; kindly hear my Sacred Chants;Night's Ornament, young, bringing Light to Mortals,O Child of Morn who ride upon the Fierce Bulls,O Queen who drive Your Car on Equal CourseWith Helios, who with the Triple FormsOf Triple Graces dance in Revel withThe Stars. You're Justice and the Moira's Threads:Klotho and Lachesis and AtroposThree-headed, You're Persephone, Megaira,Allekto, Many-Formed, who arm Your HandsWith Dreaded, Murky Lamps, who shake Your LocksOf fearful Serpents on Your Brow, who soundThe Roar of Bulls out from Your Mouths, whose WombIs decked out with the Scales of Creeping Things,With Pois'nous Rows of Serpents down the Back,Bound down Your Backs with Horrifying ChainsNight-Crier, Bull-faced, loving Solitude,Bull-headed, You have Eyes of Bulls, the VoiceOf Dogs; You hide Your Forms in Shanks of Lions,Your Ankle is Wolf-shaped, Fierce Dogs are dearTo You, wherefore they call You Hekate,Many-named, Mene, cleaving Air just likeDart-shooter Artemis, Persephone,Shooter of Deer, night shining, triple-sounding,Triple-headed, triple-voiced SeleneTriple-pointed, triple-faced, triple-necked,And Goddess of the Triple Ways, who hold Untiring Flaming Fire in Triple Baskets,And You who oft frequent the Triple WayAnd rule the Triple Decades, unto me Who'm calling You be gracious and with KindnessGive Heed, You who protect the Spacious WorldAt night, before whom Daimons quake in FearAnd Gods Immortal tremble, Goddess whoExalt Men, You of Many Names, who bearFair Offspring, Bull-eyed, Horned, Mother of GodsAnd Men, and Nature, Mother of All Things,For You frequent Olympos, and the broadAnd boundless Chasm You traverse. BeginningAnd End are You, and You Alone rule All.For All Things are from You, and in You doAll Things, Eternal One, come to their End.As Everlasting Band around Your TemplesYou wear Great Kronos' Chains, unbreakableAnd unremovable, and You hold inYour Hands a Golden Scepter. Letters 'roundYour Scepter Kronos wrote Himself and gaveTo You to wear that All Things stay steadfast:Subduer and subdued, Mankind's Subduer,And Force-subduer; Chaos, too, You rule.Hail, Goddess, and attend Your Epithets,I burn for You this Spice, O Child of Zeus,Dart-shooter, Heav'nly One, Goddess of Harbors,Who roam the Mountains, Goddess of Crossroads,O Nether and Nocturnal, and Infernal,Goddess of Dark, Quiet and Frightful One,O You who have Your Meal amid the Graves,Night, Darkness, Broad Chaos: NecessityHard to escape are You; You're Moira andErinys, Torment, Justice and Destroyer,And You keep Kerberos in Chains, with ScalesOf Serpents are You dark, O You with HairOf Serpents, Serpent-girded, who drink Blood,Who bring Death and Destruction, and who feastOn Hearts, Flesh Eater, who devour Those DeadUntimely, and You who make Grief resoundAnd spread Madness, come to my Sacrifices,And now for me do You fulfill this Matter."
[Tr.: E. N. O'Neil]
Offering for The Rite: For doing Good, offer Storax, Myrrh, Sage, Frankincense, a Fruit Pit. But for doing Harm, offer Magical Material of a Dog and a Dappled Goat (or in a similar way, of a Virgin Untimely Dead).
Protective Charm for The Rite: Take a Lodestone and on it have carved a Three-faced Hekate. And let the Middle Face be that of a Maiden wearing Horns, and the Left Face that of a Dog, and the One on the Right that of a Goat. After the Carving is done, clean with Natron and Water, and dip in the Blood of One who has died a Violent Death. Then make Food Offering to it and say the same Spell at the time of the Ritual. [PGM IV.2785-2890]
xxviii. Love Spell
Aphrodite's Name, which becomes known to No One quickly, is NEPHERIE'RI [i.e. Nfr-iry.t, "the beautiful eye", an epithet for Aphrodite/Hathor] - this is the Name. If you wish to win a Woman who is beautiful, be Pure for 3 days, make an offering of Frankincense, and call this Name over it. You approach the Woman and say it seven times in your Soul as you gaze at her, and in this way it will succeed. But do this for 7 days. [PGM IV.1265-74]