Other Religions Paganism and Wicca Beltane Sacred Feminine Goddess Ritual Share Flipboard Email Print Neyya / Getty Images Paganism and Wicca Rituals and Ceremonies Basics Sabbats and Holidays Wicca Gods Herbalism Wicca Traditions Wicca Resources for Parents By Patti Wigington Paganism Expert B.A., History, Ohio University Patti Wigington is a pagan author, educator, and licensed clergy. She is the author of Daily Spellbook for the Good Witch, Wicca Practical Magic and The Daily Spell Journal. our editorial process Facebook Facebook Twitter Twitter Patti Wigington Updated February 03, 2020 This simple ritual can be performed by both men and women, and is designed to honor the feminine aspects of the universe as well as our female ancestors. If you have a particular deity you call upon, feel free to change names or attributes around where needed. Otherwise, you can use the all-encompassing name of "Goddess" in the rite. Did You Know? This ritual calls upon powerful goddesses of many cultures to celebrate the sacred feminine.You can perform this ritual as a group, or adapt it for solitary practice.Celebrate the women who have had a positive influence in your life with this simple ceremony. When Margaret Murray wrote her ground-breaking God of the Witches, in 1931, scholars quickly dismissed her theory of a universal, pre-Christian cult of witches who worshiped a singular mother goddess. However, Murray wasn't completely off-base; a number of individual cults existed in pre-Christian Europe which honored mother goddesses of their own. In Rome, the cult of Cybele was huge, and the mystery traditions of Isis in Egypt soon took on a mother-goddess status. Take advantage of the blooming of spring, and use this time to celebrate the archetype of the mother goddess, and you can honor your own female ancestors and friends. What You'll Need Decorate your altar with symbols of femininity: cups, chalices, flowers, lunar objects, fish, and doves or swans. You'll also need the following items for this ritual: A white candleAn offering of something that is important to youA bowl of waterA handful of small pebbles or stones If your tradition calls for you to cast a circle, do so now. Begin the Ritual David Díez Barrio / Getty Images Begin by standing in the goddess position; this is a stance in which the feet are spread apart, about shoulder-width, and the arms raised up to the sky. Speak clearly, and say: I am (your name), and I stand before you,goddesses of the sky and earth and sea,I honor you, for your blood runs through my veins,one woman, standing on the edge of the universe.Tonight, I make an offering in Your names,As my thanks for all you have given me. Light the candle, and place your offering before it on the altar. The offering may be something tangible, such as bread or wine or flowers. It can also be something symbolic, such as a gift of your time or dedication. Whatever it is, it should be something from your heart. You may want to read up on Offerings to the Gods for some ideas. Once you have made your offering, it is time to call upon the goddesses by name. Say: I am (your name), and I stand before you,Isis, Ishtar, Tiamat, Inanna, Shakti, Cybele.Mothers of the ancient people,guardians of those who walked the earth thousands of years ago,I offer you this as a way of showing my gratitude.Your strength has flowed within me,your wisdom has given me knowledge,your inspiration has given birth to harmony in my soul. Now it is time to honor the many women may who have touched your life. For each one, place a pebble into the bowl of water. As you do so, say each woman's name and how she has impacted you. You might say something like this: I am (your name), and I stand before you,to honor the sacred feminine that has touched my heart.I honor Susan, who gave birth to me and raised me to be strong;I honor Maggie, my grandmother, whose strength took her to the hospitals of war-torn France;I honor Cathleen, my aunt, who lost her courageous battle with cancer;I honor Jennifer, my sister, who has raised three children alone… Continue until you have placed a pebble in the water for each of these women. Reserve one pebble for yourself. Finish by saying: I am (your name), and I honor myself,for my strength, my creativity, my knowledge, my inspiration,and for all the other remarkable things that make me who I am. Wrapping It Up Take a few minutes and reflect on the sacred feminine. What is it about being a woman that gives you joy? If you're a man performing this ritual, what is it about the women in your life that makes you love them? Meditate on the feminine energy of the universe for a while, and when you are ready, end the ritual. Also, remember that this ritual can be adapted for a group easily; with a little planning it can become a beautiful ceremony for a number of people. Consider doing it as part of a women's circle, in which each member honors the others as part of the rite.