The Orphic Hymn to the Moon

in Renaissance Astrological Magic


Orpheus and Invoking the Moon

the Moon

Orpheus was a legendary poet, philosopher and musician of Thrace to whom the Orphic Mysteries were attributed. Many works and poems were attributed to Orpheus and of these the most famous are the 87 Hymns of Orpheus. Here is more information on Orpheus and the Orphic Hymns. Here are the Orphic Hymns to:
the Sun
the Moon

A key use of the Orphic Hymns is invoking the planetary spirits. The ancient astrological grimoire Picatrix says of the Moon that,

"She signifies the beginning of works, great cogitations about things, good perception and motion, the best discussions in councils, utterances well spoken, daring in all things; fortunate concerning food that is necessary or desirable; good manners with people; gracious and quick in all actions, clean, moving quickly toward what is desired; having healthy and clear intentions toward people; a great appetite for eating, but a small one for sex and delights with women; turning away from evil so that one may be well spoken of by people; delighting in happy and beautiful things; thoroughly studying high sciences such as astrology, magic, and other secret sciences; faithful spouses, desiring to produce sons and nephews, and to make the society and home of their parents better; loved and honored by people, abhorring iniquity, just in all her works, and according to one of her qualities she signifies oblivion and necessity."

Picatrix, Bk III, ch. 7.

One of the most important parts of creating astrological talismans or invoking planetary spirits is to ensure auspicious astrological conditions. Once the astrological conditions are right, Picatrix explains,

"When you want to pray to the Moon and ask her for any of those things that pertain to her, dress as though you were a child, and have with you things that smell good, and hold a silver ring in your hand, and be quick in your movements and actions, and speak elegantly, well, and punctually. Carry in front of you a thurible of silver."

Picatrix, Bk III, ch. 7. Here is more about planetary invocation using the Orphic Hymns.

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The Orphic Hymn to the Moon

Chapter IX.

The Orphic Hymn to the Moon

The Fumigation from Aromatics

Hear, Goddess queen, diffusing silver light,
Bull-horn'd, and wand'ring thro' the gloom of Night.
With stars surrounded, and with circuit wide
Night's torch extending, through the heav'ns you ride:
Female and male, with silv'ry rays you shine,
And now full-orb'd, now tending to decline.
Mother of ages, fruit-producing Moon,
Whose amber orb makes Night's reflected noon:
Lover of horses, splendid queen of night,
All-seeing pow'r, bedeck'd with starry light,
Lover of vigilance, the foe of strife,
In peace rejoicing, and a prudent life:
Fair lamp of Night, its ornament and friend,
Who giv'st to Nature's works their destin'd end.
Queen of the stars, all-wise Diana, hail!
Deck'd with a graceful robe and ample veil.
Come, blessed Goddess, prudent, starry, bright,
Come, moony-lamp, with chaste and splendid light,
Shine on these sacred rites with prosp'rous rays,
And pleas'd accept thy suppliants' mystic praise.