Sit or lie comfortably in a favourite spot. Close your eyes. Ground and center. Acknowledge your personal guardians and gods, and project a circle around you. Breathe deeply and steadily.
All around you, it is dark. Settling in is a fog, a deep mist - swirling and cold. You, however, are warm, untouched by the cold, although you can sense it. The dark is deepening even as the mists swirl around you, to pitch black. There are trees, but they’re only deep shadows against the inky blackness. Soon, there is nothing to see, just dark - overwhelmingly deep dark - total blackness. You feel your inner light, and you focus on it, letting it warm and fill you, until you can see it with your inner eye as it fills you with power.
Suddenly, you sense a Presence, a powerful and all-knowing deity, but you don’t know yet who it is. You sense a warmth, but also an intense, almost brutal energy pattern that means the being before you is capable of cutting life’s threads, without mercy. Not out of anger or cruelty, but duty, necessity, right action.
You begin by asking who is there, and through the misty darkness, a face is revealed to you, beloved and all-powerful. The Dark Goddess.
You ask many questions, but the answers are often cryptic, inscrutable. You take some time to ponder your answers, noting in your mind which ones you must remember. You leave a symbolic offering in the darkness, and say your thanks to she who helped you learn.