Prayers/invocations

WOTC Extra (a) – Sample Ancestor Prayer


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 Sample Ancestor Prayer

 

Ancestors—from all corners of creation,
I/we welcome you among us.
Thank you for all that you have done
to pave the way for a better future for
all humankind. By all your honored
names we each remember you in our
hearts today, and welcome your continued
guidance in daily life. Bless us, walk with us,
watch over those we love and help us ever
continue to strive for spiritual insight.
Today and every day you are with us,
in our hearts and memories.

A Witch’s 10 Commandments: Magickal Guidelines for Everyday Life
Marian Singer

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A Prayer for Long Life


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A Prayer for Long Life

This beautiful poem was originally written by a Christian abbot, but it translates well into a Pagan or Wiccan context. In the early 20th century, Kuno Meyer edited and translated it in Miscellanea Hibernica and credited it to a monk named Fer Fio mac Fabri. Its original name has been lost to the centuries, but it’s still as lovely today as it was when it was first written, somewhere in an Irish monastary. You can incorporate it into a ritual or ceremony, or use it as a focused meditative prayer.

 
I invoke the seven daughters of the sea
who fashion the threads of the sons of long life.
May three deaths be taken from me,
May three periods of age be granted to me,
May seven waves of good fortune be dealt to me,
May no evil spirits harm me on my journey,
In flashing breastplate without hindrance,
May my fame not perish and my name not pledge in vain,
May death not come to me until I am old!
I invoke the silver champion of the seven periods of time,
Whom fairy women have reared on the breasts of plenty.
May my seven candles not be extinguished.
I am an indestructable stronghold.
I am an unshakable rock.
I am a precious stone.
I am the luck of the week.
May I live a hundred times a hundred years,
Each hundred of them apart,
as I summon their boons to me.
May the grace of the Divine be upon me!

 

 

By Patti Wigington, Paganism/Wicca Expert
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WOTC Extra – How Often do Pagans Pray?


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How Often Do Pagans Pray?

 

A reader says, “This is going to sound kind of stupid, but someone I met at a Pagan meetup told me I have to pray to the gods every day. I don’t mind doing that, but sometimes I feel like it’s a chore, because I don’t always have anything to say when I’m praying. Also, what if I get busy and don’t have time? Do I have to pray twice the next day, or for twice as long? And just to make me more confused, someone else told me I have to pray at certain times of the day and different days of the week for different things. Why can’t I just pray when I feel like it? HELP!”

I wish I had a dollar for every letter I got that included the words “someone told me I was supposed to do” whatever. Let’s break this down a little bit at a time.

First of all, it’s actually not uncommon for prayers in some religions to have a set schedule. For instance, members of the Benedictine monastic order have a routine six prayers each day, at designated times. No matter what you’re doing, if you’re a Benedictine monk, you stop doing it so you can say the vigils, lauds, Eucharist, daytime prayer, the vespers, and compline at those specific times. It’s part of the ritual process. Likewise, Muslims pray five times a day – not only do they pray at specific times, they also have to be facing towards Mecca when they do so.

Are there Pagan traditions that require a certain number of prayers each day, or prayers at specific times? Sure. But unless you’re part of one of those traditions, those rules may not have to apply to you. You don’t follow the Benedictine or Islamic prayer schedule, so why would you be required to follow the schedule of a Pagan group you’re not part of?

Some magical traditions, primarily NeoWiccan ones, emphasise the use of days of the week or certain moon phases for particular magical workings, and sometimes (although not always) prayer is tied into that. But again, if you’re not part of one of those belief systems, there’s no reason you’re required to follow the guideline.

That said, it’s actually not a bad idea to get into the habit of praying regularly, if you’re going to do it at all. Some people only offer prayers to their gods during ritual or spellwork, but if you have a shrine to a deity in your home, regular prayer can help bring you closer to the deity spiritually. Does it have to be every day at the same time? Not at all – you can do it every day if you like, or every other day, or Tuesdays and Thursdays when your kids are soccer practice, or whatever works with your schedule. The key here is not the time or day, but the consistency.

Prayer is our way of communing with the divine – and hopefully finding some joy and peace in the process. If praying feels like a chore, you should probably find a way to change things up a bit.

So, when should you pray? When you want to say hello, when you want to let the gods know they matter to you, when you want to say thanks, when you feel inspired, when you don’t feel inspired, and most of all, when your heart calls to you to do so.
For more information on Pagan prayer, be sure to read:

The Concept of Appropriate Worship: What is the best way to honor the gods and goddesses of your tradition? Are all deities happy with the same sorts of offerings? Learn about the concept of appropriate worship, and how it affects your interactions with the Divine.

Making Offerings to the Gods: So you want to make an offering to the deity of your tradition — but what’s an appropriate choice? Here are some suggestions for different types of gods, and what’s an acceptable offering.

Pagan Prayer: Why Bother?: Prayer is a conversation, sometimes one-sided and sometimes not, between us and the Divine. Although some Pagans and Wiccans pooh-pooh the idea of prayer as being a Christian exercise, many more understand it as a way to take a step closer to our gods.

Pagan Prayers for All Occasions: Looking for a prayer for a special event or ceremony? Check here for About.com’s ever-growing list of Pagan and Wiccan prayers.

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By Patti Wigington, Paganism/Wicca Expert
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Let’s Talk Witch – The Role of Prayer in Paganism


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The Role of Prayer in Paganism

 

Call of the Ancients
Our ancestors prayed to their gods, long ago. Their pleas and offerings are documented in the hieroglyphs that adorn the tombs of Egyptian pharaohs, in the carvings and inscriptions left for us to read by the philosophers and teachers of ancient Greece and Rome. Later on, as Christianity moved in and replaced many of the old Pagan cultures, Irish monks wrote down stories, illuminating their manuscripts with vivid and colorful artwork. Information about man’s need to connect with the Divine comes to us from China, India, and all over the globe.
Some prayers survive to the present day because they have lived on not in written documentation but in the oral traditions of the area — via folktales, songs, legends, etc. Although we don’t know how much of the existing wording is really “ancient” and how much was added through the ages, the message remains essentially the same. A prayer is our way of saying to the gods, “I can’t do this alone, and I could sure use some help.”
Offerings and Altars
In many Pagan traditions, both modern and ancient, it is customary to make an offering to a divine being. An offering is simply a gift, and it is given not as a trade-off (“Yo, here’s some pretty sparkly stuff, so now can you please grant my wishes?”) but as a way of showing honor and respect, no matter what the answers to your prayers may ultimately be. In some forms of Wicca, the offering of time and dedication is as important as an offering of tangible items.
Many times offerings are left on an altar or shrine to the gods, and this is common in many faiths. How many times have you driven past a Catholic church and seen flowers or candles left in front of a statue of the Virgin Mary?
So What’s the Point, Really?
Some people may argue that prayer is a waste of time — after all, if the gods are so divine, don’t they already know what we need and want? Why should we have to go to the trouble of asking?
If you’re married, there have probably been times where you’ve gotten frustrated with your spouse, because they didn’t know what you wanted. You didn’t TELL them what you wanted, because after all, as your spouse who loves you, they should just KNOW, right?
Well, not necessarily. Eventually, you probably talked to your significant other, found out he or she had NO idea you were annoyed at him because he didn’t want to go with you to that romantic comedy you’ve been looking forward to for months. Then you forgave him because once the lines of communication were opened up, it turned out that your honey doesn’t hate Drew Barrymore after all, he just wanted to go see something with guns and explosions instead.
The gods are the same way (no, they don’t hate Drew Barrymore either). They don’t always know what we want — and sometimes, what they think we want and what WE think we want are two completely different things.
That’s why it’s up to you to make it known. If you want divine intervention, you should ask. If you don’t, the answer will ALWAYS be “no”.
Prayers vs. Spells
A prayer is a request. It’s where you go directly to the Universe, the Goddess, Allah, Yahweh, Herne, Apollo, or whoever you may be hoping will help out, and you ask them point blank, “Please help me with _______________.”
A spell, on the other hand, is a command. It’s the redirection of energy, causing a change, to conform with your will. While you may ask a god or goddess for a little extra mojo in your spellwork, it’s not always necessary. In a spell, the power comes from within the caster. In a prayer, the power comes from the gods.
Who Should I Pray To, Anyway?
You can pray to anyone you like. You can pray to a god, a goddess, or the Grand High Poobah of the Toaster Oven. Pray to whoever — or whatever — is most likely to take an interest in your dilemma. If you’re working on protection of your home, for example, you may wish to call upon Vesta or Brighid, both guardians of the hearth. If you’re about to enter into a nasty conflict, perhaps Mars, the god of war, would be willing to step in for a bit of fun.
Some people pray simply to spirits — spirits of the earth, of the sky, of the sea, etc.
In addition to praying to gods or spirits, some Pagans and Wiccans pray to their ancestors, and that’s perfectly acceptable too. You may see your ancestors as a specific individual (dear Uncle Bob who died in Vietnam, or your great great great grandpa who settled the frontier, etc.) or you may see them as archetypes. Either way, go with what works best for your tradition.
Putting it All Together
Ultimately, prayer is a very personal thing. You can do it out loud or silently, in a church or backyard or forest or at a kitchen table. Pray when you need to, and say what you wish to say. Chances are good that someone is listening.
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By Patti Wigington, Paganism/Wicca Expert
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We Will Rise Like The Phoenix


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We will be bright and fierce
Like the flame that burns
In the candle hot
We will be strong and grounded
Like the tumbled stone
That once was earth
We will be flexible and resilient
Like the water that flows
Always to return
We will be the essence of potential
Like the seed that waits
And grows when needed
We will endure
We will survive
We will triumph
And rise like the phoenix
At the dawn of another day
With the help of the gods
And our own determination
We will endure
And rise like the phoenix
From the flames.

 

So Mote It Be

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God & Goddess, Shield Us With Your Love & Protection

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God and Goddess, keep us safe
Enfold us in your loving arm
Surround us with a shield of light
Averting danger, halting harm

Allow no hurt to come our way
Let nothing cause us pain or fear
Keep ill and evil from our path
Protect all that which we hold dear,
Treasure and love.

So mote it be

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Great Goddess, Divine Mother, Be With Us Now & Always


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Great Goddess, mother of us all
Watch over us in times of crisis
Aid and support us
And help us all to stay strong.

Great Goddess, wise and compassionate
Guide us in times of crisis
Show us the best path to take
And help us listen to our inner wisdom.

Great Goddess, Divine Mother,
Shine your light down upon us in times of crisis
That it may calm and soothe us
And remind us that you are always with us.

So Mote It Be.

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Goddess Shine Your Gifts On Us Daily


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Goddess, give us strength
To cope with our current circumstances
To be brave in the face of adversity
To do our best under such trying circumstances.

Goddess, give us courage
To go forth into a difficult world
To face the ignorance of others
To continue to strive for improvement.

Goddess, give us patience
With our shortcomings and those of others
With pain, frustration and setbacks
With the limitations we must deal with daily.

Goddess, give us hope
That we may maintain a positive attitude
That we may greet every day with renewed spirit
And that we might remain open to the possibility of miracles.

So Mote It Be

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