Let’s Talk Witch – Witches & Prayer
If you have any religious practice, regardless of what it is, you should make a daily routine of praying. Every religious practice has its regular prayers, and these should be made a part of your daily routine as well. If you have no religious practice you should return to the religious practice of your childhood, and enter into it with new perception that it is actually valuable and worthwhile. If you grew up in a home with no religious practice you should look around and find one that is comfortable for you. Enter into the practice and use the prayers from that practice. If the practice uses prayers in foreign language, you should learn the language at least well enough to understand the prayers.
Popular opinion to the contrary, it really doesn’t matter which prayers you use or what form they take. What matter is whether or not you pray regularly. Prayer (and the attempt at praying) acts to stabilize and keep you protected from various forms of external influence.
True prayer is the most magickal act there is, and if you are in communion with the Divine, you live your life in a state of continual prayer. Prayer is a real force in the universe, and the process of learning how to pray is one of the most important lessons you can learn.
Being a Witch, you probably have mixed feelings about praying. But no matter how you feel and whether or not you call it praying, it is communicating with our Gods and Goddesses on a daily bases.
Thou art the King who reigns within,
The jester and the Friar,
The maiden child, innocent and bold,
The mother, crone and liar.
Thou art the meaning of success,
The flash that doeth inspire,
The holy beam of golden light,
The flickering of the fire.
Thou are the glory of the day,
The beautiful song of birds,
The light that glowest in the dark,
The poet, and the words.
And every single day I see,
In every star that shines,
With fear and wonder, joy and love,
That thee and me combines.
For in the end we are one,
The Lady and the Lord,
The spirit and the great God,
The truth I’m moving toward.
So in the day that lies ahead,
To every man and tree,
To members of the fairy lands
Bright blessing be to we.
Charge of the Goddess
Hear ye the words of the Star Goddess;
she in the dust of whose feet are the hosts
of heaven, and whose body encircles the universe
I who am the beauty of the green earth,
the white moon among the stars, and the mystery
of the waters call unto thy soul;
Arise, and come unto me.
I am the soul of nature who gives life to the universe.
From Me all things proceed, and unto Me all things must return.
Before My face, beloved of gods and of men, let thine
innermost divine self be enfolded in the rapture of the infinite.
Let My worship be within the heart that rejoices,
for behold, all acts of love and pleasure are My rituals.
Therefore let there be beauty and strength, power and compassion,
honor and humility, mirth and reverence within you.
To thou who thinkest to seek Me, know that thy seeking and
yearning shall avail thee not unless thou knowest the Mystery.
If that which thou seekest thou findest not within thee,
thou wilt never find it without.
For behold, I have been with thee from the beginning; and
I am that which is attained at the end of desire.”
– from Doreen Valiente’s “Charge of the Goddess”
1. Thou shalt love and honor the Earth for it blesses thy life and governs thy survival.
2. Thou shalt keep each day sacred to the Earth and celebrate the turning of the seasons.
3. Thou shalt not hold thyself above other living things nor drive them to extinction.
4. Thou shalt give thanks for thy food to the creatures and plants that nourish thee.
5. Thou shalt limit thy offspring, for multitudes of people are a burden unto the Earth.
6. Thou shalt not kill nor waste Earth’s riches upon weapons of war.
7. Thou shalt not pursue profit at the Earth’s expense but strive to restore its damaged majesty.
8. Thou shalt not hide from thyself or others the consequences of thy actions upon the Earth.
9. Thou shalt consume material goods in moderation so all may share Earth’s bounty.
–Earnest Callenbach. 1990
The Day of Strength
The Day of Jupiter
thursdaeg (Anglo-Saxon) donnerstag (Germanic) dies jovis (Latin) vrihaspat-var or guru-var (Hindu) jumerat (Islamic) jeudi (French) moku youbi (Japanese)
Traditionally seen as the fifth day of the week. Originally associated with two gods, ‘Jove’ and ‘Thor’. Thor was the God of Thunder hence the day also being known a ‘Thunderday’. Jove was also known to be associated with thunder, with the French renaming the day ‘Jeudi’ which means ‘Jove’s Day’. ‘Maundy Thursday’ is the Thursday before Good Friday when in the Roman Catholic faith, the preparation of washing the feet begins. Traditionally those of high office within the church, including royalty would wash the feet of the poor on this day. In John, xiii, 34, the ceremony is outlined with ‘Mandatum novum do vobis’ meaning ‘a new commandment I give unto you’. The washing of the feet is associated with Jesus washing the feet of the poor, and also too of Mary of Magdala washing the feet of Jesus. In Germany (Europe) Thursday was believed traditionally to be the most unluckiest of the week. As a result the practice grew of ensuring that no important business should be carried out, no marriages and even that no child should be sent to school for their first time on this day. ‘Black Thursday’ was the name given to February 6 1851 in Australia when a powerful fire swept in from the bush to blaze a trail across Victoria. According to the English historian Richard Grafton certain dates of the month were unlucky as published in the ‘Manual’ in 1565. Days throughout the year were identified and of course could have related to any day of the week. The date was the most important point to consider. The work was reputed to have some credence with support given by astronomers of the day. Columba, or Columcille is associated with this day, as it is known that he was born on a Thursday in 521, on the 7 December. The Celtic church notes this feast day as 7 June, revered across the British Isles and Brittany as a truly sacred man of God hence the association in ancient times of this being a holy day.
I do not know what still awaits,
Or what the morrow brings;
But with the glad salute of faith,
I hail it with an open heart!
For this I know, that in my Lord & lady
Shall all my needs be met;
And I can trust the hearts of Both
Who has not failed me yet..
Blessed Be To The New Year, 2013!
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Calendar of the Moon
Colors: Grey and white
Altar: Upon a grey cloth set a large wooden box covered with carvings of horror, blight, and disease. It should be filled with two layers of rolled papers, separated by a cloth. The first layer is rolled papers tied with black string, which are assignments as to what offering of aid to the unfortunate should be given. The bottom layer is rolled papers tied with silver string, each of which has a saying of hope written upon it. Aside from the box, the altar should be starkly empty.
Offerings: Give aid and hope to those who are suffering outside the House. The following day should be a day of helping other organizations.
Daily Meal: Give food to others; the House fasts tonight.
Invocation to Pandora
You were made like a toy by the Gods
To take revenge on the world,
Yet you hold your own mystery.
You were constructed with all gifts,
Yet we must never forget
That suffering, too, is a gift.
Though it may seem like the greatest of evils,
The pain that you bring hones us,
Tries us, trials us, tests our mettle,
And teaches us the limits of Life.
Help us to honor these gifts of yours,
These thorns and hails and lightning strikes,
This pain and weakness and suffering.
And help us to always remember,
The final gift in the bottom of your box,
Which is hope for the future.
(All come forward and kneel before the altar. The keeper of the box says, “Choose your suffering.” One at a time, each comes forward and takes a paper from the top layer of the box. Then the keeper of the box says, “Choose hope,” and each comes forward and takes another paper from the bottom. The box is closed and all leave in silence.)
[Pagan Book of Hours]
Whenever my siblings and I had any sort of troubling issue my mother would counsel us to invoke the intercession of Saint Jude whose mission is to guide, protect and help. Mom promised that no matter how big our concerns, Saint Jude could handle them. He is, after all, the ‘Patron Saint of Lost Causes’ and he has been known to help those who are in deep despair. So on today’s ‘Saint Jude’s Day’ I would like to take the opportunity to thank him from the bottom of my often-healed heart! I have absolute faith that any time I share a sincere request Saint Jude will interceded almost as quickly as he was invoked. There are special novenas that can be said to Saint Jude, with many different versions offering the same petitioning prayer. But instead of calling on him for help today, I just want to thank him, and hope that those reading this tip will now know of the oceans of assistance available to them, and that they are never alone. Call on Saint Jude and then have full faith that he will help to smooth the wrinkles away!
By Ellen Whitehurst for Astrology.com