How often do we, as witches and pagans, pray?
What does it mean to pray?
We might define prayer as
"a solemn request for help or expression of thanks
addressed to a god or goddess or object of honor."
A request for help from the Universe.
A request for help from our Higher Self.
An expression of thanks...
I like that even better.
We have so much to be grateful for,
especially at this time of year,
when the harvest has been taken in,
and the time of rest approaches.
Daily prayer or meditation uplifts us.
It connects us with the Divine in a way nothing else can.
It helps us sort through our problems.
It helps us connect with the Earth.
Although we often stop at the Sabbats and Esbats to honor the gods,
it's helpful to take a few moments each day to pray.
It can be the difference between feeling frazzled
and feeling grounded.
There are many ways to pray.
|One might bow|
|Or open arms wide!|
|A simple gesture of openness might be used|
|Or a specific posture|
Tools might be useful in prayer.
Some people use beads,
like rosaries or other prayer beads,
to count or keep track of certain prayers.
Some prayers are carried to the gods
with prayer wheels or flags.
Sometimes it just feels right to DANCE your prayers!
Or, you may enjoy singing your prayers!
Whatever makes your heart happy...
whatever helps you to connect to the Source.
Just do it!
The Mystic's Wheel of the Year
provides a nice guideline I'd like to share with you.
I've taken the liberty of changing this to fit a witch's life.
Feel free to re-make this to fit your own life and schedule.
There are two parts to this guideline.
One is a guideline to the phases of the Moon,
and what type of prayer you might do.
The second is a guideline to WHERE your prayers might be done,
according to month,
in order to help you connect more with Nature.
Waning Moon: Pray alone and at mid-day. Think about endings and ask for help ending and ridding your life of the unwanted or the outworn. Do your filing and clean your desk. Give thanks to your god(s) for all you have. Meditate on sustenance and justice for all beings.
New Moon: Pray alone at night. Be mindful. Sit still and be silent. Try to experience Deity with all your senses. What can you see, smell, hear, taste, and touch? Recognize and honor the ONENESS of ALL. This is the time for new beginnings. Meditate on personal transformation.
Waxing Moon: Pray alone at mid-day. Ask for help with and think about current projects. Brainstorm. Chant names or aspects of Deity or play gentle, wordless music while you move gently. Meditate on peace and healing for all.
Full Moon: Pray alone at night. Sing sacred songs of love and praise or play FAST wordless music while you dance exuberantly! Meditate on respect and compassion for all.
WHERE to PRAY
JANUARY: In a dark room or cave
FEBRUARY: In a dark room with a single lit candle
MARCH: In a grove of deciduous trees
APRIL: Near a body or water or on a rainy day/night
MAY: In a flower garden
JUNE: On a hill
JULY: In a wheat or corn field
AUGUST: In a windy or stormy place
SEPTEMBER: In a vegetable garden or fruit orchard
OCTOBER: In a grove of deciduous trees
NOVEMBER: In a cemetery
DECEMBER: In a grove of evergreen trees
There is another great little book called
Prayers for a Planetary Pilgrim: A Personal Manual for Prayer and Ritual
by Edward Hays.
It helps provide a pattern for prayer according to the season of the year.
You can use his prayers
or write your own using his as a guideline to give you ideas.
This is a good resource for coven leaders
or solitaries in writing their own seasonal ritual.
I hope you will begin taking time to pray.
there are no rules.
Just do what feels right.
So Mote It Be!