Days of the week – Prayers

Thursday

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Thorr

Great son of the ancient earth, May I be brave this day as you are brave; May I know strength this day as you are strong; May I know courage this day as you are courageous; May I trust and defend the goodness of my brothers and sisters as you know and defend the goodness of mankind. Great son and friend of man on this day, Thors-day, may you be named and remembered!
 Thors Prayer

 

Friday

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Frigga

Great Lady of Asgard, May I be wise this day as you are wise; May I be patient this day as you are patient; May I know the peace of silence as you know that peace; May I use my words calmly and concisely as you employ your words rationally and rarely.
Great Lady of Asgard on this day, Frigs-day, may you be named and remembered!
Frigga’s Prayer

 

Sunday

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Sunna

Great Lady of Illumination, May I be bright this day as you are bright; May I be swift of thought as you are quick across the sky; May I shine this day as you shine; May my will be sure and clear as you are bold and radiant.
Great Lady of Illumination on this day, Sunna’s-Day, may you be named and remembered!
Sunna’s Prayer

 

Monday

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Mani

Great Son of Night, May I be steadfast as you are steadfast; May I realize time as an asset as you hold it fast; May I know the blessings of prayer as you bless the dark; May I trust that there will be a well lit path just as you will always be brilliant in darkest night.
Great Son of Night, Great ‘Gleamer’ and ‘Teller of Time’ on this day, Moons-Day, May you be named and remembered!
Mani’s Prayer

 

Tuesday

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Tyr

Great Father of Order, May I be honest as you are honest this day; May I know and live my Troth this day as you know and live yours this day; May I stand tall this day as you radiate from above; May I seek betterment via my sacrifices as you have sacrificed for the good of all.
Great Father of Order on this day, Tyrs-Day, may you be named and remembered!
Tyr’s Prayer

 

Wednesday

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Odinn

Great Father of Mystery, May I be impassioned this day as you are passionate this day; May I seek answers this day as you seek answers this day; May I sing strongly this day as you sing this day; May I walk a road of bold decisions and wise ways as you great Walker and Seeker travel nine worlds of foe and friend, word and deed, lore and story.
Great Father of Mystery on this day, Wodan’s-Day, may you be named and remembered!
Odinn’s Prayer

Morning Everyday Practice

My daily morning practice:

-Sit or Stand before Shrine/Hallows/Altar/, My tradition calls for a representation of the Sacred Tree, Fire, and Well.

“I come this day to keep the ways of my Ancestors,
To keep the ways of the Aesir and Vanir,
and to keep the ways of the Gothi and Gothar.”

-Light Candle-

Well

” Today I sit beside the Sacred Well, waters of life,
Of first wisdom and chaos.”
– Drop coin into waters.
” May the waters of the well rise this day in this Grove and Ve.”

Fire

” I sit beside the Sacred flame of living and life,
beneath the great sun and immortal sky and the fires of reason, power, and passion.’
-Drop a pinch of spice or incense into flame-
” May the fires flame here this day in this Grove and in this Ve.”

Tree

” I sit beside the Sacred Tree, great Yggradisil,
holder of all worlds,’
-Smudge of oil onto Tree representation-
” May the Tree rise here from earth to sky, from chaos to reason this day, in this Grove and Ve.”

Brief pause for reflection on Well, Tree, and Fire

” Fire , well , and Sacred Tree
Grow and Flame and Flow in me.
I Stand between the Earth and Sky,
Rooted deep and crowned high.”

-Dip fingers into Well and aspurge area-
” May the Waters of Well open as a gate, that my words may resound within.”
-Hold hands over the flame to feel the warmth of the flame or light incense-
” May the fires of the Flame open as a gate this day that my words may a-light within.”
-hold staff or touch Tree icon-
” May the great Tree open as a Gate that this day, that all worlds may know my words and deeds.”

Brief pause for reflection on opening of gates.

At this point I conduct any work I have planned for the morning. This could be silent meditation – offerings to gods, beings, ancestors – Stadhagaldr (Rune yoga) – Blessings or Workings for health/prosperity or the like on behalf of relatives or myself.

Once the work is finished I close the devotional

“I go this day warmed by the Fire, refreshed by the Well, and sheltered by the Tree.
With Joy, Beauty, and Compassion in me.”
-This is said while feeling the warmth of the flame, touching the tree, and touching the waters.
Address any beings offered to and dismiss with love and honesty or Contemplate the brief devotional and what has occurred.

“By Will and Right, Troth and Might, finished this day is this Rite.”
-Blow out candle and wait for smoke to dissipate before leaving room, altar, or harrow.

 

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Silence + Devotion = evo

Having practiced as a Pagan/Polytheist for many years I’m still caught off-guard by how the process of worship can change; Not only that it can change but that it can be dramatically inspirational and feel wholly new.

Somehow within the Pagan community Polytheism has been equated with a meme that sees worship as ones focus being pushed outside, above nature, and even self.  This probably comes from modern mans inability to excuse himself from the ideas of the predominant cultural myth.  In Christianity and most of it’s denominations, focus is placed outside of the personal sphere and outside of the world and matter itself, god is seen as, and taught to be wholly spirit and not in the least associated with matter…many Pagans/Polytheists therefore retain some of this dualist thought, i.e. matter vs. spirit.

In the past I do admit to having some difficulty with the idea of gods and why they should be worshiped or acknowledged.  There was a time when my Paganism meant Nature – Life -Truth…and that’s it.  After many years of that practice it grew stale and I gravitated toward a deeper learning and study of Paganism and the myths that I loved.

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Polytheism initially was not an easy fit for me…but I soon realized that I didn’t need to define the gods in the same way as others.  My gods didn’t need to be physical, or be great ancestors, and they didn’t have to be psychological archetypes or representations of natural phenomena.  I began to seek the gods on my own terms because the lens that I had been made to see them through (via school, cultural bias, religious bias, etc.) was far too limited.  The gods became all those things I have listed and more…until I reached the point that I have been at for some time; that point being that the gods need no definition, and to spend my time attempting to pin one to them is useless and a waste of energy.

Experimenting with various ways to approach the gods is fundamental to enlivening a poly/pagan practice.  My offerings are simple and done in a manner meant to initiate communication between myself and the being, idea, or thing to which I am offering.  Usually this is done through words meant to call to the being/thing in a reverent state.  These words are generally titles or name kennings, sometimes a list of deeds and feats, and most often a herald of the entities relationships are voiced.  This is followed by the offering and then an offer to drink or eat together in kinship.

A new form of worship I’m experimenting with is wordless and silent.  Instead of vocalized calls to honor a being with knowledge of their deeds or names I’m forcing myself to use mental images which embody this veneration.  So, as an example, instead of calling to Sunna as the vibrant and living sun, or as the ‘glory of elves’, I visualize the blazing sun (and all that that entails) and may see the elves of the land and those in the halls of ljossalfheim and svartalfheim paying her homage as I do so.

What I have found with this type of wordless honoring is that an extremely deep communication takes place.  Most of ritual takes place within the minds of attendees and clergy conducting the ritual.  By removing the need for the mind to fabricate words and linear logical phrases, perhaps when using imagery as the device of reverence, the ritualist or worshipper is better able to communicate with beings that may favor images to phrases and the linguistic tedium.

This goes to the heart of what I’ve been finding lately; that in ritual one is literally entering a new vista of thought, an environment of self, time, and place almost completely separate from the day to day dreaming that clogs our every action, and the ‘ritual intelligence’ that the practitioner enters understands the world and the ritual time in images that go beyond language.  To take this further, I’m thinking (and experiencing) that the ritualist begins to think mythically, that the physical self and what I call the mythic self begin to meld and bleed into an absolutely unique presence that interprets action, intuition, and insight via images.

Now as far as pagan/magic(k)/occult literature goes this is probably not a unique viewpoint.  But for me it seems to be going beyond the usual visualization techniques and mental imaginings.  Through this new technique of silent offering, I’m finding a language of images and a path of profound depth.

Perhaps I’ll add a Practice piece to this soon.