Written by Algoth’s Grove
“The connection to the divine begins by finding the divinity within. If you cannot see the divinity within, your heart will never see the divinity without. You make your own religion, your own spirituality and you begin by looking within.”
Prayer is not a monotheistic concept. Devotion is magic in itself, in fact it is the core of magic. Without the divine connection, your life and your magic will be futile. This human vessel has been used from the beginning to express devotion through dance, art, singing, movement and prayer. Early rock paintings and cave art show how the human mimicked the animals and in turn gave them god-like status. Our first actions as human beings was to venerate our creators, eat and multiply. These are the core aspects of humanity. Devotion has also, in its extremes, provided a platform where celibacy and strict diets were enforced to separate and isolate the soul from the human condition. Pain and torture are other forms of raising ones awareness and losing the human connection.
One of the most incredible subjects on this earth is how we forge our connection with what we perceive to be divine. Each being, through their lives has formulated completely different perceptions of what divinity and deity is to them, not a single one being the same, similar perhaps, but not one of them identical. It is for this reason that we must explore the various forms of devotion available so that we can integrate those that resonate with us, into our spiritual practices. The old saying of ‘You will never know if you do not try’ is definitely applicable in this instance.
We have placed YouTube links, articles, photographs, and prayers below. This blog will not be strictly pagan, it will however be strictly devotional, so in the names of all that are perceived to be divine let us dive right in at the ancient dance of Kagura…
“The epics Kojiki and Nihonshoki describe a folklore origin for the dances. In these texts, there is a famous legendary tale about the sun goddess Amaterasu, who retreated into a cave, bringing darkness and cold to the world. Ame-no-Uzume, kami/goddess of the dawn and of revelry, led the other gods in a wild dance, and persuaded Amaterasu to emerge to see what the ruckus was all about. Kagura is one of a number of rituals and arts said to derive from this event.Wikipedia
Originally called kamukura or kamikura (神座), kagura began as sacred dances performed at the Imperial court by shrine maidens (miko) who were supposedly descendants of Ame-no-Uzume. Over time, however, these mikagura (御神楽), performed within the sacred and private precincts of the Imperial courts, inspired popular ritual dances, called satokagura (里神楽), which, being popular forms, practiced in villages all around the country, were adapted into various other folk traditions and developed into a number of different forms. Among these are miko kagura, shishi kagura, and Ise-style and Izumo-style kagura dances. Many more variations have developed over the centuries, including some which are fairly new, and most of which have become highly secularized folk traditions.
A prayer to the Goddess Isis, performed by the Embodied Art Project
O, Great Goddess Isis
The One who is All, The Giver of Life
Goddess of Motherhood and Fertility. Hear my cry. Free me from the bonds of my past.
Allow me success in love and life.
As I burn these remnants of my past,
Cleanse my soul and purify my heart.
I sacrifice my memories unto you.
I give you that which has caused me pain,
And wish for you to remove it from me.
Allow me freedom in my life.
Bless me with love and happiness.
Break the chains that bind me.
Please, grant me my desires.
Give me happiness in love,
hope in life.
Erase all past transgressions.
Free me from my judgement,
and the scorn of others.
My servitude is yours.
Please, cleanse and purify everything of mine.
My past, my present, my future.
Let me bathe in your light,
As you cleanse my soul.
Allow your grace to rain down upon me.
Set me free!
O, Goddess Isis
Give me freedom
Give me success
Give me love
Allow your grace and love to penetrate my entire being
Allow your light to shine in my life.
Thank you Goddess Isis,
Thank you Mother Hera,
Thank you Lady Aphrodite,
For all things great you have done and will do for me.
I honor your presence,
And request only freedom and happiness.
Bless You Great Goddess Isis
My gratitude is yours.
Peace Prophecy Benediction
Based on the Morrígan’s poem from the Second Battle of Moytura, adapted for use as a ritual blessing.
sith co nem | peace to the heavens
nem co doman | heaven to the earth
doman fo ním | earth under heaven
nert hi cach | strength in each
án forlann | a cup overfull
lan do mil | a fullness of honey
mid co saith | mead to satisfaction
sam hi ngam | summer in winter
gai for sciath | spear upon a shield
sciath for durnd | shield upon a fist
dunad lonngarg | bladebristling fort
longaiter tromfoíd | great grieving is banished
fod di uí | rights of descendants
ross forbiur | woods full of stags
benna abu | horns of cattle
airbe imetha | encircling boundary
mess for crannaib | mast upon trees
craob do scis | heavy their boughs
scis do áss | heavy from growth
saith do mac | wealth for children
mac for muin | food to their portion
muinel tairb | neck of a bull
tarb di arccoin | bull away from a watchdog
odhb do crann | wood from trees
crann do ten | tree for fire
tene a nnail | fire from a stone
ail a nuír | stone in the earth
uích a mbuaib | young from cows
boinn a mbru | cows from a womb
brú lafefaid | riverbank with birdsong
ossglas iaer | grey deer before
errach foghamar | spring, autumn
forasit etha | whence grows corn
iall do tir | flock of warriors for the land
tir co trachd | land to the shore
la feabrae | protecting with sharp weapons
bidruad rossaib | great length of life
síraib rithmár | longevity assured
nach scel laut? | have you any story?
sith co nemh | peace to the heavens
bidsirnae s[ith] | it will be eternal peace
Note: This is a compilation of multiple different translations of the original poem, combined for ritual use. Original translations used are Isolde Carmody, 2014, and Bernard Mees, 2009. Used from http://www.corupriesthood.com, they have other useful information and prayers you can look at.
Morrigan Prayer, Author Unknown
Morrigan Morrigan three times three,
Hear the words I ask of thee.
Grant me vision, Grant me power,
Cheer me in my darkest hour.
As the night overtakes the day,
Morrigan Morrigan light my way.
Morrigan Morrigan Raven Queen,
Round & round the Hawthorn green.
Queen of beauty, Queen of Art,
Yours my body, Yours my heart.
All my trust I place in thee,
Morrigan Morrigan Be with me.
The song : Ly-O-Lay Ale Loya (Circle Dance) conveys the stories, legends and plight of the Native Americans by combining sampled chants of the Navajo, Pueblo and Sioux tribes and Sami people yoik with synthesizer backings, all driven forth by a combination of traditional drumming and electronic dance-beats. Ly-O-Lay Ale Loya (Circle Dance) is part of the album “Yeha-Noha” (Wishes of happiness and prosperity) released in 1994 by a musical project named “Sacred Spirit” . On the first album, the song “Circle Dance” was presented as a native American chant, however the main vocals are an authentic Sami yoik (“Normo Jovnna” by Terje Tretnes), For each album sold, donations are made to the Native American Rights Fund, a non-profit Native American organization devoted to restoring the legal rights of the native American people.
Source : Wikipedia
Om Bhur Bhuvaḥ Swaḥ
Bhargo Devasya Dhīmahi
Dhiyo Yonaḥ Prachodayāt
General meaning: We meditate on that most adored Supreme Lord, the creator, whose effulgence (divine light) illuminates all realms (physical, mental and spiritual). May this divine light illuminate our intellect.
Word meaning: Om: The primeval sound; Bhur: the physical body/physical realm; Bhuvah: the life force/the mental realm Suvah: the soul/spiritual realm; Tat: That (God); Savitur: the Sun, Creator (source of all life); Vareñyam: adore; Bhargo: effulgence (divine light); Devasya: supreme Lord; Dhīmahi: meditate; Dhiyo: the intellect; Yo: May this light; Nah: our; Prachodayāt: illumine/inspire.
Om Sarvesham Svastir Bhavatu (universal prayer)
|सर्वेषां स्वस्तिर्भवतु । सर्वेषां शान्तिर्भवतु । सर्वेषां पूर्नं भवतु । सर्वेषां मड्गलं भवतु|
|Sarveśām Svastir Bhavatu Sarveśām Shāntir Bhavatu Sarveśām Pūrnam Bhavatu Sarveśām Maṇgalam Bhavatu|
|May there be happiness in all May there be peace in all May there be completeness in all May there be success in all|
|Sarva=everything; Sarvesham≈all/ everything; svastir=health/ well-being; bhavatu=let be, may there be Shanti=peace Pūrnam=completeness/ perfection/ fulfillment Mangalam=success (spiritual success)/ auspiciousness / prosperity.|
The Iqaro’s are specific whistles and tunes given to the Ayahuasca shamans / Shipibo shamans from the Plant Mother Ayahuasca. These Iqaros are used to perform the ceremony and to bless the spirit of the plant before use in ritual.
We have added much food for thought and many prayers and songs to provide you with doorways to incorporate these pieces of divine connection into your lives. We will be updating this blog over time, so make sure to visit often. If you believe that a prayer or a piece of devotion should be added please feel free to add it into the comments below!