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Praying to a Goddess
Book of Pagan Prayer. By Ceisiwr Serith. San Francisco, California, Weiser Books, 2002. Notes, annotated bibliography, appendices, 286 pages. ISBN: 1578632552. VSCL. Begins with an essay titled "Why and How We Pray" (68 pages) and then a collection of over 500 prayers for NeoPagans.
A Pagan Ritual Prayer Book. By Ceisiwr Serith. Weiser, 336 pages, 2011. VSCL.
The Pagan's Muse: Words of Ritual, Invocation, and Inspiration. Edited by Jane Raeburn. New York, Citadel Press, Kensington Pub., 2003. 211 pages. ISBN: 0806524405. VSCL.
Speaking to the Goddess:
Prayers, Invocations, Songs, Mantras, Chants, Rituals
"Mighty, majestic, and radiant, You shine brilliantly in the evening, You brighten the day at dawn, You stand in the heavens like the sun and the moon, Your wonders are known both above and below, To the greatness of the Holy Priestess of Heaven, To you, Inanna, I sing!" - Diane Wolkstein, Inanna
"Obsience to Her
Who is Pure Being, Consciousness, Bliss.
Who Exists in the Forms of Time and Space,
And All That is Therein,
Who is the Divine Illuminatrix in All Beings."
- A Tantric Prayer
"Yah Devi sarva bhuteshu,
namastasyai namoh namaha"
This goddess, who in all things, exists as the very form of God.
I bow to you, I bow to you, I bow to you, again and again."
- Yah Devi (This Goddess)
Krishna Das, Pilgrim Heart
"Hail Mary, Full of Grace, the Lord is with Thee,
Blessed are Thou, Amongst Women,
And Blessed in the Fruit of thy Womb, Jesus;
Holy Mary, Mother of God,
Pray for us sinners,
Now, and at the hour of our death,
- The Hail Mary Prayer, Roman Catholic Church
"Oh Goddess, Source of Gods and Mortals,
All-Fertile, All-Destroying Gaia,
Mother of All, Who brings forth the bounteous fruits and flowers,
All variety, Maiden who anchors the eternal world in our own,
Immortal, Blessed, crowned with every grace,
Deep bosomed Earth, sweet plains and fields fragrant grasses in the nurturing rains,
Around you fly the beauteous stars, eternal and divine,
Come, Blessed Goddess, and hear the prayers of Your children,
And make the increase of the fruits and grains your constant care,
With the fertile seasons Your handmaidens,
Draw near, and bless your supplicants."
- Orphic Hym to Gaia, Translated by Virginia Stewart.
Hail Artemis Diana
Blessed Lady of the Beasts
I dedicate myself to You
May my path honor Thee
May my spirit celebrate Thee
May my life force magnify Thee
These things I pray
Be fulfilled this day
Goddess Mother help me
To know what is right."
"Fair as a jasmine flower, the moon or a flake of snow,
Dressed in white, her hands adorned by the graceful veena staff,
Adorned by Brahma, Vishnu, Shiva, and the other deities,
Protect me, Oh Goddess Saraswati, remover of ignorance."
"I, Isis, am all that hath been that is or shall be,
I, who made light from my feathers, The wind from my wings,
No mortal man ever hath me unveiled! - Until now."
"Spenta Armaiti is one of the
the seven "Bounteous Immortals" of the Zoroastrian tradition. These are
emanations of the one God Ahura Mazda, which are sometimes personified and
sometimes considered as abstract concepts. Of all the Seven, Spenta Armaiti is
perhaps the most difficult to translate and explain. The term Spenta is
itself hard to translate into English; it means "increasing" or "growing" but
with a connotation of goodness, holiness, and benevolence. Ali Jafarey
translates it prosaically as "progressive." Armaiti is even more
difficult to convey in English. Scholars of Avesta have rendered the name as
"divine wisdom," "devotion," "piety," "benevolence," "loving- kindness,"
"right-mindedness," "peace and love," or even "service." Jafarey, using the
later Persian word aramati or "tranquillity" as his model, translates
Armaiti as "serenity." Thus his translation of Spenta Armaiti is "Progressive
Serenity," a rather opaque term. Dr. Farhang Mehr has translated Spenta Armaiti
with the more gracious "universal bountiful peace.""
- Hannah Shapero
"I went there of my own free will.
I went there in my finest gown,
With my rarest Jewels
With my Queen of Heaven crown.
In the Underworld
At each of the Seven Gates
I was stripped Seven times
Of all I thought I was
Till I stood bare in who I really am."
- Inanna, Goddess for Embracing the Shadows
"Devi prachanda dora danda daitya
Roopam dehi jayam dehi
Yasho dehi dwisho jahi."
Oh Goddess, with your great staff you have
destroyed the demons of egoism and thought.
Grant me freedom, victory, fame and destroy all hositility."
- Devi Puja (Worship of the Goddess)
Krishna Das, Pilgrim Heart
Inanna, Istar, Ashtart: "She was addressed as"Mother of the Fruitful Breast", Queen of Heaven, Light of the World,
Prayer in Honor of Frigga
Prayer to Ma Durga
"O Universal Mother!
Create fresh ideas for innovation in our minds.
Glorify true feeling of love in our hearts.
Develop a purposeful vision in our Spirit.
Amplify every signal of happiness in our life.
O Universal Mother!
Evolve compassion and kindness in our attitude.
Extend true love and lovely wishes in our hearts.
Expand our thinking pattern toward all directions.
Globalize the spirit of humanity in our world.
O Universal Mother!
We are thy little children.
Spread thou eternal bless everywhere for everyone and
Fuse all our thoughts for construction of creative ideas.
Harmonize our every thought, words and actions.
Integrate our minds, hearts and spirits.
and unify our souls with infinite soul.
For attaining the final journey of all human beings."
- Prayer to the Goddess Durga, by Ajay Kumar Singh
"Goddess Sarasvati, Illustrious One, Bestower of
Hail to Thee, O Goddess of the Refreshing River of Mindfulness!
Goddess of Melodious Voice
Make my voice pleasant and give me the ability to gladden others;
Increase my knowledge of worthwhile and respected books and writers;
Goddess of Writing
Help my words to flow smoothly, clearly, beautifully, and be of benefit to others;
Great Artist of Celestial Harmonies,
Help me create art and music that is skillful and graceful;
Inspire me with poetry, creativity, verses, and mystical revelations;
The One of the Clear Mind and Pure Heart
Keep me in sound mind and high spirits for all my earthly days;
Gorgeous flowers, flowing streams, colorful birds, fine jewels, and cool moons
All Honor Thee unceasingly.
So be it: mahaprabhave hili hili mili mili.
May it flow forth from me by the Power and Grace of the Blessed Goddess Sarasvati!
Karate keyure keyurabati hili mili hili mili hili hili."
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