39 Days of Prayer – Day 24

Day 24 – An Evening Prayer for Insight


You who are the All and the Void

Thank you for wrapping your essence around me as I sleep, and keeping me from harm.

And as I rest, may the pieces of my energy

that  I have knowingly and unknowingly separated from my body and spirit

come home to me.

In my slumber I am revived, made whole and complete,

ready to accept the wisdom and insight you provide me in dreams.

I embrace and hold you to me, Goddess/God

And I am grateful for your protection and instruction.

Blessed be.

Goddesses of Prosperity

Spring/Summer energies are a great time to bring prosperity into your life. Here are a few Goddesses who can help:

Abundantia – Roman Goddess of prosperity, luck, and abundance.  She is the personification of wealth and riches, blessing all who ask to receive her gifts.  She is usually depicted as a beautiful maiden carrying a cornucopia from which she distributes food and money.  Her image was found on the coins of Roman emperors, and she is known to gamblers as ‘Lady Fortune’ or ‘Lady Luck.’

Anuket – Egyptian Goddess of the Overflow.  The personification of the annual flooding of the Nile River, Anuket is worshipped as an agricultural Goddess.  She nourishes the field and grains, bringing life, food, and prosperity to the land of Egypt.  Her name means embracer, and Her symbols are the cowrie shell, water jugs, the yoni, coins, and fish.  As Patroness of the poor, She supplies those in need with wealth and fertility.  Anuket is generally depicted as a gazelle, or as a full breasted woman with a reed and ostrich feather headdress.

Habondia – Germanic Earth Goddess.  Throughout Northern Europe, Habondia was worshipped as a harvest deity, granting abundance and prosperity to fields, crops and herds.  Infinitely generous, She promotes growth in all areas of life.

Inari – Japanese Goddess of Nourishment.  Inari is depicted in both male and female form.  As a goddess, She is seen as a young woman with long flowing hair; as a god Inari is represented by an old man with a beard.  She is the goddess of rice, and the patroness of farmers and merchants.  She bestows prosperity and abundance on all who honor Her.

Lakshmi – Hindu Goddess of Prosperity.  Lakshmi is the epitome of wealth and abundance in both the material and spiritual realms.  She rules prosperity in all its forms, and widely bestows Her gifts to those who are open to receive.  Celebrations of Lakshmi are held during the month of October.  She is generally pictured wearing red and gold, standing on a blooming lotus with gold coins pouring from Her hands.  Full moons are sacred to Her.

Text from The Goddess Guide

39 Days of Prayer – Day 23

Day 23 – Manifesting Dreams

Spider Woman – Creatrix Goddess of Native America.  Spider Woman is known throughout many Native American tribes as the Great Teacher, the Creator of Life, and the weaver of dreams.  She is the guardian of all existence on earth and She uses Her power to weave the fabric of time and to bind physical reality to the unknown.

Spider Woman, Weaver of Dreams and Great Teacher

You walk between the worlds, spinning and connecting the threads of reality

Teaching humanity how to change dreaming idleness into waking action

I honor you, and give thanks for your awareness.

I humbly call to you now

as the time has come for me to create the abundant life I am meant to have.

As you teach me to weave the pattern of existence

Bless me with the insight to separate my illusions from my truth

Allow my dreams and goals to align with my highest good.

I now step into your line of sight, Spider Woman

Where with your power healing and strengthening my will,

I create, build, and manifest.

Blessed be.

39 Days of Prayer – Day 22

Day 22 – Connection

I enter into this day with the intention of self evolution

That I may grow and change into the healthy, whole person I am meant to be

Keep me mindful, Goddess

of your light that lives within me

I know you whisper to my mind, heart, and spirit

Prepare me to hear your voice as loud and clear as my own.

Help me to trust my intuition without fear, and to embrace my insights without embarrassment.

Teach me to sit still, and to wait on your instruction in all situations.

Remind me that no answer is my answer.

And please impart these lessons Goddess, with gentleness and love.

Thank you, Lady.

Blessed Be.

39 Days of Prayer – Day 21

Day 21 – Gratitude

Lord and Lady,

Thank you for the love in my life

Thank you for the calm of my spirit, and for teaching me to trust myself.

You shower me with blessings every moment of every day

and I give thanks that I am able to recognize these gifts in all their forms,

and that I am able to honor others with the generosity  and love you have shown me.

Blessed be.

Seeing the Opportunities

And so I continue with the project of trying to milk meaningful thoughts and reflections out of the current mess of my life. There is that piece of wisdom, ‘when life sends lemons, make lemonade’. I’ve seen it amended in a number of ways lately. ‘If it doesn’t also send you water and sugar however, your lemonade will be vile.’ ‘Ask for salt and tequila’. There’s a truth here, and it pertains a lot to what scope we have for happiness. It does assume that there can be good in any situation.

One of the key notions in Buddhism is that life is pain and the only way to transcend that is to learn not to want. That philosophy allows a certain kind of contentment with very little, and a way of getting through hard times by trying to want and need less. I’ve tried that as a way forward, and I’m not going to recommend it. Learning to make do with less, can enable you to tolerate all sorts of things that it would be better to fight against. It can lead to a paring down of soul and self that is neither happy, or noble.

So, my challenge for today is to see the potential for good in what is happening to me. To stop drowning in pain and dismay, and try to find a way of relating to things that not only makes it easier to bear, but helps me move forwards.

There is always scope for learning. Whatever is going on, where there is life, there are things to be learned, even if they are things we have no desire to know. Accepting that possibility and looking for the lessons within experience can soften the stings.

I’m personally inspired by Brendan Myers work on heroic virtue (see ‘The Other Side of Virtue’ which is brilliant). Even if we have no apparent choice about our fate, there is always the choice of how to face it. Heroic cultures, pagan cultures, favoured facing your fate on your feet, with a weapon in hand. Certain doom can be faced with style, panache, courage and honour. Sometimes, it turns out not to be certain doom after all, because the insane, desperate attempt against all odds does work out sometimes. There is a solace of sorts to be found in taking a heroic stance, willing to accept whatever blows honour or passion demand. Celtic love stories are seldom happily ever afters, but they are epic, wild, and love burns very brightly in them. And so I will take it as a challenge, a chance to shine, not as a setback.

There’s scope for looking at accidental benefits that can be caused by challenges. The changes and demands of hard times can set us in new directions, creating new opportunities. Looking back at previous setbacks, some of them turned out to be blessings in disguise, most made me stronger, there were often unexpected ripples.

What do I have here? No shortage of opportunity to learn, grow, become stronger. I have a challenge to face, and it is going to take courage and determination. So be it. I have the chance to demonstrate to the love of my life, how far I would go for him, how much I would do and give to be with him. And he has the opportunity to do the same for me. Watching his eyes as we talked yesterday, seeing the fierce passion, the fire and determination in him, has affected me deeply. It is inspirational. Out of the pain we craft something stronger, deeper. Most people do not get chances to fight monsters and risk everything for the sake of their beloved. Life for most people most of the time is unremarkable. But I am caught up in something huge, shattering, hard, and I will have to fight, and so will Tom. My life is an epic romance. Seeing it in those terms makes it a very different thing to deal with.

We have this, now. We have moment to moment the breathtaking reality of living with a love that will cross oceans and do battle with bureaucrats. And I also see how this is touching all the people around us. Friends and family who are stepping up to help, and who are investing in our struggle. And so you too become part of this story. We had best make it a good one. Something worthy of remembering and repeating. A tale that in future years, people will look back on and say ‘I was there, I saw.’

Who knows what that might bring into the world?