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    Big thread of liturgy and devotionals

    The womb of stars embraces us;
    remnants of their firey furnaces
    pulse through our veins.


    We are of the stars,
    the dust of the explosions
    cast across space.


    We are of the earth:
    we breathe and live in the breath
    of ancient plants and beasts.


    Their cells nourish the soils;
    we build our communities
    on their harvest of gifts


    Our fingers trace the curves
    carved in clay and stone
    by forebears unknown to us


    We are a part
    of the great circle of humanity
    gathered around the fire, the hearth, the altar.


    We gather anew this day
    to celebrate our common heritage.


    May we recall in gratitude
    all that has given us birth.
    From Singing the Living Tradition, the Unitarian Universalist Association Hymnal, reading number 445 by Joy Atkinson. If read in a group setting, the italicized parts are meant to be read as a response by the group as a whole.
    “You have never answered but you did not need to. If I stand at the ocean I can hear you with your thousand voices. Sometimes you shout, hilarious laughter that taunts all questions. Other nights you are silent as death, a mirror in which the stars show themselves. Then I think you want to tell me something, but you never do. Of course I know I have written letters to no-one. But what if I find a trident tomorrow?" ~~Letters to Poseidon, Cees Nooteboom

    “We still carry this primal relationship to the Earth within our consciousness, even if we have long forgotten it. It is a primal recognition of the wonder, beauty, and divine nature of the Earth. It is a felt reverence for all that exists. Once we bring this foundational quality into our consciousness, we will be able to respond to our present man-made crisis from a place of balance, in which our actions will be grounded in an attitude of respect for all of life. This is the nature of real sustainability.”
    ~~Llewellyn Vaughan-Lee

    "We are the offspring of history, and must establish our own paths in this most diverse and interesting of conceivable universes--one indifferent to our suffering, and therefore offering us maximal freedom to thrive, or to fail, in our own chosen way."
    ~~Stephen Jay Gould, Wonderful Life: The Burgess Shale and the Nature of History

    "Humans are not rational creatures. Now, logic and rationality are very helpful tools, but there’s also a place for embracing our subjectivity and thinking symbolically. Sometimes what our so-called higher thinking can’t or won’t see, our older, more primitive intuition will." John Beckett

    Pagan Devotionals, because the wind and the rain is our Bible

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    Spirit of the East, Spirit of Air,
    of Morning and Springtime
    Be with us as the sun rises in times of beginning,
    in times of planting.
    Inspire us with the fresh breath of courage
    as we go forth into new adventures.

    Spirit of the South, Spirit of Fire,
    of noontime and Summer.
    Be with us through the heat of the day
    and help us to be ever growing.
    Warm us with strength and energy
    for the work that awaits us.

    Spirit of the West, Spirit of Water,
    of evening and autumn
    Be with us as the sun sets
    and help us to enjoy a rich harvest.
    Flow through us with a cooling,
    healing quietness and bring us peace.

    Spirit of the North, Spirit of Earth,
    of nighttime and winter
    Be with us in the darkness
    in the time of gestation.
    Ground us in the wisdom of the changing seasons
    as we celebrate the spiraling journey of our lives.

    From Singing the Living Tradition (the Unitarian Universalist Association hymnal), reading number 446, by Joan Goodwin.
    “You have never answered but you did not need to. If I stand at the ocean I can hear you with your thousand voices. Sometimes you shout, hilarious laughter that taunts all questions. Other nights you are silent as death, a mirror in which the stars show themselves. Then I think you want to tell me something, but you never do. Of course I know I have written letters to no-one. But what if I find a trident tomorrow?" ~~Letters to Poseidon, Cees Nooteboom

    “We still carry this primal relationship to the Earth within our consciousness, even if we have long forgotten it. It is a primal recognition of the wonder, beauty, and divine nature of the Earth. It is a felt reverence for all that exists. Once we bring this foundational quality into our consciousness, we will be able to respond to our present man-made crisis from a place of balance, in which our actions will be grounded in an attitude of respect for all of life. This is the nature of real sustainability.”
    ~~Llewellyn Vaughan-Lee

    "We are the offspring of history, and must establish our own paths in this most diverse and interesting of conceivable universes--one indifferent to our suffering, and therefore offering us maximal freedom to thrive, or to fail, in our own chosen way."
    ~~Stephen Jay Gould, Wonderful Life: The Burgess Shale and the Nature of History

    "Humans are not rational creatures. Now, logic and rationality are very helpful tools, but there’s also a place for embracing our subjectivity and thinking symbolically. Sometimes what our so-called higher thinking can’t or won’t see, our older, more primitive intuition will." John Beckett

    Pagan Devotionals, because the wind and the rain is our Bible

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    15-fold Blessing (Feri)

    Blessed are my feet, that have brought me in these ways.
    Blessed are my knees, that shall kneel at the sacred altar.
    Blessed is my sex, without which we would not be.
    Blessed are my breasts, formed in strength and beauty.
    Blessed are my lips, which will speak the sacred Names.
    Blessed are my hands, that will do the work of the Gods.
    Blessed is my head, which coordinates my movements.
    Blessed are my senses, that taste the Magick of the world.
    Blessed are my internal organs, fitted together in form and
    function.
    Blessed is my skin, which contains and protects me.
    Blessed is my blood, which nourishes me.
    Blessed are my bones, which support me.
    Blessed is my flesh, in whatever age or stage it presents itself to
    Life.
    Blessed am I:
    I am her child.
    I am Her Self.
    “You have never answered but you did not need to. If I stand at the ocean I can hear you with your thousand voices. Sometimes you shout, hilarious laughter that taunts all questions. Other nights you are silent as death, a mirror in which the stars show themselves. Then I think you want to tell me something, but you never do. Of course I know I have written letters to no-one. But what if I find a trident tomorrow?" ~~Letters to Poseidon, Cees Nooteboom

    “We still carry this primal relationship to the Earth within our consciousness, even if we have long forgotten it. It is a primal recognition of the wonder, beauty, and divine nature of the Earth. It is a felt reverence for all that exists. Once we bring this foundational quality into our consciousness, we will be able to respond to our present man-made crisis from a place of balance, in which our actions will be grounded in an attitude of respect for all of life. This is the nature of real sustainability.”
    ~~Llewellyn Vaughan-Lee

    "We are the offspring of history, and must establish our own paths in this most diverse and interesting of conceivable universes--one indifferent to our suffering, and therefore offering us maximal freedom to thrive, or to fail, in our own chosen way."
    ~~Stephen Jay Gould, Wonderful Life: The Burgess Shale and the Nature of History

    "Humans are not rational creatures. Now, logic and rationality are very helpful tools, but there’s also a place for embracing our subjectivity and thinking symbolically. Sometimes what our so-called higher thinking can’t or won’t see, our older, more primitive intuition will." John Beckett

    Pagan Devotionals, because the wind and the rain is our Bible

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    Re: Big thread of liturgy and devotionals

    Pagan

    by T. Thorne Coyle, as shared on her blog, Know Thyself, 27 Sept2010



    My religion is:
    These birds, those trees, this sky.
    The sound of trains or children in a distance
    And cars en route to work.
    Cool air through the window.
    The distinct taste of this cup of tea, with milk.

    My religion is found:
    In Footnote to Howl.
    In the questing of Hypatia
    And the musings of Aurelius
    In the clarity of Baldwin
    And the rhythms of Shange.

    God(s) come(s) to me:
    In the intensity of a gaze,
    And the quicksilver flash of understanding.
    In the movement of my lips upon a lover’s,
    And the strobing nighclub lights on sweaty bodies.
    In the silence of this morning’s contemplation.

    Grace descends and rises:
    Around a dinner table with good friends.
    In the waters of the Weld Valley
    Or the alleyways of Paris.
    On California cliffs under the cypress
    Where fat earthworms dig at loam.

    My hermeneutics is:
    The Hubble taking galactial pictures.
    The x-ray diffraction parsing DNA.
    Fuller’s triangles forming mind-domes
    And every evidence of the number Phi:
    The nautilus and sunflower, your body meeting mine.

    Salvation comes:
    This moment.
    Look. Listen. Taste. Touch. Sense that
    You are infinite and not alone.
    You are center, but not apex.
    You are part of some great Whole.
    Wholly! Wholly! Wholly!
    Power, light, and grace.
    Wholly! Wholly! Wholly!
    Shadow, love, and all unfolding time.

    Know Thyself.
    Know the World.
    Know the Cosmos.
    Know that you are God/dess,
    (But not the only one).
    Limitlessness distills in form.
    Ever reaching…
    “You have never answered but you did not need to. If I stand at the ocean I can hear you with your thousand voices. Sometimes you shout, hilarious laughter that taunts all questions. Other nights you are silent as death, a mirror in which the stars show themselves. Then I think you want to tell me something, but you never do. Of course I know I have written letters to no-one. But what if I find a trident tomorrow?" ~~Letters to Poseidon, Cees Nooteboom

    “We still carry this primal relationship to the Earth within our consciousness, even if we have long forgotten it. It is a primal recognition of the wonder, beauty, and divine nature of the Earth. It is a felt reverence for all that exists. Once we bring this foundational quality into our consciousness, we will be able to respond to our present man-made crisis from a place of balance, in which our actions will be grounded in an attitude of respect for all of life. This is the nature of real sustainability.”
    ~~Llewellyn Vaughan-Lee

    "We are the offspring of history, and must establish our own paths in this most diverse and interesting of conceivable universes--one indifferent to our suffering, and therefore offering us maximal freedom to thrive, or to fail, in our own chosen way."
    ~~Stephen Jay Gould, Wonderful Life: The Burgess Shale and the Nature of History

    "Humans are not rational creatures. Now, logic and rationality are very helpful tools, but there’s also a place for embracing our subjectivity and thinking symbolically. Sometimes what our so-called higher thinking can’t or won’t see, our older, more primitive intuition will." John Beckett

    Pagan Devotionals, because the wind and the rain is our Bible

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    For blessing/cleansing a home...


    May nothing evil cross this door
    and may ill fortune
    never pry about these windows
    May roar and rain go by.

    By faith made strong the rafters will
    withstand the battering of the storm
    This hearth, though all the world
    grow cold, will keep you warm.

    Peace shall walk softly through these rooms
    touching our lips with holy wine
    till every casual corner blooms
    into a holy shrine.

    With laughter drown the raucous shout
    and, though these sheltering walls are thin,
    may they be strong to keep hate out
    and hold love in.

    *From the Unitarian Universalist hymnal, Singing the Living Tradition, hymn #1. We actually use this, slightly modified, in our home blessing and cleansing.
    “You have never answered but you did not need to. If I stand at the ocean I can hear you with your thousand voices. Sometimes you shout, hilarious laughter that taunts all questions. Other nights you are silent as death, a mirror in which the stars show themselves. Then I think you want to tell me something, but you never do. Of course I know I have written letters to no-one. But what if I find a trident tomorrow?" ~~Letters to Poseidon, Cees Nooteboom

    “We still carry this primal relationship to the Earth within our consciousness, even if we have long forgotten it. It is a primal recognition of the wonder, beauty, and divine nature of the Earth. It is a felt reverence for all that exists. Once we bring this foundational quality into our consciousness, we will be able to respond to our present man-made crisis from a place of balance, in which our actions will be grounded in an attitude of respect for all of life. This is the nature of real sustainability.”
    ~~Llewellyn Vaughan-Lee

    "We are the offspring of history, and must establish our own paths in this most diverse and interesting of conceivable universes--one indifferent to our suffering, and therefore offering us maximal freedom to thrive, or to fail, in our own chosen way."
    ~~Stephen Jay Gould, Wonderful Life: The Burgess Shale and the Nature of History

    "Humans are not rational creatures. Now, logic and rationality are very helpful tools, but there’s also a place for embracing our subjectivity and thinking symbolically. Sometimes what our so-called higher thinking can’t or won’t see, our older, more primitive intuition will." John Beckett

    Pagan Devotionals, because the wind and the rain is our Bible

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    Devotional poetry by yours truly...

    Salt Marsh Goddess
    You may need
    a super-human
    super-hero
    super-natural god/dess,
    hammer or harp in hand,
    horse-bodied or jackal-headed,
    Lady of the Lake or Lord of the Seas.*

    But I have the deep, deep ocean
    and strong winds driving waves upon the shore
    driving me to my knees for absolution;
    A sun that warms tender shoots,
    crooning them from the loamy body of a Living Earth;
    The caress of the Willow branch as I lie beneath her roots,
    book in hand, and squirmy child in lap.

    The Salt Marsh Goddess speaks to me in ringing tones,
    as clear as any god of myth does for you
    & she speaks in a thousand tongues–
    Spartina, Juniperus, Myrica, Sesarma,
    Uca, Littorina, Malaclemys, Ardea, Alligator
    …just to name a few.

    While you argue
    over how to resurrect
    gods of long passed cultures,
    I’ll be the one covered in mud and dancing with the rushes,
    celebrating a goddess born of glaciers.

    *(And that’s okay for you.
    But its not enough for me.)




    Sedna

    black eyes peer from blackness
    hair like tangled seaweed, current tossed
    framed in gates of gleaming white bone
    so young to be so cold
    anger buried deep

    encased in Ice
    rage a frozen scream
    hands hacked to pieces
    cannot even brush her tangled hair
    the dark is silent
    the deep is still

    She waits
    Her blood flows in sticky metallic drips
    eddying into dark cold waters
    flows into the shapes
    dolphins whales seal otter shark
    keening as harpoons strike

    she feels each hit
    as if it were her own flesh
    pierced

    She waits
    She sees Her children sinking, motionless
    She sees their blood flow into the black water night

    when She rises
    who will pay Her price
    who will brush her tangled hair

    when the ice cracks
    can you appease her hidden rage


    Lamentations for the Sea

    Deepest cold, I mourn for you.
    Sedna, I mourn for you.
    Broken goddess, furious maiden I mourn for you.
    Betrayed by man, I mourn for you.
    Giver of fishes, I mourn for you.
    Mother of the hunt, I mourn for you.
    Blanketed by oil, I mourn for you.
    Breaking wave, I mourn for you.
    Who birthed Aphrodite, I mourn for you.
    White foam on a silvery shore, I mourn for you.
    Beloved of surfers, I mourn for you.
    Receiver of baby turtles, I mourn for you.
    Encircling currents, I mourn for you.
    Carrier of refuse to desolate shores, I mourn for you.
    Nurturer of the Albatross, I mourn for you.
    Incoming tide, I mourn for you.
    Neptune, Poseidon, I mourn for you.
    Bringer of Hurricanes, I mourn for you.
    Protector of sailors, I mourn for you.
    Creator of Climate, I mourn for you.
    Hider of treasure, I mourn for you.
    Exploited for dwindling resources, I mourn for you.
    Blood of the Earth, I mourn for you.
    Tropical seas, I mourn for you.
    La Sirene, Met Agwe, I mourn for you.
    Mother of mermaids and manatees, I mourn for you.
    Song of the sea, I mourn for you.
    Patron of ocean travelers, I mourn for you.
    Ferrier of the dead, I mourn for you.
    Pawn of nations-at-conflict, I mourn for you.
    Ebb tide, I mourn for you.
    Toxic soup, I mourn for you.
    You who have been called Tethys, Thetis, Thalassa, Tiamat,
    Oceanus, Posideon, Neptune, the Old Man of the Sea,
    50 daughers of Nereus Nereids, Repun Kamui, Lir,
    Mazu, Gods of the Four Seas, Dakuwaqa, Vedenemo, Ahti, and Vellamo,
    Kanaloa, Namaka, Varuna, Susanoo, Namu, Sirsir, Olokun--
    I adore you.
    Our human greed is killing you.
    I mourn for you.


    blue girl (Psamathe)
    in this my blue world
    the wind waves are my hair
    the sand mud are my toes
    squishing up into waving seaweed

    in this my blue world
    the fishes crabs oysters are my hands
    the sea spray is my voice
    singing into the sky

    in this my blue world
    I will hold you to my bosom
    rock your soul clean
    until it shines like my sister moon's
    soul-reflection

    in this my blue world
    my water blood pumps
    the heart soul
    of the space marble

    may you never thirst at my door
    may you never hunger at my table

    I am the blue girl
    my hearth is your shore

    blue upon blue
    upon blue
    until the end of me
    of you


    Adorations to the Sun

    Waking Fire, I adore you
    Aurora, rosy fingered in saffron robes, I adore you
    Khepri, I adore you
    Extinguisher of darkness, I adore you
    Thesan of the Dawn, bringer of new life, I adore you
    Evaporator of fresh morning dew, I adore you
    Infant King I adore you
    Producer of helium, I adore you
    Shapash, I adore you
    Who brings a new day, I adore youWarming Fire, I adore you
    Supplier of Light, I adore you
    Protector from cosmic rays, I adore you
    Definer of shadows, I adore you
    Growing Sun, Boy King, I adore you
    Arinna, I adore you
    Cosmic Nuclear Furnace, I adore you
    Eye of the Heavens, I adore you
    Amaterasu, I adore you
    Who holds the planets with immense gravity, I adore youBurning Fire, I adore you
    Ra, I adore you
    That which the planets orbit, I adore you
    Photon source, I adore you
    G-type main sequence star, I adore you
    Sun King, Lord of the Longest Day, I adore you
    Converter of hydrogen, I adore you
    Creator of the solar wind, I adore you
    Helios, I adore you
    Who drives all weather on Earth, I adore youRelentless fire, I adore you
    Courageous Malina, I adore you
    Center of this solar system, I adore you
    Luminous disk, I adore you
    Inspiration of man, I adore you
    Bringer of rainbows, I adore you
    Free source of energy, I adore you
    Sustainer of life, I adore you
    Tama-nui-te-rā, I adore you
    Who ripens fruits and fields, I adore youWaning fire, I adore you
    Evening light, I adore you
    Sol Invictus, unconquered and unbounded, I adore you
    Grandfather Sun, stately and wise, I adore you
    Setting Sun, I adore you
    Worshiped by the ancients, I adore you
    Driver of photosynthesis, I adore you
    Surya, Guardian of the Year, I adore you
    Green flash, I adore you
    Who sets circadian rhythms, I adore youSlumbering Fire, I adore you
    Source of the moon's reflection, I adore you
    Maker of dancing polar lights, I adore you
    Torch of Gnowee, I adore you
    Mithras, I adore you
    Resurrecting Sun, I adore you
    Random walk, I adore you
    Radiant heat, I adore you
    Galactic wanderer, I adore you
    Who shines on, even as we turn away, I adore you


    (all of which, along with other stuff, can be found here)
    “You have never answered but you did not need to. If I stand at the ocean I can hear you with your thousand voices. Sometimes you shout, hilarious laughter that taunts all questions. Other nights you are silent as death, a mirror in which the stars show themselves. Then I think you want to tell me something, but you never do. Of course I know I have written letters to no-one. But what if I find a trident tomorrow?" ~~Letters to Poseidon, Cees Nooteboom

    “We still carry this primal relationship to the Earth within our consciousness, even if we have long forgotten it. It is a primal recognition of the wonder, beauty, and divine nature of the Earth. It is a felt reverence for all that exists. Once we bring this foundational quality into our consciousness, we will be able to respond to our present man-made crisis from a place of balance, in which our actions will be grounded in an attitude of respect for all of life. This is the nature of real sustainability.”
    ~~Llewellyn Vaughan-Lee

    "We are the offspring of history, and must establish our own paths in this most diverse and interesting of conceivable universes--one indifferent to our suffering, and therefore offering us maximal freedom to thrive, or to fail, in our own chosen way."
    ~~Stephen Jay Gould, Wonderful Life: The Burgess Shale and the Nature of History

    "Humans are not rational creatures. Now, logic and rationality are very helpful tools, but there’s also a place for embracing our subjectivity and thinking symbolically. Sometimes what our so-called higher thinking can’t or won’t see, our older, more primitive intuition will." John Beckett

    Pagan Devotionals, because the wind and the rain is our Bible

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    'Spirits of Nature which inhabit this place,
    Ancestors which have walked these paths,
    Gods that dwell in these lands,
    And Cosmos which enfolds us all:


    See that you are recognized,
    Hear that you are remembered,
    Know that I rejoice in your presence.
    I ask you now to stand witness
    and bless this rite.


    With this offering*, I declare my intention
    to live more fully as a child of Humanity,
    born of those born before me,
    to walk the paths they have walked
    and to forge ahead in preparation
    for those to whom I shall become an ancestor.
    (make offering to water)


    With this offering*, I declare my intention
    to live more fully as a child of Earth;
    born of Rock and Tree, Ocean and Breeze,
    to inhabit the Living Earth that extends around me,
    to drink of the Waters of Life that flow around me,
    to inhale the Air that whispers around me.
    (make offering to earth)


    With this offering*, I declare my intention
    to live more fully as a child of Divinity;
    born of Inspiration and Desire, to strive to be worthy
    as a partner in the creation and continuation of culture,
    and to hold mythos–our collective dreams and nightmares,
    glory and folly, as sacred treasures.
    (make offering to air)


    With this offering*, I declare my intention
    to live more fully as a child of the Cosmos,
    born of stardust, and moon-pulled tides,
    to dance with the Cauldron of Creation,
    the living flame of live within ourselves, within our Earth,
    our solar system, and the burning suns beyond our sight.
    (make offering to fire)


    I shall strive to take action each day that will attune me to the Universe:


    So that my words shall be true and my actions just as
    I seek to give the voice of our past to our future–
    to be a bridge between my ancestors and my antecedents.


    So that my choices are mindful of the Earth
    and conscious of all of her children
    as I undertake the daily tasks of living.


    So that my worship is thoughtful
    and honors the role of the Gods
    in the lives of their peoples.


    See that you have been recognized,
    Hear that you have been remembered,
    Know that I rejoice in your presence.
    My offering stands as testament to my thanks for your witness.




    (from a personal dedication ritual, slightly altered)


    *For offerings:

    Offerings of Earth are made to the Spirits of Nature, and are generally food of some sort. I like to use grain outdoors, generally millet…because, well…lets be pragmatic, its pretty much birdseed.

    Offerings of Water are made to the ancestors and are generally drink. I don’t like to use alcohol, because (with some very minor exceptions) when poured put as an outdoor offering, I feel it is deeply disrespectful to the land (here in the US.

    Offerings of Air are made to the gods as incense. The precise gods involved may change the incense up a bit (if they are Greek, I go by the Orphic Hymn’s suggestions), or may not (sandalwood, frankincense, myrrh, and dragon’s blood, as well as California White Sage, all have some iffy conservation issues that I avoid by avoidance.

    Offerings of Fire are made as original bits of inspiration that I choose to give up and not use elsewhere, they get burned, and they are made to the Cosmos/Universe-at-Large (a nod to my pantheistic tendencies).
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    “You have never answered but you did not need to. If I stand at the ocean I can hear you with your thousand voices. Sometimes you shout, hilarious laughter that taunts all questions. Other nights you are silent as death, a mirror in which the stars show themselves. Then I think you want to tell me something, but you never do. Of course I know I have written letters to no-one. But what if I find a trident tomorrow?" ~~Letters to Poseidon, Cees Nooteboom

    “We still carry this primal relationship to the Earth within our consciousness, even if we have long forgotten it. It is a primal recognition of the wonder, beauty, and divine nature of the Earth. It is a felt reverence for all that exists. Once we bring this foundational quality into our consciousness, we will be able to respond to our present man-made crisis from a place of balance, in which our actions will be grounded in an attitude of respect for all of life. This is the nature of real sustainability.”
    ~~Llewellyn Vaughan-Lee

    "We are the offspring of history, and must establish our own paths in this most diverse and interesting of conceivable universes--one indifferent to our suffering, and therefore offering us maximal freedom to thrive, or to fail, in our own chosen way."
    ~~Stephen Jay Gould, Wonderful Life: The Burgess Shale and the Nature of History

    "Humans are not rational creatures. Now, logic and rationality are very helpful tools, but there’s also a place for embracing our subjectivity and thinking symbolically. Sometimes what our so-called higher thinking can’t or won’t see, our older, more primitive intuition will." John Beckett

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    Re: Big thread of liturgy and devotionals

    I think I maybe posted this in the Egyptian forums...but I think it belongs here too:

    Adorations for Seshat


    Keeper of Records, I adore you.
    Mistress of the House of Books, I adore you.
    Scribe of Pharaohs, I adore you.
    Recorder of Glory, I adore you.

    She who measures foundations, I adore you.
    Lover of knowledge, I adore you.
    Wife of Thoth*, I adore you.
    Mother of the Golden Horus**, I adore you.

    Patron of Writers, I adore you.
    Lady of the writings in the House of Life, I adore you.
    Recorder of Time, I adore you.
    Counter of Days, I adore you.

    Patron of foreigners, I adore you.
    She who was born before the Sun, I adore you.
    Lady of hieroglyphics, I adore you.
    Patron of Surveyors, Beloved of Architects, I adore you.

    Original One, I adore you.
    Lady of Lists, Counter of People, I adore you.
    Bearer of the light of Gnosis, I adore you.
    She who opens the door after death, I adore you.

    Inventor of the Written Word, I adore you.
    Keeper of fate, I adore you.
    Patron of builders, I adore you.
    She who stretches the cord**, I adore you.

    Bringer of understanding, I adore you.
    She who reckons all things, I adore you:
    Recorder of all things from the beginning,
    Until their end.

    She who keeps alive the sacred flame of humanity
    What is measured is seen
    What is written remains
    What is remembered lives


    In pages we find the world,
    In words we find life


    I kiss the earth for Seshat--
    She who remembers
    Will not be forgotten.
    “You have never answered but you did not need to. If I stand at the ocean I can hear you with your thousand voices. Sometimes you shout, hilarious laughter that taunts all questions. Other nights you are silent as death, a mirror in which the stars show themselves. Then I think you want to tell me something, but you never do. Of course I know I have written letters to no-one. But what if I find a trident tomorrow?" ~~Letters to Poseidon, Cees Nooteboom

    “We still carry this primal relationship to the Earth within our consciousness, even if we have long forgotten it. It is a primal recognition of the wonder, beauty, and divine nature of the Earth. It is a felt reverence for all that exists. Once we bring this foundational quality into our consciousness, we will be able to respond to our present man-made crisis from a place of balance, in which our actions will be grounded in an attitude of respect for all of life. This is the nature of real sustainability.”
    ~~Llewellyn Vaughan-Lee

    "We are the offspring of history, and must establish our own paths in this most diverse and interesting of conceivable universes--one indifferent to our suffering, and therefore offering us maximal freedom to thrive, or to fail, in our own chosen way."
    ~~Stephen Jay Gould, Wonderful Life: The Burgess Shale and the Nature of History

    "Humans are not rational creatures. Now, logic and rationality are very helpful tools, but there’s also a place for embracing our subjectivity and thinking symbolically. Sometimes what our so-called higher thinking can’t or won’t see, our older, more primitive intuition will." John Beckett

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    Re: Big thread of liturgy and devotionals

    I forget where I came across this originally, but I've had it in my little black book (grimoire, witchy-journal, BoS, whatevs) for quite some time. Its a poem that I use as a meditation in times of strife, hopelessness, etc...when all the world is obviously mad...right in that moment before you are sure your heart will surely shatter (again) in a million pieces. It was written in the aftermath of 9/11, but I often think of it pretty much anytime I turn on the news these days.

    Wage Peace
    by Judyth Hill, written the day after 9/11

    Wage peace with your breath.


    Breathe in firemen and rubble,
    breathe out whole buildings and flocks of red wing blackbirds.


    Breathe in terrorists
    and breathe out sleeping children and freshly mown fields.


    Breathe in confusion and breathe out maple trees.


    Breathe in the fallen and breathe out lifelong friendships intact.


    Wage peace with your listening: hearing sirens, pray loud.
    Remember your tools: flower seeds, clothes pins, clean rivers.


    Make soup.
    Play music, memorize the words for thank you in three languages.

    Learn to knit, and make a hat.


    Think of chaos as dancing raspberries,
    imagine grief
    as the outbreath of beauty
    or the gesture of fish.


    Swim for the other side.
    Wage peace.


    Never has the world seemed so fresh and precious:
    Have a cup of tea and rejoice.


    Act as if armistice has already arrived.
    Celebrate today.
    “You have never answered but you did not need to. If I stand at the ocean I can hear you with your thousand voices. Sometimes you shout, hilarious laughter that taunts all questions. Other nights you are silent as death, a mirror in which the stars show themselves. Then I think you want to tell me something, but you never do. Of course I know I have written letters to no-one. But what if I find a trident tomorrow?" ~~Letters to Poseidon, Cees Nooteboom

    “We still carry this primal relationship to the Earth within our consciousness, even if we have long forgotten it. It is a primal recognition of the wonder, beauty, and divine nature of the Earth. It is a felt reverence for all that exists. Once we bring this foundational quality into our consciousness, we will be able to respond to our present man-made crisis from a place of balance, in which our actions will be grounded in an attitude of respect for all of life. This is the nature of real sustainability.”
    ~~Llewellyn Vaughan-Lee

    "We are the offspring of history, and must establish our own paths in this most diverse and interesting of conceivable universes--one indifferent to our suffering, and therefore offering us maximal freedom to thrive, or to fail, in our own chosen way."
    ~~Stephen Jay Gould, Wonderful Life: The Burgess Shale and the Nature of History

    "Humans are not rational creatures. Now, logic and rationality are very helpful tools, but there’s also a place for embracing our subjectivity and thinking symbolically. Sometimes what our so-called higher thinking can’t or won’t see, our older, more primitive intuition will." John Beckett

    Pagan Devotionals, because the wind and the rain is our Bible

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