My work through the Initiate Path of ADF has been slow but steady this past year. I may not always be “studying” in the traditional sense, and I may not be as prolific as others in ADF, but I’m always doing something. Writing prayers for my practice is one such something.
The very practical prayers preserved in the Carmina Gadelica inspired me since I first read them. There are prayers and songs for all manner of mundane but very important activities such as herding cattle and weaving. These chores become imbued with sacred purpose when you add that extra focus and energy. Song and prayer is also an excellent offering. I’ve been working to infuse my own life with small acts of magic, blessing, and thanksgiving. Not only does it keep me connected to my tradition, the land, and the spirits, but it buoys me up during difficult times, helping me feel part of something greater, even when life becomes overwhelming. (And believe me… September has found me feeling detached at times…)
On this Autumn Equinox, I share with you a prayer I started around the Summer Solstice, and tweaked throughout the season. I now say it while tending my garden, or harvesting food and herbs as I did today. I usually sing it to the tune of “Now the Rite is at an End.” It just fits!
The image includes a photo of some herbs I collected today while singing the above. My hands smell like the mugwort, calendula, and sage I harvested. Here’s text for those who’d like it:
Spirits of this plant, I pray
And give thanks for this great crop.
May you heal and nourish us,
And the cycle never stop.
– by Grey Catsidhe, 2018
May your harvest be bountiful, and I hope you get outside to enjoy the seasonal changes. As for my family, we are joining with our grovemates to celebrate! Feel free to utilize the prayer in your own celebrations and gardening work. Or, even better, perhaps it will inspire you to write your own!