What are some short, kid-friendly, Pagan/Wiccan prayers that you have heard, or written for yourself or your family?
When I was a kid, raised up in a Christian household, we recited the "Now I lay me down to sleep" prayer before bedtime. I know there has to be countless Pagan variations written by all of us out there - lets here them!
Now I lay me down to sleep, the Lord and Lady my soul to keep, as the Airts guard me through the night, and the Horned One wakes me with morning's light. If I should pass before I wake, into Spirit may my soul take. [Insert concerns and prayers over whatever here.] Thank you Goddess for being with me during my prayer. So Mote It Be.
I don't like prayers as such. Raised as a catholic i too was taught to pray before going to bed. To tell the truth nothing has changed, i still pary, i now simply substitue the word "god" for the diety that best fits the ocacion, for example, Ixchel is who i currently pray to.
However, an established, pre-made prayer i never do.
Reason being, it's pointless to me. I prefer to simply ask for what i need, thank for what i have and bless who i care about in my own words, spontaneusly said.
Thank you Drakill, I respect the Divine in you! and I understand what you mean; But I disagree. I think that poetic prayers are great tools for children to learn how to interact with their spiritual selves. This post was actually a carry-on of a post in the pagan parenting group, you can see the post here. So I wasn't really intending to use it for us adults ;) We are expecting our first child this year and I was thinking back to what gave me a spiritual base to grow on, when I was a kid. I'm sure that you have a similar one, actually. The things we did, like bedtime prayer with the parents, and praying before meals and simple things like that, are what shaped you and I into spiritually aware kids - even though we completely disagreed with the *Christianity* part and later set off to find our own paths, the spiritual practices still stuck. You gave the perfect example - you still pray now at 18. And you learned that behavior from recited prayers as a kid, just now you understand it enough to make it your own. And that is exactly what I desire for my baby too!
Where are you from? or where do you live? I think it would be better to invoke a local diety. Diana is not a bad face of the diety to call upon, but i somehow feel that it is better to call a local one.
For instance, i refer to the goddes almost exclusively as Ixchel because Ixchel was the aztec goddes.
posting here to collect them for my future use and so its easy for others to find later ;) BB!
Bedtime Prayer One
Now I lay me down to sleep
Through the twilight, and dark so deep
Earth and Water, Fire and Air
Stay with me while Mom's not there
Elements guide me through the night
And leave with thanks at mornings light
Bedtime Prayer to Keep Nightmares Away
Mother Earth and Father Sky
Cradle me here where I lie.
Keep me safe the whole night long
As I rest in your arms so strong.
Mother Earth and Father Sky
Keep me safe here where I lie.
Now I lay me down to rest.
I pray that all the world be blessed.
Lady Moon and Sister Star
Watch over me from afar.
Mother Earth is always there
And keeps me safe within her care.
The Lord of Dreams will dance and sing
And happy dreams will to me bring.
And when I wake to greet the day
Brother Sun will light my way
Day is done, it's time for bed
Goddess bless my sleepy head
Earth and Water, Air and Fire
Bring gentle dreams as I retire
When the morning sun does rise
The God will bless my open eyes
Wow I really like these, I am now a single mom of a 7 year old that I would love to teach a different prayer to at night, he still says the one mentioned that we all grew up with. I would like for him to experience my beliefs too and find it very hard to get resources on this type of things for parents. If you have any information that you can pass down to me I would appreciate it! I wish there were groups also that would incorporate some type of gatherings to include children so that we can pass our beliefs on at an early age.
Oddly enough, i've stopped making up prayers alltoether. I now use the Lord's Prayer.
It sounds werid comming from the most heretical person you'll ever meet, but i reaciently found out it has a very rich esoteric meaning. It's kinda hard to explain, but basically by saying it right you cover all the needs of a person, and it is directed not to the most high (that is, the hermetic diety) rather to one of our eldest brothers who directly intervense in our guidance and cares for us.
Now I lay me down to rest
Mother my body , Father my soul.
visions of dreams let dance in my head
far away lands in peace I lye.
Rest now my body, rest now my soul
refreshed in the morning, feelings of wonder
and whole. Sleep now me.