Monday, 11 March 2013
Do witches pray?
We were asked the question recently "Do witches pray and if so, how do they do it"?
It's an interesting question.
Personally I had an issue with the word 'pray' for a long time when I first stated on this journey, it was too 'churchy' for me and didn't seem right for a pagan. (No slur on the church intended).
But the honest answer to the question is yes we do and we do it in various forms.
It can be done by speaking directly to Deity/the Divine whether it is done out loud or in your head and this could be just as if you were chatting to someone standing next to you, or it might be done with your face looking up to the sky.
You might also 'pray' by connecting with nature, out in the woods or down at the seashore.
Setting up an altar is a way of honouring deity and also 'praying' to them by leaving offerings.
Petitions can be written on slips of paper and burnt in the fire or candle flame, sending your message or 'prayer' to Deity.
Working candle magic or indeed any spell working in a way is like praying, you are sending your intent, your desire, your wish out to the Divine, requesting assistance.
There are many ways to pray, although I would think that not many pagans actually get on their knees and put their hands together to do so in the 'traditional' way we think of praying, but then, some of them might! It is a personal thing, do whatever works for you.
The artwork used on this post is by Hiroko Reaney www.ebsqart.com