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Prayer for an early spring morning

Prayer for an early spring morning

I ask the blessing and protections of the day for all those I love

Blessings and protection from first morning light

Through the passage of the day to twilight

And all through the night until dawn’s first light

Blessings of the first shy daffodil

Exuberance of the flowering redbud tree

Cheer of the yellow daisied euryops

Freshness of the blooming rosemary

Farewell from the last of the flowering pear blossoms

Sweetness of the budding lemon tree

Greeting from the mockingbird’s calls from the tree

Healing from the chill morning breezes

Clarity of the shining, piercing blue of the morning sky

Be with me this day as I go my way

Bless my tongue

Bless my heart

Bless my feet

Through our this day until I arrive home at night.

Kat Robb 2015

Why the Knot of Isis?

Laura Janesdaughter always held the “Knot of Isis” prayer from the Egyptian book of the dead also known as the “Book of Coming Forth by Day” was a healing prayer. We (TOILA) closed most rituals saying it together while holding a red ribbon. When you were ordained you got to keep the ribbon used in your ceremony and were supposed to cut it into pieces and share it with those that needed it.

When we put on a weekend workshop and retreat many years ago Laura asked Diana, Denise and Jeni to set it to music and they did and that is what you hear on the video. When Jeni moved away and then Denise and Mary moved up North and Diana moved to Florida. I was the only one left to sing it and lead it for many years. It’s why the video came into being.Laura asked me to make it so we wouldn’t lose it and because people were always asking for it.

Laura had you sing it when you needed comfort or hope or help. When I was unemployed so long she would remind me to sing it or just ask if I had and I had been usually morning and night. Laura was convinced if you sang the prayer it would be answered and it always was. Maybe not as quickly as you would like, being humans we are an impatient bunch and Isis’ time is not our time. Laura even created a webpage dedicated to the prayer and gathered stories about it.

When she was in hospice and the first time we visited she was having difficulty breathing and was getting agitated I started to sing it and the others joined in and her breathing eased and she calmed down. We would continue to sing for her all that week until she passed and I know it comforted her. I’ve been singing it for myself lately and for the last few days for Mary and Denise. If for no other reason than that we hold the prayer so dear to all of us and our shared lives. So today, I’m singing it again for the love in our small Grove and the safety of Mary in surgery and for Denise as she waits. I sing it with love and I know Diana is probably singing it too.

At the end of the universe
A blood red cord
Binds life to death and will to destiny
Let the knot of that red sash
Bind us together
Cradling our hips and weaving all our dreams.

(Chours) We are the knot where the whole world meets
Red magic passes through our veins
Magic of magic
Spirit of spirit
We are the power of Isis

We are bound mind to mind
We are bound heart to heart
Heaven in one hand
Earth in the other
We will walk in harmony

(Chorus)

Give us not consolation
Give us Magic!
Give us the spell of living well
Give us Magic!

Chorus and
We are the power of Isis
We are the power of Isis
We are the power of Isis

A Prayer for M and all who wait with her

Brighid
Watch over her as she goes into surgery
Breathe for her and with her
Isis
Wrap your wings around her
Keep your tyet tight around her
Kwan Yin
Wash her in your healing water
Show your compassion to those who wait
Hecate
Guide her footsteps in the dark
Until she awakes back with us
Airmid
Guide the knife as the doctors do their work
Heal her so she can go home again
Green Man
Keep her safe and watch over her
Watch over us as we wait
Elen
Guard and guide on the Ways
You are our map and path
Athena
Give her strength and will
To do what she need to do
Diana
Grant us the wisdom to see
And the wisdom to speak or not to do it

We ask all in love and in the best of intentions
For whatever outcome will be the best
And keep out hearts strong for they can break all too easily
We ask for peace, we ask for peace, we ask for peace.

Do your own work

I use Amazon Recommends to see what, if anything tickles my fancy to read and I bought a book that seems to have triggered the addition of a lot of spell books be added to my list. A cursory examination will show that most are done merely to sell a book.

I have a prejudice. I don’t believe in spell books. Any witch, pagan, etc with half a brain should be creating their own spell books and not using anyone else’s book. If you can’t write your own spell, you have no business being a witch.

To write a good spell all you need is clear intent and focus. You decide what herb if any or candle colour, if any you use. It doesn’t need to rhyme. It doesn’t have to be a yard long but I do think you need to write it down if for no other reason that it will clarify your intent and to make sure you are not casting in the heat of anger when some other remedy would be more efficacious.

When you use someone else’s spell you really have no idea why and how it was written. You don’t know the original intent for the creation of the spell. It really isn’t that much different than using a Ouija board which I also think is pretty stupid.

To create a spell you need very little. Intent, focus and release. You have to remember to release the spell/energy to set it into motion. Another reason to not be angry when you work a spell. You could be so mad you hang on to it instead of releasing it.

The only reason I can think of for writing a spell book is to make money. If you can’t do it yourself, you aren’t trying hard enough. Buy a book of correspondences if you must although I think those are rather personal too but write your own. Don’t use a second hand spell.

Spell books are the Good Will/charity shop of magic.