Find a quiet place and take a few moments to center yourself. I find music helpful in this. You might try playing something like Song of Awen by Damh the Bard:

Turning or moving to each quarter, light a candle, and say the following:

May there be peace in the North.

May there be peace in the South.

May there be peace in the West.

May there be peace in the East.

May there be peace throughout the world.

Druid Prayer for Peace

Move or turn to the center and say the Druid’s Prayer.

Grant, O God (Goddess/Great Spirit, Holy Ones, thy protection

And in protection, strength

And in strength, understanding

And in understanding, knowledge

And in knowledge, the knowledge of justice

And in the knowledge of justice, the love of it

And in the love of justice, the love of all existences

And in that love, the love of God (Goddess, Great Spirit, Holy Ones, the Earth our Mother, and all Goodness

attributed to Iolo Morganwg

Chant the word “AWEN” slowly, drawing the word out into three syllables: AH-OH-EN.

Facing East –

Hail to you, Spirits of Air, Spirits of the East!

Be with me, guide, bless, and protect me this day.

I ask for you gifts of clarity, insight, and vision.

Help me to walk in wisdom.

Pause briefly, feeling the breeze moving around and through you. Welcome the power of air.

Facing South –

Hail to you, Spirits of Fire, Spirits of the South!

Be with me, guide, bless, and protect me this day.

Fuel my passion, ignite my creativity.

Help me to walk in courage.

Pause briefly, feeling the heat of the fire as it burns. Welcome the power of fire.

Facing West –

Hail to you, Spirits of Water, Spirits of the West!

Be with me, guide, bless, and protect me this day.

Wash over me with healing, let compassion flow through me.

Help me to walk in love.

Pause briefly, feeling the cool water wash over, around, and through you. Welcome the power of water.

Facing North –

Hail to you, Spirits of Earth, Spirits of the Earth!

Be with me, guide, bless, and protect me this day.

Grow in me health, prosperity, stability, and firmness of purpose.

Help me to walk in strength.

Pause briefly, feeling the solidity, vitality, and strength of the earth beneath you. Welcome the power of Earth.

The following two prayers are addressed to Cernunnos and Brighid. Please feel free to use other prayers here, or none.

Facing East, or towards an image of Cernunnos.

Hail to you, Cernunnos, Lord, sitter in the doorway,

god of equilibrium, terrible, merciful,

you who hold the opposites apart,

you in whom all opposites unite,

my prayer goes to you to open the passage,

to clear the threshold,

to make the way clear.

Ceisiwr Serith, A Book of Pagan Prayer

Pause briefly, listening for anything the deity wishes to communicate to you. Welcome their presence.

Facing an image of Brighid

Hail to you, Brighid, Goddess of Fire,

three-fold queen who inspires poets, artists, and healers,

may your fire be the flame on my hearth,

may your fire be the flame in my heart.

adapted from prayers in A Book of Pagan Prayer by Ceisiwr Serith

Pause briefly, listening for anything the deity wishes to communicate to you. Welcome their presence.

So may it be

If you like, take some time to read, meditate, take an omen, etc.

When ready, conclude with the Druid Vow and some AWENS.

We swear by peace and love to stand

Heart to heart, and hand in hand;

Mark! O Spirit, and hear us now,

Confirming this, our sacred vow.

Chant the word “AWEN” slowly, drawing the word out into three syllables: AH-OH-EN.

Take your leave by thanking the powers you have invoked for their gifts and their presence, and extinguish any candles (or fires) you have lit. As you extinguish the candles say:

As I extinguish these lights, may their flame burn brightly within me, and may I carry what I have gained with me through the day.

So may it be!

Ring a bell or chime, pause briefly, then exit the space.


Canwr Awyr

The Druid in the Hills

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