“A beautiful and inspiring collection of prayers. A Book of Pagan Prayer is like a breath of fresh air, breathing life into the spiritual aspect of pagan practice.”—Mat Auryn, Patheos
Steeped in tradition based on more than a quarter century of research and practice, A Book of Pagan Prayer teaches us to pray in the ways of our ancestors for very modern times and concerns. A unique collection of nearly 500 prayers written to fulfill the needs of contemporary pagans from a variety of traditions, A Book of Pagan Prayer is a book to turn to again and again.
First published in 2002, the revisions to this new edition include rearranged chapters and prayers and the addition of two new chapters, all of which make the book easier to use. The chapters are now arranged in an order that follows a ritual, and all the litanies have been moved to their appropriate chapters. Two new chapters--"General Requests and Offerings" and "Travel, Protection, Imprecatory"--combine two types of prayers out of the general "Petitions" into one. Prayers have been labeled with the deities to which they are addressed and arranged in logical order within each chapter. Prayers to new deities have also been added. In addition, a major problem with the first edition has been corrected: prayers for Lughnasadh/Lammas and Midsummer, two of the eight great neopagan holidays, have been added.
Ceisiwr Serith (David Fickett-Wilbar) is a writer and teacher in the Pagan community. His interest in prayers and rituals grew naturally as a result of working in the Wiccan and Druidic traditions, as well as writing books such as A Book of Pagan Prayer and Deep Ancestors: Practicing the Religion of the Proto-Indo-Europeans. He is a member of Ár nDraíocht Féin, a Druid fellowship, and is priest and liturgist for Nemos Ognios grove in Durham NH. He has been published in the Journal of Indo-European Studies and Proceedings of the Harvard Celtic Colloquium.
“A beautiful and inspiring collection of prayers. The book is like a breath of fresh air, breathing life into the spiritual aspect of pagan practice. The book is inclusive of various traditions, ranging from Greek, Zoroastrian, Celtic, Germanic, Egyptian, and more. Within its pages are provide prayers for almost every situation you can think of. There are prayers for the family and household, prayers to the spirits of place, prayers to deities and ancestors, prayers of thanksgiving, prayers for times of the day, prayers for various moon phases, prayers for times of the year, prayers for significant life events, prayers for healing, traveling, protection, comfort, work, divination, destruction, and much more.
While the prayers are beautiful and moving, the real gold of A Book of Pagan Prayer is the chapters discussing the importance of prayer and how to pray in various ways including movement, music, and more. One of the things I really love is his chapter on composing prayers which guides you in formulating your own prayers to honor your deities and spirits. While the previous edition of this book significantly impacted my private practice and my connection with gods and spirits – this new edition is even better. The book is reorganized in a more logical and user-friendly manner, and two new chapters have been added. With a beautiful new cover and an excellent internal layout, this book finally has the physical beauty that it greatly deserves – upgrading it considerably from the drab looking previous edition.” --Mat Auryn, Patheos
— Mat Auryn