A Book of Pagan Prayer by Ceisiwr Serith is 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.
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