Powerful scorpion I pray to you,
May I set clear boundaries and not be afraid to hold fast to them.
Inspired by your commanding presence I will do my best to display my confidence for all the world to see.
I thank you, impressive creature, for reminding me that I am worthy of respect and for inspiring me to stand up for myself.
- Amber Araneae
Wise Octopus, I take inspiration from your intelligence, and I embrace your desire to learn new things. Today I will strive to make the effort to remove laziness from my brain by opening it to critical thought and learning something new. I’ll use my resources and surroundings as tools to aid me as I write new pages in my book of wisdom.
Octopus, as I expand my mind I thank you for showing me just how impressive, and important, that pursuit can be.
- Amber Araneae 2020
Cuttlefish I invoke your effortless ability to adapt to new surroundings. Your vibrant colors shift and change flawlessly as you harmonize with your environment. Ancient cuttlefish inspire me to go with the flow of life, to find the beauty in change, and to constantly keep evolving.
- Amber Araneae 2020
I call out to the spirit of the banana slug.
I invoke your ability to stay bright even when others turn their head in disgust.
Your golden yellow hue doesn't fade with each cruel whisper reminding me that the opinions of others are only superficial.
May all cruel judgement slide off my back as I shine bright and move forward.
I won’t be dismissed today.
I will hold my ground.
I’m not just a pretty face,
that will be pushed around.
Looks can be deceiving.
I’m more than you can see.
I will defend myself.
I won’t stand here quietly.
Aconite, bright flower,
lovely, but deadly too.
You don't lash out at others,
yet few will mess with you.
Thank you mountain flower,
for being so complex.
You remind me today
that I deserve respect.
Amber Araneae 2020
The seeds are falling from the flowers
There is balance in the day and night hours
The leaves are shedding from the trees
We feel the autumn crisp wind’s breeze
As my garden begins to sleep
I will not mourn, I will not weep
I will hold space for all that dies
As this season shifts, so too shall I
For balance is found in living and death
I hold power within this breath
Autumn is here for it is your turn
Now is a time to harvest and learn
As a child of earth I honor your shift
Fall is around us,
I welcome this gift
~Amber Araneae 2017
Prayer to the Isopod
Evolutionary marvel, older than mankind,
I ask for your strength today.
Called “insect” or “bug”, and given cute nicknames,
you are none of those things in truth.
Inspire me to know that the labels others put on me,
don’t define who I really am.
Help me see that it’s an evolutionary skill
to curl up sometimes and wear my armor when frightened or overwhelmed.
It’s not a sign of weakness,
when I take the time to put self-preservation into play.
A liminal animal who’s lineage branches to both earth and sea,
help me adapt to environments that seem too difficult to thrive in.
Lead me through the darkness that you call home, my friend,
so I do not fear it’s shadow.
Strong little Isopod,
May your many legs walk beside me and be my guide.
May your influence motivate me to view the world in a new light today.
-Amber Araneae 2020
For the month of November 2019 I was issued the challenge to write one prayer each day. I not only completed this challenge (yay!), but I also very much so enjoyed the process and found it meditative each day. Here are all 30 of my prayers/invocations/poems.
For the month of November 2018 I was issued the challenge to write one prayer each day. I not only completed this challenge (yay!), but I also very much so enjoyed the process and found it meditative each day. Here are all 30 of my prayers/invocations/poems.
In invocation to Mannanán mac Lir
God of the sea, who controls the ocean.
I offer to you, my deepest devotion.
A God of the Sidhe, and keeper of gates.
A liminal God that can cross between states.
Your boat, it is said, can travel all the seas.
“Wave sweeper”, its name, rivaled the breeze.
The fish are your livestock they fill your domain.
Your horses, the waves, run wild without reins.
The weather changes with your simple command,
and you weave your magic to protect your lands.
I call to you now, Mannanán mac Lir!
May you hear my voice, and join me here.
~ Amber Araneae 2019
A Devotional Prayer to Mannanán mac Lir
I hear your waves,
But I’m trapped inside here.
I smell your ocean,
But the walls interfere.
I see your fish,
But only land is nearby
I touch your water,
But my hand is dry.
I feel your Breeze,
But I’m bundled up tight.
I yearn for your sea,
But I’m not there tonight.
I sense you now,
Mannanán mac Lir.
I’m far from your ocean,
but my heart holds you dear.
~Amber Araneae 2019