Friday, August 14, 2020
Witchy Tea Time--Book Review--A Book of Pagan Prayer by Ceisiwr Serith
This is a recent addition to my library, courtesy of a recommendation from a fellow practitioner. It's not the kind of book you just read straight through--there's too much to digest for that--but if you're looking to get more out of your prayers this is a good place to start.
Far from being just a list of prayers to recite on various occasions for various purposes the author begins by going into the whys and wherefore of pagan prayers--including why some may feel a certain resistance towards the custom of prayer. After making the intellectual argument in favor of prayer, the next chapters goes into detail about how to go about actually praying and how to properly prepare yourself to do so and finally to how best compose your own prayers.
After this point the author delves into specific prayers we might wish to use. Unlike other authors I've read on the subject, this one puts the most muscle into establishing the need, benefits, and mechanics of prayer. By the time I was reading through specific prayers I found myself in a different frame of mind. It was as though the layers of those prayers were sinking into more deeply because of the previous chapters.
On my second reading I will be going through it with more of a student's eye (highlighter, notepad and pen here I come!). I'd like to get even more under the skin of the author's manner of thinking as well as jotting down prayers (and making tweaks to tailor some for my practice) for personal use.
If this is an area of interest to you, this is worth giving a go! I bought my copy on Amazon, and I believe there was also a kindle version available. Happy reading!