Invoking the Spirits of Night

dark nightphoto by Matthew Sheridan on flickr

I need a reminder this time of year that darkness offers me gifts.  The night need not push me indoors and make me feel wilted.  Darkness’ dance with light offers texture and depth for my soul to play and explore.  I was commissioned to write this invocation for a ritual that brought together a circle of friends supporting each other through the winter darkness.  It is my prayer prayed when my instinct is to flip on more lights instead of revel in the darkness.  I offer it as my gift during this month of long nights.

Prayer leader:  Into our circle we welcome the wise spirits of the night to speak to us of darkness and teach us their ways.  We ask these spirits in one voice: (repeat after me) Draw close and whisper your secrets.

Response: Draw close and whisper your secrets.

To the blanket of night air, thick and damp, that smells of earth relaxing into shadow, we invite you to…

Response: Draw close and whisper your secrets.

To the celestial lights that wink to us from lives past, spinning and burning through the darkness; we invite you to…

Response: Draw close and whisper your secrets.

To sister moon who grows full and wanes until she disappears, preparing for three days to rise again; we invite you to…

Response: Draw close and whisper your secrets.

To our nocturnal sisters and brothers, the four footed, two footed, winged, and creepy crawlers, whose senses are keen and who know life to be found when the burning star sets; we invite you to…

Response: Draw close and whisper your secrets.

To the monsters in our dreams and faceless fears lurking in the shadows; you wake us up to our primal selves; we want to trust you and hear the wisdom you hold for our lives, so we invite you to…

Response: Draw close and whisper your secrets.

To the rich creative mystery that resides in our own inner darkness, gestating and waiting to be born, we invite you to…

Response: Draw close and whisper your secrets.

Spirits of the night, draw close and whisper your secrets.  Thank you for accompanying us this evening as we explore darkness’ depths.  Aide us as we learn to walk in the dark.  Amen.  Let it be so.

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