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Prayer for Syria

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Last Sunday I was invited to lead a prayer at a benefit for Syrian refugees. It was sort of a Pagan-ish prayer, since the audience wasn't Pagan and I wanted it to be relatable. Feel free to use it for your priestessing in non-Pagan situations, or simply as a template for your own prayers for Syria.

Take a breath, close your eyes, and turn your attention to the East, place of air and sunrise, of new beginnings. Send a prayer for wisdom: the wisdom to find a lasting road to peace, the wisdom to do what needs to be done. Take a breath and send that prayer.

Now turn your attention to the South, place of fire and heat. Send a prayer for courage: the courage to combat apathy and hatred. Take a breath and send that prayer.

Now turn your attention to the West, place of deep waters. Send a prayer for empathy: the empathy to connect with people suffering far away from us. Send a prayer for the intuition to guide our actions. Take a breath and send that prayer.

Finally, turn your attention to the North, place of stone and soil. Send a prayer for strength: the strength to keep loving deeply and fiercely. Take a breath and send that prayer.

So may it be.

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Image credit: "Children in Aleppo" by yowatzup from Katlenburg-Lindau, Germany - Umayyad Mosque, Aleppo, Syria, CC BY 2.0,

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Asa is a sliding-scale tarot reader, intuitive, and witch blending pellar craft with animism and earth-based Judaism. Instagram: @theRedTailWitch


  • Jamie
    Jamie Friday, 01 April 2016

    Ms. West,

    Thank you. Syria is the the birthplace of Neoplatonist Paganism and theurgy, which may well explain why Socrates is considered one of the prophets by present-day Alawite Muslims.

    The Scholarchs look on from Elysium, and weep for Syria.

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