A Spinning Prayer to Hekate

I wrote this for submission to Crossroad Companion's Hekatean Prayer book. Not at all certain what's up with that, or if this has been accepted, so I thought I'd go ahead and post it here.

A Spinning Prayer to Hekate

I’m a spinner of thread and yarn. This prayer is designed for a drop spindle, with the verse of the prayer starting with the flick that sets the spindle spinning, with a second flick, if necessary, at the line beginning with “I spin”. The chorus is intended to be repeated several times while winding the thread onto the spindle. You can, of course, simply recite the prayer while spinning on a wheel or supported spindle too, but the format was designed for the rhythm of flick and drop and wind.

The linking of Hekate to thread comes from my own association of thread as a road or path to be followed. It’s personal metaphor that comes from my work as a spinner.

There are nine verses here, for three times three, but they’re really meant as examples, and I generally use the form and make up individual verses as I go, for as long as I spin, rather than memorize any particular ones.

I pray to Hekate
Who stands in the road
Who rules the crossroads and thresholds
I spin for Hekate of the Silver Thread

The Silver Thread winds on and on
The Silver Road winds on

I pray to Hekate
Who hunts in the night
Loving deer and dogs and speed
I spin for Hekate of the Silver Thread

The Silver Thread winds on and on
The Silver Road winds on

I pray to Hekate
Cloaked in saffron
Bearing bright torches to light the way
I spin for Hekate of the Silver Thread

The Silver Thread winds on and on
The Silver Road winds on

I pray to Hekate
Who guides our souls
Deep beneath the earth, to rest
I spin for Hekate of the Silver Thread

The Silver Thread winds on and on
The Silver Road winds on

I pray to Hekate
Who dances with the dead
Who leads their Bacchic rites
I spin for Hekate of the Silver Thread

The Silver Thread winds on and on
The Silver Road winds on

I pray to Hekate
Goddess of Witches
Worker of mighty spells
I spin for Hekate of the Silver Thread

The Silver Thread winds on and on
The Silver Road winds on

I pray to Hekate
Angry one, Destroyer
Who clears the way for the new
I spin for Hekate of the Silver Thread

The Silver Thread winds on and on
The Silver Road winds on

I pray to Hekate
Three-formed, three-bodied
Who faces in all directions and sees all choices
I spin for Hekate of the Silver Thread

The Silver Thread winds on and on
The Silver Road winds on

I pray to Hekate
Night-wandering nursemaid
Who guides us on strange paths
I spin for Hekate of the Silver Thread

The Silver Thread winds on and on
The Silver Road winds on

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So yeah, you can see I've been working with this format more and more. I suggested for the thiasos prayers that the individual prayers could be used with a ritual offering -- incense, libation, whatever -- to replace the "spin" in mine, and so it can here. As ever, feel free to borrow and modify, but if you post anything with it, give me credit and a link-back, and please let me know, because I want to see what you've done with it!