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Gods, Goddesses and Guides

What might your Animal Guide be?

By WyldkatOne way of starting to discover your animal guides by examining the animals you have been most interested in and the times of your life that interest was piqued. Also examine the animals that have appeared in your dreams or in your everyday life, especially the ones that have appeared over and over and at odd times. The following questions quoted and appended from the book “Animal Speak” by Ted Andrews can help you determine which animals might be guides in your life.

1. Has a specific creature or specific creatures, be it animal, bird, reptile, amphibian, insect or mythological beast, always fascinated you? We are drawn to that which most resonates with us. Those animals which fascinate us, or the ones that we fear the most have something to teach us. Animal guides are not always those that we have the most similarities with. Often they are in our lives to help us learn what we are lacking.

2. When you visit the zoo, which animal do you wish to visit first? This is especially true with children and this question is easy for them to answer since they are often more receptive than teens or adults.

3. What animal or animals do you see most frequently when you are out in nature? The animals we encounter in their city or wild environments have significance for us. We can learn from them about survival within their environment and often much more.

4. Of all the creatures, which are you most interested in now? Our interests in animals change. Yes, we usually have one or two that are lifetime power animals, but others become prominent in our lives when there is something of importance to learn from them.

5. Do any animals frighten you? That which we fear is often something we must learn to come to terms with. When we do that, the fears then become power. Some Shamans believe that fears will take the shape of animals, and only when we confront them without fear do their powers/medicine work for us instead of against us. Such an animal then becomes a shadow totem.

6. Have you ever been attacked or badly wounded by an animal? Historically, if a Shaman survived an attack, it was believed that the animal was the Shaman’s spirit totem and the attack was the totem’s way of testing the Shaman’s ability to understand and handle its power.

7. Do you have dreams with animals in them or are there animal dreams you have never forgotten? This is especially important if the dreams are recurring or if a specific animal image keeps popping up in your dreams. Children often dream of animals and attention should be given to these animals. They will often reflect specific animal guides of the child or areas of weakness where the parents can help in their child’s growth.

Goddess Chants and Prayers

Here are some Goddess Chants and Prayers:

We all come from the Goddess
We all come from the Goddess
And to her we shall return
Like a drop of rain
Flowing to the ocean.

© Z. Budapest

Isis, Astarte Isis, Astarte, Diana, Hecate, Demeter, Kali, Inanna.

© Deena Metzger, Caitlin Mullin

Hecate, Cerridwen Hecate, Cerridwen, Dark Mother take us in
Hecate, Cerridwen,
Let us be reborn.

© Patricia Witt

Ancient Mother Ancient Mother, I hear you calling, Ancient Mother, I sing your song,
Ancient Mother, I join your laughter,
Ancient Mother, I dry your tears.

The Earth Is Our Mother
The Earth is our mother, we must take care of her
The Earth is our mother, we must take care of her.

Hey yana, ho yana, hey yan yan,
Hey yana, ho yana, hey yan yan.
Her sacred ground we walk upon, with every step we take
Her sacred ground we walk upon, with every step we take.

Hey yana, ho yana, hey yan yan,
Hey yana, ho yana, hey yan yan.

The Sky is our father, we must take care of him
The Sky is our father, we must take care of him

Hey yana, ho yana, hey yan yan,
Hey yana, ho yana, hey yan yan.

The Rivers are our sisters, we must take care of them
The Rivers are our sisters, we must take care of them.

Hey yana, ho yana, hey yan yan,
Hey yana, ho yana, hey yan yan.

The Trees are our brothers, we must take care of them
The Trees are our brothers, we must take care of them.

Hey yana, ho yana, hey yan yan,
Hey yana, ho yana, hey yan yan.

by Hopi

Prayer for Hecate

Most ancient Goddess, beautiful Hekate,
powerful, swift, unseen,
We invoke Thee.
Be among us,
Come to our aid.
Ever Watchful,
nothing escapes your understanding.
Your domain is unbounded;
the secrets of the heavens, the earth,
and the underworld
are Yours.
You hear the laments
of the oppressed.
Companion of all
who travel in darkness, come to us
bearing light in your hands. Be our guide
through the dark places. Protect us
from unseen dangers.
In our travail,
help us to bring new life safely to birth.

Champion of refugees,
in your honor,
we kindle now
a flame of hope,
as a sign
of our covenant of solidarity with all who are oppressed.

Ancient Hymm to Isis

Giver of wealth, Queen of the gods, Lady Hermouthis,
Ruler of All, Good Fortune,
Isis of the Great Name, exalted Deo,
Discoverer of all life,
You put Your hand to mighty works of all kinds,
so as to give life and an ordered society to all mankind,
You introduced laws so that there might be a measure of justice,
You revealed sciences so that men might live decently,
You discovered the flowering nature of all fruitful plants.

For You the sky came into being, the whole earth,
the breath of the breezes, the Sun with its welcome radiance.

By Your power the streams of the Nile are all filled full at the summer season,
and its water pours turbulent over the whole land so that the crop may never fail.
All mortals who live on the limitless earth,
Thracians, Greeks, and foreigners as well,
utter Your Glorious Name which all honor,
each in his own language, each in his own land.

Syrians call You Astarte, Artemis, Nanaea,
the tribes of Lycia call you Queen Leto,
men in Thrace call you Mother of the Gods,
Greeks call you Hera of the lofty throne, and Aphrodite,
kindly Hestia, Rheia, and Demeter.
Egyptians call you Thiouis because You,
being One, are all the other goddesses named by all peoples.

My Lady, I shall not stop hymning your Mighty Power,
Immortal Saviour, goddess of the many names,
almighty Isis, rescuing from war cities and all of their citizens,
men, their wives, possessions and dear children.
All who are held in the destiny of Death,
all in bondage,
all who are racked with pain which will not let them sleep,
all men journeying in a foreign country,
all who sail on the great sea in stormy weather,
when ships are wrecked and men lose their lives.

All these find salvation if they pray for Your present help.
Hear my prayers,
You whose Name has Mighty Power,
be propitious to me and free me from all affliction.

Rhyming Charge of the Goddess By Dorothy Morrison

I am the harmonious tune of the songbird
And the laughter of a gleeful child.
I am the bubbling sound of the running brook
And the scent of the flowers wild.
I am the floating leaf upon the breeze
And the dancing fire in the forest glade.
I am the sweet smell of rains upon the soil.
And the rapture of passion when love is made.

I am the germination of seed in the Spring
And the ripening of wheat in the Sun.
I am the peaceful depth of the twilight
That soothes the soul when day is done.

I am found in the twinkling of an aged eye…
And found in the birth of a newborn pup…
Yes…Birth and Growth and Death, am I
I am the gracious Earth, on whom you sup.

I am your sister, your mother, the wise one.
I wrap you gently in the warmth of my love.
That which your seek you shall find within:
Not without…not below…not above!

Remember always, my children, be reverent.
Be gentle, loving and kind to each other
And hold sacred the Earth and its creatures:
For I am the Lady: Creatrix and Mother!

Invocation of the Moon Goddess By Doreen Valiente

Diana, queen of night,
In all your beauty bright,
Shine on us here,
And with your silver beam
Unlock the gate of dream;
Rise bright and clear.
On earth and sky and sea,
Your magic mystery
Its spell shall cast,
Wherever leaf may grow,
Wherever tide may flow,
Till all be past.
O secret queen of power,
At this enchanted hour
We ask your boon.
May fortune’s favor fall
Upon true witches all,
O Lady Moon!

Invocation of the Horned God

By Doreen Valiente

By the flame that burneth bright,
O Horned One!
We call thy name into the night,
O Ancient One!
Thee we invoke, by moon-led sea,
By the standing stone and the twisted tree.
The we invoke, where gather thine own,
By the nameless shrine forgotten and alone.
Come where the round of the dance is trod,
Horn and hoof of the goatfoot god!
By moonlit meadow on dusky hill,
When the haunted wood is hushed and still,
Come to the charm of the chanted prayer,
As the moon bewitches the midnight air.
Evoke thy powers, that potent bide
In shining stream and the secret tide,
In fiery flame by starlight pale,
In shadowy host that rides the gale,
And by the fern-brakes fairy haunted
Of forests wild and woods enchanted.
Come! O come!
To the heart-beat’s drum!
Come to us who gather below
When the broad white moon is climbing slow
Through the stars to the heaven’s height.
We hear thy hoofs on the wind of night!
As black tree-branches shake and sigh,
By joy and terror we know thee nigh.
We speak the spell thy power unlocks
At solstice, Sabbat, and equinox,
Word of virtue the veil to rend,
From primal dawn to the wide world’s end,
Since time began-
The blessing of Pan!
Blessed be all in hearth and hold,
Blessed in all worth more than gold.
Blessed be in strength and love,
Blessed be wher’er we rove.
Vision fade not from our eyes
Of the pagan paradise
Past the gates of death and birth,
Our inheritance of the earth.
From our soul the song of spring
Fade not in our wandering.
Our life with all life is one,
By blackest night or noonday sun.
Eldest of gods, on thee we call,
Blessing be on thy creatures all.


By Lady Raven


Anubis is an ancient deity of Egypt whose story is laced with mystery and deceit as many good stories are. Legends differ on his origins, some say that Anubis is the son of Nephthys and Seth, others say that he is the son of Ra and others even the son of Osiris. Personally, I like the story with Osiris, so that is the one I will follow for now.

Anubis was the son of Nephthys who was wife of Seth. Legend says that Seth could not father a child, so Nephthys disguised herself as Isis, and laid with Osiris, and so Osiris fathered Anubis. This was yet another reason for the rivalry, hate and jealousy between Seth and Osiris, which ultimately led to Seth killing Osiris.

Anubis, as a young boy, spent most of his time in the deserts of Egypt. It is said that the deserts are his natural lands and he knows them like no other. Because of this he is also the patron god of travelers. As he grew, he became known as the God of the Dead but that is not entirely accurate.

Embalming rites were his sole domain and he is known for embalming the dead as well as guiding them to where they need to go. In later texts, it is said that Anubis at times presides over the great balance of life, and decides who goes where in their afterlife. However, those references were few.

Some say that he used to be the God of the Dead and stepped aside for Osiris upon his demise out of respect. However, I believe that he is not responsible for the underworld itself, but more as a guarding and guide for those taking the journey. Anubis embodies all of the qualities of his animal half: loyal, watchful, protector, and is said to be ultimately unbiased in any way. Anubis has kept himself out of the politics and bickering of other gods, his role being much greater than that. You could say that Anubis is the ultimate guide as he has no loyalties to any sides or points of views.

Guidance from Anubis

Anubis’ power comes not just from the dead and dying but for anyone seeking transformation and guidance. For those going through a rough time in life, where you feel lost and not sure where to turn, turn to Anubis. Unlike many gods, he will not judge or offer insight on how to resolve issues, instead he will present the options, or paths, available to you and allow you to choose.

He is well known for his ability to protect those who seek his guidance which makes him one who you can call upon for protection when you most need it. I found some references of him also being a protector of travelers, but I feel that this applies to those who are traveling through experiences in life more so than physically traveling anywhere.

He is an interesting deity since his role is one of guided transformation but at the same time he is known for his skills in preservation. The two seem to be at odds but not really. I think I would feel comfortable seeking his guidance when looking for change, but not radical change. He would be a great deity to work with if you are seeking spiritual growth, to see things beyond what you can see now – but are afraid. He can comfort, guide, protect and help you to get ready for the next step. His neutrality makes him a caring and comforting deity regardless of what you seek.

Considering his relationship with preservation, herbs that would most fit him are those that protect and preserve. Benzoin, Frankincense, Myrrth, Anise Star, Cloves, Cardamom, Salts, Rosemary are all herbs that would probably work well for him.