When you were born,
The earth became your body,
The stone became your bone,
The sea became your blood,
The sun became your eye,
The moon became your mind,
The wind became your breath.
When you passed to the Otherworld,
Your breath became the wind,
Your mind became the moon,
Your eye became the sun,
Your blood became the sea,
Your bone became the stone,
Your body became the earth.
When we were born, you did the same for us:
You called forth the earth and rocks;
The sea arose and the sun descended;
The moon shone down and the winds sang.
For those who come after, we shall do as you did for us
When we are gone, we shall do as you did before.
Ancestors, we honour you.
I spoke part of this prayer at Samhain for the Grove (all of it, simply put, felt like it would have been too long, and it was cold). But I wanted to post it here, before Oct. 31, in case anyone else liked it as much as I did.
The prayer is particularly influenced by general cosmos creation patterns in IE mythology, and also by a couple of essays by Bruce Lincoln, which can be found in his excellent Death, War, and Sacrifice.