A Birthday Blessing

Happy Calends of September! (Actually, I follow lunar reckoning, but I’m sure a lot of you don’t.)

It was both my mother’s and brother’s birthday yesterday, so I’m thinking a birthday blessing would be nice to start off my little ‘devotionals’ series. They’re both Catholic, but not the frigid, stuck-up-in-the-Dark Ages type, so I’m well sure they don’t mind pagan prayers in the house.

My Catholic upbringing was actually quite “liberal” thanks to my parents, and judging from what I’ve gathered from 27 years of living with them, I would say they’re more of henotheistic-monists. So, rather than being hardcore monotheists (“there is only one god, mine, and all others are false”), they worship one god without denying others and they may very well believe that all other gods are but different names or forms of the same divine power. Heck, I used to have very monistic leanings as a young Catholic!

I’ve also been doing morning and evening blessings on behalf of the entire family bloodline every single day since my father passed away, so I do this out of love and piety (not mutually exclusive, those two).


This blessing is a petition to all of our gods (mine and theirs) to bless and watch over them for another year. It was said over their birthday cake after yesterday’s lunch and now I’m going to share it with you:

I bless you, mother and brother,
on your most sacred day.
I bless you and your guiding spirits.
I bless you in the name of our family and friends.
I bless you in the name of our ancestors
and our noble dead, heroes and saints.
I bless you in the name of our gods and goddesses,
ancient in name and ancient in power.
I bless you in the name of the One who made heaven and earth.
May the King of the Gods protect you and your house,
and bless you with a good life.
May the Queen of Heaven preserve you and those dear to you.
May sea-born Aphroditê bless your eyes with beauty.
May Hathor bless your heart with love.
May Dêmêtêr provide bounty for your table.
May Poseidôn calm the seas of your soul.
May Athêna guard your mind against unreason.
May Apollôn illuminate your life.
May Horus grant you lordship over every challenge.
May Asklêpios grant you good health.
May Artemis preserve your good nature.
May Sekhmet defend you from all evil.
May Arês shield you from weakness.
May Hephaistos reward your work.
May Ing keep you ‘strong’.
May Dionysos liberate you from bondage.
May Hermes gift you with laughter.
May Thoth guide your speech.
May Ganesh grant you good fortune.
May Hanuman help you each day.
May Anoubis and Wepwawet guard your gates.
May Hekatê grant you safe passage in all your journeys.
May Persephonê and Plouto-Serapis keep your ancestors in peace.
May Isis show you miracles.
May Sobek and Set slay your fears.
May Nephthys wipe away your tears.
May the Shakyamuni Buddha relieve your soul.
May the Mother of all buddhas warm your soul.
May the Christ feed your soul.
May the Mother of Christ shelter your soul.
May St Mary Magdalene assist your soul.
May St Peter guide your deeds.
May St Michael defend you from harm.
May the forces of chaos never bother you.
May the rains fall gently on your head.
May the winds blow to your favour.
May the Sun King illumine your life.
May the Moon and the Imperishable Stars light your way in the dark.
May the Sky watch over your head.
May the Earth, Mother of all things, grant your feet firm ground.
May the Great Mother of all gods keep and preserve everyone you love.
May the hospitable Goddess burn always joyous and bright for you and your home.




D is for Daimôn

Yes, I know, I should be on C. But, today is my birthday, and I thought it would be appropriate to share a prayer I wrote last year for my Daimôn.

As many of us already know, daimôn in Greek — and especially, in the context of ancient Greek religion — means divine spirit, and the personal deity known as the Eautou (personal or “one’s own”) or Genethlios (birthright) Daimôn is the guardian spirit who watches over the fate of an individual from birth. They are almost identical to the genius or juno of a person in Roman tradition, and quite similar to ‘guardian angels’ in Christianity.

So, today, as every good Graeco-Roman birthday boy would do, I took my morning bath and broke breakfast bread with my Daimôn with these words:

Eautou Daimôn, be thou increased in power
on this day; the day of my birth; the day of my naming.
As I step into another year of my life,
protect me and watch over me;
guide my feet and my way,
my thoughts and my speech,
that everything I do be according to what-is-right;
that my acts be just, be true, be pure;
that in all this, I may secure for myself and my family
the friendship of the Gracious Ones,
the protection of the Mighty Ones;
the guidance of the Wise Ones;
that in all this, I may honour the names
of my beloved father and our noble ancestors
today and tomorrow,
and for all the days of my life.

May it be so.

More love to you, my Daimôn!

As a couple of slices of bread were not enough, a hearty lunch came right after for the family!

Some baguette à l'ancienne and pandesal dipped in olive oil and served with honey for my Daimôn

Some baguette à l’ancienne and pandesal dipped in olive oil and served with honey for my Daimôn

My whore-style salad

My whore-style salad

Plateful of Mum's roast chicken and potato salad, my tzatziki and my salad

Plateful of Mum’s roast chicken and potato salad, my tzatziki and my salad

Cake from my Aunt

Cake from my Aunt