Our Household’s Threshold Prayer

My friend Edward posted a link to a Hellenic threshold prayer on twitter so I figured I’d share the one I do most days before leaving the home.

Thresholds are problematic areas. They’re almost open space, transitional space and that means that they are areas prone most especially to miasma. More than that, as you cross your threshold, you’re leaving the protected space of your house and moving out into a world. All of this makes them remarkably difficult to spiritually shield. My shrine to Hermes is right inside the door, almost touching the threshold (divination showed that He was insistent it go there) and right next to that is the shrine to Loki and Sigyn (again, div showed They wanted it there). The last thing I do before leaving my home is make offerings at each of these shrines. Hermes’ shrine includes a small section to Cardea, Janus, Forculus, and Limentius.

I pray to You, Hermes, Giver of Good things,
ever the Traveler, always our Guide,
please protect me as I leave this house.
Guard my comings and my goings,
and keep me safe.
May I reach my destinations safely
without incident or accident
and return safely home as well.
Please watch over me, Hermes,
I pray.

I ask Cardea, Gracious Goddess,
to guard me as I cross this threshold.
Please keep away misfortune and malice,
keep away sickness and death,
and with your brothers Forculus and LImentius,
bring me home safely again.

Hail to You, Hermes, best Beloved,
and hail to You, Cardea.

Hermes dec 31 2017

I say this after making a small offering (usually a glass of water or incense) and right before I head out for my day. I’d love to see what types of threshold prayers you, my Readers use.
Happy Saturday, folks.

About ganglerisgrove

Galina Krasskova has been a Heathen priest since 1995. She holds a Masters in Religious Studies (2009), a Masters in Medieval Studies (2019), has done extensive graduate work in Classics including teaching Latin, Roman History, and Greek and Roman Literature for the better part of a decade, and is currently pursuing a PhD in Theology. She is the managing editor of Walking the Worlds journal and has written over thirty books on Heathenry and Polytheism including "A Modern Guide to Heathenry" and "He is Frenzy: Collected Writings about Odin." In addition to her religious work, she is an accomplished artist who has shown all over the world and she currently runs a prayer card project available at wyrdcuriosities.etsy.com.

Posted on October 12, 2019, in Lived Polytheism, prayers, Uncategorized. Bookmark the permalink. 7 Comments.

  1. That’s a nice prayer! 😁I’m happy that the blog post (which tbh was very off-the-cuff) is leading to others discussing what they do. My threshold shrine isn’t as close to my door as I would like due to my apartment layout, so I’m a bit jealous that you have the space.

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    • i love that you included internet and electronic data in yours!

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      • Thanks! I started doing that after I got thinking more about the Internet (over the course of the past year) and decided that Internet activity was definitely beyond-threshold. I also pray to Athênê to be diplomatic and tactful and try not to say anything online (although I’m not always successful) before I’ve prayed to Hermês in the morning. Then again, I find the Internet stressful. 😂

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  2. My leave-taking procedures are a bit unusual, because of a variety of things. Since there is no space where it would be safe to have a threshold shrine at my current apartment (and as I cannot insure that no one else will enter while I’m gone due to my rental situation), the coming/going in my actual Shrine proper is highly regulated, and is always visited before I leave on any given day, and the actual front door has some procedures if I am leaving for longer than a day, or am going out-of-town or off-island for some period of time. I have Shinto Gofu at the door of my apartment, and likewise at the door of my Shrine, but the Shrine also has several other apotropaic devices inside of it (of Greek, Roman, and Egyptian varieties), and as of recently, a smaller shrine outside of it where certain things can be performed if the main Shrine isn’t or can’t be accessed for various reasons (e.g. if I have my shoes on and don’t have time to take them off and put them on again before leaving, as it now takes me quite a while to do so!). For protection of myself, the Shrine, and my premises, the Ephesia Grammata get invoked (as protection is one of Their primary purposes!), and various gestures are made toward the direction of the inner Shrine (since it is the center of my spiritual world and religious practice currently!) as well as the door itself and the various spirits and Deities Who are involved in maintaining its protection. As with a great deal of my daily practices, these are wordless activities.

    When I get to my office, I have icons of Antinous and various other Deities to Which I offer prayers and gestures of devotion when I arrive therein, when I leave (even temporarily), and at which I pray during the day at various times when I need it, at the beginning of each term when I first go to a class or if the day’s subject is going to be contentious, before certain meetings, and various other occasions, as well as just when I feel I need to do so. So, it’s a way to always have a check-in periodically throughout the day when I am at college, which is great! I have ways to do something similar in a more portable fashion at my other college, since there is no space there that is officially mine or that I can exclusively access.

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    • i miss having a shrine at work. I don’t have dedicated space either that’s unshared by others. I’d love to hear more about your portable options.

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      • This is one of these things that the particularities of my Deities lends itself to somewhat more easily than it might for certain others. I’ve got a lot of coin replicas that I carry with me (or in one case, an actual coin, but a rather rare recent one) which have images of different Deities or Hero/ines and Divae/i on them. They function in a way similar to prayer-cards apart from having prayers on them (!?!), but they have some weight and, if you’ll excuse the pun, “currency” as portable devotional objects that can function as icons, amulets, and much else. I’ve got an Irish coin that was done in 1966 for the anniversary of the Easter Rising that has a depiction of Cú Chulainn’s death on it (which is similar to the memorial statue for that event in the General Post Office in Dublin), and on the other side it has Padraig Pearse, one of the Heroes of 1916. These, along with a variety of other small things representing particular Deities (including semi-precious stones, small sculptures, or other such items) and two Ephesia Grammata sets, get carried around by me in a series of small pouches that are all then in one larger plastic pouch (for their protection!) whenever I go out, so that all of these things are with me in case I am away from home longer than expected and have to practice my regular religious life elsewhere away from my Shrine for an extended period. I’m so glad I did this last year when I broke my leg, as I then had all of it when I went to the hospital, and then insisted on having all of it in the OR with me when I had my surgery (despite their repeated attempts to try and deprive me of it). As it was all I had access to when I was there for five days, I was very thankful for it, particularly since I couldn’t send anyone into my main Shrine during that time to get anything I might need.

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      • BTW, yesterday afternoon, when I got back from the Shinto Shrine, I was looking for all of my Mani prayer cards to see how they might sit in the frame (and I thought there were more than four different ones available at this point…?!?), and I found the Forculus and Limentius card (a particularly lovely one!), and realized there is certainly room enough for it to be on the wall near my front door, so there it now is! I’m glad you wrote about this now, as that made me think of placing it there immediately! (Which I should have done long ago, granted, but there we are…!?!)

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