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A Druid’s Breastplate

This is the incantation for protection and empowerment based on a specific

tradition in Celtic Lore. The Druids (esp. Celtic) did not allow their works to be

written down. As the Gaels slowly converted to Christianity, many Pagan

traditions of poetry, prayer and incantation were “converted” as well.

 

One form of invocation that seems certain to date from pre-Christian times is

the Breastplate. These were relatively long, detailed recitations in which

various powers – divine, spiritual and natural – were called upon to aid the

practitioner. We have a number of examples, of which the most famous is the

the Breastplate of St. Patrick. This paganised Druid’s Breastplate is based on

that famous prayer.

 

The Armoring

 

Today I gird myself with triple power

Invocation of the Gods

Attunement with the Spirits

Reverence to the Ancestors

 

Today I gird myself

With the power of the Magic Cauldron

With the power of the Spear and Sword

And the Stone of Sovereignty

With the whole company of the Mother’s Kin

 

Today I gird myself

With the power of the Noble Ones

 

Obedience of Spirits

Service of the Sidhe

 

With the Loving Blessing of the Dead

 

Wisdom of the Wise

Courage of the Strong

Innocence of the Young

And the Deeds of Heroes.

 

Today I gird myself

With the Power of Heaven

 

Light of the Sun

Brilliance of the Moon

Splendor of Fire

Speed of Lightning

Swiftness of Wind

Depths of the Sea

Firmness of Earth

Hardness of Rock

 

And the Power under the Earth.

 

Today I gird myself

With the Goddess’ Power to direct me

With the Gods’ Wisdom to bear me up

With the Childs’ Love to content me.

 

Their eyes to look after me

Their ears to hear from me

Their voice to clarify for me

Their hands to guard me

Their paths open before me

Their shield to ward me

 

From the snares of spirits

From weakness of will

From habit and unmindfulness

From all who wish me ill

Far and near

 

I summon these Powers to be upon me and in me

To make me equal to any challenge:

To come between me and any power that threatens my body or

spirit

 

That I may have the Wisdom of the Wise

The Love of the Loving

The Power of the Powerful

That I may be known in the inner realms and acknowledged with

honor.

Know me, O Mighty Ones, for my name is ____________.

 

Magic within me, magic on my right hand, magic behind me,

magic on my left hand, magic before me, magic above me,

magic beneath me.

In the eye of all beholders

In the ear of all who hear

In the heart of all beings

My Magic is established.

 

Today I gird myself with the threefold Power

 

Honor to the Gods

Honor to the Fair Folk

Honor to the Dead

 

And Honor to the Wisdom of Magicians

That dwells in me forever!

So mote it be!

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