Thursday, September 6, 2012

Prayer Tie

I attended a Prayer Tie Ceremony last week before the hurricane made landfall in Louisiana. They were filled with prayers for New Orleans. (Prayers for our house as well.) 7 years post Hurricane Katrina PTSD levels are still ever present and it's still a city full of fear and death. New Orleans was spared from this hurricane. LaPlace was not. There was a breech in the levee and the area was flooded. Please send prayers and thoughts to them as they heal and rebuild. 

A Prayer Tie ceremony is a ritual of using 5 inch squares or smaller to bundle herbs in, usually tobacco, that you says prayers and intentions over. You tie them on one continuous string and you can say one final prayer over the whole string. Then it should be tied outside on a tree or something of meaning. It's an offering to the great spirits or whatever deity you connect with. Red is the color representing the south and black represents the west generally but for us it was representing mystery. As a side note if you are wanting to do your own ceremony: Four colors of fabric are used when making a prayer ties to represent the four directions or four winds - east (yellow), south (red), west (black), and north (white). At the ceremony a gal said they are also good to make to circle around a child's bed that is having nightmares. I'll definitely be doing this for our beds.

When I got home I placed mine in my magnolia tree where I sit to talk to my grandpa. That will be one of the things I miss when we move but I take my grandpa's presence with me.

We should know today if we are approved to put an offer in on the house we love. I'm freaking out a bit.

Peace and love,
Katelyn

3 comments:

  1. i love this! i'm thinking i might modify by using the prayer tie as sort of a wailing wall - have a string hanging in a sacred space and tie a prayer/affirmation/etc on whenever the heart feels drawn to. wouldn't that be beautiful after the string is full - so colorful and vibrant!

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