Ariadne

This is a list of three prayers to Ariadne. I got them from the book ‘In Praise of Olympus: Prayers to the Greek Gods’ by Hearthstone.

 

Ariadne, clever one, impassioned one, venturesome one of whom great tales are told, daughter

of Crete, of Minos and Pasiphae, dear granddaughter of Helios who sees all things, beloved of dark-eyed

Dionysos, I praise You. Fair Ariadne, wise one, comely one, whose graceful, certain feet trace patterns in the

sand as you dance, whose companions are the free-hearted maenads, who takes joy in all the sweet things of

the world. Ariadne, ancient one, noble one, firm of step, true of course, clear of mind. Through any labyrinth

you make your way, in any intricacy you see design. Ariadne, whose keen eye sees what is, whose open heart

embraces what may be, Ariadne, I praise and honor you.

 

2nd Prayer to Ariadne

Clever Ariadne, fairest daughter of Crete, wise one, passionate one, goddess who knows much of the

heart and its demands, who woke all alone on the white shores of Naxos, who was borne away by wild-

haired Dionysos to the high-reaching halls of Olympos, to be his shining bride. Graceful Ariadne, free

hearted one who dances on the sand and in the temple, who knows the way through any maze, who knows

the way through any trouble. Mistress of puzzles, mistress of answers, with wit and with reflection you find

the way to the self; you find the way to the center and back again.

 

3rd Prayer to Ariadne

Ariadne of the winding way, wise one who knows the shortest path may not be the best, daughter of old

Crete, you have seen the fall of cities, you have seen the death and the resurrection of faith, you have

lived many lives and begun many journeys. Clever girl, your wit and wile break open any mystery, solve

any puzzle, answer any riddle. Best beloved of wine-soaked Dionysos, you lead the maenads in their dance,

ever circling, ever inward; you face the unknown with no fear, knowing that whatever may be, you are its

equal. Ariadne, you lead at once with head and heart, you open your whole self to what may come. Goddess,

I thank you for your blessings and your many gifts.