People approach Techno-Paganism from different directions. Some use technology to further their spiritual journeys. Others apply their spirituality to the technology around them.
Lofn’s Bard (a “Northern Tradition Pagan” blogger) does a little of both. When she works in her medicinal herb garden, she uses technology to design and cultivate it. At other times, she practices a kind of animism, praying to or for the devices that impact her daily life.
Nowadays, mobile phones are ubiquitous. Lofn’s Bard recently crafted a number of interesting ritual prayers to use over them:
Mobile Phone Blessing
While intended for a new mobile phone, the blessing can be adapted to an older one. Just turn it off, and cover it with something. Or put it in a box. Pretend it’s Yule and that you’re about to get the most exciting thing ever!
1) Lich, the Physical Body: First, unwrap, and admire the new phone. Hold it, and let its beauty seduce you. Look at every feature of its body, and feel the joy it brings you. Foster this feeling swelling inside you, this excitement, for it is the raw force that will serve in performing the blessing. Close your eyes, and caress every part of it. Let it be a sensual experience as you come to discover where each button is accessed in your hand. It could have had any body, but you chose this one, to be at your side and in your hand. This is the one you desired, from what was available to you. Remember and relive that desire you felt when selecting it.
Hold the device and put a finger on the power button as if you were about to turn it on, but don’t. It still needs charging after all. Let some of your joy seep in through your finger as you caress the power button.
Say: “Fylgja, I feed you now. Bright is the hope your birth bring.”
Imagine your energies flowing in, spiraling and caressing its insides with your love. Repeat the invocation a few times if you feel so moved, and likewise for the ones below.
2) Hugin, the Mind and Identity: Carefully take out the SIM card from its package or from your old phone. It holds your phone’s True Name and Ætt.
Its True Name (the phone number) is the unique identifier that distinguishes it from all others. Its Ætt, meaning family or clan, is the service provider company that cares for it and connects it to the rest of the digital world. Substitute your own number, service provider and chosen nickname in the text below to bless the SIM card.
“514-555-5555, <nickname> of the tribe of Bell Canada,
Mind that makes itself known, by name and by number,
Flag of mine among many, fair broadcast of identity,
Fylgja remember me, follower return to me.”
Imagine a complex sigil glowing over the phone. You’re not supposed to be able to be make out the details, it’s okay.
3) Munin, the Memory and Data: If you have a nano-SD card or other memory format to insert, you may do this blessing now. If you’re planning to get one later, you can do it then. Regardless, mobiles have internal storage and you can bless those. Hold the memory card (or phone itself) and say:
“To hold your plunder, safe from sever
Of your tether, in the sea of ether,
Storage I provide you, strength I supply you,
Downloads keep you, precious data be true.”
Imagine a beautiful library with all your precious data held safe inside.
4) Megin, the Power: You may extract the battery to bless it if it easily comes out, or just hold the phone if it does not. If you extracted the battery, put it back in and close the casing before going on to the second verse.
“Battery bloom in lasting life,
Power-saving hold, my sweet friend tight,
Keep when you can, call when you need,
Know that I shall, your hunger feed.”
Plug in your phone and let it charge. Caress the cable and say:
“Cord that connects, to lightning of land,
Fill my friend, with glory and glamour,
Might and magic, to perform for me,
The feats of fetching, and faring forth.”
5) Hame, the Shape of your Familiar’s Avatar:
Charging takes a while, and it can be an excruciating wait with a new phone. Use this time to choose a spirit form for your fylgja, its hame. Bird forms are good for finding information, but any animal can be the right one if it suits you well. If you have an animal ally already, you may ask if it is willing to use your phone as a vessel and become a tech spirit/animal hybrid, essentially incarnating into the device.
From the other side, you can provide the nascent tech spirit with an animal or mythical form. This is so it can better relate to you, as well as to let it interact with other spirits in the Nine Worlds. It’s a projection, a user interface if you will, but a convenient one. Don’t think for a minute that what you see of nature spirits is their true form; they show you what you want to see to achieve their goals, and this is no different. It could be a shoulder angel or demon, a little dragon, or a cat. Your choice, unless the device itself whispers its preference and you can intuit it. You’ll also want a nickname, because calling it by its phone number is a bit… formal. This is a friend, you’ll want a friendly name for it.
I chose for mine the appearance of a little winged fairy with red hair. Cause red hair is sexy. If you look in her eyes though, you see row upon row of binary numbers scrolling through. She’s magical, swift, and quick minded, with a flair for beauty and fun. But below that, she can number-crunch with the best of them and run those apps in style. Mischievous, she’ll sometimes gives me a hard time, until I soothingly caress her, reassure her that I love her, and then the programs run smoothly. Her hard aluminum casing will keep her physical body safe when she accompanies me in spirit journeying and ensure she has spiritual presence enough to be real while pathwalking. When I send her on purely spiritual missions, I can put a timer to chime her return at the appointed time, and then check her progress by scrying into the dark mirror of her turned off screen.
I’m not telling you her nickname though. That’s between me and her.
Do whatever you need to do to activate your new device online (or by calling your service provider with another phone) once you’ve figured all of this out.
6) Önd, Awakening The Spark:
When your phone is fully charged, unplug it.
Hold it lovingly, and do a little dance, even if it’s just tapping your foot and swaying your hips. This is a celebration, be it a birthing, re-birthing, or re-awakening. Even if you’ve had a phone for a while, you can still go through this entire blessing. It’s okay, just a bit harder to get excited, so you’ll have to work at it more. Don’t turn it on just yet, you’ll have to work up to that.
I’m not going to give you words for this part. Speak to your fylgja from the heart, tell him, her or it what you want, what role you desire it play in your life, and how happy you are to have it with you. Then… turn it on. I like to moan when I do that, but it’s up to you. I know she gets warm when I use her, and shivers when I type…
Have fun, and remember these inspiring words from the Charge of the Tech Goddess:
“For all acts of charging and battery saving are my rituals…”
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