On the second day of the First International Babaylan Conference, Jennifer Navarro invoked the seven elements of the Talaanding tradition. The invocation is meant to recognize and honor the presence of the seven elements, and as Jennifer read the prayer, representatives from the conference brought symbols of each element to the Ancestor's Altar at the entrance of the main conference gathering space. Jennifer has graciously allowed us to reprint the invocation here.
Land - With each step we take we are supported by you. In your arms seeds of life are lovingly nourished.
Water - While in your embrace we are able to dive deep into meditation and reflection. Within your womb we are comforted by the whale's song.
Wood/Trees - Majestic and steadfast. We aspire to be in your likeness, strong roots anchored in the heart of Mother Earth, sturdy trunk that keeps us centered and strong, and beautiful branches and leaves that reach up and receive heaven's divine energy.
Sun -You are the Divine body that benevolently shares life energy. From your rays all living things grow and thrive.
Air - We are in constant communion with you. You are the breath of life. With each inhale and exhale we integrate your pure energy within our vessel.
Sound - It is upon your tones we ride and bring healing to the self. It is upon your vibrations we soar and become one with the divine.
Divine Spirit - You flow around us and within us. Hope, appreciation, love, bliss, joy, you are all of these things. It is through your eyes and your movements that beauty manifests.
It is Jennifer's hope that the words of the prayer reach those who resonate with it in their hearts. Thank you, Jennifer, for your generosity.
Posted by Rebecca Mabanglo-Mayor with Jennifer Navarro's permission.