In my goddess circle on Hermione Granger I talked about how to work with contemporary manifestations of the goddess like Princess Leia, Xena, and Buffy. As part of that I introduced my circlesisters to a Craft invocation I came across in Bringing Race to the Table: Exploring Racism in the Pagan Community.
Bringing the Ancestors to the Table
By Heaven Walker
In the East, place of new beginnings, knowledge, and the sunrise, we call upon you, Maya Angelou. We invoke your wise words, your eloquence, your wisdom, your creativity. Guide our speech as we communicate our hearts and minds and engage in this sacred dialog.
In the South, place of passion, will, manifestation, and transformation, we call you, Rosa Parks. We invoke your strength to bravely stand up for what is right in the face of adversity, to insist on being heard, and to insist on the affirmation of our humanity.
In the West, place of magic, healing, and daring, we call upon you, Martin Luther King, Jr. We invoke your powers of peaceful protest, of raising awareness, of steadfast vision and bravery.
In the North, place of integration, strength, and grounded action, we call you, Harriet Tubman, who led so many to freedom through the Underground Railroad. Guide us as we seek the freedom from prejudice as we attempt to forge new paths together peacefully.
And in the Center, the place of the Akasha where all Elements combine, the Place Between the Worlds, that changes all worlds, we join hands, breathe deeply, open our hearts, and embark on this sacred journey together in perfect love and perfect trust. And so it is!
I love that this calls on African Americans instead of the steady drip-drip of European Americans. It invites us all to deepen our relationships with these goddesses, guardians, and guides.