Fire Dance - How to make prayer ties
- Posted Mar 5
- By Brett Almond
- Iceland Fire Dance
If you are dancing you will need to make prayer ties before you come to the dance. This helps set your intention for the dance. Into the prayer ties go all your prayers, hopes and intentions. They are the physical manifestation off what you wish to dance for. You only need to make prayer ties if you are a dancer.
For each prayer take a piece of square fabric and place it in your hand. With the other hand take a pinch of tobacco. Place the tobacco in the centre of the fabric. And as you keep your hand on the tobacco put your prayers into that tobacco (tobacco has the energy of “carrying” so is used to literally carry your prayers as you dance). See below for more instructions on how to tie your prayer ties. Once at the dance all the dancers will hang their strings of prayer ties on the central tree in the dance arbor.
“I love prayer ties as they mean when you come to dance you can literally let go of a need to pray if you wish, as your prayers are already made. All you then have to do is dance them and give them expression. At the end of the dance the prayer ties are burnt in the fire and we watch the smoke carry your prayers to the Creator.” - Brett Almond
Robbie Warren - “Making prayer ties is a Native American practice of intentional prayer and meditation. I believe that making Prayer Ties prior to your Dance will help you to focus on the Dance and your individual healing and releasing work.
You can work on Prayer Ties a little each day or sit quietly and do them all at once. There is no set number for you to make prior to the Dance, but please if you can, make a few. Some Dancers make thousands before a Ceremony such as this, others may make only seven. It is up to you as the Dancer to know your prayers and the work you will be doing in the Arbor.
Usually the fabric is cotton and the string is a natural fiber as well. We say the prayers in accordance with the energies of the seven sacred directions.
East – Yellow – Cleansing, new beginnings, ideas and clarity of thought, your mental body, transformation, the Butterfly is the Spirit Guardian of the East
South – Red – Soothing, childhood, emotional body, trust and unconditional love, relationships, connection to Mother Earth, the Turtle is the Spirit Guardian of the South
West – Black – Call to action, manifestation, physical healing and the physical body, placement, the Bear is the Spirit Guardian of the West
North – White – Guardian and protector, ancestors, Spiritual body, elders, the Eagle is the Spirit Guardian of the North
Up Above – Blue – Connection to the Star Nation, Father Sky, and the cosmos
Down Below – Green – Mother Earth, Animal Guides, creation
Within – Purple – Connection to the Spirit within, higher self, soul, your unique being
Creator, Great Spirit is in all Directions and colors, ever present.
As you make your Prayer Ties, please be mindful that you will be bringing these prayers and intentions into the Dance Arbor with you. Put your prayer into each tie, and when you are finished please smudge each tie. It is easiest to keep a little sage or (imphepo in South Africa) burning while you are working on your ties. If you find that you have many Prayer Ties to make, you may want to wrap them around a stick of some sort to keep them from being tangled.
I have also asked that you bring red fabric and string to the Dance so you can work on additional Prayer Ties when you are resting in the Dance Arbor. Please have these precut so you will not have to worry with scissors in the Arbor (you may feel a little altered).
Below are some pictures of how to do prayers ties.”