Great Maiden Goddess,
bright crescent of the New Moon,
help me to recognize the promise of new beginnings.
Teach me your wild mysteries of youth and innocence,
knowing that they will prepare me for the consequences of my actions.
Help me to explore this life and all it's possibilities,
so that I might choose a Path wisely.
Even when I am burdened with other's expectations,
help me to find the playful joy in life.
Teach me to recognize when pleasure is sacred, and when it is not,
so that I do not cause harm to others or myself.
This I pray, Great Maiden Goddess,
so that I may become a powerful Maiden in your image.
--Dove original 4/16/04