Recently I came across a great new way of looking at prayer and ritual. The purpose of ritual and prayer should not be to grovel before the spirits for what we want but should aim to enchant the gods and spirits, that is – to attract them to our hearth fire and to become interested in us, and therefore to come and listen to us and grant our requests. How? We make our prayers and rituals as beautiful and inspiring as possible, that the gods and spirits might be enchanted by and attracted to it. We can do this by decorating our altars nicely, using nice smelling incense, drumming or making sweet music and writing our prayers in beautiful formats such as poetry or song. What a great way to look at things!