Keeping Rituals Light and Fun for a Child

Remember not everything about The Craft has to be serious. You can honor a deity or do a spell in a fun way that brings joy and laughter to your heart, mind, and spirit. Young children usually learn things better if it is enjoyable to them rather than boring adult stuff. Take your child to the woods and have them look for a stick that they feel is special for them than take it home and do a ritual for their age level to turn the stick into their first wand. If the child feels it should be decorated offer them glue glitter stickers stones or even paint. To cast the circle the child could skip or dance around to form it or even do a small train where the adult leads the child behind them by holding hands. A suggestion is to do the consecration ritual as a chant, this way the child gets to sing and maybe play a drum (a plastic bowl and wooden spoon work great for a child). When it comes time to do the feasting have juice and graham crackers, remember to have them take some outside to make an offering of thanks. When your ritual is through or during it allow the child to dance or skip around the circle to open it. Keep the ritual light, entraining, and fun and I can almost guarantee the child will remember getting their first wand forever. You may also want to help the child, depending on age to sew a bag to keep their wand in, especially if it has glitter on it.

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Share Your Campanion and/or Familar(s) With Us

Many of us have familiar companion that is also our familiar that we share a spiritual and magickal bond with. A few of us our blessed and lucky to have more than one in our life at the same time.

I am blessed with two campanoins/familiars in my life for the last almost four years.

First is a birthday present from my husband, my almost nine year old Miniature Pinscher, Drama Queen Cleopatra JAWS. Better know as Cleo. Who protects my home and land. Gives me energy on days I have to get things done and lack the energy to do it. She also helps protect my physically body from harm by other dogs or when I am traveling to Other worlds ( Celtic term for Astral Planes). Her birthday is February 11, 2009.

Second is a rescue dog my almost six year old Chihuahua, Princess Starbabie. Better know as Star. We got Star just before her second birthday and her sister welcomed her with open paws. Star is my constant companion. She attends every gathering and private circles I do. She lends me calmness and helps me be more level headed. She joins with Cleo in protecting my physically body from harm when I am traveling in Otherworlds. Star is who I turn to for calling energy when I am upset or angry. Her birthday is March 30 2012.

Both of my girls are boys to have as companions and familiars. One of both give me a reason to laugh hardy and sometimes long at funny things the do. I have found when I am down or depressed the antics increase causing me to laugh more and feel better.

Please tell us about your animal companion and/ or familiar. If you want to share a picture with us please send the photo, animals name, and your first in the body of an email to ladybeltane@aol.com Subject line should say “My Animal”. If you want to share about a companion that has crossed The Raibow Bridge please do.

I  am looking forward to reading your stories and seeing you pictures.

The Magic of Beltane

Beltane is a season of fertility and fire, and we often find this reflected in the magic of the season. Let’s look at some of that spring magic, from ritual sex to fertility magic, along with the magic found in gardens and nature.

Ritual Sex and the Great Rite: Beltane is a time of passion and fertility, so for many people, it’s a time for ritual sex. Here’s what you need to know.
Fertility Magic and Customs: There’s a lot of folklore surrounding fertility. Let’s look at some beliefs from around the world.
Chocolate and Sex: Chocolate as an aphrodisiac? You bet! In fact, it’s scientifically proven.
Make Magic in Your Garden
Sacred Plants of the Beltane Season: Let’s look at some of the plants that are considered sacred to the Beltane season.
Plant a Magical Moon Garden: If you’re a night owl, consider planting a moon garden, full of fragrant plants that open and bloom at night.
Magical Spring Flowers
Spring Garden Folklore
Forsythia Magic and Legends
Lilac Magic & Folklore
The Magic of Dandelions: Dandelions are everywhere in the spring, so let’s look at some of the magic and folklore behind them.
Magical Herbal Correspondences
Magical Prosperity Soap
Horse Magic, Folkore and Legends
Butterfly Myth and Magic
Graveyard Dirt: Do you use graveyard dirt in magic? You can – here’s how

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All About Beltane – Celebrating the Fertility of Spring

April’s showers have given way to rich and fertile earth, and as the land greens, there are few celebrations as representative of fertility as Beltane. Observed on May 1st (or October 31 – November 1 for our Southern Hemisphere readers), festivities typically begin the evening before, on the last night of April. It’s a time to welcome the abundance of the fertile earth, and a day that has a long (and sometimes scandalous) history.

Depending on your tradition, there are a number of ways you can celebrate this Sabbat.

RITUALS AND CEREMONIES

There are many different ways you can celebrate Beltane, but the focus is nearly always on fertility. It’s the time when the earth mother opens up to the fertility god, and their union brings about healthy livestock, strong crops, and new life all around.

Here are a few rituals you may want to think about trying—and remember, any of them can be adapted for either a solitary practitioner or a small group, with just a little planning ahead.

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All About Samhain – Celebrating the Witches’ New Year in the Southern Hemisphere Part 5

TRADITIONS AND TRENDS

Interested in learning about some of the traditions behind the celebrations of the late harvest? Find out why Samhain is important, learn why black cats are considered unlucky, how trick-or-treating became so popular and more!

By Patti Wigington

Spring is Here! Time to Get Your Gardens Ready

Welcome to springtime in the northern hemisphere. As the warmer weather comes a witches thoughts turns to sowing a garden. A garden can mean a different thing to each of us. For me it is getting my physical seeds ready for my veggie garden, to check to see if my herbs survived the winter or if I need to start new ones. Spiritually it means starting new seeds/paths for me to be able to grow to be closer to Mother Earth, the Universal energies, my students, and my teachers. To be able in the fall to reap full benefits of all that I have learned and put them into practice whether it is in my own personal life or helping my students with something. This year I need to plant new seeds and seedlings for all my flower gardens because early heavy rains in this part of the country washed away two inches of top soil in all my flower beds.

What does planting a garden mean to you? Do you plant flowers, vegetables, herbs, goals or a little of all of these or any combination? Remember whatever you plant will come to fruition with the right amount of love, watering (spiritually this can be communicating with each other in the pagan community or even be emailing me to say hi), sunshine (remember to thank the Sun God) and nurturing from within yourself (positive thoughts and affirmations) and from others in our community.

I would really LOVE to SEE COMMENTS on this post, please. Share with us your seeds and lets us help you grow them to their fullest potential!

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What is Paganism?

The Basics

Pagans may be trained in particular traditions or they may follow their own inspiration. Paganism is not dogmatic. Pagans pursue their own vision of the Divine as a direct and personal experience.

The Pagan Federation recognizes the rich diversity of traditions that form the body of modern Paganism. In a brief introductory booklet, it is not possible to describe each and every one. Rather than attempt this, the pages in this section – links are on the left hand side of this page contain an introduction to six examples of major Pagan traditions.

This is not an exhaustive list, but these six traditions provide a good overview of modern Pagan practice. A suggested reading list is also available.

Some authors see the emergence of Paganism in the twentieth century as a revival of an older Pagan religion and describe all the above traditions as Neo-Pagan.

This term is also used to describe all those who are recognisably Pagan, but who do not adhere to any of the above traditions per se.

 

A definition of a Pagan: A follower of a polytheistic or pantheistic nature-worshipping religion.

A definition of Paganism: A polytheistic or pantheistic nature-worshipping religion.

 

What Paganism Is

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For Southern Hemisphere Readers: Ostara Crafts & Cooking

f you’d like to jazz up your altar, walls, or the entire house with decorations for Ostara, here’s where you’ll find several fun and easy craft projects. There’s more to this time of year than colored eggs, so be sure to check out these ideas!

Make a Miniature Greenhouse for Ostara
Make a Spring Weather Station
Spring Snake Wreath
Naturally Colored Ostara Eggs
Tie Dyed Ostara Eggs
Make Magic Crystal Ostara Eggs
Make an Ostara Tree for your altar
Seed Packet Greeting Cards
5 Easy Decorations for Ostara
7 of the Best Ostara Crafts on Pinterest

Feasting and Food

No Pagan celebration is really complete without a meal to go along with it. For Ostara, celebrate with foods that honor the the coming of spring — eggs, early spring greens, shoots and sprouts, and of course, the all-important marshmallow Peep.

Surprise Lemon Bread
Spring Sprout Salad with Homemade Honey Mustard Dressing
Marshmellow Peep Ambrosia
Deviled Eggs
Mint Chutney
Roasted Lamb
Hot Cross Buns

 

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Mabon Cooking & Craft Projects

As Mabon, the autumnal equinox, approaches, decorate your home (and keep your kids entertained) with a number of easy craft projects. Start celebrating a bit early with these fun and simple ideas. Bring the season indoors with harvest potpourri and magical pokeberry ink, or celebrate the season of abundance with prosperity candles and cleansing wash!

It’s also a perfect opportunity to get into the kitchen. Start thinking about seasonal comfort foods that honor the hearth and harvest — breads and grains, autumn veggies like squash and onions, fruits, and wine. It’s a great time of year to take advantage of the bounty of the season!

Mabon Food & Feasting  
Mabon is a holiday dedicated to family, feasting and friends. Try some of our favorite fall-themed recipes to celebrate the autumn equinox!

Baked Apples with Salted Caramel Sauce
5 Easy Recipes for Baked Apple Chips
Harvest Herbal Butter Blends
Roasted Butternut Squash Soup
Apple Butter
Stuffed Grape Leaves
Renaissance Faire Turkey Leg
Buckeye Candy
Pomegranate Sorbet
Dark Mother Bread
Cranberry Pumpkin Bread
Autumn Beef Stew

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Pagan Craft Projects for Mabon, the Autumn Equinox  
Autumn is a wonderful time to get crafty, thanks to the bright colors of the season. Make your own harvest candles, celebratory incense, and autumn God’s Eyes to decorate your home for the coming Sabbat.

Five Quick Decorating Ideas for Mabon
Make a God’s Eye for Mabon
Mabon Harvest Potpourri
Prosperity Candles
Mabon Cleansing Wash
Mabon Harvest Incense
Make Your Own Ink

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What is a Wiccaning?

A reader asks, “I’m a new parent to a baby boy, and my partner and I are both Pagans. A friend of ours keeps telling me I need to hold a Wiccaning ceremony. I’m not sure what this means – first of all, I’m not Wiccan, so I don’t know if it’s appropriate for me to have a Wiccaning ceremony for my son. Secondly, shouldn’t I wait until he’s old enough to make his own decisions, so he can choose for himself if he wants to be Pagan? Is there a rule that says I have to do this while he’s a baby?

Let’s break this answer down into a couple of different parts. First of all, your friend probably means well, but may not realize that you’re not Wiccan – which many people assume is the default setting for all Pagans. The term “Wiccaning” is used to describe a ceremony in which a new person – often an infant or child – is welcomed into theirspiritual community. It’s the equivalent of the Baptism that your Christian friends do with their babies. However, you’re right – if you’re not Wiccan, there’s no reason for you to call it a Wiccaning. In some traditions, it’s known as a saining, or if you’d prefer, you can just have a Baby Blessing ceremony, or even hold a Baby Naming ritual. It’s entirely up to you and your partner.

More importantly, you don’t need to have a ceremony for your child unless you want to. There are no universal rules about much of anything in the Pagan community, so unless you’re part of a tradition that mentions baby ceremonies in its guidelines, don’t worry about it.

The Tradition of Saining

In some magical traditions, a ceremony called a saining is held for babies. The word comes from a Scottish word that means to bless, consecrate, or protect. Interestingly, a lot of the surviving saining charms and chants are actually Christian in nature.

Rev. Robert (Skip) Ellison of Ár nDraíocht Féin writes, “There are several ideas about naming and saining ceremonies for a newborn baby. In Pre-Christianized Ireland, there are records of passing a newborn through a fire three times while asking the blessing of the Gods on the baby or of carrying a baby three times around a fire to bless it. Several charms that were collected from Christianized Ireland were published in Carmina Gadelica by Alexander Carmichael. “Silvered water,” which is water that has had silver in it, figures prominently in these charms. Most of these were to be done as soon as possible after birth. There are other legends about places where the newborn baby was passed through a hole in a stone for protection from fairies. Most customs that have come down to us are for the protection of the baby from unseen forces.”

Certainly, many people believe in the idea of letting a child decide on his or her own path as they get older. However, a naming/blessing/saining/Wiccaning ceremony doesn’t lock your kiddo into anything – it’s simply a way of welcoming them to the spiritual community, and a way of presenting them to the gods of your tradition. If your child chooses later on that he’s not interested in a Pagan path, then the fact that he had a ceremony as an infant shouldn’t impede his way at all.

If you like, if he decides to follow a Pagan path when he gets older, you could perform a coming of age ritual, or a formal dedication to the gods of your tradition. Much like a lot of other issues in the Pagan community, there are no hard and fast rules about any of these things – you do what works best for your family, and what falls in line with your beliefs.