Category Archives: pagan parenting

Elements – Air

To get myself back on track with my Year-And-A-Day beginner/kids series, I decided to start back up with easy lessons on the Elements.

I decided to start with Air. It is the first Element I invoke during Circle. And, as my last lesson was on Circles, this makes sense to me.

Air Element

 

Air is the element of the mind. We take walks in the fresh air to clear our heads. For my kiddo, I will have him walk with me while we discuss the aspects of Air and how we use this Element everyday. His homework will be to journal his thoughts on Air.

 

General Air Correspondences

(taken from a few different books, including True Magick by Amber K and Earth Power by Scott Cunningham)

General: mind, imagination, intellect, knowledge, theory, breath, peaks, wind, towers

Direction: East

Colors: blue, white

Ritual Tools: athame/sword, wand, censor

Sense: Smell

Goddesses: Aradia, Ariamhod, Cardea, Nuit, Urania, Iris

Gods: Mercury, Thoth, Khepara, Enlil

Spirits: Sylphs

Angel: Raphael

Zodiac Signs: Gemini, Libra, Aquarius

Season: Spring

Time of Day: Dawn

Wind: Eurus

Animals: Birds (especially hawks and eagles)

Plants: Vervain, yarrow, primrose, violet, frankincense, myrrh

Tree: Aspen

Stones: topaz, sapphire, lapis lazuli

Incense: Galfanum

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Grounding

I managed to get behind on my weekly lessons with Eldest. So, I am posting a basic lesson plan for April to help me get back on track.

March 31: Description of grounding and why it is important.
April 7: Practice grounding (We will have some small grounding exercise every week).
April 14: Description of meditation.
April 21: Do a small meditation (about 10 minutes).
April 28: Discussion of what goes on in a Circle and why Grounding and Meditation are important to learn for Circle work.

Eldest will be going away for the summer to stay with my mom sometime in July. I am hoping to give him some small lessons he can work on while away from me. He can practice meditation and grounding when he goes to church with her. Hopefully this will help him to keep somewhat still and maybe focus on the priest. This would be nice if it works when he goes with Dad. Dad gets really frustrated when Eldest just wiggles the whole time hehe.

Feel your roots. Picture from http://sparklebampow.wordpress.com/2012/03/27/grounding/

Making My Year Magickal

I decided that I would be working on my inner self this year. I want to see the magick in things again. When did that disappear? Oddly, I think it was when I started having kids. I guess my brain just said, “Ok. Now we have to be all adult-like and stop having fun.” Well, I am taking the fun back. I mentioned in an earlier post that I was going through a book everyday. I have really enjoyed it. And Mr. Penczak’s book has also been a delight to read each month.

Well, it seems that I will be adding to my witchy workload. Eldest has started to ask about my beliefs and why I do not always go to church with the rest of the family. He will be nine soon. I think he is old enough to learn about a few other religious beliefs.

Mommy Witch Blog|Teaching kids about a Pagan Path
Mommy Witch Blog|Teaching kids about a Pagan Path

The first step of our journey was to ask him if he would be interested in sitting down with me once a week to discuss what I do. I want to teach him, not force him.
Our first lesson will be sometime this week. I am going to have him help me pick out a three-ring-binder to use as a book of shadows. So, we will be discussing what a BoS is and how to use it. I will need to come up with a fun lesson plan for the next year or so. I have gotten some good ideas from Pooka Pages and I have Starhawk’s Circle Round.

My basic lesson plan for this March goes something like this:

  • March 10: Book of Shadows: What it is and how to use it. Homework: once per week, write an observation about how the seasons are changing.
  • March 17: Discuss Ostara/Vernal Equinox. Homework: Work in the garden (this is already one of his chores).
  • March 24: Brief discussion on the other Sabbats and how they fit into the changing of the seasons. I have no homework or project for this.

I will be working on a lesson plan for April this week. I am trying to think of some simple grounding lessons and exercises.

 

 

The Trials of Pagan Parenting

There are many joys to be had in raising children, as well as many sorrows and trials. Raising children as a Pagan can be especially demanding:

  • When is a good time to discuss your religious beliefs?
  • How do you explain why you do not go to church when your child(ren)’s friends and parents go to church?
  • If you are not totally out of the broom closet, how do you explain to your child that what you do in a ritual needs to be kept quiet?

I am the only Pagan in my household (unless my children decide to follow in my footsteps). My husband is Catholic and my son goes to Sunday school at my husband’s church. I want my son (and eventually our new baby) to have exposure to multiple belief systems.

I do find it difficult to explain why mommy doesn’t go to daddy’s church. Something that is not made any easier by the fact that I am still in the closet in regards to my own mom, who is an adamant Catholic. My son will visit her during the summer and will come home preaching about God and Jesus. I’m fine with that, but I then find it more and more difficult to explain to him that not all of his friends are Catholic or even Christian and it is not always appropriate to suddenly burst into prayer or singing hymns. My mother is also a pre-Vatican 2 kind of Catholic, so she talks to him about hell and… well that really bothers me.

As a Wiccan kind of Pagan, I don’t believe in any hell other than the ones we create for ourselves. I don’t believe in blaming the devil/Satan (since I do not believe in Satan) for the evil wo/men do. I believe we need to blame the person who committed the evil. I’ve done pretty good getting that through my boy’s head. I tell him we are all free to decide how we act, and those very actions have consequences that could be good or bad. I guess it is my way of beginning to teach him one of the tenets of the Wiccan Rede.

Do you have any particular problems in dealing with being a Pagan and a parent? How do you overcome these?