Category Archives: Teaching Paganism

A Year And A Day

I recently decided to step away from my coven for a year. I feel called to spend some time teaching myself so I can better teach those who have come to our group. This leave will be starting at Imbolc (February 2). Imbolc is a time of new beginnings and it seemed like the perfect date to start my inner journey into more advanced studies.

I am pretty excited about this and plan on writing about my advanced year and a day experience. I haven’t decided if I want to go about it on a weekly or daily basis. I am still working out some of the details on what I want to learn and work on. I will probably start with meditation as I still have some problems in that area.

New Beginning

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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

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.