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Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Introducing Children to Spirit

Tuesday, February 14, 2012
This elusive and hard to define element has went by many different names. From Akasha to simply the Great Spirit. It represents the ethereal planes and while separate then the other elements it encompasses them.

Normally honored in the center of the Circle. It is symbolized by the spiral, much like the Milky Way Galaxy and the color of white.

Yet since it is so abstract this element can be hard to fully and properly explain to children. But when I explained this to my daughter, I put it in terms of one's own spirit and soul.

But if you want to cast a circle and then invoke it you can use the following invocation (or of course use your own);

I stand in the center of the Circle
And call up the Great Spirit of Creation
The spark of Life found in our spirit and soul
Come and join us in this circle

Now have your children sit and meditate on the element of Spirit.

When done you can use this devocation;

Love and Blessings we return to you
Great Spirit we Bid you Hail and Farewell

Blessed Be!


Sunday, February 12, 2012

Children and the Element of Earth

Sunday, February 12, 2012
Now in this series we move into the element of Earth. Up to this point we have talked about Air, Fire and Water, in relation to introducing those elements to children. 

Earth is the fourth step in any elemental journey. It lies in the North, the direction of   renewal, wisdom and our ancestors. This element rules over fertility and grounding. 

The following exercise can be held at any time, but I recommend any time after the fall of dark. Since the time associated with the element of Earth is midnight. 

Lay out your altar with a green cloth and decorate it with symbols of Earth. You can put on it a pentacle disk or a potted plant. Put statues or drawings of aquatic animals on there as well, maybe a buffalo or a turtle.

Have your children lay down on the Earth and feel its solidity. Have them flex their muscles and feel their bones. The rocks of the Earth are like those bones. 

Now cast a circle. And invoke in the element of Earth. A sample invocation could be;

I stand in the Earth and invoke the Element of North
I call the powers of midnight and the depths of the caves
Come and attend to us, let us know your presence

Now all can sit and meditate on the energy of Earth that you have called to circle. Help your children to become comfortable and familiar with the element of Earth. Ask them questions like;
  • Is it male or female?
  • Are the energies fast or slow?
  • Do you see any colors?
  • Or have any impressions at all?
Just let them talk and see what comes of it.

The purpose of this exercise is to let the child become comfortable with the energies of the element, so that at some point, when they call the Quarters, they will be able to know what energies to invoke.

When you are done you can bid farewell to the Element of Earth. Again here is a sample devocation;

I return to the North to the Element of Earth
To offer thanks for your presence this night
And to bid you Hail and Farewell!

When you are ready you can close circle. Make sure that you take time for any more questions and for everyone to eat something small so that they can be properly grounded.

We have covered the four major elements so far and next week I am going to talk about the element of Spirit. 



Thursday, February 9, 2012

Circle Casting and Children

Thursday, February 9, 2012
I've been reposting my series on explaining Elements to children. To help with today's article I am going to post an excerpt from that article.

Tell them that when we do ritual we cast a circle made of spirit around us. It separates from our world, where we have to go to work or do chores and takes us to a magickal place. And in circle we call the Four Elements as watchtowers to watch over us and protect us while we honor the Gods.

If you feel that your children are old enough then you can take this time to continue to talk about spirit. Take their hands and create a "circuit" of energy between the two of you. In other words send them energy and then feel it return to you. Ask them if they feel anything and if so what does it feel like. Is it hot or tingly or anything like that?
Then tell them, if they can feel it, that is spirit as well. Tell them that that is the energy that we use to cast circle and to work magick and to heal. Go back to my post on ethics and tell them that this energy must be used responsibly. 
Ask them next if they would like to send you some energy. If so then let them. After you are done make sure you take some time for snack time. So they can properly ground.
Now grounding can wait until after today's exercise is finished. But if they are able to feel and send the energy, and be patient it may take a few times, then you can move onto casting Circle.

With help my youngest, she is almost eight now, cast circle the last Full Moon. She used her own athame and walked the circle sunwise imagining a beam of energy going out the tip of her athame and forming a circle around her.

If you try this out or are already doing, I would love to hear your experiences. So please comment below.

Blessed Be!



Sunday, February 5, 2012

Children and the Element of Water

Sunday, February 5, 2012
Now in this series we move into the element of Water. Up to this point we have talked about Air and Fire, in relation to introducing those elements to children. 

Water is the third step in any elemental journey. It lies in the West, the direction of the sunset and endings. It rules our deep emotions, those things that move us deeply.

The following exercise can be held at any time, but I recommend the evening. Since that is the coolest part of the day and the marking of the end of the fiery heat of the day.

Lay out your altar with a blue cloth and decorate it with symbols of Water. You can put on a chalice or a cauldron or both. Put statues or drawings of aquatic animals on there as well. Maybe even a pet fish, if you have one. 

To start, help your children find their pulse. Tell them that that steady beat is the flowing of their blood and the pumping of their hearts. This should show them that as we have Air and Fire in us, we have Water as well.

Now cast circle. And invoke in the element of Water. A sample invocation could be;

I stand in the West and invoke the Element of Water
I call the powers of evening and the cool depths of the ocean
Come and attend to us, let us know your presence

Now all can sit and meditate on the energy of Water that you have called to circle. Help your children to become comfortable and familiar with the element of Water. Ask them questions like;
  • Is it male or female?
  • Are the energies fast or slow?
  • Do you see any colors?
  • Or have any impressions at all?
Just let them talk and see what comes of it.

The purpose of this exercise is to let the child become comfortable with the energies of the element, so that at some point, when they call the Quarters, they will be able to know what energies to invoke.

When you are done you can bid farewell to the Element of Water. Again here is a sample devocation;

I return to the West to the Element of Water
To offer thanks for your presence this night
And to bid you Hail and Farewell!

When you are ready you can close circle. Make sure that you take time for any more questions and for everyone to eat something small so that they can be properly grounded.

Now this is just one of the Elements. Over the next few weeks I am going to cover the elements of Earth and Spirit. So make sure you subscribe, if you haven't already and stay tuned. I would love to hear any feedback so that I can fine tune the coming articles.



Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Thank You For All the Support

Tuesday, January 31, 2012
Now that the fundraiser has come to a close I wanted to extend a heartfelt thanks to all of you who donated. Being sick this past week slowed down some things that I needed to be working on. But my plan is to have the completed workbook out by Beltane, with pictures for the Crafts.

So to accomplish this I am planning on cutting back on posting after Imbolc until Ostara.

And not to forget I will be moving the hosting sometime next week. So look for some changes to come real soon.

Again thank you to all of you for your support and I hope you all have a Blessed Imbolc!

Blessed Be!


It's Lughnasadh Somewhere

I didn't want to forget those of you way down South so here is some links for Lughansadh.

Lughnasadh Family Ritual
Natural Candle Holders
Let's Bake Some Bread
Seed Necklaces

Hope you have a Blessed Lughnasadh!