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Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Earth Day - Children's Ritual to Heal the Planet

Tuesday, April 21, 2009
Our world is in trouble. Between pollution, deforestation, and overfishing our land and seas are facing a threat that they can barely fight against. Now things aren't quite as bad as some environmentalists would have you believe. They continue to find new species of fish and other animals. And there have been great strides in combating pollution. It also seems to me that many Pagans look for something to do but find that a solution is hard to come by. So here is a ritual that you can do with your kids to lend energy to Mother Earth.

What is needed:

Six candles -- Red, yellow, blue, green, two white
A feather
A bowl of water
A bowl of dirt
Bell for each child participating (or you can share a single bell)


Arrange the colored candles and other items in a circle around you. In the East put the yellow candle and the feather. In the South put a white candle closer to the center and the red candle a little further out. In the West put the bowl of water and the blue candle. And finally in the North put the bowl of dirt and the green candle. Light these candles as you set them out. In the center put the other white candle. Walk with your children from candle to candle, ringing the bell as you leave from candle to another.
Start in the East and tell them that it represents Air. Wave the feather at them so that they can feel the wind.
In the South tell them that here is Fire represented. Carefully let them feel the heat from the candle.
In the West talk to them about Water. Have them wash their hands in the water.
In the North speak about the element of Earth. Let them touch the dirt.
When you return to the Center talk to them about the Goddess and the God and how they are always there. Let them know about Love and the Blessings that the Gods can give us.

Now have the children sit and think on the Earth. For younger children you could have them imagine the Earth going to the Doctor to get better. For older children they could just imagine the earth, as pictured from space, bathed in golden or blue light. When you feel that the time is right then have them lay their hands on the Earth and say how much they love the Earth and all the animals on it. Have them ask for the Earth to be healed and strong.

You can take this time now to talk to your children about how we are all connected in the Circle of Life. You can tell them about the Elements and how they all are a part of each of us.
Earth my body. Water my blood. Air my breath and Fire my spirit.

Make sure that your children eat after this so that they can get properly grounded.

Blessed Be!

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