The first thing to do in teaching children about Wicca is to explain to them what exactly Wicca is. In the class for adults that I teach, I share with them the Thirteen Principles of Wiccan Belief. This was put together by the Council of American Witches in 1974. Now this is far from a perfect list, I have found that this describes most Pagans today. But it serves the purpose of illustrating to the Student what it is that we as Wiccans/Pagans do.
I am going to post the first six today and my comments on them. The rest will be forthcoming tomorrow.
1. We practice rites to attune ourselves with the natural rhythm of life forces marked by the phases of the Moon and the seasonal Quarters and Cross Quarters.
If you have been following this blog then your kids should be familiar with the Esbats and the Sabbats.
2. We recognize that our intelligence gives us a unique responsibility towards our environment. We seek to live in harmony with Nature, in ecological balance offering fulfillment to life and consciousness within an evolutionary concept.
The Earth is a symbol of the Goddess and if we want to honor and show Her respect then we should work to keep the Earth clean and not litter.
3. We acknowledge a depth of power far greater than that is apparent to the average person. Because it is far greater than ordinary it is sometimes called "supernatural", but we see it as lying within that which is naturally potential to all.
Now this is one that you will have to choose whether your child is ready to understand. Personally I have not talked to my youngest daughter about this. I think she is to young to understand the concepts of magick.
4. We conceive of the Creative Power in the universe as manifesting through polarity-as masculine and feminine-and that this same Creative Power lies in all people, and functions through the interaction of the masculine and feminine. We value neither above the other, knowing each to be supportive of the other. We value sex as pleasure, as the symbol and embodiment of life, and as one of the sources of energies used in magickal practice and religious worship.
The same goes for the last line of this one. If you haven't talked about the 'birds and the bees' then leave it out. But they do need to understand that Deity is expressed in the Wiccan faith as Goddess and God or by whatever names you understand them by. (More on deity is coming during this series)
5. We recognize both outer and inner, or psychological, worlds -- sometimes known as the Spiritual World, the Collective Unconscious, Inner Planes, etc. -- and we see in the interaction of these two dimensions the basis for paranormal phenomena and magickal exercises. We neglect neither dimension for the other, seeing both as necessary for our fulfillment.
To explain this one I have asked them if they can see the Goddess and God the same as she does my wife or myself. Of course her answer was no. Then I told her that this is because the Gods live on a different plane or in a different world. That sometimes if we think about or pray to them then we can hear them and feel them.
6. We do not recognize any authoritarian hierarchy, but do honor those who teach, respect those who share their greater knowledge and wisdom, and acknowledge those who have courageously given of themselves in leadership.
Of the six posted today this is one of the hardest to explain. My daughter knows about other religions, so it is easy to show her the Pope and explain the power of the Catholic Church and then show that we don't have a Pope. I also in rituals allow her a little spontaneity so that she can understand that their is no 'Right Way'.
I hope that todays post is a good start for you all to begin exposing your children to more of your faith. Whether it is their first time or they have been learning about and experiencing it for a while. Any comments would be appreciated, positive or negative.
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Thursday, February 4, 2010
Posted by Patrick McCleary Thursday, February 4, 2010
Labels: 101 class, series, wicca
Labels: 101 class, series, wicca
Wicca For Kids - 13 Principles -- part 1