W. Q. W. – Walking Affirmations (with a crazy witchy woman)

Merry Meet, my Silver Sage Family!
Guess what?! When Pumpkin and I went walkies this morning, we saw something big and dark, trying to fly through the clouds on this cold and rainy day! We both stopped, not sure if we should move or not, because what we saw was headed straight toward us! My eyes grew large and Pumpi began to growl, low and deep in her little chest, as if she were a big dog, who was hell-bent on protecting her momma! Nooo, what we saw wasn’t an airplane, or a helicopter. It looked to be a Magickal baby dragon, snorting out sparkle-filled-fire balls as it awkwardly, flapped it’s wings as if it was just learning how to fly. 😉
Yep, I used the Palo Santo again…..it makes me so happy and even weirder than normal…..LOL!!

Sooo, in today’s episode of W.C.W., we’re gonna be checking out how to do WALKING AFFIRMATIONS! Be sure to watch until the end so you can laugh, smile, and possibly learn something that is REALLY helpful! 🙂 I’m so glad you’re here, my Silver Sage Family!

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Some Images of Brigid or Brighid and Links to More Information

These images come from bing.com. To see more images of the goddess Brigid or Brighid please click on this link: Brigid Triple Goddess  Irish Goddess Brigid

This images com from bing.com to see more symbols related to Brigid please click on this link: Brigid Symbols

 

To learn how to make Brigid/Brighid cross please click on this link: How to Make a Brigid/Brighid Cross

To read other articles about Brigid/Brighid please click on any of these links: Brigid/Brighid and Sabbat Imbolc  Celtic Goddess Brigid/Brighid  Celtic Goddess and Catholic Saint

On the Sabbat Imbolc (Celebrated on February 2nd in the Northern Hemisphere and on August 1st in the Southern Hemisphere) also called Candlemas the Goddess Brigid is celebrated by many by making candles for home and magical usage. Here is a link to a general search for Imbolc: Imbolc a.k.a. Candlemas

If you are interested in learning some ways to make your own candles please put the word “Candle” in the search box on our Homepage. You will probably have to scroll through and click on “Older Posts” to find the information you want. Also here is a link of a general search for different ways of candle making: Candle Making at Home

Youtube videos on candle making: Candle Making Videos

WARNING: Candle making can be very dangerous. Please pick a time you will not be disturbed by anyone in the kitchen while working with the very hot wax. I recommend children under the age of 12 years old do not help with the candle making in any way as a safety precaution.

 

Keeping Rituals Light and Fun for a Child

Remember not everything about The Craft has to be serious. You can honor a deity or do a spell in a fun way that brings joy and laughter to your heart, mind, and spirit. Young children usually learn things better if it is enjoyable to them rather than boring adult stuff. Take your child to the woods and have them look for a stick that they feel is special for them than take it home and do a ritual for their age level to turn the stick into their first wand. If the child feels it should be decorated offer them glue glitter stickers stones or even paint. To cast the circle the child could skip or dance around to form it or even do a small train where the adult leads the child behind them by holding hands. A suggestion is to do the consecration ritual as a chant, this way the child gets to sing and maybe play a drum (a plastic bowl and wooden spoon work great for a child). When it comes time to do the feasting have juice and graham crackers, remember to have them take some outside to make an offering of thanks. When your ritual is through or during it allow the child to dance or skip around the circle to open it. Keep the ritual light, entraining, and fun and I can almost guarantee the child will remember getting their first wand forever. You may also want to help the child, depending on age to sew a bag to keep their wand in, especially if it has glitter on it.

What is Paganism?

The Basics

Pagans may be trained in particular traditions or they may follow their own inspiration. Paganism is not dogmatic. Pagans pursue their own vision of the Divine as a direct and personal experience.

The Pagan Federation recognizes the rich diversity of traditions that form the body of modern Paganism. In a brief introductory booklet, it is not possible to describe each and every one. Rather than attempt this, the pages in this section – links are on the left hand side of this page contain an introduction to six examples of major Pagan traditions.

This is not an exhaustive list, but these six traditions provide a good overview of modern Pagan practice. A suggested reading list is also available.

Some authors see the emergence of Paganism in the twentieth century as a revival of an older Pagan religion and describe all the above traditions as Neo-Pagan.

This term is also used to describe all those who are recognisably Pagan, but who do not adhere to any of the above traditions per se.

 

A definition of a Pagan: A follower of a polytheistic or pantheistic nature-worshipping religion.

A definition of Paganism: A polytheistic or pantheistic nature-worshipping religion.

 

What Paganism Is

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What is a Wiccaning?

A reader asks, “I’m a new parent to a baby boy, and my partner and I are both Pagans. A friend of ours keeps telling me I need to hold a Wiccaning ceremony. I’m not sure what this means – first of all, I’m not Wiccan, so I don’t know if it’s appropriate for me to have a Wiccaning ceremony for my son. Secondly, shouldn’t I wait until he’s old enough to make his own decisions, so he can choose for himself if he wants to be Pagan? Is there a rule that says I have to do this while he’s a baby?

Let’s break this answer down into a couple of different parts. First of all, your friend probably means well, but may not realize that you’re not Wiccan – which many people assume is the default setting for all Pagans. The term “Wiccaning” is used to describe a ceremony in which a new person – often an infant or child – is welcomed into theirspiritual community. It’s the equivalent of the Baptism that your Christian friends do with their babies. However, you’re right – if you’re not Wiccan, there’s no reason for you to call it a Wiccaning. In some traditions, it’s known as a saining, or if you’d prefer, you can just have a Baby Blessing ceremony, or even hold a Baby Naming ritual. It’s entirely up to you and your partner.

More importantly, you don’t need to have a ceremony for your child unless you want to. There are no universal rules about much of anything in the Pagan community, so unless you’re part of a tradition that mentions baby ceremonies in its guidelines, don’t worry about it.

The Tradition of Saining

In some magical traditions, a ceremony called a saining is held for babies. The word comes from a Scottish word that means to bless, consecrate, or protect. Interestingly, a lot of the surviving saining charms and chants are actually Christian in nature.

Rev. Robert (Skip) Ellison of Ár nDraíocht Féin writes, “There are several ideas about naming and saining ceremonies for a newborn baby. In Pre-Christianized Ireland, there are records of passing a newborn through a fire three times while asking the blessing of the Gods on the baby or of carrying a baby three times around a fire to bless it. Several charms that were collected from Christianized Ireland were published in Carmina Gadelica by Alexander Carmichael. “Silvered water,” which is water that has had silver in it, figures prominently in these charms. Most of these were to be done as soon as possible after birth. There are other legends about places where the newborn baby was passed through a hole in a stone for protection from fairies. Most customs that have come down to us are for the protection of the baby from unseen forces.”

Certainly, many people believe in the idea of letting a child decide on his or her own path as they get older. However, a naming/blessing/saining/Wiccaning ceremony doesn’t lock your kiddo into anything – it’s simply a way of welcoming them to the spiritual community, and a way of presenting them to the gods of your tradition. If your child chooses later on that he’s not interested in a Pagan path, then the fact that he had a ceremony as an infant shouldn’t impede his way at all.

If you like, if he decides to follow a Pagan path when he gets older, you could perform a coming of age ritual, or a formal dedication to the gods of your tradition. Much like a lot of other issues in the Pagan community, there are no hard and fast rules about any of these things – you do what works best for your family, and what falls in line with your beliefs.