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    Maika
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    Default Book of Shadows

    I have started work on our Book of Shadows. It is a work in progress.
    http://home.comcast.net/~slugdug/wsb...ome.html-.html
    It needs work, but you can access the rituals I've already posted.

    Prayers and Meditations
    http://home.comcast.net/wsb-cgi-bin/...&Owner=slugdug

    Sabbats Beltane and Imbolc
    http://home.comcast.net/wsb-cgi-bin/...Aug_20_v1.html

    Thanks,
    Maika

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    ShellyKP
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    It's looking good Maika! Let me know if you need any thing.

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    Maika
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    I'm starting our collection of Blessingway Rituals. Please enjoy and add one to the collection if you have one!
    Bright Blessings,
    Maika

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    Maika
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    Blessingway Celebration




    Start with sage smudging to purify the space and ourselves.

    Play a few silly games to enliven the atmosphere. One idea is to have each person give the new baby their first spiritual name, making it as outrageous and silly as possible. Person 1 gives name ex. Peasblossum. Person number 2 says the first name Peasblossum and adds a second name butterbottom and so on. It can be very silly as people try and remember the name. Go around the circle at least once. Write down the name and give it to the parents.

    Split into two groups, women and men, and go to separate rooms (children will stay with their Dad).

    Each group does same basic stuff:

    · Sit in circle together.
    · Head Priestess/Priest talks briefly about our shared experience as birthers / supporters of birthers.
    · Head Priestess/Priest asks us each to think about our own experiences with birthing and single out the aspect or fear that was most challenging for us personally.
    · We each write our fear / challenge on a piece of paper.
    · Go around the circle, each telling (briefly) our fear / challenge and placing the paper in the fire.
    · Chant and/or drum while they burn.
    · Head Priestess/Priest says something wise about fears. Especially pertaining to death, since the past must die to birth the present.
    · Once we've recognized the fears and released them, we turn to the journey ahead.
    · Bring out cords.
    · Head Priestess/Priest starts the braid, and then passes it round the circle.
    · Each person adds to the braid's weaving. With the ribbon they explain the strength they brought to their own birthing / birth support experience and gift it to Argante / Puck. Finish braid.
    · Sing empowerment song, focusing on the strengths / blessings. (Of which there are many possibilities; songs I found empowering are Moon Woman, We are the Flow & Roads Go Ever Ever On. Mother and Father should pick the song. They might want to consider picking the same song.)

    Groups rejoin each other into one group once more.

    Argante & Puck sit in place of honor (probably comfy chair).

    The group recognizes, honors and adores:

    · The New Family
    · Growth of Family with Addition of New Baby / Blessings for New Baby

    Those who have brought a gift or token offering to one or more of the above presents the gift and tells the meaning of their gift. (Offerings may be a food treat, flowers, small symbolic gift, poem, etc., or something for the baby.)

    Once everyone has had a chance to honor them, we feast!

    If there is a young child in the family who is about to become a big sister or brother it may be a good idea to make them a birthing bag. We asked attendees to bring toys that the older child could play with, with little or no supervision to add to the bag. You could also have the Dads help the kids decorate the bag during the ritual. The bag is presented to the family and given to the older sibling when Mom goes into labor.
    _________________
    "There are two lasting gifts you can give to your child...one is Roots, the other Wings."

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    ShellyKP
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    Do you have a ritual for Wiccaning that solitaries could use?

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    Maika
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    Shelly, I'm sorry I missed this question. I haven't checked this thread in a while. Here is a Wiccaning my friends wrote for their daughter. I think it would be appropriate for a solitary.

    Baby Blessing Ceremony

    Pre-Ritual Pow Wow : Assemble witches present and get volunteers to call quarters and lay elemental blessings.

    Ritual
    · Cast Circle : Sing “We are a circle” song and “Earth, Air, Fire, Water” chant.

    · Call Quarters :

    · Give Thanks : “We give thanks to the spirits and powers who have given us the gift of this child. [Pour breastmilk into bowl with each deity’s name] Thank you Danu. Thank you Brigid. Thank you Selene. Thank you Dagda. Thank you Lugh. Thank you Sun King. And we thank you, our family and friends, for your love and support." [Raise breastmilk in salute to gathering.]

    · Show Baby to the Gods : “We ask all assembled here to bear witness. [Raise baby up.] Parents, siblings, friends, loved ones, gods and spirits. Protectors of this home and family. See here Veevee Morningstar, to be known as Vivienne Michon Dillon. See her, know her, shield and guide her through childhood, for she is one of your own.”

    · Elemental Blessings : [Address baby.] “We love you and bless you.” [Volunteer for each element comes forward and lays blessing.]

    · Water : [Use scoop to pour holy water from glass bowl onto baby’s head, avoiding the eyes.] “Flow like water” [Group begins lowly chanting “Flow”] “May you adjust to the swift and varied changes of childhood smoothly.”

    · Earth : [Lower baby to touch her feet to dish of soil.] “Burgeon like earth.” [Group begins lowly chanting “Grow”] “May you grow in good health from a foundation of prosperity.”

    · Air : [Smudge baby with sage bundle.] “Pierce like wind.” [Group begins lowly chanting “Pierce”] “May you have the will to move forward against adversity.”

    · Fire : [Anoint her forehead with oil from small dish.] “Dance like flame.” [Group begins lowly chanting “Dance”] “May you live life with spirit and joy.”

    [Group chants “Flow, Grow, Pierce, Dance” to raise energy until peak is hit where everyone with a clue picks one of the words and just chants that to crescendo. Cone of power is raised and released. Afterwards, as everyone smiles and claps baby is passed from parents to each participant to be kissed on the forehead with an “I bless you.”]

    · Thanks : “Thanks to all here assembled seen and unseen.”

    · Open Circle : “The circle is open but never broken. Blessed Be.”

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    Maika
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    I have altered it here if you do not want to invite others but it will be Mom and Dad Only:

    Baby Blessing Ceremony



    Ritual
    ·“Earth, Air, Fire, Water” chant.

    · Call Quarters :Improvise here

    · Give Thanks : “We give thanks to the spirits and powers who have given us the gift of this child. [Pour breastmilk into bowl with each deity’s name] Thank you Danu. Thank you Brigid. Thank you Selene. Thank you Dagda. Thank you Lugh. Thank you Sun King. And we thank our family and friends, for your love and support." [Raise breastmilk in salute the Gods.]

    · Show Baby to the Gods : “Gods and spirits. Protectors of this home and family. See here Veevee Morningstar, to be known as Vivienne Michon Dillon. See her, know her, shield and guide her through childhood, for she is one of your own.”

    · Elemental Blessings : [Address baby.] “We love you and bless you.” Present a blessing from each element.

    · Water : [Use scoop to pour holy water from glass bowl onto baby’s head, avoiding the eyes.] “Flow like water” “May you adjust to the swift and varied changes of childhood smoothly.”

    · Earth : [Lower baby to touch her feet to dish of soil.] “Burgeon like earth. May you grow in good health from a foundation of prosperity.”

    · Air : [Smudge baby with sage bundle.] “Pierce like wind May you have the will to move forward against adversity.”

    · Fire : [Anoint her forehead with oil from small dish.] “Dance like flame. May you live life with spirit and joy.”

    Mother and Father chant together “Flow, Grow, Pierce, Dance” and dance gently with the baby for a little while until you feel the energy flowing between you. Afterwards, Mother and Father kiss baby on forhead and say “I bless you.”

    · Thanks : “Thanks to all here assembled seen and unseen.”

    · Open Circle : “The circle is open but never broken. Blessed Be.”

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    Maika
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    The following blessingway was written by a friend and myself. She felt particularly drawn to Pele and Morgan Le Fey.

    We will invoke the Goddesses Pele and Morgan Le Fey, in their mothering aspects, with the intent of birth blessings, sacred focus and support for good productive labor in due time. We ask that they bless the baby with great Joy, Oha, as we are to be blessed with her arrival. We gather in celebration of the miracle of pregnancy, birth and family.

    The circle will be cast before the party.
    Preparing The Ritual Space

    1. HP adorns herself in festive garb and bathe hands and face.
    2. Aspurge ritual space with salt water and sage smudge.
    3. Cast circle, welcoming Elements, Deities and Spirits to join the festivities.
    4. Create Blessingway celebration altar on table leaving room for food and craft supplies

    Blessing Way Celebration Altar

    To the east a rattle, to the north a blanket, to the west a bowl of Breast Milk,
    To the South a baby thermometer.
    In the center a volcano shaped cauldron. This represents the womb.
    Prayer flags and fabric pens will also be placed on the table.
    Picture of Pele, wand and sacred flame.

    Ritual Celebration

    1. Guests arrive in festive garb.
    2. Welcome guests with leis and bid them to refresh themselves with scented ritual bath, drink and food.
    3. Ask each guest to write a blessing to the family on a prayer flag. Red, White and Yellow flags and fabric pens will be made available to the guests. When complete these flags will be strung on a gold cord and placed in the volcano cauldron and sealed shut.
    4. Feast, be merry, bestow blessings for the cauldron.
    5. When every one has eaten and prayer flags are complete seal the cauldron and gather in circle.
    6. Group will bestow “special pagan power” blessings on Ariana (write down blessings for prosperity).
    7. Head Priestess will ask for everyone’s attention as she stands at the altar. She will address the Gods and ask for their blessing and give offerings. HP will bring the cauldron to the center and ask Shannon to explain it’s meaning to the group. We will focus our intent of birth blessings, sacred focus and support for good productive labor in due time by chanting 3 times: I am the Goddess, I am the Mother, All acts of love and pleasure are my rituals. I am the Goddess, I am the Mother, All acts of love and pleasure are my rituals. Sacred pleasure Pleasure sacred
    8. Conclude and open Circle




































    Hamilton Blessingway Celebration Items

    Ritual Supplies

    v Festive ritual garb
    v Volcano
    v Salt water
    v Sage smudge wand
    v Candle
    v Firestarter
    v Breast Milk
    v Rattle
    v Blanket
    v Thermometer
    v Festive altar cloth
    v Consecrated wand
    v Mother Pele Goddess statue
    v Flowers and Leis
    v Nuts
    v Fresh fruit
    v Chocolate

    Craft Supplies

    v Red, white and yellow prayer flags.
    v Fabric pens, black and gold
    v Gold cord

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    ShellyKP
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    Wow Maika! Thank you so much! Those are wonderful!

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    This is wonderful! I'm looking for a way to introduce myself to ritual, so this is really helpful. I love the information and ritual for the Sabbats.
    ~Stephanie
    Mom to Donavan, 3/18/05
    Mom to Gavyn, 7/5/07






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