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|Friday, December 2nd, 2011|
December 1st means getting out the holiday decorations. We do an advent candle wreath set up on the kitchen table -- lighting a candle each week in Dec. up to Solstice. It's a nice Pagan/Catholic blend thing to do. We also put up a cloth advent calendar I got from Joann's years ago. It has little pockets for days 1-24 in December, and you move a little wooden pinetree to each pocket to mark the day.
I put little foam cut-out shapes into pockets for important events during the month - a cake for my hubbie's bday, a little sun for Solstice, and a gingerbread man for Xmas eve. We do celebrate both Solstice and Christmas at our house, though the Xmas part is really just a present grab for the kids. Solstice is the holiday of my heart.
My daughter looked at our main calendar, saw that I had drawn a candle on Solstice which is the 22nd this year. She then looked at our cloth calendar and saw the sun was peeking out from the 21st pocket from last year. When I came back into the room, she had moved the sun to 22nd. Clever girl! I'm glad to see they are teaching her something at her preschool. :)
|Thursday, November 17th, 2011|
Kids pick up alot from preschool and friends. It's amazing how my preschool girl is already talking about people "dying to Heaven" with no prompting from anyone in our family.
I'm curious what other parents tell their Pagan tots about the afterlife, and what you worry YOUR child might be repeating at school.
|Monday, November 14th, 2011|
|Thursday, October 15th, 2009|
If you were a Pagan child...
... what kind of folklore or Pagan topics would you want to read?
For NaNoWriMo this year, I'm going to be writing a series of children's books about Paganism, adapted for that age group. I'm looking for some inspiration, so if you have suggestions as to what kinds of topics, god/desses, folklore, and so forth that you think you or your kids would want to read, please let me know. :)(Sorry, x-posted a bit... just in case you see this more than once!)
|Thursday, September 17th, 2009|
I did a reading and a few spells last night and I went to sleep and left my Faerie Oracle out to get some breathing room. The next morning I was still very drained and had a rough nights sleep. I forget they were out and when my Daughter came down stairs she went right to them. Daddy pulled them out of her hand as quickly as he could, but she managed to keep two and hide them(she is only 2). After we sent the kids over to their grandmothers house for a visit we found the cards and one of them was the Singer of Healing. It funny she must have known I was not feeling well and tried to help me! I swear she is going to be some kind of healer or care taker when she grows up. I just had to share this with someone who understands. Current Mood: amused
We have a game that we play in our car/truck as we travel - we call it purple truck... I am sharing this game with everyone... I believe I posted the basics a long time ago - here is the refined version... I am going to cross post this to other kid friendly spaces...
There are 2 levels of difficulty, one for just general fun, and one for competition.( Rules insideCollapse )
Be careful, competition actually involves strategy, and most kids pick up the finer points quickly
BearDrummer@Gmail.com Current Mood: devious
|Tuesday, May 12th, 2009|
I witnessed trust today. I have decided that I miss it.
My son, who is 5 years old, saw me reach out to him as he climbed across the seat of an old Ford Bronco, and launched himself into my arms. He knew that his daddy had offered to catch him, and he had absolutely no doubt that that is exactly what would happen. He trusted me. There are other examples of his trust I could bring up, but this one is perfect in its elegant simplicity.
As we get older, the vast majority of us reach a point where that simple trust starts to leave us. I had mine shattered when I was just barely older than my son. Many start the process of losing that trust around that age, but some make it up into early adulthood before losing it. Once lost, it is very difficult to regain. I realize that I do not trust anyone like that, not even my life-mate. Sure, I trust her in many areas, but there are those areas that where my doubts start creeping in. I wish I could get there again, I really do.
It is an awesome responsibility. I hope I can live up to it.
|Monday, March 16th, 2009|
Was just wanting to find out if anyone has any special Ostara rituals or activities that you do with your children... since it's coming up this weekend and I would really like to celebrate it with the kids. We always celebrate Beltaine and Yule with ours, and I would like to try and incorporate some more of the pagan holidays into their lives, and educate them in the process. So any suggestons anyone has, or ideas for reading material about it, would be greatly appreciated.
Thanks! :) Current Mood: creative
|Monday, December 29th, 2008|
How do you celebrate Candlemas/Imbolg/Brighid?
I know we just had Yule, but I am curious how some of the other members celebrate Candlemas/Imbolg/Brighid? Are there any particular activities you do to attune yourself with that time of year?
I have always found it difficult to connect with this Sabbat in particular and I was looking for new ways or ideas that may help.
Brightest of Blessings to Everyone!
tryst. Current Mood: contemplative
|Wednesday, December 24th, 2008|
Creating your own Santa stories
Since our son is almost 17 now, I have to admit I miss the little stories we told him about Santa when he was little, to skirt around the probing. See, we have always lived in apartments in a big city, so the sliding down the chimney deal after landing on the rooftop obviously wasn't going to happen... and our kid, even as young as three, could see the issue. Also, there was the frantic "Stay in your room for a while" and stray pieces of gift wrapping being discovered that came along, which caused us to add onto our storytelling. And let's not forget the "fake Santas" he would see all over town! Oh, and the granddaddy of them all - Santa remembering we had moved to a different address/staying at a friend's house/on vacation...
So here are a few explanations we have used:
1) It's always a good idea for kids to write Santa a letter, and yes, emails are okay, too. This way, there's no question Santa will find them, even if their family is stuck at the airport waiting to board. (He might leave gifts at the final destination!) It's a good idea to have a grown up read the letter and send it for the kids, to make sure it gets to its destination. It's okay if the spelling isn't perfect or the handwriting not the clearest, because Santa has not only mastered EVERY foreign language of the world, even those no longer in use, he somehow has also mastered the art of reading even a doctor's handwriting. All he asks is children try their best.
2) Santa understands not everyone lives in a big warm house with a large fireplace and plenty of landing space. In fact, people have been living in apartments/condos/duplexes/townhouses/ca
ves/tent caravans/thatch roof huts for centuries! Not to mention, there are children who live nomadic lives, either by choice or otherwise, be it in a family motor coach or a homeless shelter. While it's not always clear how he gets inside to deliver the presents, many grown ups have seen quite a few styles of how he makes it possible.
Why, one year, Santa came to our front door and rang the buzzer, looking a little like a UPS driver, but with subtle hints that told us otherwise ;) Santa embraces technology - just ask the folks at NORAD who track him every year. I hear this year, he's even using GPS, so it's easier than ever to find good boys and girls.
3) Some presents come from grown ups and not Santa himself, which is okay; it means they care about the people they're giving gifts to. If a child hears that rustling in the bedroom and later finds a hidden present or two, that doesn't mean Santa doesn't exist.
4) The Santa Claus at the mall may not be the "real" Santa, but kids can be rest assured he's a close family member. Why else would there be such a strong family resemblance? There are over 6 billion people in the world, and Santa has to put in lots of overtime all year long to make sure all the toys are made. Plus, there may be some kind-hearted volunteers who are not related but are made honorary members of the family to spread good will to those who are less fortunate.
5) While Santa sure does love milk and cookies, sometimes there really is too much of a good thing. So perhaps changing up the offerings would make Santa especially happy! When our son was 8, he left Santa some pizza (Chicago deep dish, of course!) and one of daddy's favorite imported beers, thinking perhaps Santa would want grown up food to go with all the treats he got from everyone else. The next day, the plate was empty and presents were indeed left under the tree. Santa appreciates the thought, no matter what offering is left.
I've also heard Mrs. Claus appreciates it when more nutritious offerings are left, because she cares about his health. Kids who leave a healthy treat they also like are bound to be gobbled up before morning! And hey - the reindeer need a little fuel, too! They love carrots, hay and oats! Leave a mixing bowl of these goodies for them will be very much appreciated. If it's not too cold outside, a bowl of water would also be appreciated.
6) If for some reason Santa did not deliver the present a child asked for, please understand he tried his best. Santa is not infallible, but do know he truly does care for every good little boy and girl who believes in him, no matter where a child lives or what religion a child follows. Sometimes, even Santa can make a mistake. And sometimes, that super special, super hard to find perfect present was indeed hard for even Santa to find.
|Wednesday, August 13th, 2008|
Check out my new Community - Hippy Yogini mom.
Check out my first post at http://community.livejournal.com/hippy_yoginimom/.
Please spread the word!
This is my first post here. I'm looking forward to meeting everyone!
Asttarte Current Mood: hopeful
|Friday, August 1st, 2008|
The Phoenix Feathers
I am currently looking for contributors for a new e-zine called The Phoenix Feathers. We are looking for people who would like to write about their chosen earth based religion and see it published on a new online community forum.
Do you enjoy writing? Are you Pagan? Are you Heathen? Are you Wiccan? Have you ever considered publishing your work? Do you attend a regular drum circle, or meditation circle? Do you have artwork that you would like to share with the community to gain exposure? Tell us about it!
We are looking for contributors who are willing to publish informative articles about their angels, guides, matrons, patrons, ritual formats, and experiences. We are also seeking people to do reviews of local drum circles, concerts, public rituals, festivals, etc.
All Submissions and Inquiries can be sent to
Current Mood: hopeful
x-posted to all of my pagan groups
|Wednesday, April 2nd, 2008|
Is someone trying to tell me something?
Is someone trying to tell me something?
I’d taken a break from wearing my pentacle from about New Year’s to last night. There was no specific reason, it just seemed like the thing to do. During that time, it apparently got misplaced. I looked for it a few times, but could not find it. I actually had started looking for a replacement. The only disappointment I had was that on the same chain was our coven pentacle (I purchased 5 stone, wire wrapped pentacles for the members of our coven).
So yesterday, UPS delivered my hot roller set (yea for points for surveys that you can use for free stuff!), and I cleaned off the vanity in the bathroom so they had a place to sit. Lo and behold, there were both pentacles on their chain (I had looked in the same spot not 48 hours before and didn’t see them). I immediately put them on.
So, this morning I am using the hot rollers for the first time. Up to this point, I was using a curling iron (yes, there is a reason for making that statement). So, I roll the front, the sides (bottom up) and start on the top layer. I stopped dead in my tracks. Seemingly overnight (and very possibly actually overnight), I had a band of silver hair running from the crown of my head, down the right side about 1.5 inches wide. In investigating further, it would go down the left side if my hair was parted in the center.
For most 37 year old women, a few new grey hairs is nothing to be surprised at. For me, this is a big deal. I’ve only had a few random single silver hairs so far. This is probably 30 or 40 that have developed overnight.
I’ve been asking for answers, guidance and direction lately.
I guess the gods knocked me on the head last night.
I wonder what’s next? Current Mood: curious
|Thursday, March 20th, 2008|
happy spring equinox!
Happy Equinox y'all! In trying to celebrate the Pagan high days with my kids, and compete with all the big advertising of the Christian/American holidays, I've resorted to serving sugar to make an impression on their little minds. Yup, each high day involves making a dessert of some kind - woo hoo. Usually cookies or cake - nothing too complicated.
My son reminded me today about the "spring fairies" who sometimes leave out candy before the Easter bunny. Shoot I'd forgotten about that. Some years we've done TWO rounds of treat hunting. He wondered if there'd be eggs out when they got home from school. Jeez - need to pull yet another thing together. Usually Easter and Equinox aren't right on top of each other.
It occured to me also that the Easter bunny is already pretty darn Pagan. It's not like we've got to compete with him for exposure to Pagan ideology. Still, I like to honor the fairies and nature spirits at this time of year. We made fairy jumbles (mobiles of fake jewels and ribbons and old cd's) to hang in the trees outside. I tell the kids that the fairies like anything shiny. (Think of how many times you've searched for those darn car keys that you swore were RIGHT THERE!)
We'll probably read the story of Persphone and Demeter again today too.
Again, Happy Spring Equinox to all. Hope the holiday brings new life and joy to all!
|Saturday, March 15th, 2008|
Someone may have posted about this but it's just so good,
That it bears a second mention. I found this jewel of a site on a pagan parenting community on the pagan tea house blog.
On the site there is a lot of informational stuff for adults but they also a have an absolutly amazing page for children. Bedtime prayers, a faery alphabet coloring book, children's songs and stories. I read Elora the one about the Spring Maiden and she started to coo and sing. She's never done that while I've read to her before. She loved the story. Granted, she's 5 months so she was most likely responding to sitting in my knee on the computer and listening to my voice, but you never know. As I said, she has never been so happy over a story before. She likes me to read to her, but this the first time she really seemed to interact. It was wonderful! Some of the prayers are so very sweet.
Check it out! Current Mood: bouncy
|Tuesday, February 19th, 2008|
Ha, maybe I should add to that last post. Dear Athena is 13 months old. She has been going through the separation thing since she was 10 months. I normally leave for work before she gets up, so, the morning thing isn't so hard. Its after I come home in the evening that's really hard. We've even tried having her watch out the patio door when I take out the garbage. It doesn't matter when daddy leaves, just mommy. Her daddy says that when she wakes up, she looks for me, "Mamamamamamama" and when she can't find me, goes to the door yelling "Mamamamamamamama!" Then grabs her coat, tries to put it on, sometimes successfully,and tries to leave. luckily, she can't, heck, we can barely get the door knob to turn, so she sure as heck can't, whew. I'm hoping she grows out of this soon, I really breaks my heart to even take out the trash, feeling like I'm never coming back. Current Mood: contemplative
|Sunday, February 17th, 2008|
Oh dear what am I to do? My dear Athena is having a serious case of "can't let mommy out of my sight, she'll never come back" syndrome. Ideas to help? I've actually never had to deal with this before. She is my first/only child, but I have helped raise other infants/toddlers/school age kids, but, wow, I can't even run to the bathroom without her. YIPES! Current Mood: cheerful
|Friday, December 21st, 2007|
I'm so glad that Solstice is officially on Saturday this year. Every year, I make a big breakfast with OJ and cinnamon rolls etc. to welcome in the sun . . . . and then I have to rush everyone off to school. It always seems so unfair. This will be so great that we actually have the day OFF!
|Tuesday, December 4th, 2007|
At wits end!!!!
Please please PLEASE tell me this is normal.
My 18 month daughter is driving me insane. She has developed a knack for the word "no" and uses it ALL. THE. TIME. Its getting really annoying. I deal with it by telling her "yes" and then distracting her to do something else. She has also started throwing fits. We go to a restaurant, and she wants to run around. We tell her, "no, its time to sit and be good" then distract her with a game or coloring. Soon that gets boring and she starts throwing a fit. At nap time, I try to rock and nurse her as usual, but she'll have none of that. She'll start hitting and kicking saying, "no" until I put her down. Before I finally put her down, she bit my nipple and caused it to bleed. We are two hours late on nap time today, and because of this I know she'll be up till midnight *sigh*.
She has only started being like this. Is this a normal stage for her age? I have no clue. I was never around kids until I had one myself.
Part of me thinks she is bored. We live in a small village/town of 400. Three days a week she plays with other kids during Tot Time and Story time at the local library, but the other days we sit at home, not going out much because of weather.
So, my two questions are...
1. Is her behaviour sounding normal?
2. Are there any activities for her age out there that we can do to keep the bordom away.
I'm tired of constantly telling her no she can't do this and no she can't do that...