It is my eldest daughter’s birthday today. This will be the second Rite of Passage she’s experienced (not including the Birthing Rite of which she was a participant and was certainly a profound experience for her, however it was not geared towards her.) The first Rite of Passage, in accordance with our Tradition, was a Baby Blessing, performed during the first month after her birth. Today’s Rite, like all Rites of Passage, marks a transition; for Aurora this birthday marks her transition from baby to “big girl.”
At three years old, children are gifted a necklace, in acknowledgment of their now being old enough to begin formal training in our Family’s beliefs and practices and in the art of Witchcraft. Yes, we teach our children magick. I know this is a somewhat controversial subject and so I won’t go further into it; perhaps I’ll write about that at a later date. However, I will state that I have more faith in my children to both more successfully and more conscientiously work magick than I do in most magickally practicing adults I’ve encountered. Unless said magick involves the weather, then I’d prefer that the children give it a second thought, especially Titus who seems to have a knack for working the clouds. I digress…
Aurora has not had a Wiccaning/Dedication Ceremony yet and will not for another year. But, she will now participate in our Sun and Moon Day School and she will be expected to participate more so in discussions and activities (such as family meditations.) Come her Dedication Ceremony, she will then participate in family Rituals and formal worship of our Gods.
Happy Birthday, my darling Beaner! May the Gods smile upon you and keep you safe.
2/8/2012 03:10:07 pm
Thank you, Sylvanna! Already Aurora is acting that much older. lol She loves her new jewelry, too, of course (she got an anklet to wear, like mommy, so of course she really *is* a big girl now.)
Happy 3rd birthday to Aurora! I am Wiccan and my son just recently turned 3 as well. He is a big boy now, and I can't believe how fast three years went. I haven't practiced any formal circles with my son yet, although he is learning the Wheel of the Year and knows my favorite Goddess chant. Do you have any tips for bringing your child into Circle, making it fun and simple? My tradition is quite structured and I don't want him to lose interest so I was thinking I need to mix it up a bit. Thanks in advance! PS.- I found your blog by randomly typing in "Wicca" on Twitter!
2/8/2012 03:13:52 pm
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