Growing Up Pagan: A Workbook for Wiccan Families
by Raine Hill
Barnes & Noble.com
Raine Hill, Author
This is a first of its kind: a full-color (inside and out) workbook of Pagan mythology, fun puzzles and activities designed specifically for children being raised in a Pagan household.
Finally, a children's workbook designed for Pagan families! Rich, exciting stories to read together and discuss, as well as activities to reinforce lessons in a fun way. Chock-full of puzzles, games, mythology, beautiful illustrations, and Pagan symbols, this workbook teaches about the basic Wiccan belief system. Let this be a family affair, with parents, older siblings, and young children taking part in a "something-for-everyone" Pagan experience. A teaching tool for Pagan families, or others who want to teach their children diversity. A Wonderful tool for anyone who would like to dispel common misconceptions and understand more about the Earth-centered traditions.
The Moon as a Symbol of the Goddess
Wicca is known as an "Earth religion". This means that we see and feel the God and Goddess in everything in nature. Trees, plants, stars, the moon and sun all hold a special place in the heart of a Witch. We see the moon as a symbol of the Goddess and so we celebrate the phases of the moon. When the moon is full, we have what is known as an esbat celebration. This is a full moon ritual, when we give thanks to the Goddess for all that She has given us.
When the moon is building its way up to full, it is known to be "waxing", as it appears to get larger and brighter. After the night of the full moon, it begins to "wane" or appear to get smaller in the sky. You may already have seen a symbol that stands for the waxing, full and waning moon phases. Some Wiccans also use the symbol to stand for the Goddess in Her three aspects of Maiden, Mother, and Crone. The symbol for the Triple Goddess and the Moon Phases is on the next page. There is also a page where you can practice drawing this symbol.
The Sun as a Symbol of the God
The sun is seen by Wiccans as a symbol of the God. He is thought of as being responsible for the growing of crops. The sun is very important for this. Much of Wiccan belief is adapted from the practices of ancient people who thought there were different Gods and Goddesses for almost every event in their lives. For instance, some believed there was a God whom they called Cernunnos (ker-NOO-nos) who was in charge of a successful hunt. The ancient people really needed a good hunting season in order to eat all winter, so they prayed heavily to the God Cernunnos to help them. Since the stag that they hunted had horns, they imagined Cernunnos as The Horned God, with deer-like antlers on his head. Before a large hunt, the ancient peoples would perform a ritual known as “sympathetic magick” where they would wear the horns and skins of animals and pretend to spear each other. They believed that, by doing this, they would have a successful hunt and be able to eat throughout the bitter cold winter when food does not grow. Later, Cernunnos became known by the shorter names of Cerne and Herne. Many Pagans still worship this ancient Celtic God. On the next page is a symbol that many Witches use for the Horned God. There is also a page where you can practice drawing this symbol.
Patti Wigington, webmaster of http://paganwiccan.about.com/ gave this review:
For years, people in the Pagan community have often bemoaned the fact that there are very few books available as instructional tools for young children within Wiccan and Pagan families. At long last, author Raine Hill has created something that serves that very purpose, and she does it with style, fun, and a sense of magic that will appeal to kids of any age. Growing Up Pagan, A Workbook for Wiccan Families fills a need that has been increased as more Pagans grow up and have children of their own. Available from Schiffer Publishing, this workbook is a great start for teaching your kids about Pagan spirituality.
Growing Up Pagan, A Workbook for Wiccan Families is unique in that it's not just a book for Pagan or Wiccan parents on how to raise their kids. Instead, it is -- as the title implies -- a workbook for kids and their parents to do together. Hill makes it clear from the beginning that there are many different traditions of witchcraft and Wicca, and that to do them all justice in one book would prove nearly impossible. Instead, she focuses on the very basics of Pagan teachings, and encourages parents to use these basics as a foundation for education, rather than as a substitute.
The book opens with a simple explanation of what Wicca is, and how it ties into the moon as a symbol of the Goddess, and the sun as a symbol of the masculine God. Kids are encouraged not only to read about these beings, but to draw the symbols themselves. The Wiccan Rede is presented as a good set of guidelines to live by, and then readers are immediately launched into a series of delightful myths and legends.
From an early creation story to Pandora's box to the tale of Cerridwen's cauldron, each of the tales is presented in a child-friendly voice. Best of all are the crossword puzzles, games and word searches that accompany each unit -- because learning can include fun activities!
There's a section on setting up one's own altar, the Wheel of the Year, and symbols found in modern Paganism, including the pentacle, triple spiral, and triskele. At the end is a series of questions with an achievement certificate that students can print their name on and frame, showing they've completed the workbook.
One of the things I really loved about this book was the tone. Hill doesn't talk down to children; she knows that they're smart and they wanted to be addressed as such. The fantasy-themed illustrations are the perfect complement to the text.
I should add, perhaps, that more important than my own enjoyment of this book was that of my nine-year-old daughter. She spotted the cover and hijacked Growing Up Pagan, A Workbook for Wiccan Families almost immediately, and by the time I got to reading it she had read all of the myths, and was studying the Wheel of the Year. She enjoyed the story of Pandora immensely, and despite the fact that she sees pentacles and spirals all over our house already, has taken to drawing triskeles on her homework papers. I think the fact that information she already had was presented in a new way was a real treat for her.
When I asked my daughter what she thought of it overall, she simply said that she loved it. And if you've got a kid you're raising in a Pagan or Wiccan tradition, chances are they'll love it too.
"Raine Hill has written a charming, lucid and magickal work that will be enjoyed by children of all ages; as someone who has taught in schools
for many years I can heartily recommend it.Young people will love being read Wicca's central myths and stories, they will enjoy exploring the
basic philosophies and celebratory cycles and will relish the interactive activities. The wonderful art work is similarly engaging and the whole
book will be a treasured item on any Pagan family's bookshelf. I also intend to use it in my school." - Pino Longchild, Assistant Headteacher Olga Primary School, London, webmaster of www. magickaschool.com, publisher of The Magickal Light Ezine and author of Wicca Revealed and Wicca Advanced
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