Beltane for Kids

http://www.patheos.com/blogs/paganfamilies/2015/04/beltane-for-kids/

Love – love is a huge part of Beltane, and it’s not just sexual or love for a partner.  Talk to your children about their love for family, friends, and the world around them.  Plan a ritual involving a brother/sister deity pair, or a parent/child relationship.  Celebrate that love comes in many forms.

Passion – what is your child passionate about?  Sexual passion is certainly not the only kind there is!  What is your child strongly interested in, fiercely dedicated to?  Do they spend hours practicing piano, drawing pictures, writing stories?  Turn that into a ritual!  Invite the patron deities of what they’re passionate about, ask for their blessings on your child – this will help them understand the concept a thousand times better than attending a symbolic Great Rite.

Creativity – when you break it down far enough, the magic of fertility is all about an act of creation.  Plan a rite that features a craft of activity that gives your child an opportunity to make something, to bring something new into the world.  It can be anything!  Plant a few seeds, sculpt with salt dough, anything your child will be excited and proud to have made.  Younger children may not understand the magic and mystery inherent to baby-making, but making an awesome finished product from simple ingredients is just as magical for them!

About Molly Khan

Molly Khan is a writer, student, and mother of three from the Midwest prairie. She is a founding member and liturgist for Prairie Shadow Protogrove, ADF. She writes about her joys and struggles as a mother and a Heathen Druid, as well as her experiences raising children in an interfaith household at thepagangrove.blogspot.com.

An Inclusive Great Rite Blessing

http://www.patheos.com/blogs/dirtheartwitch/2015/05/an-inclusive-great-rite-blessing/

As the knife is to the cup in Buscuits, Lefevre-Utile 2 by Alphonse Mucha.jpg
Blissful connection
The cup is to the cup in
Boundless joy
And the knife to the knife in
Brilliant perfection
We bless in our souls the sweet reflection
Of our Gods’ wild Beauty, Power, and Love

Scale of the Universe — NASA APOD 14 January 2012

http://apod.nasa.gov/apod/ap140112.html

What does the universe look like on small scales? On large scales? Humanity is discovering that the universe is a very different place on every proportion that has been explored. For example, so far as we know, every tiny proton is exactly the same, but every huge galaxy is different. On more familiar scales, a small glass table top to a human is a vast plane of strange smoothness to a dust mite — possibly speckled with cell boulders. Not all scale lengths are well explored — what happens to the smallest mist droplets you sneeze, for example, is a topic of active research — and possibly useful to know to help stop the spread of disease. The above interactive flash animation, a modern version of the classic video Powers of Ten, is a new window to many of the known scales of our universe. By moving the scroll bar across the bottom, you can explore a diversity of sizes, while clicking on different items will bring up descriptive information.

A Ritual for the Elements

http://witchesandpagans.com/pagan-paths-blogs/to-be-a-witch/a-ritual-for-the-elements.html

Posted to Witches and Pagans blog by Gwion Raven on Thursday, 16 April 2015

Working with the Elements is a core piece of magic I teach in the Reclaiming Tradition. I revisit this work every so often as a teacher and as a student. In my last five articles I’ve chronicled my explorations with Air, my connections with Fire, my dive into Water, my complex dance the Earth and finally finding myself standing in the Center.

for the full ritual on this site, click:

A Ritual for the Elements