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.