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Blessing for a Baby

"Blessed be your breath. May your breathing be deep and relaxed. May you breathe in power with ever breath you take. Blessed Be each breath you take. Blessed be the fire inside you. May your will be unbroken. And may it be as strong as fire, and as supple. May your will be as strong as water, and as supple. May your passions burn truly and free. Blessed Be your fire, may it burn strong. Blessed be the waters of your life. May your blood be strong. May the flow from your loin be joyful and fertile.

Blessed Be all your life-waters. Blessed Be the earth of your body. May your muscles be strong and fearless. May your heart beat with love, soul, vigour and courage. Blessed Be your body which is the body of the Gods and Goddesses.

Blessed Be your spirit. May you always have health in spirit. May you be whole. Blessed Be your spirit.

May you always have community.

May you be prosperous in all ways.

May you love and be loved.

May your voice -- both your complaints and your special offerings to the world -- be truly heard.

May you always be surrounded by the warmth of family & community. May you know the innate goodness of your being.

A Wiccaning

Anoint and Admit Participants:

"In the names of Hecate and Herne, welcome and Blessed Be."

Charge Salt:

"Salt is Life, Let it purify in all ways that we may use it."

Exorcise Water:

"May the Sacred Salt drive out any impurities in this Water so that we may use it throughout these rites."

Cast Circle:

"We conjure thee O Circle of power that thou be a boundery between the world of man and the realms of the Mighty Ones. A guardian and protection that shall preserve and contain the power that we shall raise within thee. Wherefore do we Bless and Consecrate thee in the most sacred names of Hecate and Herne."

Cast Circle with Incense.

Cast Circle with Water.

Call Quarters:

East, "Through the Athame and the Topaz we call up the Ancient Ones. King Paralda with thy Zephyrs and Eurius the East wind. We do summon, stir and call ye up to guard this circle and join us in these rites, We bid you welcome."

South, "Through the Wand and the Fire opal we call up the Ancient Ones. King Djinn with thy Salamanders and Notus the South wind. We do summon, stir and call ye up to guard this circle and join us in these rites, We bid you welcome."

West, "Through the Water Crystal and the Cup we call up the Ancient Ones. King Niksa with thy Undines and Zephyrus the West wind. We do summon, stir and call ye up to guard this circle and join us in these rites, We bid you welcome."

North, "Through the Earth Crystal and the Pentacle we call up the Ancient Ones. King Ghob with thy Gnomes and Borius the North wind. We do summon, stir and call ye up to guard this circle and join us in these rites. We bid you welcome."

Elements are shared with everyone in the circle.

Parents and Child(ren) are called forward.

"Who is the Mother of this child?"

Mother:

"I_______ am the mother."

"Who is the Father of this child?"

Father:

"I_________ am the father."

"_______ and _________ parents and guardians, we come here to welcome your young charge into the world of the Goddess and her Horned Consort."

Priest and Priestess take the child to be presented to the Elements and to the Gods.

East; "Mighty King Paralda and Zephyrus the east wind. Behold, this is one who is new to this life. We ask that you bestow your intellect and knowledge upon this child, to be known in this life as___________."

South; "Mighty King Djinn and Notus the south wind. Behold, this is one who is new to this life. We ask that you bestow your fiery passion and creativity upon this child, to be known in this life as_________."

West; "Mighty King Niksa and Zephyrus the west wind. Behold, this is one who is new to this life. We ask that you bestow your wisdom and inspiration upon this child, to be known in this life as_________."

North; "Mighty King Ghob and Borius the north wind. Behold, this is one who is new to this life. We ask that you bestow your strength and steadfastness upon this child, to be known in this life as_________."

Priest and Priestess return to the altar and present child to the Gods.

"Great Hecate, Mighty Herne. Behold,this is one who is new to this life. We ask that you guide and protect this child so that he/she may grow in the ways of the old religion, to love and respect all life. This child shall be known in this life as________."

Priest and Priestess anoint the child and return him/her to the parents.

"______and _________ are you ready to assume the responsibilities of spiritual, mental and physical growth of this child as parents and guardians?"

Parents:

"We are."

"Then are you ready swear an oath by sword before the Gods?"

Parents

"We are."

"Then repeat after me."

"We the parents of __________ do swear before the Gods and the Old Ones, that we shall bring this child up in the love of the Gods and life, with an open mind, tolerant of the beliefs of others, with an awareness of how sacred all life is. We swear to be patient and understanding as this child grows. Should we ever fail at our responsibilities of this oath, shall we parrish by this blade that we hold. So Mote It Be! "

"Have you chosen Godparents and found them worthy of this responsibility?"

Parents:

"We have. _______ and __________ are the Godparents."

Godparents step forward.

"_________ and __________ you have been chosen and found to be worthy to be Godparents. Are you then ready to assume this responsibility?"

Godparents

"We are."

"Then are you ready to swear an oath by sword before the Gods?"

Godparents:

"We are."

"Then repeat after me."

"We, the Godparents of ___________, do hereby swear an oath before the Gods and the Old Ones that if the need should ever arise, we would continue to raise this child in the ways of the Old Religion that the parents have chosen, to nurture and teach to the best of our ability. Should we ever fail at our responsibilities of this oath, shall we parrish by this blade we hold. So Mote It Be!"

"You have all sworn an oath by sword of great responsibility. May the growth of this child bring you all great joy, and may ___________ grow up to find his/her path through freedom of choice and free will."

"Let it be known to all that ___________ is now and always a child of the Gods. So Mote It Be!"

Any gifts and congratulations are given at this time.

[Insert Esbat or Sabbat at this time.]

Cakes and Ale

"Thanks be to the Gods and thanks be to the Old Ones for sharing this time and sacred space with us. Our thanks for watching over us, guarding and guiding us in all things. Love is the Law, Love is the Bond. "

Dismiss Quarters

East; "Mighty King Paralda and Eurius the east wind. We thank you for your attendance. Stay if you will go if you must. We bid you hail and farewell."

South; "Mighty King Djinn and Notus the south wind. We thank you for your attendance. Stay if you will go if you must. We bid you hail and farewell."

West; "Mighty King Niksa and Zephyrus the west wind. We thank you for your attendance. Stay if you will go if you must. We bid you hail and farewell." North; "Mighty King Ghob and Borius the north wind. We thank you for your attendance, Stay if you will go if you must. We bid you hail and farewell."

"The Circle is open yet unbroken. Merry have we met, Merry have we been, Merry let us part, and Merry Meet again!"

A Wiccaning-Welcoming Ceremony

This rite was originally written to have less of a non-secular feel

Materials needed:

rose petals

lavender and a sprig of parsley to create circle

frankincense and cedar or rosemary incense

chamomile tea for libation (can be placed on baby's lips)

HPS and HP cast circle

HPS invokes the Goddess, reciting the Prayer to the Moon Goddess:

"Diana, queen of night, in all your beauty bright, shine on us here.

And with your silvery beams, unlock the gates of dreams; rise bright and clear.

On earth, and sky and sea, your magic mystery, it's spell shall cast.

Where e're leaf my grow, where e're tide may flow, till all be past.

Oh secret Queen Of Power, at this enchanted hour, we ask your boon...

May fortunes flavor fall on true witches all, O Lady Moon!

HPS Recites the Parents' Oath of Promise and

Responsibility:

(Parents', or Parent's name), as long as this child is under you influence, will you be a beacon for (Child's name) of love, kindness, and generosity of spirit as well of purse; holding all the kingdoms of the nature, the earth, the plants and trees and the animals as a sacred trust; knowing that all life, no matter what it's form, is an integral part of God/dess's plan and worthy?

Will you be for this child the ultimate role model, loving and caring of all people regardless of color, race, creed cast or sex?

Please answer, "I will."

HP: (Parents', or Parent's name), will you teach (Child's name) to love the Divine Creator will all his/her heart; to honor and walk in ways of the Goddess; to be responsible for his own thoughts, words and deeds; to love himself and in turn to love all others, and to honor all life as Sparks of the Divine?

Please answer, "I will."

HPS: Recitation of the God/dess-Parents' Oath of Promise and Responsibility:

(God/dess-Parents' names), as the God/dess parents of (Child's name), in the event of the relinquishing of the physical like of (parent), will you BOTH continue (Child) spiritual development in this fashion, will you be a beacon for (Child) of love, kindness, and generosity of spirit, as well of purse, holding all the kingdoms of nature, the earth, the plants and trees and the animals as a sacred trust; knowing that all life, no matter what it's form, is an integral part of God/dess's plan and worthy?

Will you be for this child the ultimate role model, loving and caring of all people regardless of color, race, creed cast or sex?

Please answer, "We will."

HP: (God/dess-Parents' names), will you also teach (Child's name) to love the Divine Creator will all his/her heart; to honor and walk in ways of the Goddess; to be responsible for his own thoughts, words and deeds; to love himself and in turn to love all others, and to honor all life as Sparks of the Divine?

Please answer, "We will."

(God/dess-Parents' names), are there any other thoughts you wish to share at this time about this responsibility?

HPS recites the Baby Blessing Invocation:

A canopy of eventide spreads dark from out of the glen,

With raven's wings, a rising moon, and blessings that we send.

To you, our friends, we build a bridge to span the air and sea,

With beams of light and lavender that magic might move free.

To touch the hearts whom now, we bless

WIth songs of hope and harmony, sealed with a holy kiss

(sprinkle rose petals on the child)

We call upon the Goddess Minne, to hold (Child) in her arms,

With hands of warmth and comforting,

And keep you ever safe from harm.

HP gives Blessing Affirmation: (Child), may you walk with the Goddess, One in thought and purpose. Divine Will inspires you to greater service. The Inner Voice is awake, it guards, guides and sustains you for ever and ever. So mote it be.

HPS and HP close circle.

Wiccaning Ritual

Sometimes called a Wiccaning, naming rituals for babies are wonderfully like fairytales. Pick a full moon for it (and mild weather--outdoors and a clear night is best for a naming!).

The HP/HPS stand as God-Father and/or Goddess-Mother here, and their job is not only to help in the naming and blessing of the child, but to provide it with magic tools it can use once it reaches adulthood. Family and friends should be invited (unless they'll cause trouble). Mom and dad, with baby in arms, should be seated comfortably in the center.

On the altar should be the tools that will be given to the child (One from the HP, one from the HPS--or just one if there's only an HP/HPS), and a vase of daisies (the traditional flower).

*After casting the circle and calling quarters, the baby should be anointed with a mild oil and named. The name can be, depending on the tradition, a Wiccan name for the child (a name by which it will be known within the coven until it chooses another for itself) and/or their given name.

The HPS touches the child's third eye with a dab of oil and says: "I name you _______, and dedicate you to a life of peace and love!"--and then she places a hand on the kid's head and blesses the child, "Bless this child who is the God/Goddess himself/herself, bless him/her, protect him/her, and give him/her a joyful life."

*After naming, if within a social circle or coven, the baby can be passed round (or each person can come forward) bless the child and give it a magical "gift" as in Fairytales--each witch touching the child upon the head and gifting it with something special (like: "May you be wise" "May you be gentle" "May you be filled with love").

The baby should then be presented to the Gods--a good job for the father or HP. This can be done by taking the baby to each quarter, or by lifting the child up toward the stars, and saying: "This is _________, watch over him/her, may he/she always have your love."

*The tools (a wand, atheme, crystal) should then be properly blessed and empowered by the HP/HPS and the named child presented with the them; these tools should *not* be baby toys--it's up to the parents to put it safely away till the child is old enough to use them. The Goddess-Mother and God-Father then vow to protect and guide the child till it is old enough to find its own path.

*Don't forget to raise energy and send it off a cone of power to the child's bright future.

A potluck lunch/dinner should be served afterwards.

A Wiccaning Magickal Rite

This is from Ed Fitch's "Magical Rites from the Crystal Well"

On the first night after a baby is born, or the same night that the birth takes place, the mother or father (or midwife, if she is a close friend or relative) should take the infant out under the stars.

The child should first be held up to the sky, saying:

"O Lady of the Starry Heavens, Wise All-Father,

Behold this lovely child ________.

Conceived and brought forth

In love."

Place the child on the ground briefly, saying:

"Hail Earth, Mother of All.

This is my infant, my love,

And my jewel.

Bless and protect him/her,

Granting your enduring and eternal

Strength, and steadfastness.

May he/she ever have a spirit

That seeks the stars,

And roots deep within

Thy loving breast."

One should then clasp the child close and look about for a few minutes, for those who are gifted with second sight are often able at this time to see prophesies for the child or the mother.