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Wiccaning Ceremony - Newborn Baby Welcoming Ritual
I've been reading the book Solitary Witch by Silver Ravenwolf. I came across a Welcoming ritual for a newborn baby and I really loved it so I thought I would share. :) I thought the idea of making a baby blanket with all the different ribbons on it was a beautiful idea.
A wiccaning/saining ritual welcomes a newborn into the "world family," providing protection for the infant as he or she grows in the material world. A wiccaning ceremony can be done soon after the child is born or can occur later in the year. Sometimes when parents join the Craft they ask the high priest or priestess to perform a wiccaning ceremony for children anywhere from birth to ten years old. You may live in a household where your mom and dad would be delighted if you do a wiccaning for your new sibling. If this is the case, here is a simple ritual that the family can do.
SUPPLIES: General altar setup of the four elements; illuminator candles; a new baby blanket, and eight thirteen-inch-longribbons. Carefully sew the ribbons onto the blanket, thinking of what they stand for as you sew. Each ribbon's color stands for a special gift:
White: The gift of spiritual success and free will, and the purification of Spirit.
Silver: The gift of psychism and the love of the Goddess.
Blue: The gift of communications and intelligence
Green: The gift of healing and attunement with nature.
Yellow: The gift that all needs will be met in a positive way and that joy be a constant companion.
Gold: The gift of wisdom and discernment.
Red: The gift of communication with your guardian.
Choose the ritual format in which you feel your family would be most comfortable.
INSTRUCTIONS: Cleanse the area with the four elements. Stack any physical gifts for the baby by the altar. At the core of the ritual, bless the baby with holy water (just a touch), saying:
May you be cleansed, consecrated, and regenerated
in the name of our Lord and Lady (or Spirit).
May your feet always walk the path of love
and enlightenment. So mote it be.
Then pass the four elements over the baby, asking each for love and empowerment in his or her forthcoming life.
Place the blanket around the baby saying:
Welcome back, little one!
May the Mother's blessings shower thee
with the love of family and friends
by my hand on your head I empower thee
in this Circle that never ends
I give you these gifts of life
Touch each ribbon as you repeat the gift, then hold your hands over the baby and envision all the gifts coalescing into a ball of light that surrounds the baby. Draw an equal-armed cross over the baby, saying:
These gifts are yours to keep or to discard
when you come of age to understand them.
May you use them wisely. So mote it be
If there are other gifts to be given to the baby, do so now, then close the ritual in the normal way.
Solitary Witch - The Ultimate Book of Shadows for the New Generation
By Silver RavenWolf
pgs. 60 - 61