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Raising A Magickal Chil
A question I get frequently is how I am raising my children being that I am Wiccan. I have chosen to raise my children around magick, and allow them to choose their religion when they get older. Some of you may know that my children are highly sensitive, my son is an empath with the gift of sight as well. However I feel this system would benefit most children regardless of sensitivities and religious preferences. Quite simply I teach them to see the world as magickal. So I have a few ideas that I wanted to pass along to you that I do with my children.
1. Acknowledge the fairy tales. Most children love reading books. Many of them have mystical and magickal creatures and legends. I'm not sure about most of you but I was taught very young how they don't exist. Yet here I am at 36 building gardens for fairies, and studying cave drawings of unicorns on walls. Am I saying to validate every fairy tale enthusiastically? No, but validate the ones that you can or at least leave it open.
2. Encourage the bond with nature. Get them outside in nature as much as possible and start teaching them about the things they see when they are there.
3. Rocks and Gemstones. Go out on walks and collect rocks! See if you can identify them together. Then have them hold them, and ask them to describe them. I've been surprise when my son will use adjectives like happy to describe rocks. You may be surprised what you can learn from them.
4. Color Magick. Teach them about colors and their various meanings. You can show them that wearing blue on a certain day can help them feel calm, or drawing a picture of a bright yellow sun can increase their energy.
5. Trees. When you go out in nature, start learning what all the different trees are and have them help you identify them. My daughter actually taught me how to find Sassafras root. My children have a healthy appreciation for all trees now and will marvel at how old the trees are. They also look at the bark for patterns to see if there is anything unusual (or mystical) there. They love finding birch trees to collect the bark to draw on later, and nibble on the branches as we walk for the minty taste.
6. Herbs. Most children absolutely love gardening. Have your children help you with yours. Teach them how to grow herbs from seeds and how to identify them. You can then start teaching them basic uses dependent upon their age. My son knows that he can pick mint leaves to put in his water during the summer. It's not uncommon to see my daughter walk by with a sprig of lavender held up to her nose. They also both enjoy making their own tea. Several herbal teas are actually wonderful for them to drink.
7. Water. My children love water. My son doesn't like swimming much but he still has a strong appreciation for rivers, oceans and streams. I use meditations with them to help them sleep that involve cleansing in water. I talk about a beautiful lake that when you swim in it, it takes away anything negative and protects them.
8. Animals. Pretty much every child loves animals. Most children try to communicate with them. How many of you encourage that? Animals are very sensitive and therapeutic. Encourage the connection with the animals around them. Teach them to be kind by doing things like feeding the birds, and recycling leftovers from dinner for the wild animals if you can.
9. Astrology. I have a fabulous app on my iPhone that helps identify constellations in the sky. We love going out in the summer when it's warm and trying to find these in the sky.
10. The Moon. My children love the Moon. They say goodnight to her each night when they can. (sometimes in the summer it gets too late! ) They also can identify basic moon phases.
11. The Fae. My daughter absolutely loves fairies. We have fairy gardens outside. She knows that if her room isn't clean the fairies won't come by to play as they don't like messes.
This is just a starter list. There are so many things you can do. Coloring mandalas, introducing mythology and tales of the different deities, teaching them to heal their own boo-boo's with energy, the list literally can go on and on. As a Mom I take a look at everything I do and decide if it can be incorporated in some way. I then teach them at what I feel is an age appropriate level for them. My daughter has been asking me to teach her magick for a long time. I've explained to her that I am. She actually just got her first tarot deck for Christmas. It was a children's one, and it came with a pendulum. She views it as I use to view my Magic 8 ball at her age. I know it's just another stepping stone for her on her path. I hope this helps!
Much Love and Many Blessings,