Sunday, September 5, 2010

Parenting and magic

Nellie over at A Bit of Gardening Spirit has been writing about parenting lately, and is putting out a call for people to start a cooperative blog about pagan parenting issues. I'm totally behind the blog in whatever way I can be supportive... I think it's a fantastic idea. I often wonder about how to teach my kids about what I believe and what I do, but in such a way that it's clear that it's a decision that each person makes on their own (or should, I believe). And maybe that's too much right now when they're 4 and 6, but it's where I'm headed. So, if you're interested in taking part please contact Nellie at her blog.

In the meantime, I'll give you a flavor of my pagan parenting, LOL... this is what I do for my kids when they have trouble sleeping.

I have a small bowl of flour, that I did a very short ritual over in the moonlight. I call it "magic fairy sleeping dust". When the girls have trouble going to sleep I get some on my fingers and sprinkle it over them and say:

Fairies of the stars, fairies of the moon,
Please let "name" fall asleep soon.
With good dreams through the night,
Let her wake happy, in the morning light.

I then tell them that it only works if you lay down quiet and still and feel it soak into your bones.

I figure it's a spell, and it has lots of the general elements of a ritual... and yet it only takes a few seconds to do. It also seems to work, especially on my older daughter who really resonates with this kind of thing.


  1. Ah... I can't find how to contact you :S And I'm not sure my last comment even made it..?
    I was saying how beautiful and perfect this sort of thing would be!
    Send me an email my lovely
    and I can send you an invitation to write for the new blog. I've put something up already so you're welcome to look and tell me if you like the feel of it.

    Nellie x

  2. This was a truly enchanting idea!!

  3. I love this idea! I will have to try it with my little one (she's 9)....she often has trouble getting to sleep.