Spirit Message of the Moment for Kids! – Believe In Yourself – You Can Do It!

THE COUGAR – GO AHEAD – YOU CAN DO IT

“Cougar says there are times when you feel like no matter what you try to do you wocougarn’t be able to do it, whether it’s making something artistic, getting better grades in school, or doing something you have never done before. To learn and to grow you have to try new things, even if you don’t think you can do them well. You have to stretch yourself and reach a little beyond what you think you can do. That’s sometimes the only way you can find out what you can do.”

MESSAGE FOR YOU

“And it doesn’t matter whether or not you succeed. If not, you can at least say you tried. If you do succeed, you build more and more confidence in yourself. One of the keys is in your thinking. If you think “Oimagesh I can never do this’, then you won’t even try. Or if you do try, you won’t put all your effort into it. Like the little engine that could, just believe that you can do it and keep trying until you accomplish what you set out to do. When you tackle something that seems difficult or challenging, it will also help to ask for my help, and I will be there in spirit. Make a list of all the things you have accomplished in the past year and as you do, notice how you feel!”

Today’s guidance is excerpted from Children’s Spirit Animal Cards by Dr. Steven D. Farmer

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Spirit Message of the Moment for KIDS! – Let Your Light Shine Bright

LET YOUR INNER BEAUTY SHINE

“You are a brilliant example of Love. Everything about you is perfect, so let your light shine and inspire others.”

“It’s time to release any feelings that tell you you’re not good enough. You’re tr548670_568891589793906_668428886_nuly beautiful, yet you sometimes struggle to allow this inner magnificence to show. This card asks you to become comfortable with all aspects of yourself. The angels wish you to know that you’re indeed perfectly created.”

“It’s easy to believe the media’s idea of what’s attractive. However, true beauty is not based on outside appearances. What you possess is an inner radiance, a fascinating and loving aura that’s desperate to be set free. When you reveal it, your confidence will increase, you’ll receive compliments, and you’ll attract like-minded new friends.”

MESSAGE FOR YOU

“Love who you are. Know that you’re this way for a reason. Be honest with yourself about your feelings.” 

Today’s guidance is excerpted from Flower Therapy Oracle Cards by Doreen Virtue and Robert Reeves.

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Spirit Message of the Moment for Kids! Plant Seeds for Your Life

A FALL FAMILY EXERCISE FOR PARENTS AND KIDS

Create a Symbolic Seed Planting Tradition 
Invite friends to gather and celebrate the New Year on October 31 or November 1, which in ancient times for the Celts was celebrated as thplantsinpotse New Year. (This also coincides with the Wiccan holiday of Samhain, which signals the beginning of a new turn on the Wheel of the Year.) Hand out a piece of paper to each person at the gathering and ask everyone toPlanting_A_Tree_H write down their resolution. Then take turns reading them aloud to the group to share everyone’s hopes and dreams.

During this time, the group offers their encouragement and blessings. As each person finishes reading aloud their dreams, a candle is lit for them and a toast with juice or water is given.

Pay particular attention to what you drink and toast to around Halloween, for with each glass you raise in a toast, the energy will be pomsorbetjuiceheightened. Pick a seasonal berry you enjoy. This is a time when the energy fields and the Veil between the earthly plane and the spirit worlds are wide open. This creates a rare opportunity to manifest your desires by imbuing into the liquid what you are thinking and saying as you make each toast. You truly can activate your libations with your energy, turning them into powerful potions, which you then drink and absorb into your auric fields.

Next, hand out packages of seeds along with little clay pots filled with soil and invite your guests to plant new seeds of thought this fall to manifest in the spring. Have each person write one word that describes the goal they wish to manifest on the outside of their clay pot or plastic container. A permane535462_541567085872149_15674059_nnt marker works best for this purpose.

On January 1, celebrate the conventional New Year with a toast to your dreams. They have been actively manifesting for several months now in your mental auric field and will soon be ready for action in the outer world this coming spring. Depending on the seed you planted, you might consider transplanting it into the ground come Spring or Summer for your plant to flourish. 

Excerpts from The Awakened Aura by Kala Ambrose

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Spirit Message of the Day for Kids – Look Out!

LOOK OUT – A SURPRISE IS COMING YOUR WAY! 
The card I pulled for you today is called Surprise! This means keep your eyes open and look for a special surprise throughout your day! This surprise could hold personal meaning for you.  Perhaps you may hear a favorite song, or receive a visit from a friend, or get a phone call from a loved one. Presents come in all shapes and sizes – especially the spiritual gifts we all receive each and every day! All we have to do to see them is open our hearts and minds to become aware of what and who surrounds us. If we are grateful for what we have and who we have in our lives; more will always come.

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Mr. Moon

O Moon, Mr. Moon,
When you comin’ down?
Down on the hilltop,
Down in the glen,
Out in the clearin’,
To play with little men?
Moon, Mr. Moon,
When you comin’ down?

O Mr. Moon,
Hurry along!
The reeds in the current
Are whisperin’ slow;
The river’s a wimplin’
To and fro.
Hurry up along,
Or you’ll miss the song!
Moon, Mr. Moon,
When you comin’ down?

O Moon, Mr. Moon,
When you coming down?
Down where the Good Folk
Dance in a ring,
Down where the Little Folk
Sing?
Moon, Mr. Moon,
When you comin’ down?

By Bliss Carman

Spirit Message of the Moment for KIDS! Tips for Pagan Parents

Raising Pagan Children
As more people embrace earth-based spiritual paths, it’s becoming more common to find Pagans who are rearing children in their faith. Learn tips and tricks for raising Pagan kids, and living as a Pagan 68494_393338574078814_641511651_nfamily — how can you celebrate the Sabbats in a kid-friendly fashion, deal with teachers who may be insensitive to your beliefs, and raise well-adjusted kids in a non-mainstream religion?

How to Keep Your Kids Included in Pagan Practice
As the modern Pagan movement progresses and evolves, the Pagan community has grown to encompass people of all age levels. Those who discovered Paganism as teens or college students two or three decades ago are now raising their own children, and so the demographic within the Pagan community is constantly changing. It’s not uncommon at all to meet families in which one or both parents are Pagans or Wiccans, and they may have kids who follow a variety of religious paths.

One of the questions that arises, though, is that of how to include children in Pagan practice. After all, it’s not as though there’s a Pagan version of Sunday school for us to send our kids off to. Don’t worry, though — there are a number of different ways you can include your kids in your Pagan beliefs, and get them involved. Although the type of activity you do with them may vary based upon age levels, you can always find some way to incorporate Pagan values and beliefs into your kids’ lives.

Activity:
Do a hands-on nature project. Take a hike in the woods, gather found objects like pinecones and fallen twigs. Bring them home and put them together in a glass vase or some other centerpiece.
Teaching moment:
Talk about the cycles of the season, and how all of nature is tied together. Depending on the time of year, discuss the phases of life, death, and rebirth in the natural world.

Activity:
Make a wand. Even a small child can decorate a stick with glitter.
Teaching moment: Use this opportunity to help your child learn about directing energy. Help him or her visualize energy as something they can control using the wand to direct it.

Activity:
Create a felt board. Cut out shapes of Pagan symbols, gods and goddesses of your tradition, or magical tools out of scraps of craft felt, and help your child place them on the board.
Teaching moment:
Encourage imagination — your child can use the felt board and pieces to illustrate a story of her own about the deities, magic, or the world in general.

374988_504680596258235_1741713014_nActivity:
Let your kids have an altar. Allow your child to create an altar space of his own, with the gods and goddesses of your family’s tradition. If you don’t follow a specific path, let him put things on their altar such as found items, natural goodies, and items of comfort.
Teaching moment:
Letting your child have his own altar shows them that their needs are valued as much as anyone else’s in the family. It gives them a space that is private and sacred of their very own.

Activity:
School-age children can often participate in rituals, if they have a decent attention span. You know your child better than anyone, and if you think she is capable of taking a ritual role, then encourage that.
Teaching moment:
This helps your child develop a feel for ritual procedure, as well as proper behavior in a ritual setting. Equally important, it lets her know that her participation in family activities is valued.

Activity:
Encourage your child to learn about the deities of your family’s tradition. There are countless books about the mythology and legends of the Greeks, the Celts, the Romans, the Egyptians, and others. Keep a good library of Pagan-friendly books on hand, and spend some time reading together as well.
Teaching moment: You’re never too young to do a little research. Giving kids the tools to read and grow can’t hurt at all, and it allows them to take some ownership of their spiritual education.

Activity:
If your teen is up to the task, ask him to write a ritual of his own, with only as much help as he needs. Teenagers are surprisingly inventive, and can come up with some amazing ideas. Pick a Sabbat or other event, and have your teen create a ceremony that the whole family can participate in.
Teaching moment:
Not only does this encourage creative thinking, it helps develop leadershi429114_518114268218987_1052501254_np skills. It’s never too soon to get a chance at being in charge.

Activity:
Kids of any age can get involved with Sabbat-themed craft ideas. Try some of our different Sabbat crafts to celebrate the ever-changing Wheel of the Year, and use these to decorate your home and altar.
Teaching moment:
By doing hands-on projects related to the various Sabbats, kids can get a better feel for what the Pagan celebrations really mean. Depending on your tradition, incorporate craft projects into stories, legends, and mythology.
Finally, remember that the best way to set a good example of Pagan practice for your kids is to show them yourself. If you want to stress values such as being kind to others, respecting the earth, and living a magical life each day, then do so. Your kids will see your behavior and emulate it themselves.

Ten Activities for Pagan Kids
For many Pagans and Wiccans, it’s hard to find kid-friendly activities that celebrate our spiritual path. Believe it or not, sharing your beliefs with your kids is easier than you think. After all, you’re the parent, so you can lead by example. Show your children what you do, and they’ll emulate you in their own way. Teaching by doing is the key. By living a Pagan life, you’ll show your kids what it means to be Pagan or Wiccan or whatever your family’s path is. These very simple activities are easy enough that you can do them with nearly any child, so have fun with them!

1. Make a Wand
What’s not to love about making your own wand? Take your kids out in the woods for a nature walk, and ask them to keep an eye on the ground for the “right” stick. The wand should be about the same length as the child’s forearm. Once your child has a stick, bring it home and decorate it with flowers, ribbons, glitter, even crystals. Hold a consecration ceremony so your child can claim the wand as his or her own.

484096_450647788315882_526427266_n2. Drumming
Everyone likes to drum, and the louder the better. If you don’t have a professional drum, don’t worry — that’s why the gods made coffee cans. Let your kids experiment with containers of different sizes and shapes, and see which ones make the most interesting sounds. Fill an empty water bottle with dried beans to make an impromptu rattle. Two thick dowels tapped together make a percussion instrument as well. Have a family drum circle night, and let everyone bang away to raise energy.

3. Meditation
Sure, the idea of teaching a toddler to meditate sounds crazy, but you’d be surprised what kids can do if they’re interested. Even if it’s just two minutes lying in the grass looking at trees, it’s not a bad idea to start your youngsters meditating early. By the time they get to be adults with stressful lives, meditation will be second nature to them. Use breathing as a way of teaching counting to small children. Elementary-school age kids can usually handle a ten- to fifteen-minute guided meditation.

4. My Very Own Altar
If you have a family altar, that’s great! Encourage your kids to have an altar of their own in their bedrooms — this is the place they can put all the things that are special to them. While you may not want a tribe of Ninja Turtles on your family altar, if your son says they’re his Personal Guardians, give him his own place to put them! Add to the collection with interesting things your child finds on nature walks, shells from trips to the beach, family photos, etc. Be sure that young children don’t have candles or incense on their altar.

5. Moon Crafts
Kids love the moon, and they love to wave at it and say hello to it (my oldest claimed the moon as her own when she was five). If your family does any sort of moon rituals, such as an Esbat Rite or New Moon ceremony, have the kids decorate a mirror with lunar symbols, or make a Moon Braid to hang in a window, and use it on your altar during family moon celebrations. Bake a batch of Moon Cookies to use during Cakes & Ale ceremonies.

6. God’s Eyes
These are an easy decoration to make and can be adapted seasonally, simply b522290_552860944740192_1779391917_ny using different colors. All you need is a pair of sticks and some yarn or ribbon. Make a God’s Eye in yellows or reds for solar celebrations, green and brown for an earth ceremony, or in the colors of your family’s household deities. Hang them on a wall or place on an altar.

7. Salt Dough Ornaments
Salt dough is one of the easiest things in the world to make, and you can create just about anything from it. You can follow our easy Salt Dough recipe, and use it with cookie cutters to make your own Sabbat ornaments. After your ornaments have cooled, paint them and decorate with your favorite Pagan and Wiccan symbols.
After you’ve painted them, seal them with clear varnish. If you’re planning to hang them, poke a hole through the ornament BEFORE baking them. Then after you’ve varnished them, run a ribbon or thread through the hole.

8. Wheel of the Year Journal
Get your child a blank notebook, and have them keep track of the patterns of nature. Note the dates that the first buds appear in spring, when birds begin to migrate, and when the weather changes. If your child is old enough to surf the Internet, have him predict the weather for the next few days and then compare it to your local weather forecast — and then see who’s right! As the Wheel of the Year turns, your child can help you prepare for upcoming Sabbat celebrations.

9. Mythic Tales
Many parents aren’t really sure how to incorporate their Pagan beliefs into their children’s upbringing, so story time is a great way to do this. Teach your child the myths and legends of your pantheon. Storytelling is an age-old tradition, so why not use it to educate your kids about what you believe? Tell them tales of gods and heroes, fairies, and even your own ancestors.

541919_10151168294597477_1096741949_n10. Singing and Chanting
There are a ton of great songs out there for Pagan kids, and most of them are really simple. You can make up your own with some simple rhymes and a little bit of ingenuity. Clap your hands, stomp your feet, and celebrate the gifts of the earth. If you want to find pre-recorded music for your kids, read some of the Pagan and Wiccan magazines; there are nearly always ads for Pagan musicians and their work.

Recommended Reading for Pagan Parents
• Madden, Kristin: Pagan Parenting. Madden’s book focuses looks at the development of kids from birth onward. She includes tips on how to encourage your children’s psychic and magickal abilities, as well as teaching them rituals and meditation skills.
• Serith, Ceisiwr: The Pagan Family. Serith looks at raising a family in non-mainstream religions, and offers dozens of excellent suggestions on how to incorporate Pagan beliefs into day-to-day living. This book is presently out of print, but it pops up a lot on used-book lists, so keep an eye out for it.
• Starhawk: Circle Round – Raising Children in Goddess Traditions. Starhawk and fellow authors Anne Hill and Diane Baker include numerous ideas for each Sabbat, life milestones, and craft and recipe ideas. This book offers some excellent suggestions for families trying to instill Pagan beliefs into their children.

Excerpts from Patti Wigington

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Spirit Message of the Moment for KIDS! – Talk About Your Feelings

EXPRESS YOURSELF
“It’s time to talk about your feelings. Tell a friend how you feel. This card means that you’ve been holding some feelings inside and need to let them out.533602_511404685548414_901041319_n

When you talk or write about your feelings in a journal, you can understand them better. Sometimes you don’t know how you really feel until you begin talking. It’s not healthy to hold in your emotions, especially anger or sadness.

Find a trusted person who will listen to you, such as a friend, family member, or teacher. Let that person know that you need to talk, and tell them what you need. For instance, if you want them to listen without giveing you advice, then let them know. If you want them to comfort you, then let them know.

If you don’t have someone to talk to, or your feelings are so private that you don’t want to share them out loud, then you could write about them. You can also silently talk to your angels or the unicorns. They’ll listen to you with love, and help you feel better and find answers.”

Today’s guidance is from Magical Unicorns Oracle Cards by Doreen Virtue, Ph.D.

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Spirit Message of the Moment for KIDS! – Time for Change

A Season of Change – Metamorphosis
“You are in the process of deep and beautiful change. Butterflies earn their wings through great effort. The process of change may often seem painful, for it is never without losses and sacrifices. If you are to transform from one form to another, a part of you needs to fade away. Letting old ways go isn’t always easy, especially when you’re used to thinking a certain way about your life and how you live it. Just as a snake sheds its old skin, or a caterpillar seemingly dies so that it can transform into a beautiful butterfly, it’s time to release old ideas, old habits, and embrace a necessary upcoming change so you can live your best life.” and be the best person you can possibly be.

Perhaps it’s time for a new routine, to visit a new place, to meet new people, or try something for the very first time. Whatever your change might be, and despite any fears you may have, it’s best to accept this as a transitional time for you full of wonder and excitement. If you can move with this upcoming change and simply embrace it, you’ll love what you become.

Some excerpts taken from The Enchanted Map Oracle Cards by Colette Baron-Reid.

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Spirit Message of the Moment for KIDS! – Listen To Your Feelings

IT’S TIME TO LISTEN TO YOUR TRUE FEELINGS
“This card means that someone might ask you to do something against your better judgement. You may be tempted to give in, to please the other person. You might worry that if you say no, the other person won’t like you anymore. But this card reminds you that it’s very important for you to listen to your true feelings before taking any action. You must choose for yourself what’s right and wrong.”

“If you feel confused, then talk with someone you trust, such as your mother or father, teacher or best friend. You can also speak to your angels. In the end, though, you must decide what’s right for you. This choice must come from your inner voice, not from outside pressure. Choose the path that will make you happiest in the long run. Some choices only feel good temporarily, and then afterward you feel let down. The best choices make you feel happy for a long, long time.”

“To hear your true feelings, you’ll need to make some quiet time. Close the door of your room and turn off all noises. Shut your eyes and breathe deeply. Then ask a question in your mind and listen: Listen to your body, your heart, and your mind. Write down everything that you think, see, hear, and feel from within. Take the action that you know, in your heart, is the right thing to do.”

Today’s guidance is from Doreen Virtue’s Oracle Cards for Kids: Magical Unicorns.

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Spirit Message of the Day for KIDS! – Send Thoughts of Love

LOVE HEALS FEAR
“The power of your love can help bullies and angry people to be less afraid. People who are angry are really afraid of getting into trouble – even adults and people with important jobs. So, when you meet someone who acts like a bully, remember that this person is really just afraid. If you get angry back at the person, you’ll just add to their fear.”

“You can heal away angry with your thoughts of love. See the goodness in everybody (including yourself). Know that everyone really wants to be happy. No one likes to be a bully. No one enjoys being angry. Bullies and angry people are very lonely because their anger pushes other people away from them. So, you can help by being kind to such people.”

“You’ll also want to be kind to yourself and listen to your inner voice, which tells you how to stay safe. Call upon angels for assistance, especially Archangel Michael, or to protect you if you ever feel afraid. And love is your best protector, because your inner voice helps you to know the love that’s within every person. It will keep you strong, no matter what.”

Today’s inspiration is from an oracle deck for children titled “Magical Unicorns” by Doreen Virtue, PH.D.

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Spirit Message of the Day for KIDS! – A Favorite Fall Craft

How To Make Dried Apple Shrunken Heads

“These little faces, made from dried apples, can look really nasty and sinister — the perfect thing to decorate a Halloween party.Here’s what you need:

apples
whole cloves
a few grains of rice
1/2 cup lemon juice
2 teaspoons salt

Peel a large apple and coat with mixture of lemon juice and 2 teaspoons of salt to prevent browning. With a potato peeler or small knife carve out eye sockets, a nose, mouth and ears. Don’t worry about carving small details as they will be lost when the apple dries. Go for the big features and nature will take care of the rest.

Use whole cloves for eyes and raw rice grains for teeth (the faces also come out looking great without these extra props, just carve and let dry if you want to keep it simple). The photo below right shows the freshly carved apples used to make the apple heads in the photo above.

Sit apples on a wire rack in a warm, dry place for about 2 weeks. You can speed the drying process a little by drying in an oven set at the lowest temperature. However, the process will still take several days.”

Excerpt taken from fabulous foods .com

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