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! – Living with Magick

Do Your Kids Live As Magically As You Do?

As more people embrace earth-based spiritual paths, it’s becoming more common to find Wiccans and Pagans who are rearing children in their faith. Learn tips and tricks for raising Pa7182_500440550011936_119798958_ngan kids, and living as a Pagan family — 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.

65000_518363668183457_2992806_nOne of the questions that arises, though, is that ofhow 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.

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.

Activity: Do a hands-on nature project. Take a hike in the woods, gather foun547286_489788197698506_240755671_nd 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.

ActivityMake 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.

girlActivity: 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 i224535_300187570096800_1475111372_ndeas. 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 leadership 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.

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.

Be sure to read our extensive list of Pagan-friendly Books for Kids, and Activities for Pagan Kids!

– All Excerpts from Patti Wigington

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 Moment for KIDS! – Make A Wish – or Two

 IT’S TIME TO MAKE A WISH
“This is a magical moment. Make a wish, and enjoy its manifestation.”

“Say an affirmation prayer right now, which means stating your desire as if it were already true. Thank the Universe for this reality, and feel in your heart and belly that your dream is actually a reality. For example, say, “Thank you World, for (whatever your desire is). I’m truly grateful for your continuous support.”istock_000020196xsmall

“Now is the magical moment. Go into a quiet space – even if it’s just for a moment. Close your eyes, and imagine that your wish  has come true. Feel it with your entire being. Then, express thanks for this gift, and release it like a helium balloon that goes straight to the Moon. If you need to take action to co-create this wish, you’ll be given strong and repetitive guidance in the form of feelings, thoughts, ideas, inner words, signs, visions, or dreams. It’s important that you follow this guidance in order to bring the wish into physical form.”

This excerpt is from: Magical Mermaids and Dolphins by Doreen Virtue, Ph.D.

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405368_10150500037554734_1317162623_nManifesting your desires is a beautiful thing because you are a powerful source. Life is full of surprises at every turn. Fill yourself with wonder. Fill yourself with confidence in the World. Fill yourself with belief in yourself and trust. Now is the perfect time to focus on what you want. Send your positive wish out to the Universe and let go of all expectations about fulfillment and how it might come to pass, and when. Be open to receiving in all different forms.  Release your worries and don’t over think it. Everything that is yours will come to you in its own perfect and unique time. Now is the time for changes. Just believe and so it is. The Universe is always eager to help those who are first willing to help themselves by stepping forward with action towards making their dreams a reality.

– Angela 

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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.

– The Spiritblogger

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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! – Explore Your Ancestory

WHO WERE YOUR ANCESTORS?
“Ancestors are those from whom we are descended, with a lineage that starts with our parents and grandparents and stretches back hundreds and even thousands of years. We cargrandmothers_handsry our ancestor’s bloodline and are connected to them both genetically and spiritually in an underlying continuity of which we may only barely be aware. Although environment and circumstance contribute to shaping us – particularly when we’re young – an innate thread of kinship exists that has run the course of history for thousands of years and is contained in our bodies and in our being.”

“Since we’re biologically and soulfully connected to these spirit beings, we can readily call upon them for guidance and assistance in matters concerning our family, community, and ourselves. No matter our lineage, we have much to learn from our ancestors.”

MESSAGE FOR YOU
“You have within you the blood of your ancestors. You are deeply connected to your lineage, the most immediate proof of that being the physical resemblance you have to your mother and father and perhap392077_276696215763900_1827048272_ns even your grandparents. Yet beyond that, although unknown to your usual senses, you are connected to an ancestory that reaches back through the millennia. This is the time to call upon those ancestors, those who are of your bloodline as well as though ancient ones who have walked the land that you now walk.”

“In many cultures, it is believed that the essence of your ancestors inhabits many of the physical aspects of the land. In other words, they are in the trees, the water, the air, the animals, the stones – their blood being in the very dirt and sand you tread upon.”

“Next time you are outside, allow your senses to open to those ancestors who abide in the physical world. And anytime at all, allow your heart to open to those spirits to whom you are related through your heredity and those to whom you are connected by virtue of the land upon which you live.”

Today’s special message is from Earth Magic Oracle Cards by Steven D. Farmer.

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Spirit Message of the Moment for KIDS! – The Spirit of Christmas

Hi Spiritblogger and Spiritblogger for Kids fans! This month I’d like to feature a favorite author and illustrator named Nancy Tillman of children’s books which I highly recommend. Not only is she a bescover_spiritt-selling author, but often touches on the spirit of things in her books, in a unique and entertaining way for kids and adults alike. Click Here to visit her website and learn more about her treasured books.  Some of my favorites of hers include: The Crown on Your Head, Wherever You Are, and On The Night You Were Born which highlight love, promote security, and help build self-confidence. Here is one book I recommend buying to read to your children this year: The Spirit of Christmas by Nancy Tillman. The story and  illustrations are simply beautiful.

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The Spirit of Christmas

“I had just nodded off, at a quarter past four,
when the Spirit of Christmas
stepped in through my door.

With a great show of sparkles,
he decked all my halls
in tinsel and twinkles
and bright, shining balls.

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I was really quite fond of
the trimmings he’d brought.
‘But there’s just something
missing this Christmas,’ I thought.

‘Bells!’ he said. ‘Jingle bells!
Bells right away! Bells on
a one-horse galloping sleigh!’

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‘A toy soldier band dressed in matching red sashes!’

‘Candy cane tongues and marshmallow mustaches!

Everyone caroling songs of goodwill.’

‘So merry that even the trees can’t be still!’

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I shook my head.
‘You are really so kind.
But it’s just not exactly
what I had in mind.’

He spoke to me then
in a whisper of wings.
‘There are gentle things
the season brings.’

‘Snow that lies silent.
As quiet as a mouse.’

‘And roads that all lead to your grandmother’s house.’

‘Ten lords a-leaping as seven swans swim.’

‘And of course, Santa Clause,
I’m just getting to him!’

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I lifted my chin and stared up at the ceiling
I still wasn’t getting that warm Christmas feeling.

That’s when the Spirit of Christmas smiled.
‘Remember, this all began with a child.
Because it took nothing but love to begin it,
it’s not really Christmas if love isn’t in it.’

Your tree may be large as the room will allow
with a big yellow star on the uppermost bough,
but of one thing I’m certain
I’m sure of one thing.

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It is love that makes the angels sing.
And that’s when I got it.
That’s when I knew!
The thing that was missing from Christmas was you!

And so then, my darling, wherever you roam,
may you always be safe…may you always come home.

For as long as the world still spins and still hums,
wherever you are, and no matter what comes,

The best part of Christmas will always be…
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You are loved.”

by author Nancy Tillman

Spirit Message of the Day for KIDS! – A Time for Gratitude and Appreciation

Habits to Teach Gratitude and Appreciation: Modeling for Our Kids What it Means to Be Grateful

Learning to be grateful for where you are and what you already possess can have a profound impact on your life. As the saying goes, “Gratitude makes a great attitude!” Even in the midst of extremely challenging circumstances, we can usually find something to be thankful for. In addition to helping us cope with challenges, this kind of grateful attitude can be contagious and is a wonderful life lesson to share with our kids.

Here are some suggestions for making gratitude a regular habit:

1. Make it a Habit

Learning to be truly grateful can change your life. One way to continue a new “attitude of gratitude” is to create a habit around your thankfulness. For example, you might set aside a certain time of day to reflect on what you’re grateful for. Sometimes it can help to do something ritualistic at the same time, such as make yourself a cup of tea. Then, as you’re sipping the tea, consider what you’re grateful for. Each time you make a cup of tea, reflect on your gratitude. Over time, this will begin to seep into your everyday thinking, and you’ll realize that you have much in life to be grateful for!

2. Keep a Gratitude Journal

Write down five things each day that you’re grateful for. At first, you might think that it would be hard to come up with different things each day, but you’d be surprised at how expressing gratitude in this way causes you to recognize that you have more to be thankful for than you ever could have imagined.

3. Be Grateful for the Challenging Times, Too

Share with your kids some of the challenging times you’ve gone through in life that you’re also grateful for. Some of these examples might relate to your parenting experiences. A simple example might be the sleepless nights you spent when your children were infants. It certainly wasn’t fun to be up most of the night, and it was hard to function at work the next day, but those moments of bonding together were also irreplaceable. What other examples can you think of? How have you grown through your most challenging experiences, and what good has come out of them?

4. Write a Letter of Thanks

Don’t keep your gratitude to yourself! When you feel thankful for certain people in your life, be bold enough to say it out loud or put it in a letter. One of the great tragedies in life is that, too often, we just don’t know what we mean to others. You can take one small step toward changing this by writing a letter of gratitude to an old friend, co-worker, mentor, or friend.

5. Express Your Thanks Out Loud

While you’re eating dinner with your kids, go around the table and share one or two things that you’re thankful for. What’s especially great about this simple habit is that your kids will inspire you to see things you hadn’t seen before.

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Spirit Message of the Moment for KIDS! – Celebrating Pagan Holiday Mabon 2012

CELEBRATE THE SEASONS: THE FALL EQUINOX
“Fall Equinox, also known as Mabon, occurs in the middle of September. It is the main harvest festival of the Wiccan calendar and marks the beginning of Autumn. The Goddess manifests in Her Bountiful Mother aspects. The God emerges as the Corn King and Harvest Lord. Colors are Orange, Dark Red, Yellow, Indigo, and Brown. It is the festival of thanksgiving.

Select the best of each vegetable, herb, fruit, nut, and other food you have harvested or purchased and give it back to Mother Earth with prayers of thanksgiving. Hang dried ears of corn around your home in appreciation of the harvest season. Do meditations and chanting as you store away food for the Winter. Do a thanksgiving circle, offering thanks as you face each direction — for home, finances, and physical health (North); for gifts of knowledge (East); for accomplishments in career and hobbies (South); for relationships (West); and for spiritual insights and messages (Center).”

Author Selena Fox

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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