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Celebrating the Great Mother: A Handbook of Earth-Honoring Activities for Parents and Childrenby Cait Johnson
This is a book for those people who want a little woo-woo in their lives but don't believe in Santa Claus. My son and I have found solace in our practice of the Silver Cave, when the longest night seems to go on forever and we need to find hope in the return of light. A great resource for families seeking new holiday traditions.
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Adults have a wide array of books to help explore earth-based spirituality. But what if they want to include their children? Here is a handbook to help parents, caregivers, teachers, and counselors create meaningful spiritual experiences that will inspire children of all ages. The ideas, suggestions, and activities collected here show how to bring children into rituals that celebrate seasonal cycles and help reclaim the spiritual roots of today's modern holidays. With surprisingly little effort, earth-centered activities and rituals can be incorporated into simple daily routines.
Part 1, “Handbook for Earth-Connected Parenting,” gives techniques for developing a child's inner wisdom and sense of the sacred: dream journals, visualization, Tarot play, talismans, and interactions with the natural world
Part 2 is a guide to the specific seasonal festivals, and offers a comprehensive collection of practical and enjoyable ways to celebrate the sacred days of our ancestors. Make a bean rune divination system, gather smudge sticks, grow grass pots, assemble a “dream pillow,” create altars the authors offer easy-to-follow suggestions.
Includes suggested reading and resource sections for locating additional information and materials for creative projects.
Celebrating the Great Mother is a handbook to help parents, caregivers, teachers, and counselors create meaningful spiritual experiences to inspire children of all ages. The ideas and activities collected here show how to bring children into rituals that celebrate seasonal cycles and reclaim the spiritual roots of today's modern holidays.
Includes bibliographical references (p. 219-225) and index.
About the Author
Cait Johnson is an artist and writer who teaches workshops on the Tarot, dream work, and ritual-making. She is the author of Tarot for Every Day: Ideas and Activities for Bringing Tarot Wisdom into Your Daily Life. She lives in the Hudson Valley of New York. Maura D. Shaw, a writer and editor, teaches workshops on creative writing and the Tarot. She is the author of Owl's Journey: Four Centuries of an American County, and co-author (with Sydna A. Byrne) of Foods from Mother Earth: A Basic Cookbook for Young Vegetarians (and Anybody Else). She lives in Wappingers Falls, New York. Cait Johnson and Maura Shaw are also the co-authors of Tarot Games: 45 Playful Ways to Explore Tarot Cards Together, published by Harper San Francisco.
Table of Contents
Celebrating the Great Mother
A Handbook of Earth-Honoring Activities for Parents and Children
Part I Earth Connected Parenting
1. Ancient Festivals: A Sense of Coming Home
2. Exploring the Seasons: Earth, Water, Fire, and Air
3. Discovering the Goddess
4. Nature's Sacred World
5. Dreams: messages from Underground
6. Your Child's Inner Wisdom
7. Self-empowerment in a Pouch: Making and Using Talismans
8. The Magical Inner Journey
9. The Healing Child
10. The Family Altar
11. Using this Book
12. Final Word: The Wild Child
Part II The Festivals
Mabon: Autumn Equinox, September 20-23
Samhain: Day of the Dead, October 31
Yule: Winter Solstice, December 20-23
Imbolc: Stirring of the Seeds, February 2
Ostara: Spring Equinox, March 20-23
Beltane: Flowering, May 1
Litha: Summer Solstice, June 20-23
Lughnasad: First Harvest, August 1
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