Personally, we had 2 ceremonies. I refused to baptize Kaia in a church because I was not comfortable promising to raise her in a religion I had no intention of teaching her. I did let my mother baptize her, though. We had a multi-faith crowd at her naming ceremony, and as a nod to that, included Starhawk's Declaration of the Four Sacred Things in the text of the ceremony. Specifically
|The Earth is a living, conscious being. In company with cultures of many different times and places, we name these things as sacred: air, fire, water, and earth. Whether we see them as the breath, energy, blood, and body of the Mother, or as the blessed gifts of a Creator, or as symbols of the interconnected systems that sustain life, we know that nothing can live without them.
Seemed appropriate. We then asked the blessings of the elements for Kaia:
Spirits of Air, you who spin the dance of life from the fibers of chaos, we ask your blessing for (child’s name). Breathe into her your creativity and love of learning.
(fan with a feather)
Spirits of Fire, you who dance in the flames of the sun and earth, we ask your blessing for (child’s name). Fan the flames of her passion and courage.
(smudge with sage)
Spirits of Water, you who swim the ever-changing oceans of the heart and soul, we ask your blessing for (child’s name). Shower her with your gifts of love and compassion.
(sprinkle with water)
Spirits of Earth, you who tread the patterns of stability, we ask your blessings for (child’s name). Ground her with your gifts of health and abundance.
(brush with herbs)
Ancestor Spirits, you who have gone before us, we ask your blessings for (child’s name). Bless her with wisdom and good fortune.
(lay on hands)
Father God, lord of the fruits and fields, I ask your blessings for my daughter, (child’s name). Lend her the light of your sun so that she may find her way.
(lift to sky)
Mother Goddess, lady of the earth and sea, I ask your blessings for my daughter, (child’s name). Lend her the light of your moon so that she may find her way.
(touch to ground)
We also did the Faery Coverlet ritual from Circle Round:
Make a blanket with yarn ties and ask each person present to tie a knot and make a wish for your child. Kaia was blessed with patience, common sense, flexibility, love, friendship, courage, humor, loyalty, curiosity, expression, kindness, creativity, sight, faith, health, confidence, freedom, justice and love of learning. That's a ritual you can do amongst, well, muggles for lack of a better word without offending anyone.