Hey, Mexican food! I've been cravin it so bad. I'm the one who was always craving tacos when I was pg, and, well it never left. We still have tacos once or twice a week.
Sweetpeasmom, I would be panicking if I had to do anything like that with my kids. I took a first aid course last fall, but I tend to NOT stay calm in emergencies.
Nicole, do they count bm as a clear liquid, or do they mean only water?
Those of you involved in yo-yoing, know where I can find a nice wooden (or metal) yo-yo? I want one for dd, but I don't want a cheap plastic thing. I had a nice metal one growing up, but I think it's gone now.
A while back, we were talking about rituals, so I wanted to post what I did for dd1. Most of it is taken from Circle Round by Starhawk et al., and everyone brought a bead that symbolized some non-tangible gift they wished for dd (kinda like a sleeping beauty type thing).
I'll probably do something similar this time.
“Welcome and Thank you all for coming here today to help us welcome Abigail into our lives” All hold hands. Say “Hand to hand the circle is cast”
“I invite the God and Goddess to be present, especially in the forms of Blodeuwedd, who governs the growth of children and Dagda, who represents paternal love. We welcome your blessings upon our daughter Abigail, whom I have chosen the spirit name of “[insert chosen spirit name here]””
Air: Bubbles; Feather
“Air, I come before you asking favour and protection for our daughter, a deeply loved child. Grant her your wisdom and let her mind have your quick thoughts for action whenever danger is near. Share your clear eye for seeing, your way of discerning.
May all the breaths of her life be of clean, wholesome air. Let her blood flow red with your oxygen. Move her breath freely and easily until the peaceful end of a long, healthy life. When in your realm, may she fly with the grace of the migrating bird, and always return safely to earth. Bless her eyes and her lungs. Bless her thoughts, so that she may think clearly and find her mind a source of pleasure and joy.”
Fire: circle her with candle, clockwise; spiral candles
“Sacred flame, I bring you our daughter, longed for, and treasured. I ask your favour and protection. Let her know your abundant vitality and energy through strength and courage in herself. Shield her from fire’s destruction; spare her from the fire-power of guns, from war, from harm powered by hatred and flame combined. Let the blaze of her heart bring warmth, not burning, let the flames of transformation bring her growth, not destruction. May her passions bring her fulfillment.”
Water:dip finger in water and trace a pentagram with finger on her forehead; shell
“Holy water, I bring to you our daughter, long sought and dear. May she never thirst. May she always swim through earth’s waters with strength and safety. Let feelings flow through her without injury; let her learn the art of change from your many forms. May she navigate relationships with insight, tact, and integrity. Let her always find nourishment for her spirit in your presence. Be for her a source of comfort and peace.”
Earth: place chamomile wreath on her head; rock, soil
“Sacred body, I bring to you our daughter, our hopes and love come to life. Let her body be whole and strong; let no harm come to her from your creatures. Let health be her birthright; may she know little pain. In sickness, let your wise medicines heal her. May your powers of renewal be within her. May her body be a source to her of joy and pleasure and her hands make good work in the world. ”
“I thank[list family names for as far back as is known] and unknown ancestors for laying the foundation for her life.”
Amy: “Great Goddess, Giver of life, we thank you for this precious life that has been given us to tend and nourish. May your blessings follow this young one throughout her life, may she grow in beauty and wisdom, may she learn your ways and know the wonder of your creation.”
“Green One, God of the forest and all growing things, we thank you for the life and vitality of this child. We ask you to bless her with good health, good humour, and good sense.”
Me: “Goddess and God, our hearts are full of gratitude. We ask for your guidance as we care for our child, that she might bring as much joy to the world as she has brought to the hearts of all of us here.”
Pour breast milk onto soil as offering. Offer bread to the God and Goddess
“Lady hold her while she sleeps, give her visions she can keep.
Make her safe until the light, thank you Goddess of the night.
Make her healthy, keep her strong, let her live a life that’s long.
Give her wisdom and self-worth, thank you Goddess for her birth.
Give her knowledge, make her bright, let her know what’s wrong and right.
Give her friends, let love be hers, thank you Goddess for little girls.
As she grows up let life thrive! Animals and plants survive.
Peace and health for everyone, bless us, Maiden, Mother, Crone.”
The parents come forward and hold an empty bowl.
Goddess Mother: “Consider the gifts you wish to offer Abby, the qualities you would like to call into her life. Think about your own qualities, about the things you have learned from experience or gained through struggle. Visualize your blessing within your bead. If you wish to share your blessing at this time, you may do so, or if you wish you may record it in the book on the table afterwards“
One by one, each person comes forward, drops the bead into the bowl, and names the gift they offer, if they wish.
“I Thank the God, Goddess Blodeuwedd, and Dadga for their presence on this special day.”
“I Thank the Quarters; Air of the East, Fire of the South, Water of the West, Earthof the North”
Open the circle:
“By the earth that is her body, by the air that is her breath, by the fire of her bright spirit, and the waters of her living womb, the circle is open, but unbroken. May the peace of the Goddess go in our hearts, merry meet and merry part, and merry meet again. Blessed Be”