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Circle Round: Raising Children in Goddess Traditions [Paperback]

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Book Description

Feb. 1 2000
In our rushed, stressed society, it's sometimes difficult to spend meaningful time as a family. Now Starhawk, Diane Baker, and Anne Hill offer new ways to foster a sense of togetherness through celebrations that honor the sacredness of life and our Mother Earth.

Goddess tradition embraces the wheel of life, the never-ending cycle of birth, growth, love, fulfillment, and death. Each turn of the wheel is presented here, in eight holidays spanning the changing seasons, in rites of passage for life transitions, and in the elements of fire, air, water, earth, and spirit. Circle Round is rich with songs, rituals, craft and cooking projects, and read-aloud stories, as well as suggestions for how you can create your own unique family traditions. Here are just some of the ways to make each event in the cycle of life more special:

Mark Summer Solstice by making sweet-smelling herb pillows for good dreams
Send a teenager off to college with the Leaving Behind and Carrying With rituals
Comfort an injured child with the Tree of Life meditation
Commemorate a loved one by planting or donating a tree

As a one-of-a-kind resource for people of many faiths and beliefs, Circle Round will be a beloved companion in your home for years to come.

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The 20th-century reclamation of Goddess traditions has evolved from a small counterculture revolution of the mid-1900s to the birthright of an entire generation of children and young teenagers. However, the parents--who were adults when they first turned to paganism--are discovering that raising children in a pagan tradition can prove difficult amidst the near void of resources to assist them in teaching this way of life. Relying on age-old learning methods, such as songs and storytelling, Circle Round fills this void with techniques that are truly rooted in traditions. This priceless resource offers guidelines for helping children discover the different facets of the Goddess tradition--from altars to sabbats--and suggests recipes, creative projects, and other activities resuscitating the values of family in our latchkey society. --Brian Patterson --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.


"A bountiful harvest...Families will find in this book...an enduring friend and reliable adviser."
--NAPRA ReView

"Wonderful...With the term 'family values' so carelessly tossed about these days, it's nice to read a book which so thoroughly demonstrates them."
--The Roanoke Times

"Clever, inspiring, and jam-packed with ideas."
--Sonoma County Independent

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Resource for Pagan Parents Oct. 29 2003
By Kim
When I'm planning out our seasonal rituals, stories, crafts and food, this is the first resource I pull off the shelf. I have several Pagan friends (and some non-Pagan even) who own this book and love it as well. I've used most of the stories and recipes with great success. Some of the crafts are a little bit too "disposable" for my tastes, but I upgrade the materials and methods to create something more lasting. Overall, an excellent book, and I wish there were more resources out there like this one for Pagan parents.
Personally, I didn't find the book to be sexist, political or the other usual things that are often attributed to books by Starhawk and other Reclaiming authors. Being the mother of two sons (and no daughters), using this book with our entire family (three males, one female), I have never run across anything in this book that felt condescending or negative toward the male gender. However, I am female and I do follow the Reclaiming tradition...so there's my own bias.
Anyone with concerns could visit the Reclaming.org website or the Circleround.com website for more information before making the purchase.
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5.0 out of 5 stars essential resource Feb. 27 2004
By tressa
This book is hands down, the best resource for raising Pagan children! Much of the text is meant to be read to a child and really gets on her/his level in explaining ideas and concepts in Nature Spirituality. Included are recipes, craft ideas, and stories for eight Pagan holidays. There is also a lot of helpful information in this book for dealing with criticism and discrimination.
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4.0 out of 5 stars something to work from Feb. 18 2003
By Nysa
This book is a little more feminist than I like and pretty specific to wiccan (rather than ecclectic pagan) beliefs than I like. But, it is a great place to start from. I make a few minor changes to the stories and activities before I share them with my child which is far less time consuming than starting from scratch. My child is starting to outgrow it though, so I hope we will soon see more resources for pagan parents, especially for parents of pre-teens.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great For Parents and Family Circles Sept. 9 2002
Whether you're a solitary witch, raising your children in the Old Ways, or part of a family-oriented Circle, this book is the way to go! For parents of boy-children, don't be fooled by the title; Starhawk has packed her book with plenty of crafty projects and stories for girls AND boys! As a priestess and a Wiccan mom, I have found this book invaluable. Blessed Be!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Something different for adults and children Aug. 14 2001
By A Customer
This book is a must for Pagan families or any family who is looking for a more earth centered focus. I was introduced to this book through my Women's Full Moon circles ( which is mostly adults and babies). I liked it so much that I got a copy for myself and I dont even have kids yet! This book is a great resource for adults, especially beginners. There are so many "Wicca and Pagan 101" books out there that all say the same thing and are written in the same format. This book is written without telling you what you should do, how exactly to set it up, and so on and so forth. Its made for real people who are looking to enrich their lives and who are capable of making their own decisions, creatively. On the other hand this book does a great job of defining itself. For various subjects ( ex calling the quarters, creating sacred space) it defines what the intention is for this practice. Not just a step by step direction on how to do it their way. Pagan children, adults, and groups can all benefit from thoughtful ideas, experienced suggestions, well formed intentions, and answers to important life questions. This book is written the way we live life ( including Rites of Passage ideas) not like a how-to manual. Enjoy!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Fun Spiritual Education Oct. 16 2001
I like this book. The organization is wonderful, and the suggestions are thoughtful and well laid-out. Ideas are presented with stories from myth to illustrate ideas for each holiday, with crafts, activities and recipes. There's music, too!
The activities are not limited to a certain age group, but from toddlers to adolescents. What a great way to introduce Goddesses to little ones! My only criticism is that Gods are largely absent. That's where a parent would have to add their own creativity to fill in that half of the story. In spite of that lack, I still recommend this book for any parent looking to begin or supplement their child's spiritual education.
There's no bibliography, but an extensive index, and chapter notes. The resource section is pretty thin, but that could be more due to the lack of this sort of information for parents than lack of effort on the part of the authors.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Yes It has great stories, but...... May 26 2000
I read the book and refer to it on occasion but found several things about the entire structure of the book lacking.
1)Starhawk does not have any children, she lives in a "communal" home with other peoples children and other adults so she is giving advice from an alien perspective as far "real" family life is concerned.
2)They (the several different women who wrote the book credited to Starhwak for her name)seemed to try and include so many different cultural viewpoints that the reader isn't sure what tradition they are talking about at any given time.
3)The craft projects are quite lacking in information as well as imagination.
4)There are not enough "family" recipes for celebrations, as most families celebrations are centered around a feast of some sort there should have been at least one chapter on holiday dinners for the family.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great
I gave this to my sister who is hoping to open up my nieces little work. Neither are pagan.
but we felt a bit of goddess worship would be good to pair up with Their Christian... Read more
Published 13 months ago by Jaimie-Lyn
5.0 out of 5 stars Simply Wonderful
This book is very comprehensive and detailed. It's filled with songs, stories and crafts to help you explain your spirituality to your children!
Published on April 7 2011 by Ravynne
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Resource
This book has stories, songs, recipies, and crafts for the Pagan family. It is fun and I have been able to incorporate many of its ideas in a ritual context.
Published on March 2 2004 by Jay
5.0 out of 5 stars EXCELENT
A must have if your interested in sharing Pagan beliefs with children. Loaded with stories, crafts and fun. teaching children how to respect the earth and life around them. Read more
Published on Jan. 9 2004 by Jeanette Degiulio
5.0 out of 5 stars A Great Resource!
What a wonderful way to introduce kids to the Goddess! Full of ideas to help us turn the wheel of the year as a family. Read more
Published on Oct. 29 2003
5.0 out of 5 stars A must have for wiccan families with children
This book puts everything into an easy understanding for children. I absolutely love it, and so does my daughter and niece! Read more
Published on Sept. 3 2003
2.0 out of 5 stars Not for mixed-gender or ecclectic families.
If you're womyn-only Wiccan, this book may work just fine for you. For families with broader views, it's extremely insulting. Read more
Published on Aug. 27 2003 by Wayne Saewyc
5.0 out of 5 stars A great reference!
This book is packed with info on raising your child up pagan. I definitely needed something to start with, and this is it! Read more
Published on April 14 2003 by Amy L. Vereggen
5.0 out of 5 stars This is one of the best pagan books I've ever read!
Reclaiming has done it again. Amazing. I have read one other parenting book for pagan, called Pagan Parenting, of which I was quite disappointed. Read more
Published on Dec 13 2002 by Amy L. Vereggen
5.0 out of 5 stars I Love This Book
This book is an invaluable reference for Pagan parents of young children. I always keep it handy and use it for ideas and stories at every sabbat.
Published on Nov. 25 2002
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