Baby Blessings New Jersey
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I chose something that I liked from each of these pages, although I altered most of it to suit my needs. I also flipped through my older grimoires for inspiration on the circle casting and word style.
This rite contains a purposefully bland circle casting so as not to alienate the non-Pagan family members present, although many of them approached us afterward to tell us how beautiful and interesting the ceremony had been.
Our altar was VERY plain, allowing a simple white altar cloth to be the center of attention. This was done to keep our non-Pagan guests comfortable, but also due to the nature of the rite. Our daughter was young, simple, and pure and so the altar was as well.
- to honor a child's heritage and bless her senses -
"On behalf of (Father) and (Mother), I’d like to welcome you all here, on this joyous day. We have come together to take part in a ceremony to recognize, honor, and welcome their beautiful baby daughter (child) into their family, and into the wider family of their community and friends."
"If you would stand and join us now, we will begin our ceremony with a series of breaths."
"Our first breath in…" Ring the singing bowl and allow the vibrations to run silent. "And as you breathe out, feel your feet firmly on the ground, rooting down into the Earth. Let Gaia support you."
"Our second breath in…" Ring the singing bowl and allow the vibrations to run silent. "And as you breathe out, let all the tension inside of you drain out through your feet. Let Gaia take it away."
"Our third breath in…" Ring the singing bowl and allow the vibrations to run silent. "And as you breathe out, let the love and light from the heavens pour over you. Let it rinse you clean, from the crown of your head to the roots of your feet. Let it flow."
Face East and fan the feathers."East, realm of first light, swift change and new beginnings. Home of inspiration, intelligence and imagination. May your winds carry heavenward the prayers and wishes of all those present."
Face South and light the red candle.
"South, realm of hearth fires, warm weather and laughter. Home of passion, frivolity and energy. May your flame burn bright in the hearts of all those present."
Face West and swirl the water bowl."West, realm of ocean waters, friendship and motherhood. Home of empathy, dreaming and purity. May the waters of life flow deep and joyful for all those present."
Face North and grind salt in the mortar & pestle."North, realm of ancestors, full bellies and stillness. Home of responsibility, strength and growth . May the ground beneath the feet of those present be sturdy and calm."
"We call upon the energies of the feminine divine, the Venus, the Ocean Mother, the Great Lady to be with us today."
"(Child)’s parents, (father) and (mother)."
"(Child)’s great-grandparents: (name), (name), and (name). As well as (name), who could not be with us today."
"We also light a white candle for (child)’s big brother (name), as her adoring helper and friend."
"As we light our final candle, let us have a moment of silence. To honor those family members who have passed beyond this life. (Father) and (mother) gratefully remember: (name), (name), and (name) amongst others for the roles they have played in their lives."
Extinguish the God and Goddess candles.
Snuff out sweet grass bundle and extinguish red candle.
Ring the singing bowl.