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 EarthGoddess 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 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 treeAs 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


10 thoughts on “Circle Round: Raising Children in Goddess Traditions

  1. Tova Tova says:

    This book is something I ve read around Sixteen times Every season my mother reads me the stories Some of these stories have shaped my life is so many positive ways Thank you mom


  2. KimberlyRose KimberlyRose says:

    Thanks to my unique struggle with religion, I had to seriously think about what faith if any I wanted to present to my daughter, what I wanted to say about the celebrations and customs our culture holds with nary a thought to is this what I have chosen to believe or what I accept as fact due to early domestication Automatic, default behaviours, mimicking whatever came before me, was not going to happen.I was raised as a strict isolationist Christian, and, finding those beliefs severely crip Thanks to my unique struggle with religion, I had to seriously think about what faith if any I wanted to present to my daughter, what I wanted to say about the celebrations and customs our culture holds with nary a thought to is this what I have chosen to believe or what I accept as fact due to early domestication Automatic, default behaviours, mimicking whatever came before me, was not going to happen.I was raised as a strict isolationist Christian, and, finding those beliefs severely crippling, I chose to reject raising my daughter with those same beliefs I explored Eastern religions, especially Buddhism and Shintoism, and while I respect those beliefs farthan Christianity, I found they were not exactly right for me either The faith of the goddess religion, which is a sort of amalgamation of many ancient tribal and earth based beliefs, hit some beautiful notes too, but, again, not entirely right for me In the end, I m eclectic, and happy with this discovery And I decided to offer my daughter the religion of open minded exploration After all, she s an individual, separate from me.All that brings me to why I only gave this book three stars it wasn t all that useful to me personally, since it s filled with practical applications.Which is exactly what it promised to bring to the reader So, it really is an excellent book.So, if you are following the goddess tradition, and would like a pragmatic discussion of day to day living and fostering these humanistic beliefs in your children, this is the book for you It accessible, kind, creative, bright, and useful Since there isn t a strong organized congregational presence to this religion, and it is often practiced privately, this is a helpful, practical book with balanced discussions And a method that, if embraced, would help a child be loving, open minded, fluid a fully functioning human


  3. Polly Polly says:

    While this book earns points as being an important work a much needed reference for a growing number of Pagan families and one of the first of its kind, I found it to be of average quality and content.Aside from the retelling of stories through the book, it was difficult to tell if it was being written for an adult audience or for pre teens It seemed to fluctuate back and forth.There were many wonderful songs, stories and activities, along with ideas for building Earth based traditions wit While this book earns points as being an important work a much needed reference for a growing number of Pagan families and one of the first of its kind, I found it to be of average quality and content.Aside from the retelling of stories through the book, it was difficult to tell if it was being written for an adult audience or for pre teens It seemed to fluctuate back and forth.There were many wonderful songs, stories and activities, along with ideas for building Earth based traditions within one s own family structure I would have liked to see photos of craft projects, however, and get an idea of the tune each song should be sung to since I can t read musical notes.All in all, it s a worthwhile read Perhaps I expectedcoming from Starhawk based on some of her other works, or perhaps I m simply partial to the ideas I ve created myself for raising children in a Pagan atmosphere I did appreciate the stories and ideas presented, even though I felt they could have been explored in muchdepth and meaning


  4. Abby Abby says:

    This book is amazing I pick it up over and over again Bought it on a trip on a whim Have spent a weekend with Starhawk and she is truly magical This is a great way to learn about the earth based spirituality that she practices and teaches.Feel like there is a strong lack and need of ritual in our modern life and want to raise my child with spirituality outside of religion It is very comforting and helpful to have a guidebook Love the different perspectives and experiences of the three diff This book is amazing I pick it up over and over again Bought it on a trip on a whim Have spent a weekend with Starhawk and she is truly magical This is a great way to learn about the earth based spirituality that she practices and teaches.Feel like there is a strong lack and need of ritual in our modern life and want to raise my child with spirituality outside of religion It is very comforting and helpful to have a guidebook Love the different perspectives and experiences of the three different women Lots of fun activities that are really bonding for the family and community Great songs and stories about goddesses, deities, fairies, etc What a wonderful way to celebrate the significance of events throughout the year in the natural world


  5. Sara Reed Sara Reed says:

    This is an amazing book for beginners or those who are trying to raise their children in the wiccan pagan life style and need help doing so Though I will warn that this book is from a feminist view The stories are lovely and my own children love them There are some fun crafts to do and great teachings of each holiday There are some great songs to sing along to This is something I would suggest for a family not as much for without children Great book I give others this book as presents when This is an amazing book for beginners or those who are trying to raise their children in the wiccan pagan life style and need help doing so Though I will warn that this book is from a feminist view The stories are lovely and my own children love them There are some fun crafts to do and great teachings of each holiday There are some great songs to sing along to This is something I would suggest for a family not as much for without children Great book I give others this book as presents when they have kids if they are fellow members of the craft


  6. Hayley Brentmar Hayley Brentmar says:

    I didn t really read this one cover to cover, because it isof a reference guide Rather, I just skimmed through it But it seems like something I d like to have around the house to refer back to in the future.


  7. Amy Amy says:

    A beautiful book for raising families in pagan traditions The CD that was created along with this book is so, so beautiful as well.


  8. GooseberryCompote GooseberryCompote says:

    This is a reference I paged through it It is full of great activities, songs, rituals, explanations specifically for celebrating and working with children in an Earth and Goddess centered religious way Though the authors are working firmly from a Reclaiming neopagan perspective, many of these activities could be used by anyone, of any faith or not, to learn about and celebrate ecology and the feminine.


  9. Gofita Gofita says:

    I ve read this book over the course of a few years while I ve taken ideas to celebrate the Earth and start some family traditions with my family Each Sabbat contains stories to tell, crafts to make, food to cook and bake, and songs to sing It s been very easy to make each one my own according to my family s needs Even though we aren t Pagan, the activities and stories are very relatable and adaptable to whatever you need Great resource.


  10. Sarah Louise Sarah Louise says:

    Let s say 4.5 for its creativity and relatability I wish there wereresources like it.