|Published in Harvest 2006 issue of WynterGreene Pagan Newsletter, Montreal, QC
Family Wicca: Practical Paganism for Parents And Children
by Ashleen O'Gaea
New Page Books, 2006 (expanded edition)
ISBN: 1564148866, $20.95 CDN
Newly revised and expanded from the original publication more than a decade ago, Family Wicca offers a practical yet charming and personal look at pagan parenting. Whatever stage you are in on your path, experienced or new, Ashleen O’Gaea gives down-to-earth examples to bring the spirit of the Craft into your family life. With projects that everyone can enjoy, explanations of the tools, rituals and Sabbats, Family Wicca is a great addition to any library. O’Gaea shares her and her husband, Canyondancer’s experiences of raising a child (Explorer) within the many facets of the coven and the “Modern Wiccan Family.”
The book is short, including only eight chapters, but it also includes helpful appendices including an adaptation of the Charge of the Goddess from O’Gaia’s Campsight and Adventure covens, an inclusive glossary, and a simplified correspondence chart. Each chapter is thought-provoking and includes helpful answers to some of the hard questions asked by children, such as “Why am I alive?” and “What happens when I die?” There are also numerous inexpensive witch “crafts” that may be done as a family and simple spells that are aimed at helping children direct their own energies and understand the many elements that comprise Wicca.
The author includes special blessings for baby, adoptive and birth mothers; and special rites for Initiation, celebrations such as Queening and Kinging, and a personal Requiem for a dearly departed witch. As a mother myself of two very blessed children, one of whom is still an infant, I was profoundly impacted to read the words of the Charge of the Child. Told from the perspective of a baby, then blossoms to a young child, this poetic charge reminds us all our children are not just our future, but an alliance to our past. It is our obligation to raise them in love, as the God/dess resides in each of us.
All in all, I found Family Wicca a hard book to put down, and a helpful read to any parent interested in creative ways to share Wicca with their children. It is a good companion book to O’Gaea’s other book, Raising Witches.
Kristin Groulx resides in Ottawa, with her husband and two children. She is author of two Young Adult fiction novels. Her interests include writing, gardening, genealogy, photography, and NeoPagan studies.