Wednesday, May 28, 2014
Circle Round: Raising Children in Goddess Traditions: Starhawk/ Baker/Hill
Holiday traditions and meanings are something most of us learn a little at a time as we grow up. The holiday is celebrated every year with little variation and in true child's form we soak it up and make it our own. We don't question what these special days are or why we celebrate them, they are simply a part of our life and we believe that we understand them almost instinctually. So when the world changes and we are left to discover a whole new tradition on our own, books like Circle Round are essential.
I originally bought this book as a parenting tool, but have found it to my personal favorite to facilitate my own learning on the topic of Pagan holiday's and celebrations and believe me it is one of many books I have that address the topic. Trying to implement a new celebration into the life of a family can be frustrating and awkward at times, but the ideas and activities given in Circle Round really make it fun and easy. As an adult, I have gained so much better understanding of the celebrations by reading the holiday section of this book, I sometimes forget that it contains a plethora of other information as well. It has chapters on basic traditions (circle casting, centering), a full section on activities to teach about the Elementals, and another section covering a child's growth and the rites of passage between infancy and adulthood. Well written stories and songs (with music) accompany many of the topics to help facilitate memory in a positive way.
To be completely truthful, I have not sat down and read this book in its entirety and I doubt that I ever will. For me, it is more of a reference book to be returned to again and a again for ideas and inspiration. I am really looking forward to using it frequently with Miss Busy and the new baby when they start to explore the natural world and their own place in the grander scheme.