Celebrating The Wheel of The Year
The Wheel of The Year is a modern Pagan term, used to describe our movement through each season of the year. It consists of 8 main Sabbats – Samhain/Halloween, Yule/Winter Solstice, Imbolc, Ostara/Spring Equinox, Beltane, Litha/Summer Solstice, Lughnasad/Lammas, and Mabon/Autumn Equinox.
Many of these seasonal festivals coincide with the same timings as the more commonly known Christian Holidays, such as Christmas (Yule) and Easter (Ostara). As a family, we try to follow the Pagan Wheel of the Year, however we also celebrate the Christian festivals too; we do not believe that one has to negate the other, they can both be celebrated as complimentary of each other.
For us, this helps us feel closer to the creative power of God and the Universe (or whichever term you prefer to use) by reminding us that life has a beautiful pattern to it and we can live in harmony with nature. Below are some of the posts we have written about this.
The History of Halloween
Exploring where our modern traditions come from.
Kid Friendly Solstice Activities
A collection of Summer themed activities perfect for the Solstice.
Celebrating The Midwinter Solstice
A collection of quick & easy ideas
for celebrating this Sabbat with kids.
Celebrating Lammas with Kids
Fun and easy kid-friendly activities for celebrating the First Harvest.
5 Easy Ways to Celebrate Spring
These ideas for celebrating new life work well for both Imbolc and Ostara
Celebrating the Autumn Equinox
With a focus on the bountiful harvest, these activities are so easy to set up.
Exploring Faith and Spirituality
Over the past couple of years, since setting up Spirit Kid Network, I have written several posts about what it means to have faith and how to explore that with your kids. I honestly do not believe there is an easy answer to this, and it will look slightly different for everyone. But I hope that by sharing my own thoughts on here, I encourage you to explore these themes for yourself. Here are some of my favourites posts so far – do get involved and let me know your thoughts!
What do we mean when we talk about raising spiritual kids?
Why faith and politics go hand in hand