Some Thoughts Upon
Child Blessings, Quickenings, or Sainings
Quickening refers to making alive or vitalizing. Saining means to sanctify or
bless so as to protect from evil influence.
A Child Blessing centers around the child.
It's about giving the child a name, offering it protection, dedicating it to the Goddess, and/or welcoming it into a community.
The more personal you make such a blessing, the more meaningful, and powerful, it will be. It is important to consider what you include from your own tradition. This ritual might include just the child, a parent and a priestess, or it might involve many more players and a far larger community.
There may be stories to be shared, legends to be outlined, well-wishes made, prophesies spoken, an anointing with oil, water, herbs, and gifts.
A particular Goddess, and maybe a God, might be invoked.
The child is brought forward by a parent or parents. There may be guardians to be named, to help the child along the way in life.
There is a presentation of the child to the Goddess, the community, or both.
All this is done within a magickal circle that is cast. There is the calling of particular energies from the quarters appropriate for the event and the traditions involved.
Here are links from our MoonPath CUUPS online ritual site to pages that have at least something to do with children:
Can You Imagine?
Can you imagine a world without witches,
Can you imagine a world without spells,
I cannot imagine a world without witches,