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PostPosted: 19 Nov 2008, 12:38 
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Raising Children As a Pagan Parent

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Because my beliefs are not the norm for my culture, I often wonder if I am raising my children well. I wandered into the path of Witchcraft when my oldest child was 2 years old. There was never the awkward moment of having to tell them that mommy was a witch and what that means. They grew up with the chants of the Pagan group Libana as their lullabies: “The Earth, the Air, the Fire, the Water, return, return, return, return. . .” In my arms, they watched me cast spells before they could speak or walk. Crystals, herbs, candles constantly burning, my creations of essential oils, Books of Shadows and ceremonial robes, swords, wands, staves, and chalices were their mundane world.

My children will never be like ordinary children at any point in their lives, and, I suppose, in many ways this is good. They will never wonder about being good enough to get into heaven. They will never fear “God’s Wrath.” They will not tally up the “sins” they’ve committed and worry about being saved. They will never feel that sex is evil and have extreme guilt for “doing it.” There is so much they won’t beat themselves up about, but there are also ways in which they may lose out.

Have you ever noticed that if someone meets a devout Christian, who is raising his children to be devout Christians, he is applauded for rearing his children with a belief system and a faith in this “faithless society”? But if you say that you are Wiccan, Pagan, Druid or another non-mainstream religion (after you’ve explained to them what you’re talking about) , they ask if you are giving them exposure to Christianity and giving them the option to be Christian.

At first my reaction is, “Why would we have to do that? Do you expose your children to other religions and give them the option to follow other beliefs? Have you taken your son to a Buddhist temple or a Wiccan circle to give him that experience?”

But in a way they are right – not about the religious part, but about the exposure. Imagine your child going to college and having to examine William Blake’s “Songs of Innocence” or Shakespeare’s “Henry V” and not knowing anything about Christian doctrine. It would be the same as studying Chinese poetry without knowing anything about Taoism or Confucianism.

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PostPosted: 20 Nov 2008, 23:44 
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Interesting that you bring that up now. I saw a movie today, The Haunting of Molly...somebody. She's in school & the class was reading Paradise Lost. The teacher felt that, based on the responses he got from the students, that they didn't have enough exposure to christian doctrine to understand the book, so he had them study parts of the bible.
As a research tool I think the bible is important, because the society that we live in is based so much on it, whether we like it or not.

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PostPosted: 21 Nov 2008, 07:51 
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Studying a doctrine as a part of a class in literary interpretation is not a bad thing provided the teacher does not become a preacher.

I am not steeped in the culture of the Elizabethan times so there are elements of the works of Shakespeare that do not make sense on the surface, but having a small history lesson on the subject helps immensely.

The same could certainly be applied in this case.


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