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In our rushed, stressed society, it's sometimes difficult to spend meaningful time as a family. Now Starhawk, Diane Baker, and Anne Hill offer new ways to foster a sense of togetherness through celebrations that honor the sacredness of life and our Mother Earth. Goddess tradition embraces the wheel of life, the never-ending cycle of birth, growth, love, fulfillment, and dea In our rushed, stressed society, it's sometimes difficult to spend meaningful time as a family. Now Starhawk, Diane Baker, and Anne Hill offer new ways to foster a sense of togetherness through celebrations that honor the sacredness of life and our Mother Earth. Goddess tradition embraces the wheel of life, the never-ending cycle of birth, growth, love, fulfillment, and death. Each turn of the wheel is presented here, in eight holidays spanning the changing seasons, in rites of passage for life transitions, and in the elements of fire, air, water, earth, and spirit. Circle Round is rich with songs, rituals, craft and cooking projects, and read-aloud stories, as well as suggestions for how you can create your own unique family traditions. Here are just some of the ways to make each event in the cycle of life more special: Mark Summer Solstice by making sweet-smelling herb pillows for good dreams Send a teenager off to college with the Leaving Behind and Carrying With rituals Comfort an injured child with the Tree of Life meditation Commemorate a loved one by planting or donating a tree As a one-of-a-kind resource for people of many faiths and beliefs, Circle Round will be a beloved companion in your home for years to come.


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In our rushed, stressed society, it's sometimes difficult to spend meaningful time as a family. Now Starhawk, Diane Baker, and Anne Hill offer new ways to foster a sense of togetherness through celebrations that honor the sacredness of life and our Mother Earth. Goddess tradition embraces the wheel of life, the never-ending cycle of birth, growth, love, fulfillment, and dea In our rushed, stressed society, it's sometimes difficult to spend meaningful time as a family. Now Starhawk, Diane Baker, and Anne Hill offer new ways to foster a sense of togetherness through celebrations that honor the sacredness of life and our Mother Earth. Goddess tradition embraces the wheel of life, the never-ending cycle of birth, growth, love, fulfillment, and death. Each turn of the wheel is presented here, in eight holidays spanning the changing seasons, in rites of passage for life transitions, and in the elements of fire, air, water, earth, and spirit. Circle Round is rich with songs, rituals, craft and cooking projects, and read-aloud stories, as well as suggestions for how you can create your own unique family traditions. Here are just some of the ways to make each event in the cycle of life more special: Mark Summer Solstice by making sweet-smelling herb pillows for good dreams Send a teenager off to college with the Leaving Behind and Carrying With rituals Comfort an injured child with the Tree of Life meditation Commemorate a loved one by planting or donating a tree As a one-of-a-kind resource for people of many faiths and beliefs, Circle Round will be a beloved companion in your home for years to come.

30 review for Circle Round: Raising Children in Goddess Traditions

  1. 5 out of 5

    Tova

    This book is something I've read around Sixteen times. Every season my mother reads me the stories. Some of these stories have shaped my life is so many positive ways! Thank you mom! This book is something I've read around Sixteen times. Every season my mother reads me the stories. Some of these stories have shaped my life is so many positive ways! Thank you mom!

  2. 5 out of 5

    KimberlyRose

    Thanks to my unique struggle with religion, I had to seriously think about what faith (if any) I wanted to present to my daughter, what I wanted to say about the celebrations and customs our culture holds with nary a thought to "is this what I have chosen to believe or what I accept as fact due to early domestication?" Automatic, default behaviours, mimicking whatever came before me, was not going to happen. I was raised as a strict isolationist Christian, and, finding those beliefs severely crip Thanks to my unique struggle with religion, I had to seriously think about what faith (if any) I wanted to present to my daughter, what I wanted to say about the celebrations and customs our culture holds with nary a thought to "is this what I have chosen to believe or what I accept as fact due to early domestication?" Automatic, default behaviours, mimicking whatever came before me, was not going to happen. I was raised as a strict isolationist Christian, and, finding those beliefs severely crippling, I chose to reject raising my daughter with those same beliefs. I explored Eastern religions, especially Buddhism and Shintoism, and while I respect those beliefs far more than Christianity, I found they were not exactly right for me either. The faith of the goddess religion, which is a sort of amalgamation of many ancient tribal and earth-based beliefs, hit some beautiful notes too, but, again, not entirely right for me. In the end, I'm eclectic, and happy with this discovery. And I decided to offer my daughter the religion of open-minded exploration. After all, she's an individual, separate from me. All that brings me to why I only gave this book three stars: it wasn't all that useful to me personally, since it's filled with practical applications. Which is exactly what it promised to bring to the reader. So, it really is an excellent book. So, if you are following the goddess tradition, and would like a pragmatic discussion of day-to-day living and fostering these humanistic beliefs in your children, this is the book for you. It accessible, kind, creative, bright, and useful. Since there isn't a strong "organized" congregational presence to this religion, and it is often practiced privately, this is a helpful, practical book with balanced discussions. And a method that, if embraced, would help a child be loving, open-minded, fluid: a fully-functioning human.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Abby

    This book is amazing! I pick it up over and over again. Bought it on a trip on a whim. Have spent a weekend with Starhawk and she is truly magical. This is a great way to learn about the earth based spirituality that she practices and teaches. Feel like there is a strong lack and need of ritual in our modern life and want to raise my child with spirituality outside of religion. It is very comforting and helpful to have a guidebook. Love the different perspectives and experiences of the three diff This book is amazing! I pick it up over and over again. Bought it on a trip on a whim. Have spent a weekend with Starhawk and she is truly magical. This is a great way to learn about the earth based spirituality that she practices and teaches. Feel like there is a strong lack and need of ritual in our modern life and want to raise my child with spirituality outside of religion. It is very comforting and helpful to have a guidebook. Love the different perspectives and experiences of the three different women. Lots of fun activities that are really bonding for the family and community. Great songs and stories about goddesses, deities, fairies, etc. What a wonderful way to celebrate the significance of events throughout the year in the natural world!

  4. 4 out of 5

    Sara Reed

    This is an amazing book for beginners or those who are trying to raise their children in the wiccan/pagan life style and need help doing so. Though I will warn that this book is from a feminist view. The stories are lovely and my own children love them. There are some fun crafts to do and great teachings of each holiday. There are some great songs to sing along to. This is something I would suggest for a family not as much for without children. Great book I give others this book as presents when This is an amazing book for beginners or those who are trying to raise their children in the wiccan/pagan life style and need help doing so. Though I will warn that this book is from a feminist view. The stories are lovely and my own children love them. There are some fun crafts to do and great teachings of each holiday. There are some great songs to sing along to. This is something I would suggest for a family not as much for without children. Great book I give others this book as presents when they have kids if they are fellow members of the craft.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Polly

    While this book earns points as being an important work - a much-needed reference for a growing number of Pagan families - and one of the first of its' kind, I found it to be of average quality and content. Aside from the retelling of stories through the book, it was difficult to tell if it was being written for an adult audience or for pre-teens. It seemed to fluctuate back and forth. There were many wonderful songs, stories and activities, along with ideas for building Earth-based traditions wit While this book earns points as being an important work - a much-needed reference for a growing number of Pagan families - and one of the first of its' kind, I found it to be of average quality and content. Aside from the retelling of stories through the book, it was difficult to tell if it was being written for an adult audience or for pre-teens. It seemed to fluctuate back and forth. There were many wonderful songs, stories and activities, along with ideas for building Earth-based traditions within one's own family structure. I would have liked to see photos of craft projects, however, and get an idea of the "tune" each song should be sung to (since I can't read musical notes). All in all, it's a worthwhile read. Perhaps I expected more coming from Starhawk based on some of her other works, or perhaps I'm simply partial to the ideas I've created myself for raising children in a Pagan atmosphere. I did appreciate the stories and ideas presented, even though I felt they could have been explored in much more depth and meaning.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Hayley Brentmar

    I didn't really read this one cover to cover, because it is more of a reference guide. Rather, I just skimmed through it. But it seems like something I'd like to have around the house to refer back to in the future. I didn't really read this one cover to cover, because it is more of a reference guide. Rather, I just skimmed through it. But it seems like something I'd like to have around the house to refer back to in the future.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Amy

    A beautiful book for raising families in pagan traditions. The CD that was created along with this book is so, so beautiful as well.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Gofita

    I've read this book over the course of a few years while I've taken ideas to celebrate the Earth and start some family traditions with my family. Each Sabbat contains stories to tell, crafts to make, food to cook and bake, and songs to sing. It's been very easy to make each one my own according to my family's needs. Even though we aren't Pagan, the activities and stories are very relatable and adaptable to whatever you need. Great resource. I've read this book over the course of a few years while I've taken ideas to celebrate the Earth and start some family traditions with my family. Each Sabbat contains stories to tell, crafts to make, food to cook and bake, and songs to sing. It's been very easy to make each one my own according to my family's needs. Even though we aren't Pagan, the activities and stories are very relatable and adaptable to whatever you need. Great resource.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Sarah Louise

    Let's say 4.5 for its creativity and relatability. I wish there were more resources like it. Let's say 4.5 for its creativity and relatability. I wish there were more resources like it.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Willow

    My family users this book all the time. Our child pulls it off the shelf for songs regularly, and she always loves the stories we read for the sabbats.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Nora Manca Wickman

    Love this and sharing with my daughter so much! Now we can celebrate together!

  12. 5 out of 5

    Kristin Wood

    Love the seasonal nature inspired activities and stories!

  13. 5 out of 5

    Jaime Gray

    LOVE this book. Great for moms.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Cherie

    A deep look at traditions you can do with your children if you are raising them alongside the goddess path.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Brandann Hill-Mann

    What is to say about Circle Round? It isn't really a book you finish. It is both a great primer for a young one who is of competent reading ability who wants to learn about Earth Traditions and is a great guide for a parent or guardian who wants to help a child learn about the same. It is filled with stories, facts, songs, and some easy activities to help ease a child into the sometimes more rigorous world of practicing Pagan traditions. It helps teach ways for a child to learn to meditate, and r What is to say about Circle Round? It isn't really a book you finish. It is both a great primer for a young one who is of competent reading ability who wants to learn about Earth Traditions and is a great guide for a parent or guardian who wants to help a child learn about the same. It is filled with stories, facts, songs, and some easy activities to help ease a child into the sometimes more rigorous world of practicing Pagan traditions. It helps teach ways for a child to learn to meditate, and relaxation, and even how to properly channel emotions like anger and frustration in order to release them in a healthy and safe manner. I love this book, and would recommend it to any parent, especially one with an avid reader who has those millions of questions you hear about! This is, hands down, the best book on Pagan instruction I have ever purchased!

  16. 5 out of 5

    JMZ

    Not only a helpful way for Pagan's to explain their religion to their children but provides fun activities and recipes to bring the family closer together. Even if you don't have children the explantions are worth reading if you ever want to explain Paganism to a friend or family member. The explanations are simple and the stories are easy to understand yet interesting. The recipes and crafts are also things you find at a local store or at home so you won't have to search all everywhere trying t Not only a helpful way for Pagan's to explain their religion to their children but provides fun activities and recipes to bring the family closer together. Even if you don't have children the explantions are worth reading if you ever want to explain Paganism to a friend or family member. The explanations are simple and the stories are easy to understand yet interesting. The recipes and crafts are also things you find at a local store or at home so you won't have to search all everywhere trying to look for them.

  17. 4 out of 5

    MotherMagic

    A must have resource for Earth Spiritualist parents, imo. Full of story and myth retellings to offer a younger audience, children's songs, ritual and handcraft ideas, recipes, and advice on raising children with a healthy, authentic experience of Goddess and Earth Spirituality. Organized with chapters for each turn of the Wheel of the Year, plus more sections on rites of passage and other topics. I refer to this often. A must have resource for Earth Spiritualist parents, imo. Full of story and myth retellings to offer a younger audience, children's songs, ritual and handcraft ideas, recipes, and advice on raising children with a healthy, authentic experience of Goddess and Earth Spirituality. Organized with chapters for each turn of the Wheel of the Year, plus more sections on rites of passage and other topics. I refer to this often.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Martin

    This seems to be useful mostly as a reference for families who already have a grounding in some Pagan tradition. As a holiday approaches you can turn to the relevant section and find stories, activities, and ideas for ritual. My daughter and I have enjoyed a number of them. I feel like there's a lot more to be said about raising children in these traditions, and I was hoping they'd get into more than they did - but there are a lot of good ideas in here. This seems to be useful mostly as a reference for families who already have a grounding in some Pagan tradition. As a holiday approaches you can turn to the relevant section and find stories, activities, and ideas for ritual. My daughter and I have enjoyed a number of them. I feel like there's a lot more to be said about raising children in these traditions, and I was hoping they'd get into more than they did - but there are a lot of good ideas in here.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Alexandra Chauran

    This book was much better than I expected when I placed a hold at the library. I expected a feminist, Goddess-centric activity book. What I found was a huge comprehensive parenting tome that, while certainly Goddess leaning, did not leave out the God or fathers or sons. I really liked the format of sheet music, recipes, stories (written mostly by the fabulous storyteller Starhawk) and yes some goofy activities too. I ended up buying my own copy of this book.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Marisha

    This gem has accompanied me and guided me through parenthood! It's assisted me in giving my child an awareness of cycles/rhythms of life, a deeper awareness, respect, and love for the Earth, and that there are many other beliefs and ways in addition to the predominant ones. Included are stories, myths, crafts, rituals, (the rite of passage celebrations are wonderful)recipes, love and acceptance. I try and review every change of season. This gem has accompanied me and guided me through parenthood! It's assisted me in giving my child an awareness of cycles/rhythms of life, a deeper awareness, respect, and love for the Earth, and that there are many other beliefs and ways in addition to the predominant ones. Included are stories, myths, crafts, rituals, (the rite of passage celebrations are wonderful)recipes, love and acceptance. I try and review every change of season.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Geoff

    One of my favorite books on my "pagan" shelf, this book has been a great guide and companion as we've raised our son in the Goddess tradition. We've read stories, made crafts and cooked recipies from the book. The authors discuss of Goddesses and Gods from different traditions, and share some stories of the ways their own families bring these forces into their lives. One of my favorite books on my "pagan" shelf, this book has been a great guide and companion as we've raised our son in the Goddess tradition. We've read stories, made crafts and cooked recipies from the book. The authors discuss of Goddesses and Gods from different traditions, and share some stories of the ways their own families bring these forces into their lives.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Lily

    This book is great for trying to find ways to bring earth based tradtions to Sometimes its hard to figure ways to bring these tradtions and others into the 21st century in a authentic, simple way. Although I dont use many of her suggestions I read them and adapt them to my own way of belief. I'm a Starhawk fan. This book is great for trying to find ways to bring earth based tradtions to Sometimes its hard to figure ways to bring these tradtions and others into the 21st century in a authentic, simple way. Although I dont use many of her suggestions I read them and adapt them to my own way of belief. I'm a Starhawk fan.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Rachel

    I picked this up at my local library and will definitely buy it. I've been an unorganized practitioner who barely knows about holidays or any of the traditions. This book has helped me to feel more confident in reaching out to the community and participating in rituals. It has all the info i need to finally share my spiritual life with my family. I picked this up at my local library and will definitely buy it. I've been an unorganized practitioner who barely knows about holidays or any of the traditions. This book has helped me to feel more confident in reaching out to the community and participating in rituals. It has all the info i need to finally share my spiritual life with my family.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Kerry

    I would eventually like to teach my daughter, who is now two, about paganism and it is challenging since there is not a lot out there about teaching children spirituality from a pagan perspective. Has lots of recipes and crafts for the whole year. The best thing about it is the short stories that read like pagan myths and fairy tales, something that I felt I was sorely missing.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Liz

    Love this book! It has so many great traditions for each season and holiday. Also talks about rites of passage celebrations and ceremonies. From music to art to food to storytelling......We are going to use many of these traditions in our family.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Eryn

    I know this book is meant to teach children about earth traditions, but I have found it to be quaint and helpful in my own search to understand and celebrate nature/ spirituality. It also offers crafts, poems and ideas for celebrating.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Jennifer Wyld

    This is a great resource for all pagan parents- it is so good and life affirming and none of the ickyness that some of pagan culture includes- your children will be whole, just if they hear these stories!

  28. 5 out of 5

    Erika Barrington

    Another great find on the playroom shelves! I'm excited to steal this one. A great reference so far. Though, as Jen pointed out, and I have noticed as well, it is focused more towards old-ish kids, and isn't as applicable to the younger kiddos in our house. Another great find on the playroom shelves! I'm excited to steal this one. A great reference so far. Though, as Jen pointed out, and I have noticed as well, it is focused more towards old-ish kids, and isn't as applicable to the younger kiddos in our house.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Sari

    If you get the accompanying CD, the music is awesome. My son enjoys a few of the fun or more upbeat songs and the others I can appreciate more. I hope to start reading some of the stories to my eldest now he is a bit older and do some of the crafts too. A nice resource to have on hand.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Jacqui

    excellent beginner's book to offer insight into the importance of ritual surrounding holy days and the wheel of the year. offers recipes, anecdotes, crafts and a basic explanation of each sabbat. bought it for research and kept it because it is a beautiful book with great ideas. excellent beginner's book to offer insight into the importance of ritual surrounding holy days and the wheel of the year. offers recipes, anecdotes, crafts and a basic explanation of each sabbat. bought it for research and kept it because it is a beautiful book with great ideas.

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