What do you teach kids about magick? About Fairies? About the Gods and other ancient Spirits? How do you raise children to retain their psychic abilities and natural abilities to see other worlds when the rest of the world teaches them to suppress and deny those abilities? Have you raised your kids pagan (or just open to other worlds?) Tonight my guest on the the New Normal (listen 8-9 Wednesdays on your computer at Liveparanormal.com) will be Blackbird O’Connell.
It’s been some years since I was raising pagan children, probably mostly in the 80s. We were finding our own way. Having realized we were pagan ourselves in a Christian environment, it wasn’t very hard for us to just allow our kids to blossom, and there weren’t a lot of guidebooks for the process anyway. Although not Wiccans, we enjoyed the perspective in Raising Witches: Teaching The Wiccan Faith To Children Ashlean O’Gaea, and The Pagan Family: Handing the Old Ways Down by Ceisiwr Serith was even better for our family. I also loved the Wheel of the Year: Living the Magical Life by Campanelli, Pauline, and Dan Campanelli. More recently (after our kids were grown) I found Pagan Parenting: Spiritual, Magical & Emotional Development of the Child by Kristin Madden which is also pretty good. To be honest, the hardest part of pagan parenting for me was trying to get the kids to not “educate” their school mates about paganism. The first biggie is “Don’t tell your kindergarten classmates that Santa is an actualized achitype, they’ll only hear `Santa isn’t real’, no matter how you explain it”. I expect I’ll share the story of their playground “genie game”. I’m looking forward to hearing what differences there are in raising pagan children in the 21st century. Blackbird has written two books on this exciting subject: A Child’s Eye View of Irish Paganism and A Child’s Eye View of Ancient Druidism, and has raised her children in the Irish reconstructionist path.
Blackbird O’Connell is an American who practices Irish paganism and has been on the pagan path since 1999. She has dedicated herself to being a mother, a novice author, a student, and an adviser as inspired by the ancient Druids. She serves the Tuatha Dé Danann, maintaining her life by the code of the Irish Fianna, “with Truth in her heart, strength in her arms and fulfillment in her tongue.”
We’ll probably be sharing stories about both the blessings and the difficulties of being in a minority group of a minority group (non-wiccan pagan), and the joys living with magickal children. I’ll post the link for you to listen in the archives if you can’t catch it live.