to bless a baby!
Casting Directions for ‘A Baby Blessing’
The evening sprinkle a circle of flax seed around the infants. Bathe the baby in a warm tub which has a piece of elderwood init. (Or put a handful of elder flower blossoms in a muslin bag and float in the water). Burn incense that is made of 1 part cedar, 1 part lavender, 1/2 part rosemary. Grind together using a mortar and pestle and burn on a charcoal disc or throw handfuls of the mixture on an openfire. Set up with a crystal or glass bowl of spring water in. Also a candle in which the name traced over with some lavender oil and of your baby has been carved. Hold the baby in your arms and say: (Name) you are held in the embrace of the Lady and Lord. May your life be a divine work of art And all the blessings of the Universe bestowed upon you Sprinkle a little of the springwater on her/his mind as you say: Blessed is (Name) by sacred Water and Earth Fan a little of the incense smoke over her as you say:Blessed is (Name) by sacred Fire and Air Seal the blessing with the Witches sacred words:So Mote It Be Now have a celebratory party to honor your childs blessing. Plant a patch of Iris on the day of your baby blessing ceremony. It may be done as the flowers grow so will your childs wellbeing and happiness and as part of the rite. Note: Feel free to elaborate on the above and include words and actions which are meaningful to you. As part of the ceremony you may like to write a letter to your child expressing hopes, your love and dreams for her/him. Seal with wax and place in a chamber that is secure until the sixteenth birthday, upon which you have another Rites of Maturing blessing ceremony when the child can break the seal, open the letter and read. TIPS FOR HAPPY BABIES Hang a leaf above your babys crib to protect it. The juice of the milkweed herb, (press the leaves and stem) can be anointed on the babys third eye (between the eyebrows) upon waking to enhance imagination and creativity. Add parsley to the babys bathwater for protection.