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Celebrating the Great Mother: A Handbook of Earth-Honoring Activities for Parents and Children Paperback – June 1, 1995
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"The ideas, suggestions, and activities collected here bring children into rituals that celebrate seasonal cycles and help reclaim the spiritual roots of today's modern holidays." (Feminist Bookstore News)
"For those who have devoted themselves to reawakening Earth Goddess worship, this book will be like coming home, bringing together a multitude of ideas on living with honor, insight and great love. For those who've shied away from earth centered ritual and worship, this book is a map which provides a route of safety through unknown territory.Celebrating the Great Mother is a well-written book with hauntingly beautiful artwork and lovely illustrations throughout, which takes one on a journey of honoring the earth, our families, and our relations with all beings. A journey well worth taking." (Karin Kaplowitz, Talking Leaves)
"This is a handbook for those of us--regardless of religious or spiritual beliefs--who want to share our love of the earth with our children, who know how important this is for the future of our planet, and who use some ideas on how to do it." (The Wellspring Guide)
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I was looking for a book the whole family would enjoy, no matter what religion you are. Pagan, Wiccan, Christian, Jewish...This book is it!
Wonderful ideas for celebrating Nature and life all around us. All the items needed for the crafts are easy to find, or cheap to buy. Nothing complicated in the book.
Great family projects you will soon make a tradition every Summer, Winter, Spring and Fall in your home!
I have noticed with other "alternative" celebration books, a heavy focus on Wicca. We are not Wiccan and so there was a lack of "click" with the other books. I appreciate the Earth centered spirituality of this book, without the assumption that the readers are Wiccan. Also, the activities are all very reasonable and child friendly (though I would recommend the book to those without children as well)--I get very turned off by the long rituals and invocations of other celebration books (the whole not-clicking-with-the-Wicca-perspective thing, I guess).
Anyway, I strongly recommend this book. I expect to use it as a resource for our family for many years to come (I bought it about two years ago, I think).
The information is written in an easy to read, conversational style and can easily be applied in a non-spiritual way of celebrating nature and the earth or as part of an earth based or pagan spiritual tradition. There is very minimal use of words associated with Wicca or other religions so it is very unlikely to offend anyone who is uncomfortable with such beliefs or concepts. Although there is a small section related to Runes, Tarot and Divination (but it could easily be skipped over for those who are bothered by such things) the majority of the book focuses on easy, fun & realistic ways to incorporate seasonal/nature/earth based celebrations & traditions with associated activities and crafts for each.
For those who are on a Pagan path of any flavor, the book is full of wonderful suggestions, activities that are fun for both kids and adults, many resources & information about other books with further information on the various topics. Overall it's just a great resource for parents (or non-parents) who want to incorporate such things into their home or classroom setting.
This book would be great for kindergarten and grades teachers in Waldorf/Steiner schools and/or other nature based school programs.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The cover says “A Handbook of Earth-Honoring Activities for Parents and Children” and that’s exactly what the book is. Read morePublished 18 months ago by Laurie A. Brown
This gem of book provides wonderful insights and activities to inspire you to celebrate the Wheel of the Year. I've used it over and over. Read morePublished on September 23, 2013 by Lisa Michaels
The problem with buying books online is you can't literally thumb through a book. I would like to propose a new title for this book: "Celebrating the Great GODDESS," because "Earth... Read morePublished on April 25, 2013 by Kristina Crowder
My girlfriend and I are really enjoying this book. We have already found good stuff to share with our little magical boy. Can't wait to try out more things from the book.Published on February 14, 2013 by Gregory koch
This is a great primer book for parents who want to introduce earth-based spirituality to their children. Read morePublished on April 11, 2012 by Adrian C. Columbia
When I bought this book I was just perusing the pagan books on Amazon looking for a used book for a couple of dollars to add to my shelf. Read morePublished on February 11, 2012 by Kelly Ohl
Good book, filled with wonderful craft ideas! Both me and my daughter (4) love trying the activities...they're very kid friendly and very earth centered! Read morePublished on October 15, 2011 by Kindle Customer