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"Deeply satisfying to read--the real joy is making the celebration/renewal of life real in our own lives and with the children who will bring us a new world." (Brooke Medicine Eagle)

"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)

About the Author

Cait Johnson is an artist and writer who teaches workshops on the Tarot, dream work, and ritual-making. She is the author of Tarot for Every Day: Ideas and Activities for Bringing Tarot Wisdom into Your Daily Life. She lives in the Hudson Valley of New York. Maura D. Shaw, a writer and editor, teaches workshops on creative writing and the Tarot. She is the author of Owl's Journey: Four Centuries of an American County, and co-author (with Sydna A. Byrne) of Foods from Mother Earth: A Basic Cookbook for Young Vegetarians (and Anybody Else). She lives in Wappingers Falls, New York. Cait Johnson and Maura Shaw are also the co-authors of Tarot Games: 45 Playful Ways to Explore Tarot Cards Together, published by Harper San Francisco.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 248 pages
  • Publisher: Destiny Books; First Edition edition (June 1, 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0892815507
  • ISBN-13: 978-0892815500
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 0.8 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #364,959 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I love this book! It has so many activities, ideas, crafts, and parental wisdom that I just had to have it in my home library! Many books tend to be for the pagan family with younger children, but this book also works with older kids too. We are an eclectic family and this book is written with a broad minded philosophy. It works as well for us as it would a more traditionally religious family that wants to add seasonal elements to their worship and home. It is a creative resource that I will be using for years to come. We have already made our dream pillows and they were a huge success with the teens as well as the little ones. Gotta have it!
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..For the whole family!
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!
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As I was paging through looking for ideas to celebrate the summer solstice, I was prompted to finally write a review of this wonderful book! This book is a wonderful family resource. It is ripe with good ideas and lots of them--I find there is such a wealth of ideas that it is easy to pick and choose just a couple to use for each holiday and when you refer to the book again it is like it is brand new (because you didn't use up all the ideas the first time). I like how it lays out a family guide to each holiday, complete with food suggestions, activities, etc. When I first bought this book, I tried to incorporate everything at once and then realized that selecting a few elements works the best for our family and we enjoy the activities more when we take plenty of time for them.

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).
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This is a wonderful book for any earth loving parent who would like ideas for celebrating the seasons and respecting the earth with their family. It includes many crafts and activities to do with children of all ages, and would even make a great read if you are not a parent.
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I absolutely love this book! It has proven to be a wonderful resource with ideas on how to incorporate celebrations of the seasons, nature and the earth into the home setting. It could also be readily used in a classroom setting as well.

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.
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After several friends suggested this book I ordered it and was unable to put it down after opening the box it came in. It is a wonderful book for parents or anyone who works with or is around kids. It is easy to use and has wonderful ideas of celebrating the wheel of the year with kids. I think this is a must have for anyone who wants to raise children to be more connected to Mother Earth.Blessed be!
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By A Customer on April 26, 2002
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I love this book! Full of gentle and encompassing wisdom, it guides us in honoring our mother planet in so many ways. Simple rituals to share with children. Informative journeys, carrying elders deeper into tradition. Lovely.
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