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Product Details

  • Paperback: 464 pages
  • Publisher: Bantam; Reprint edition (February 1, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0553378058
  • ISBN-13: 978-0553378054
  • Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 0.9 x 9.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.7 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (90 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #256,839 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Amazon.com Review

The 20th-century reclamation of Goddess traditions has evolved from a small counterculture revolution of the mid-1900s to the birthright of an entire generation of children and young teenagers. However, the parents--who were adults when they first turned to paganism--are discovering that raising children in a pagan tradition can prove difficult amidst the near void of resources to assist them in teaching this way of life. Relying on age-old learning methods, such as songs and storytelling, Circle Round fills this void with techniques that are truly rooted in traditions. This priceless resource offers guidelines for helping children discover the different facets of the Goddess tradition--from altars to sabbats--and suggests recipes, creative projects, and other activities resuscitating the values of family in our latchkey society. --Brian Patterson --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.


"A bountiful harvest...Families will find in this book...an enduring friend and reliable adviser."
--NAPRA ReView

"Wonderful...With the term 'family values' so carelessly tossed about these days, it's nice to read a book which so thoroughly demonstrates them."
--The Roanoke Times

"Clever, inspiring, and jam-packed with ideas."
--Sonoma County Independent

Customer Reviews

This book answers those questions.
A. K. Beltaine
This book is great for anyone wanting to teach their children about the traditional Pagan beliefs.
Included are recipes, craft ideas, and stories for eight Pagan holidays.

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

67 of 69 people found the following review helpful By Ravenclaw's Wit on May 21, 2006
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I would recommend this book for the stories and the recipes. It gives a wide variety of stories for the Goddess has many faces in many cultures. There are some neat recipes (one of which I am in the process of making at this moment). It gives descriptions of each Sabbat that are kid-friendly. There is also a portion dedicated to involving your children in your rites, but never forcing it upon them.

However, there are some areas in this book that leave you confused, unanswered, and even concerned. The glaring example of this is when they bring up the issue of children being teased or even harrassed for their faith. I expected some tips on helping your children through this time of crisis, but I did not expect a long diatribe on Pagan oppression. Yes, instead of answers you get a history lesson on the Burning Times. I'm sorry, but I don't feel that will help a child deal with being ridiculed.

Another section that seriously concerned me was when they discussed sexual activity. Another reviewer has expressed her concern over this area of the book and so I will not speak long on it. When it discussed love-making, it gives the impression of "the sooner the better." One can see the problems with this so I won't beat a dead horse.

All in all, it was a great beginning, but seriously needs re-vamped. Perhaps one day we can be graced with a seriously revised Second Edition.
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121 of 141 people found the following review helpful By E. Arnold on October 9, 2005
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I expected this book to have ideas, rituals, projects, etc. to share with your child/children on the traditions of the god and goddess, which it did. What I didn't expect was the small section on Youth and Maiden Lovemaking, and the irresponsible advice it touted. Written by a 14-year old (which is surprising enough) who obviously has no idea what he's talking about, it opens with "A lot to being a Pagan is being a good lover. My attitude is, why not start sooner than later?" This child is 14! Our kids are already out there experimenting at early ages, and now we have this boy promoting that?! Next he talks about STDs - "You may hear about STDs, and the fact is, the *only* way to prevent STDs are condoms and outercourse." Uh, no...the *only* way to fully prevent an STD is abstinence, but since that is not a realistic way to think, why not say that condoms will *protect* you from STDs, but not always *prevent*, so make sure you use them correctly and responsibly. And you can't get an STD from "outercourse"? Really? I think this kid needs to go back and do his homework on this one.

It's a shame, because up until this point, this chapter was really beautiful and informative, but by throwing in this drivel it managed to take away from the previous good advice and end this chapter on a negligent and dangerous note.
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful By HeartofAvalon VINE VOICE on September 6, 2005
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This book is a great resource for families that have very young children. I found that my schoolage and teen children really wouldn't be served by this book. A better choice for families with slightly older children is, Celebrating the Great Mother. The activities are more appropriate and appealing. I will say that this book had me thinking about bread baking in a whole new way, and I will be incorporating that in our family rituals and celebrations.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By David Alderwind on September 6, 2004
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There are many books on the "Craft" and there is an explosion of information happening in the world today.

The heart of any belief system is what do you desire to pass along to the next generation - your children. What values are important to you? What stories, legends and tales? This book is a great resource for any family that desires to pass along positive values, living life empowered not in fear, and developing an understanding of the life cycles we all experience regardless of religious biases.

For non-pagans - this would be a good book for you to review so that you have an understanding of another path of beliefs of which it is highly probable your own traditions are deeply rooted in past history. You may even find what your heart has been looking for all your life without detracting from what you already have experienced. This is a beautiful work of love, light, traditions, history and open possibilities without limitations. For me, it is a book for anyone and everyone.

I think many people get confused about Goddess traditions because they bring a linear thought process of judgement and fundementalism "right vs wrong", and they do not understand the freedom of exploring an active relationship with deity. This isn't a "bible" type of thing. It is a book and reference for families.

For those searching for a family resource - filled with stories, songs, a flavor of histories and traditions from around the world - this is a unique one of kind treasure. It is a book that "opens" possibilities it doesn't dictate doctrines.

There is a section of the book dealing with honoring "rites of passage" with ideas and inspiration for creating rituals for your children in season with their life changes and development.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Kindle Customer on February 3, 2012
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I have to agree with most of the reviews. This book is an awesome tool for explaining the Goddess and God to kids of all ages. I like the stories, music, menus and crafts as they pertain to each Sabbat. I like how it is organized and presented. My daughter enjoys the music more then what the book offers, but I am happy with it as a tool for my coven. I also wish they sold the CD and book together as a combo pack instead of seperately.
My reasoning for the 3 stars instead of 4 is simple. I am dismayed that Starhawk, and the boys mother for that matter, would allow a 14 year old boy to discuss sex the way he did. It was a sick joke, showing a lack of respect for sex and his partner. I placed an "x" over it and noted in the book, "this is an attitude we do NOT want from a boy!" The life changes for teens was definetely lacking teen boy and teen perspective.
I have to be honest and give it 3 stars, if not for the section listed above, this book would have received 4 stars.
Hope this helps!
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