Wicca and Paganism is generally thought of as a specifically adult practice – after all, messing with magickal ritual can be a somewhat dangerous pursuit!
As a practitioner of the Old Religion for many years, Monica Crosson also believed this to be the case – that was until one July evening when she found her seven-year-old son dancing around outdoors completely naked. When she asked him why he was doing this, he answered
I’m dancing naked under a full moon just like you and Daddy.
Up until that point, Monica Crosson had thought that her magickal work was a well-kept secret. It wasn’t and the challenge that now presented itself was how to deal with this revelation.
A New Challenge
In her book The Magickal Family Crosson explains how she resolved the dilemma presented to her by her son’s interest in Wicca by creating a monthly family ritual – one that involved her partner and their three children. For the family this point marked the beginning of a new life as an evolving magical unit – one that follows principles of love and devotion to the Goddess as well as a deep respect and reverence for Mother Earth.
The experiences and insights gleaned by the author whilst living within the spiritual fabric of her Wiccan family are shared throughout the pages of The Magickal Family with part one of the book featuring family magick and part two focussing upon the celebration of the Sabbats.
The Simple Life
Raising a family to be aware and respectful of Wiccan practice – if not to become completely engaged with this form of spirituality, is a challenge. For young children who are also having to cope with peer pressure conflicts can, and will, inevitably emerge. In her book Crosson describes what these challenges were and how she dealt with them. In making this transitional journey she found that the key was to keep the life that they led as a family as simple as possible. This didn’t mean that they would have to live with endless privations but to remain aware of personal and sacred priorities. For the author this is best expressed through an appreciation of the cycles of life and an understanding the part growing vegetables, fruits and herbs – often in accordance with the Lunar cycles.
This recognition of the effect of the planetary cycles forms the central aspect to all Pagan tradition and for a family the eight Sabbats are a great time to engage in group fun. In her book Crosson explains the traditions behind each festival and offers a range of fun and exciting activities that can involve the whole family in a wide range of engaging ways whilst at the same time respecting and paying homage to the core principles of Pagan practice.
And as the author reminds her readers in the summing up of her book “Never forget that you are never too old to make faerie houses, blow dandelion Wishes, or climb a favourite old tree”
Your children will always thank you for that.
The image of the practitioner of Witchcraft as the solitary old crone living alone out in the forest surrounded by her cats and herb garden is fast disappearing. Today the movement is very much alive and vibrant with whole families, and several generations, becoming engaged in group Pagan practices.
Not so very long ago a book like The Magickal Family will have seemed to be very daring and thoroughly challenging in its core premise. Even today many will question the suitability of Paganism for young children but in her book, Monica Crosson demonstrates just how important and effective it can be in connecting young psyches to the fabric of life and to our natural world.
Written as part instructional manual and part personal account The Magickal Family remains consistently engaging throughout its pages. It is not often that books about Wicca challenges barriers which others would previously see as being insurmountable – not least of all the divide between parents and their children forged by modern technological addictions, but here is a book that everyone from your grandmother to your grandchildren will absolutely love.
Delightful, excruciatingly funny in parts, authentic, and instructional, this delightful and thoroughly heart-warming book holds a greater potential to change the world through the minds of future generations than all the pontification by sociologists and academics. I’d encourage you to feel its pages in your hands and rejoice at the beauty of life, childhood and the power of the natural world. A wonderful book!