Children of the Green – an excerpt

Jun 5th, 2018 | By | Category: Book News, Books

Children of the Green: Raising our Kids in Pagan Traditions, by Hannah E. Johnston is an in-depth consideration of child raising from within pagan spirituality. Here’s an excerpt from the introduction:

“A child is a seed of the future. If we want a vision of the planet‚Äôs
longevity we could look to the dreams of our children, for they embody our intentions and our aspirations. They are our desires made manifest. They are our sacred responsibility.

You may or may not be of a Pagan persuasion, but you have probably picked up this book because you are looking for an intentional way to raise a family, or to be with and work with kids. You may have a spirituality of your own making, or you may be a signed and sealed member of a particular Pagan path. Wherever you sit on this spectrum, we are all of us together in trying to work out how we are going to raise the next generation of children to have choices, and not be faced with imminent natural collapse due to our over-use of this precious world.

Many of us living in the early 20-teens are acutely aware of how the well-being of the world is becoming a daily part of our responsibility. No longer can we ignore all the signs of climate change, whatever its cause, no longer can we sit idly by whilst our most precious natural resources are the justification for war, famine and subjugation. With weather patterns changing and the rubbish mounds rising, we are faced with questions regarding our consumption needs and our waste. For many of us this call raises important social questions about the role of government, community leaders and, of course, religious faith. Some of us are moved to consider how we will be able to leave this earth for future generations.

Modern Western living with all of its screens and cellphones, champions the disposable and irreverent and too often disconnects us from the living rhythms of growth and decay that exist in the world around us. When we can have bananas at any time of the year and wear cheap clothes made by children halfway across the world, staying connected to the natural world is increasingly difficult. As popular culture requires, we are told that we need bigger, better, faster, more.

The cycles of nature, the seasons, the moon phases, the winds and the tides connect us to each other, the community and our vision for a better world. They are not disposable or replaceable. To live in closer relationship with them gives us a chance to make different choices about our lifestyle and our future. The wheel of the seasons is embedded in every aspect of a Pagan magical and celebratory life, irrespective of our different traditions. These cycles remind us that we are part of the great family of animals, and that like our brother stag and daughter frog we will share life’s inevitable transformations as the sun’s wheel turns.

Families, the great shifting collections of kith and kin, root us in our experience of the sacred, the magical and the holy. They root us to the landscape we grow in. The family is a model organism and so many of us make or find new families in our friendship circles, our magical groups, clans and covens.”

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