Wednesday, 20 January 2016

Naming Ceremony Ritual by Autumn Ravenflower

Naming Ceremony Ritual by Autumn Ravenflower

Set up on an altar the following:

White candle for purity, spirituality, truth and peace.
Blue Lace Agate crystal - for protection particularly for children.
(Or Mother of Pearl - infant/newborn protection crystal)
Burn a blend of Sandalwood and Jasmine incense for clearing negative energy and promoting peace and serenity. Each person in circle can also be smudged with this incense.
A chalice filled with full moon water for the blessing.

The naming ceremony would be outside if it is a nice day. Guests stand in the circle, with the parents and child inside it near the altar.

Cast the circle saying the following:

As we gather in this place
Hand in hand, we connect
Our energy - happy and pure
This circle it will protect.

Calling the elements:

Element of Earth, we call upon you in this naming
To help this child with stability and growth
To feel the connection to you from his/her feet
May you nurture him/her as they grow
Hail and Welcome!

Element of Air, we call upon you in this naming
To show this child communication and inspiration
To breathe in deeply and feel your caress on his/her face
May you power their mind and intellect as they grow
Hail and Welcome!

Element of Fire, we call upon you in this naming
To show this child energy and passion for life
To feel your warmth and observe your power
May you bless him/her with drive and vision as they grow
Hail and Welcome!

Element of Water, we call upon you in this naming
To show this child the feeling of friendship
To feel your healing and cleansing waters
May you bless him/her with purity and compassion as they grow
Hail and Welcome!

When we have asked the elements for their blessings, the parents or/and guardians may want to say a few words themselves as to what they wish for their child as he or she grows up.

Taking a few drops of the full moon water from the chalice, the High Priest or Priestess or the person conducting the naming ceremony will anoint the child on his/her third eye and in doing so, will say:

Element of Spirit,
Bless this child with potential and of promise.
Whose path is just beginning and is unknown.
May your divine knowledge ignite this spark of new life
Guide him/her on their forever continuing journey through life.
Blessed Be!

There may be guardians of the child appointed and they themselves could perhaps say a few words. Gifts for the child may also be presented at this time.
When all is spoken and gifts presented, it is time to thank the elements and to close the circle.

Element of Water, we thank you for your presence in this naming
For showing us compassion, clarity and friendship
Hail and Farewell!

Element of Fire, we thank you for your presence in this naming
For showing us to be passionate for life, your energy and your warmth
Hail and Farewell!

Element of Air, we thank you for your presence in this naming
For showing us inspiration and our ability to communicate
Hail and Farewell!

Element of Earth, we thank you for your presence in this naming
For showing us stability and freedom to grow.
Hail and Farewell!

As our hands were joined
And now we disconnect
Our hearts and minds are still as one
This child we still protect
Blessed Be!




Autumn Ravenflower

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