Naming Ceremony by Hecate Diana

Prepare the space by smudging to cleanse negativity using mint and sage. Place a cloth or small table for an altar in the centre of the circle and decorate with herbs, flowers and seeds to represent growth, new beginnings and good luck (such as lemon balm, lavender, daffodils). Parents can choose one or more people to be spiritual guardians for their child.


Guests form a circle and the High Priestess casts the circle:


I cast a circle around this place,

to create a welcoming and safe space.

Protect those within and fill with love,

Around, below and above.


Quarter calls:


Element of Earth, bless this circle with a firm foundation to build upon, allowing us to be grounded and secure. We bid you hail and welcome.


Element of Air, bless this circle with a gentle, cleansing breeze, giving us clear intentions and insight. We bid you hail and welcome.


Element of Fire, bless this circle with your protective warmth, burn away negativity for a positive new life. We bid you hail and welcome.


Element of Water, bless this circle, wash away negative thoughts and calm our emotions. Bring in caring, family love and connection to our ancestors. We bid you hail and welcome.


Deity invocation:


Blessed Selene, Mother goddess, lend this circle your nurturing care and protection. Aid us as we name this child and support them as they grow spiritually and physically. We bid you hail and welcome.


Parents bring their child to the altar.


HP:

We are gathered here to bless this child and gift them with their name as they are welcomed into our hearts and lives. To be a parent is also a gift and the greatest responsibility you will ever have. Do you promise to guide them, walk beside them and one day give them the freedom to walk on their own?


Parents agree. If guardians have been chosen, they step to the altar.


HP:

Will you love and nurture this child, give guidance and assistance if needed?

Guardians agree.


HP sprinkles the adults and child with full moon water to purify/cleanse and give protection of the goddess. Chosen guests (or HP) presents the child with elemental gifts:


I gift you this acorn (or seed, depending on what is available) to represent the element of Earth and a strong start in life, allowing you to flourish, grow and achieve your potential.


I gift you with this feather to represent the element of Air, allowing you to fly and pursue your dreams.


I gift you with this candle to represent the element of Fire, to give you courage, passion and love in your heart.


I gift you with this shell to represent the element of Water, to allow you to safely journey along life's river of emotions.


Parents add each gift to a pouch to keep for the child.


HP:

Blessed Selene, we name this child __________. Let their name give them honour and power!


Guests shake rattles and/or ring bells as the child is held up to the sky and those in the circle focus on sending their love and positive energy to the child. As the rattles and bells end HP says:


Behold, the only thing greater than yourself! We give thanks this day for the blessings given to ________. We honour their ancestors of blood and spirit, those newly departed and those of old.


Guests have cake and drink to celebrate new beginnings.


Closing the circle.

HP:


Blessed Selene, Mother goddess, we thank you for your love and gentle support in this circle. Please continue to guide and lend wisdom to _______ as they grow. We bid you hail and farewell.


Quarter calls:


Element of Water, we give thanks for your calming energies and connection to ancestors. We bid you hail and farewell.


Element of Fire, we give thanks for your protective flame, a bright symbol of light in the darkness. Hail and farewell.


Element of Air, we thank you for granting us clear vision and purpose to bless this child. Hail and farewell.


Element of Earth, thank you for keeping us grounded and connected. Hail and farewell.


Uncast this circle, set energy raised free,

with thanks for protection, love and safety.

This circle is open but never broken.

So mote it be.




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