Baby Naming Ceremony / Wiccaning

A Naming Ceremony is the first rite of passage for an Akasha Witch born into the Tradition.

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It should ideally occur at the first or second Sabbat after birth, and those in attendance should include parents, siblings, friends and family, plus any special friends or family members that you wish to take a special role in the infant’s life.

A Naming Ceremony is an introduction in the community and extended family. It is the first major event (since the birth) that is completely focused on the child.

It is not a promise or oath on behalf of the infant to raise them in the Akasha Tradition. Instead, a Naming Ceremony is simply a promise that the parents or guardians of the child will do their best to bring up the child according to the principles of free thought, free will, and respect that are in alignment with the teachings of Akasha.

Should the child choose, at a later age, to find a religious path apart from Akasha WitchCraft – or even none at all – this is perfectly acceptable.

Likewise, if the parents or guardians are of more than one religion, it is perfectly acceptable to the Akasha Tradition to have both an Akashan Naming Ceremony as well as any rites of passage associated with those other religions.

The Naming Ceremony should ideally be performed by an Elder of the Akashan Tradition, or a Priest/ess of at least Second Degree status.

The ceremony

Below is a list of requirements for the Naming Ceremony.

– An altar table set with a white altar cloth, and tools and needs listed below. The altar should be set in the center of the Circle, so that all tasks can be performed in full view of guests.
– Initiation incense, charcoal discs and a censer (for Air Blessing).
– White pillar candle (new) (for Fire Blessing).
– Matches or a lighter
– Glass bowl of rosewater (for Water Blessing).
– Earthenware bowl of rose petals (for Earth Blessing).
– More rose petals to mark out a Circle nine feet in diameter.
– Small native sapling of a tree species suitable for your area
– Flower seeds, seedlings or bulbs of white flowers
– Individual pieces of white handmade paper (if you have made this yourself, even better!), roughly 10cm x 15 cms in size
– Enough pens for the guests to share
– A large envelope (big enough to put the pieces of paper into) that can be sealed
– Sealing wax
– A family letter sealer if you have one; if not, a clean, round pebble from the garden or local beach
– Food and drink for feasting afterwards (or ask guests to bring food and drink)
– You may like to have a special outfit for the baby to wear.

The Preparation

A sacred Circle should be cast in the following way, with the Casting Priest/ess(es) delineating the Circle boundary with rose petals:

Within this space
May the blessings of Air come to you –
Intelligence, communication, music, speech, community…
So be it!

Within this space
May the blessings of Fire come to you –
Passion, physical health, creativity, artistry, and the ability to heal…
So be it!

Within this space
May the blessings of Water come to you –
A life rich and deep in emotion and love, the ability to nurture others and to be nurtured in turn by those who love you…
So be it!

Within this space
May the blessings of Earth come to you –
Strength of body and of mind, diligence and honesty, truth and trust…
So be it!

This space is now sacred to the naming of this child
I/we ask the parents to come forward.

The Casting Priest/ess takes the mother of the child to the altar, and ask her to light to incense.

Casting Priestess: Say after me:
‘By the Element of Air
With all the goodness it may bring you in years to come:
Friendship and learning, knowledge and skill, music and the support of the community.’

The Casting Priest/ess takes the father of the child to the altar in the North, and gives him the lighter to light the white candle.

Casting Priestess: Say after me:
‘By the Element of Fire I bless you
With all the goodness it may bring you in years to come:
Passion and romance, physical pleasure and physical joy, a creative mind and a thoughtful heart.’

The Casting Priest/ess takes the mother of the child to the altar in the North, and gives her the rosewater to anoint the child and sprinkle at his/her feet.

Casting Priestess: Say after me:
‘By the Element of Water I bless you
With all the goodness it may bring you in years to come:
The strong, deep and rich bonds of family and friends, who will always support you, guide you and love you.’

The Casting Priest/ess takes the father of the child to the altar in the North, and gives him the rose petals to cast over the child and sprinkle at his/her feet.

Casting Priestess: Say after me:
‘By the Element of Earth I bless you
With all the goodness it may bring you in years to come:
May strength be in your hand, body and mind, and may courage always be in your heart.’

Casting Priest/ess: Life is the most precious gift
And in thanks, we ask that gifts be given in thanks for the safe arrival of this child.
This child has no need of any gifts from those present here
But we ask, in his name, that you offer a small token of thanks to those children who are in need
And less fortunate that this child.
We will be passing around a small container
And we ask that you make a small offering
Which will be given, as a donation in this child’s name to [Name of suitable children’s charity]. (donations are collected for charity)

Casting Priest/ess (to parents): I now ask that you approach the altar
And name this child before all present here.

Parents: We name our child [Name].

Casting Priest/ess: In the name of the Divine
May this child life a happy, healthy and honest life
May s/he always be truthful, passionate, loving and courageous
May [Name] be blessed! So be it!

Casting Priest/ess (to the child): This Circle can now be scattered
As you will carry the gifts the Elements bring within you
For now – and for always.

The Circle is brought down, and cakes and ale are shared by all guests.

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