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by Anika Stafford

These engaging children's stories chronicle a modern-day family as they celebrate the eight pagan holidays over the course of a year. Readers of all ages will delight in following the fictional Aisha and her family and friends. Told in Aisha's own words, these charming stories bring to life the tradition, beliefs, and values of the pagan faith as it is celebrated today.The book includes a brief introduction to each holiday and an outline of the key pagan concepts and lessons for each story. Readers will follow Aisha to winter solstice, the longest night of the year, when she learns to appreciate the importance of family and figures out how to end a fight with her best friend Heather. During the fall equinox, readers will rejoice with Aisha as she celebrates her many accomplishments over the past year.Each story includes a brief introduction to the holiday and an outline of the key pagan concepts and lessons that are fleshed out in the story. The tales are followed by earth-honoring activities suitable for adults and children alike.This refreshing, family-oriented approach to the pagan calendar is ideal for children, parents, teachers, and anyone who seeks greater insight into the spiritual significance of the pagan tradition.
Download Aisha's Moonlit Walk: Stories And Celebrations For The Pagan Year epub
ISBN: 1558964851
ISBN13: 978-1558964853
Category: Religion
Subcategory: New Age & Spirituality
Author: Anika Stafford
Language: English
Publisher: Skinner House Books (February 20, 2005)
Pages: 96 pages
ePUB size: 1266 kb
FB2 size: 1508 kb
Rating: 4.5
Votes: 939
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gorgeous book. One of a kind. I'll be using it to teach my daughters about the wheel of the year.
I was eagerly looking forward to receiving this book but was sadly disappointed when it arrived. It is a very short read and the book doesn't flow well at all. For books you'll keep close at hand and refer to over and over again, I suggest "Circle Round" and "Celebrating the Great Mother." Don't waste your money with this one...
This is a quick read, the stories are written for children as well as adults, and the large type goes by fast. The "real life" stories give a nice dimension to the usual Pagan holiday lore that pre-teens might enjoy reading, while the info for adults give some great ideas on how to best celebrate the high day.

This book is what I'd call "Pagan stealth" written by a UU educator, it stresses the seasonal changes and connecting with the self and nature over specific Pagan theology or much mention of Gods. I question some of the historical information, but think that the ecumenical tone of the book will make it something that teachers and Pagans wanting to include non-Pagan friends will enjoy using.

My one big complaint is just layout style. I wish the book had had a few more illustrations, or that the big blocks of text had been broken up into columns or had headings that catch the eye more. Otherwise, it's a nice addition to the Pagan family's library.
For a twenty dollar book, I was sirprised at it's size to start off with. At less than a centimeter thick, it isn't much more than a couple of magazine widths. Inside, the print looks to be double spaced with large margins to accommodate an appalling lack of content. Not only is the content minimal, but it's not even quality. Sorry to say, but it's definitely very fluffy with little depth of spiritual understanding. It comes across, to me, like the author has read a few books on paganism and then decided to write a book herself. This impression is reinforced by the choices made in the 'to find out more' recommended book section and website recommendations. The books include a few of the most common pagan parenting type books but misses out on some of the best ones, and throws in some completely unrelated books (such as Starhawk's Spiral Dance and Twelve Wild Swans - I have no problem with Starhawk, I have read these books myself, but I fail to see the relevance). The websites suggested are the Reclaiming site, the Unitarian site and the Circle of Life Foundation. That's it. There are many great sites out there for pagan children and pagan families, with a huge assortment of stories, craft ideas, colouring pages and consumer products (my favorite being the Elsie and Pooka site). If this book is about 'stories and celebrations for the pagan year,' and includes a recommended websites section, it just seems to make sense to include websites that follow the same thread. Particularly as the book is so lacking in adequately fulfilling this purpose. For example, the book is divided into a section for each Sabbat. Each Sabbat has one story following Aisha and her family and greater pagan community. Following the story are celebration ideas. For Yule, the celebration ideas include: 1. Cut evergreen branches to place on your altar. 2. buy a journal and decorate it. 3. Decorate a mirror in a frame. That's it. Nothing else. And with the mirror making idea, she suggests writing down the words "Goddess," "Sacred," and "Divine" to, I don't know, tape to the mirror? It's not clear exactly what you do with these words but my question is: how are they relevant to the Winter Solstice? They are clearly relevant to paganism. But Yule?? The majority of the 'celebration' ideas are not unique, are not terribly relevant and are not that interesting.

The stories, one per Sabbat, are well written. But they were still generally disappointing for their lack of any depth of spiritual content. I will read them to my kids though, even though the practices mentioned within their pages are completely alien to most of the pagan's I know. I think if you're specifically Reclaiming or UU, you will probably enjoy this book more than I did. It spoke very little to my pagan practices and beliefs and seems quite devoid of much real content.

My recommendation? In a half an hour you can search online and get ten times the suggestions of celebration ideas for the pagan year (with much greater quality) and quite a few pagan Sabbat stories. Along with wonderful colouring pages, recipes etc. Print them out. Bind them at your local office supply store. Save fifteen bucks.

Check out The Pagan Family by Ceisiwr Serith if you're looking for specifically pagan ways to celebrate the turning of the wheel as a family.
The format of the book is narrative stories, paired with suggested activities for each pagan holiday. I pull this book out as we approach each pagan holiday to reflect on how I can celebrate with my own son. I like that it is written in a way that children can enjoy the stories of their own accord, and adults can choose how much they want to expand on the themes in the stories, depending on the age of the child.
I just got this and really think it's a great book. I am a UU and a pagan, so I was really looking forward to this book's release. The stories are short enough to share with a group of kids, and the suggested projects are simple to implement, yet get at the heart of the eight holidays in the pagan year. I expect to use this book both with my own children, and at the UU church I attend.