The Circle of the Sacred Hearth is a gathering of families to celebrate the seasons and educate our children in our beliefs. It has evolved over many years of personal and group practice incorporating aspects of Hellenismos, traditional Witchcraft and Druidry along with a great deal of personal gnosis achieved during journey and conversations with Gods (particularly Eos, Hermes and Aphrodite). It came into being when a couple of traditional Witches, a Druid, a Shaman and a Hellenic Reconstructionist decided that since there weren't enough of "our own sort" within driving distance, and since our children weren't welcome at many of the public all-path events, we'd have to form a Circle of our own. We started by taking turns hosting each of us doing rituals the way we knew and we all learned from each other. Eventually a tradition came into being that wasn't exactly what any of us had started with but instead was something altogether new and satisfying to all. Some people left the Circle, (and the state) some new people came into the Circle. As more new children arrived the Circle became more child friendly. As the kids got older, became teenagers and lost interest our rituals became less kid-friendly again. Meanwhile, our cosmology has over the years cemented into a distinct tradition though we still practice as traditional witches, Druids, Neo Shamans and Hellenic polytheists in our own homes, the tradition of the Sacred Hearth Circle colors even that.

The Sacred Hearth Circle is a family Circle whose rituals and practices celebrate every phase of life from conception to death. We have hosted open family-friendly gatherings providing a much-needed service to the local Pagan community and have written many of our rituals to be path-neutral in order to accommodate families from many different paths. Because of our background and history we have been able to do this with ease. We are pleased to share these rituals with you and your family and hope you will adapt them to your needs.

Stone Soup

This is more of an interactive storytelling thing that is a fun way to produce the communal meal at any gathering, especially while camping at a festival. It gets the kids involved and teaches a...

Circling Groups For Children

It is my experience that pagan parents usually have one of two choices when it comes to public (or private group) Sabbat and Esbat observations: Either leave their kids at home, or risk exposing them...

Celebrating Diversity

Timing This ritual is suitable for when the moon is waxing in Gemini or Aquarius. Supplies: A map of the world, either a cardboard globe or a map stapled to a cardboard backing of bulletin board....

Ritual Activities For Children

Many families and circles celebrate with a formal ritual at the full moon and/or new moon and, of course, Sabbats. It can be a challenge to keep these activities engaging for children and, of course,...

The Three Sacred Hearths

I wrote this article as part of this year's Pagan Values Project, in 2012: The Sacred Hearth Tradition is a tradition that I developed based on personal gnosis combined with academic research with a...