Brigid Ashwood discusses the activities she created for The Earth Child’s Handbook and why she created it in the first place.
Why did you write The Earth Child’s Handbook?
I wrote the book 10 years ago to help myself and my friends with children who follow alternative spiritual paths.
What type of research did you have to do?
I researched Pagan traditions and correspondences from around the world, and I polled my friends for what kinds of crafts, recipes and activities they’d like to see in a book like this.
Have you used the activities in the Handbook with your family?
Yes, for a decade now!
What is your favorite activity in either Book 1 or Book 2?
I love the handmade paper with the flower seeds in it. As a family we’ve made this many times.
What was your favorite part of writing or publishing The Earth Child’s Handbook?
I’m so glad I made the decision to self publish the book because I was able to retain complete control of the look and presentation of the crafts and illustrations. At one point the book was with a publisher that wanted to remove all of the coloring pages and in-book activities. I can’t imagine the book without those elements!
Did you do anything to celebrate having it published?
My family and I went out for sushi.
Yummy! Are there any misconceptions about Pagan beliefs that you would like to dispel?
I think there is an idea that paganism is all about incense and magickal accessories. In fact, it’s like any religion with practice being deeply spiritual, personal, and immersed in grace.
You are also an artist. Can you tell us a bit about your artwork?
I paint steampunk bugs, clockwork dolls, fairytales & vinyl toys. I seek to reinterpret mythic and fairytale worlds and heroines’ for a modern audience. My website is www.brigidashwood.com.
What books have had the most influence on your life?
Oh I’d say science fiction and fantasy genres are my favorite. Although I also enjoy non-fiction tremendously.
What is your favorite vacation spot?
What’s a vacation? 🙂
About The Earth Child’s Handbook: Crafts and Inspiration for the Spiritual Child
The Earth Child’s Handbook is a primer, reference, craft and activity book series for families that follow Pagan, Wiccan and Earth Based spiritual paths. Designed to appeal to all age groups (and grown-ups too!), the books address common Pagan beliefs and practices, explaining the principles and traditions behind them.
Each chapter features:
- Instructional craft projects
- Coloring pages, mazes and word searches
- Color, cut and assemble projects
Younger children will delight in the coloring pages and paper crafts. Older children will find educational fun with word searches, mazes, connect-the-dots and instructional crafts. And parents might find it a lifesaver with easy recipe ideas and inspiration for teaching and building Pagan traditions.
The Earth Child’s Handbook – Book 1 features chapters on the joy of family and diversity, honoring the earth and the principles of the four elements, the universe and Pagan beliefs regarding the Sun and the Moon, explanation of Deities, and an introduction to Magick and Ritual with simple spells and exercises.
Special topics include Shapeshifting, Runes, Book of Shadows, Animal Guides, Chakras, Meditation, Astrological Signs, The Elements, Cycles of the Moon, Magickal Correspondences, Sun Deities, Moon Deities, Triple Goddess and Triple God, The Four Quarters and Casting a Circle.
Featured activities include making a Chakra shirt, rain stick, homemade face paints, herbal infusions, bath salts, a moon phase wheel, moon cake recipe, a complete “color, cut and assemble” paper altar and much, MUCH more.
Genre: Non-ficition, pagan parenting, pagan kids
The Earth Child’s Handbook – Book 2 features chapters on the Seasons, the 8 Pagan Sabbats and the Wheel of the Year. Each Sabbat chapter includes facts, traditions, correspondences and information about that holiday as well as recipes, altar decorating ideas, rituals and crafts, coloring pages, mazes and word searches.
Special topics include Seasonal Altars, Solstice Sabbats, Equinox Sabbats, Quarters and Cross Quarters.
Featured activities include cinnamon ornaments, Yule wrapping paper, Brigid’s cross weaving, handmade paper, flower beads necklace, Beltaine masks, prayer flag, magickal broom and much, MUCH more.
Genre: Non-ficition, pagan parenting, pagan kids
About the Author
She is a core contributor to Wired’s GeekMom Blog and creates freebies for Geeky Kids with her monthly Printable Fun feature.
Her artwork ranges from New Brow contemporary, Pop Surrealism, Steampunk, Fantasy and Fairy illustration, Celtic Knotwork, Witchy Pin-up to New Age, Pagan and Goddess imagery.
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