What is a Wiccaning or Paganing?

A Wiccaning or Paganing is a time to dedicate your child to the God and Goddess and also to name him or her. Wiccans call it Wiccaning, Pagans call it Paganing. It is also known as Witching. It is very similar to Baptizing.

When is it done?

How long after birth you wait before a Wiccaning is up to you. It is a personal decision.

Many ancient cultures waited anywhere from three days to three months to be certain the child lived. Since we are blessed to have medical science decreasing the likelihood of infant mortality, you should choose a moment which has special significance for you. (Some people choose a year and a day after conception, for example.) I also suggest you remember the date, as it could be commemorated with a passage rite when the child becomes an adult member of the family. - Witchcraft Today: Modern Rites of Passage B2, edited by Chas S. Clifton. Pg 29

How is it set-up?

Well, that is also up to you as it should be special and memorable. Here are some ideas that you may use if you wish.

The Altar: decorated with fresh flowers (new beginnings), white candles (purity), milk, salt, incense, soil (the 4 elements).

Room Decoration: bright colors, clean smells, happy sounds. You could play calming music, use flowers for clean smells and use decorations that are made from bright colors. Homemade decorations are the best as the personalize the ritual.

What do I say at the ritual?

Again, whatever you want. You can get Wiccaning rituals online (see the links at the bottom of this page for some) and you can use them or modify them. If you are good at making rituals, you can start from scratch and make your own.

Words need not be fancy. In fact, one of the most beautiful ritual dedications ever done was depicted in Alex Halley's novel Roots. Holding the child to the sky and saying, "Behold the only thing greater than yourself" is a very empowering action. - Witchcraft Today: Modern Rites of Passage B2, edited by Chas S. Clifton. Pg 30


Wiccaning/Paganing Resources at The Wiccan Way

Blessing for Baby
A Celtic Midwife's Blessing

Links of Interest

Life Rites - This is a great site on all of life rites, not just Wiccaning. It has information, books and a ritual for Wiccanings.
Wiccaning Ritual - simple ritual
The 13 Wishes - A Wiccaning - very short, simple, need a coven to do.
Wiccaning Ritual by Ed Fitch - simple, good. Scroll down and click on Wiccaning Ritual
Another Wiccaning Ritual - great
And Yet another Ritual - short, simple, same as before
Egyptian Wiccaning Ritual

Another Wiccaning Ritual - short and simple
Video of a Wiccaning - watch the 10 min video of the Wiccaning of Brandon David Michaels

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