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For Witchlette

Published July 29, 2017 by Lunapo

Witchlette has taken an interest in Shinto and Buddhist practices lately. Granted, she doesn’t quite know it. She knows it’s what Sensei Splinter does on Ninja Turtles, and when I shared with her that what Sensei discussed is based in real spiritual practices, she wanted to learn more about them.

We plan on visiting a Buddhist temple in Raleigh in the next few weeks.

And when I found these beauties at the dollar store, I couldn’t resist encouraging Witchlette’s spiritual curiosity by adding them to our family altar in the living room.

Exploring Curiosity

Published July 10, 2017 by Lunapo

E and her parents came over to play yesterday. We swam, played at home, ate dinner, and shared dessert. 

Since it was the Full Moon, I had planned a small dinner ritual based around the Thunder Moon and Thor. 

E’s mom and dad were very polite during the meal blessing and Moon Rite. This was new to E, but she was as good as a 4 year old who is hungry and has a plate of food before her that she cannot yet eat can be expected to be. 

Witchlette and Witchling participated in the Moon Rite, specifically when I asked for Thunder Claps. K, E’s mom, also helped with the clapping. We hailed to Thor and made special recognition to Sif. 

At this point, Witchlette took over by explaining all of the Thor related Asgard stories she could muster between bites of lasagna. Really loud Thunder is Thor hitting frost giants, rock giants, and Loki. Loki cut off all of Sif’s hair because he’s the trouble making trickster. But he didn’t steal Thor’s hammer, but he helped him get it back. 

It made me proud that she cares enough to listen and learn the stories. 

What makes me even more proud is how she is recognizing different pantheneons. Yesterday morning, we watched Moana and at the end, Witchlette remarked Maui is a god like Thor is a god. She then asked me to tell her Maui stories like I tell her Asgard stories. Since I don’t know any Maui stories, we found some on YouTube. We watched 8 Polynesian myths, 5 of them about Maui, 2 of them done in the native language with subtitles I read to her, but also let her hear the language. 4 of the 5 stories we watched we’re within Maui’s “You’re Welcome” diddy. This gave Witchlette a connection back to what she knew, but also provided much more detail than one line from a Disney song. 

My Pagan tribe compliment with how they wish they could be my kids because they see the way my Littles are raised, how Witchlette’s curiosity is encouraged and her spirituality isn’t tied to one set of players. Heck, it isn’t necessarily tied to any real deities. Remember the Turtle Circle?

I hope she can continue to follow her own path, whatever that maybe, that she will hold strong when folks tell her she’s wrong. Because they will. Because people are assholes. I hope she tells Turtle Power and Blessed Be. 

Turtle Circle

Published June 5, 2017 by Lunapo

At a birthday party at the end of April, Witchlette was formally introduced to the Ninja Turtles. 
The next day, for tv time, I put on an episode of the most recent reiteration. Witchlette has been hooked ever since. The kids take turns picking a show for tv time, and Hubby laughs that there shouldn’t be concern over whose turn because the answer will be the same. He also jokes that I’m in nerd heaven with the kids, enjoying every moment of the cartoon myself, reliving so highlights of my childhood with my kids. 

Witchlette saw one episode that started her. She was struggling to get to sleep. I went into our dining room cabinet and got her my turtles, which I’ve had since I was about 7. She’s slept with them at her bedside every night since. 

Nerd. Heaven. 

About a week after getting the physical Turles, Witchlette made the connection that there are four Turtles and four Elements and each Turtle could be an Element. Donnie and Raphael were obvious, as Air and Fire respectively. Leo is grounded and grounding like Earth. Splinter embodies everything that is Spirit. Mikey is free flowing like the babbling brook and spontaneous like the ocean waves. 

I reserved a weekend in August. All was set. 

The whole ritual was written to discuss movement and meditation. I learned some basic Tai Chi to teach Witchlette so we could do it an Magick Circle. 

Then, dates needed to be switched and we were now up for the first weekend in June. Which was great, because that long of anticipation was going to be rough. 

I showed Witchelle the tai chi i learned and asked her to join me. I was told it was boring and weshouldn’t do it. Instead, we should do a rainbow meditation, which is what Witchellet calls a chakra meditation. 

A few days before the ritual, we watched an episode where the Turles want on a spirit quest and Witchlette asked that it be incorporated into the ritual. Great idea!

She also decided she wanted more on the altar yhan just turles and asked for tutle colored flowers. One trip to the dollar store and voila! Altar decor!

The night before the ritual, there was a lot of back and forth about Leo being water because he’s blue, and taking yellow out of the chakra meditation because there’s no yellow turtle. But green can stay because their skin is green. Light blue also had to go, because there’s only one blue. Sorry, Venus. 

Witchlette, knowing this was her ritual, chose Ms. D to be earth, Ms. C to be air, her grandma, who now joins us semi-regularly, to be water, and Ms. S to be spirit. She actually picked her favorite human pixie to be air and was in tears upon learning she wouldn’t be there, and adjusted Ms. C to air from fire. She then said someone with red hair has to call in fire. Luckily, L was in attendance, who is a red head, and was honored to be chosen as fire. She also solidified her playlist for the end portion of the ritual. 

Witchlette decided she would like to place the turtles, one by one as they were called, onto the alter. I was not expecting her to raise them up as she did, offering them to each Element, then placing them on the alter. That piece took my breath away. 

She chose not to speak during the ritual itself, but helped my guide the rainbow meditation and was a star at the dance sequence. Everyone had ribbon wands with the four Turtles colors to wave around as they danced. 

Below is the ritual itself:

Earth- leo

Patience, support, guidance. As the trees hold together the soil and the plants sustain the Ecosystem, so too does Leonardo, tactical and courageous leader, the most conscientious of the four, ground and sustains the dynamic of the turtles.


Thank you Leonardo for guiding us today. In your quest, you had to learn to become a true leader. May we have the courage to be leaders ourselves.


Air- Donnie

Ingenuity, craftiness, knowledge. As the breeze carries bird song and our voices messages, so too does Donatello, scientist, inventor, engineer, and technological genius, using his intellect to solve conflicts.


Thank you Donatello for teaching us today. In your quest, you had to learn to not always rely on your mind, but also your body and be strong like the mountain reaching high into the clouds. May we be strong in body and in mind.


Fire- Raph

Passion, ferocity, strength. As the flame warms the home, but left uncontrolled can also destroy it, so too does Raphael’s fierce, sarcastic, aggressive, and intensely loyal nature bring a spark of primal energy to the team.


Thank you Raphael for inspiring us today. In your quest, you had to learn to control your anger and use it to hone your energy on the enemy. May we also channel our energies to fan the flames of our passions.


Water- Mikey

Playful, spontaneous, friendship. As the river cuts through the woods, bubbling over rocks and splashing about making new paths, so too does Michelangelo’s free-spirited, relaxed, adventurous nature remind his brothers to have fun and not take themselves too serious.


Thank you Michelangelo for playing with us today. In your quest, you had to learn to focus and keep your mind free from distractions and become still, like the forest. May we focus what is important in life and remember to work hard and play harder.


Spirit- splinter

Mysticism, unity, awareness. Just as the spark of life in each of us brings us together, so too does Hamato Yoshi, Master Splinter, bring up his adoptive turtle sons and unite them as their sensei in the mental, physical, emotional, and spiritual aspects of ninjutsu.


Thank you splinter for uniting us today. May we walk with balance and maintain Seishin Teki Kyoyo, Spiritual Refinement. May we always be connected: mind, body, heart.



Ok, so I know what you’re thinking. We’re gonna learn ninjutsu?!


No. We’re not. Not in the way it’s typically perceived, anyway…


While walking through the woods, Leonardo realizes he and his brothers are too caught up in modernality of t-phones, junk food, and television. He is concerned about their lost connection to nature.


Nature? Raphael exclaims. What are we? Hippies?


Well…<look around at the circle>


Donatello agrees with Leonardo: Splinter had spiritual refinement from his connection to the natural world.


Leonardo continues: the brothers, including himself, have mastered 17 of the 18 ninja skills. But they never got the first one. Seishin Teki Kyoyo (Spiritual Refinement).


They go into the woods and each complete a spiritual quest. They learn to rely on themselves but reaffirm the team is not whole without one brother. All four brothers need their father and sensei. Splinters life lost all meaning before he took in and trained his sons. They are all interconnected.


We are all interconnected.


Life is all interconnected.


Color is a very powerful representation.  


Honoring the four colors of the turtles, which do not correlate to the typical alignment, and the qualities they represent, which do


Leo- Patience, support, guidance, sustenance, conscientious, grounding


Donnie- Ingenuity, craftiness, knowledge, scientist, intellect


Raph- Passion, ferocity, strength, warm, uncontrollable, destruction, sarcastic, aggressive, loyalty


Mikey- Playful, spontaneous, friendship, bubbly, free-spirited, relaxed, adventurousness, fun


Splinter- Mysticism, unity, awareness.

Let’s meditate on it, through a rainbow meditation.


<Inhale, reach down to touch your toes, feel your red light coming from your feet and reaching deep down into the earth, exhale

Inhale, stand with your hands on your hips, feel your orange light inspiring your creativity to sing, paint, dance, exhale

Inhale, place your hands on your heart, feel all the love you will ever give and will ever receive, exhale 

Inhale, place your hands on your forehead, feel your blue light allowing you to see so much more than you know, allow yourself to see the unseen, exhale

Inhale, place your hands on top of your head, feel your purple light spreading upwards towards the Divine, feel your connection to Spirit, exhale>


Splinter encourages his sons to meditate before battle. They need to be clear in mind, clear in body, clear in heart.


But, they are kids and kids don’t do sitting well.


Instead, Mikey suggests dancing is a kind of meditation. He and Donnie lead a dance party to ready themselves mind, body, heart.


Everyone take a ribbon wand.


Dance party


Cakes and ale


Closing


Witchlette’s dance mix:

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