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It isn’t quite “Walnut Grove”, but the pure and wholesome intention is the same. In the coming weeks and months, you’ll find Pagan Homeschooling Lessons for you and your precious Mini-Pagans!

Since everyone walking a Pagan path subscribes to differences in practice and belief, not every lesson may appeal to every member. Simply choose the material best-suited to your spirituality, or alter contents to meet your liking.

Please don’t hesitate to suggest potential training themes, share your ideas, resources, or questions. The Moonlit Grove is for all, regardless of faith or age.

Magic Reindeer Corn

5bf02651e3d9c2bb8b20ac19dcade2faMy grandchildren and I continue our family tradition of mixing up Magic Reindeer Corn and putting it out for Santa’s deer on Christmas Eve.  It’s a very simple, inexpensive way to boost imaginations and the excitement of Yule with the little ones.  No need for precise measurements. ;)

1/2 c Oats (dry oatmeal works fine)

1/4 c Dried field corn

1-2 T Fine glitter (gold or silver, or any colors you prefer)

(for a bit of added “glow”, lightly spray one side of the corn kernels beforehand with glow in the dark spray paint and let it dry thoroughly before mixing)

Mix the ingredients while reciting the following with the children:

With oats and corn from fields we tend

endurance to the deer we lend -

so they can journey far and near,

with Santa, spreading Yuletide cheer.

To help them travel, fast and true,

some Pixie sparkles – added, too.

But the Magic part that helps them fly

comes from the hearts of you and I.

When you spread the mixture outdoors on or before Christmas Eve, you might wish to recite,

Beneath the Moonbeams’ shining light

This Magic corn will sparkle bright

To guide the Reindeer in their flight

and help them find my house at night.

Blessings to you and your loved ones for this Yule season and beyond.

A focal point, to commune or pray, is called an “altar“, with an “a“.

When an “e” is near the end, then “alter” means “to change or bend”.

A pentagram is just a star, with five points all around;

but drawn inside a circle shape, a pentacle is found.

Invoke and evoke aren’t as clear, they seem to be entwined -

but evoke brings a memory, we invoke the Divine.

Tarot rhymes with “arrow” as if there’s just one “t”,

and Celtic isn’t “seltic” – it’s like “Capricorn”…hard “c”.

To bind a thing is not the same as banishing, you know -

binding holds it tight, you see, to banish makes it go.

Occult just means “hidden”, like a secret yet to find,

it doesn’t mean it’s evil, as some folks would imply.

by Polly Taskey

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What are some of the confusing terms or definitions you’ve encountered? Do you have some I can add to the poem? Feel free to reply in the comments below, or create your own page of “Terms and Definitions” for your personal journal.

Blank Journal Pages are located here: http://themoonlitgrove.files.wordpress.com/2013/05/mlgjournalss.jpg. You may share my poem as long as you give proper credit and a link back to The Moonlit Grove. Thank you.