The birth of a baby is always special so what better way to celebrate the miracle of new life than by holding a ceremony to introduce him or her to their wider community of family and friends.
A Naming Ceremony usually has several purposes:
- We celebrate that into our midst has come a new life
- We formally assign the child a name. In giving a child a name, we declare that they are an individual; a unique and separate person. But a name is not merely a label – it is much more important than that. A name expresses the essence of its bearer; the letters that make up a name, its sound and its meaning are descriptions of the soul and portend its purpose
- We present the baby to the Mighty Goddess and God, Mother and Father of all life and ask them to take the child into their care; to bless and guide their path and keep them safe from harm
- We appoint guardians (aka mentors or God/Goddess parents) to help support and guide the child throughout their lifetime
- We give thanks for the gift of life and then we celebrate in the time honoured way by sharing food and drink
Something we do not do during our ceremony is commit the child to a Pagan path. Although this is a Pagan ceremony and we ask for blessings and protection from Pagan deities, the child remains free to follow their destiny in the fullness of time when he or she is old enough to form their own opinions.
Debs is founder of Leodis Pagan Circle and also an independent civil celebrant – this means she can deliver services tailored to your individual requirements. She has many years’ experience of leading Pagan rituals and rites of passage ceremonies and will be happy to help if you’d like to contact her for more information. You can access her website here: Full Circle Ceremonies