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Naming ceremonies

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A Child Learns What She Lives

"If a child lives with criticism, she learns to condemn.
If a child lives with hostility, she learns to fight.
If a child lives with ridicule, she learns to be shy.
If a child lives with shame, she learns to feel guilt.
If a child lives with tolerance, she learns to be patient.
If a child lives with encouragement, she learns confidence.
If a child lives with fairness, she learns justice.
If a child lives with security, she learns to have faith.
If a child lives with approval, she learns to like herself.
If a child lives with acceptance and friendship, she learns to find love in the world."

- Anonymous

The giving of a name is an important rite in any society. In some, perhaps magical way, names are imbued with power, and implicit in them, is an assumption that personality and behavior are bestowed upon those who carry them. Numerologists also maintain that the letters comprising a name, have influence over personality and destiny.

A Naming Day Ceremony constitutes a welcome to our children. It is also a recognition of our transition into parenthood. Each new child brings a new level to the experience of being parents, with consequent effects upon our lives. It is a completion of the birthing process, and the start of the next level of development.

In today's multicultural society, Naming Day Ceremonies are held for infants, young children, adolescents and adults who did not have them earlier, but also for adults who are changing names for whatever reason.

I would be happy and honoured to assist you with a ceremony of your choice, with advice and direction in the many decisions you will need to make regarding the style of the ceremony, symbology, the venue, the choice of godparents/mentors/guardians, attention to siblings etc.

"People create images of themselves in the world, and guide their action according to such images. The images are not only myths that capture the meaning of past experiences, but lead to anticipation of future events."

- N.Fredman and R. Sherwood

A Naming Day Ceremony, carefully crafted, can provide images, not only for the child being validated, but for the parents and for the community. The rituals performed are an expression of the human need to belong, to be part of something larger than themselves, and can carry the magic of wishes and intentions for the person(s) being celebrated.

If you would like to know more, or have any questions, please don't hesitate to contact me.