|Springtime is the time for birth, with Earth's renewal all around us. This magical ritual makes a lovely accompaniment to Wiccanings, christenings, or other infant welcoming ceremonies throughout the year.
Hold the new baby in your no dominant arm. Whisper, so only the infant can hear you, "Not above you, not below you, but within you." As you whisper, use your other hand to gesture above and below the baby, matching the words you speak. Finish by touching the baby's forehead and heart, or all seven chakras, if you prefer. If you can't be physically present, make or purchase a baby blanket (blue is ideal for health and protection). Cradle it as if it was the new baby, and perform the above ceremony with the blanket-effigy. You might print a rune of protection, such as Algiz ( z )or Thurisaz ( x ), into one corner. Send the blanket to the new family, where it will serve as a power piece for the new child.