Getting Started at Pagan Families

Welcome to Pagan Families!This blog began in May 2011 as a place to generate and collect resources for Pagans in the childbearing year. The Categories in the drop-down menu to the right are a good way to find posts on particular topics. You might also like to check out some highlights from the archives:Are you pregnant?Explore Seven Spiritual Habits to Set During Pregnancy with Kira Nuit Learn from Jackie Singer how to do Meditations During Pregnancy Get ideas for setting up … [Read more...]

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Farewell to Pagan Families

Pagan Families began in 2011 as an independent website for sharing Pagan wisdom for the childbearing year. Over the years it grew, it moved here to Patheos, it gained and lost and gained new and wonderful writers, it stretched to cover other aspects of Pagan parenting and family life, and as these things do when they've run their course, the writers have mostly moved onto other things and the blog's gone very quiet.It's past due for me to say thank you to everyone who's contributed to and … [Read more...]

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Sharing Our Spiritual Path With Our Children, Part 3 of 4

Editor’s Note: This blog series comes from a paper and presentation Taffy Dugan wrote on Pagan parenting and sharing spiritual practices with children. With her permission, Pagan Families is republishing lightly edited versions of the series from her site MagickalKids. Start with Part 1 here and Part 2 here.Maybe you want to share more with your children but, are afraid that they might not be able to keep your faith secret.  I love this list sent in by Jessica Hartwell, another mom who was … [Read more...]

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Sharing Our Spiritual Path With Our Children, Part 2 of 4

Editor's Note: This blog series comes from a paper and presentation Taffy Dugan wrote on Pagan parenting and sharing spiritual practices with children. With her permission, Pagan Families is republishing lightly edited versions of the series from her site MagickalKids. Start with Part 1 here.There are many cultures to explore who show us the divine in Nature and how to respect her, like the Native Americans.   It’s so easy to go to your library or go onto the internet to find stories from the … [Read more...]

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Birth Guardians: Catherine Rivera

Today’s profile of Catherine Rivera is part of our series profiling people who work with pregnancy, birth, or the postpartum period (prenatal massage therapists, childbirth educators, OB/GYNs, doulas, midwives, lactation consultants, labor & delivery nurses, pediatricians, etc.) and are Pagan or work with a Pagan community. Check out the previous Birth Guardian profiles. If you would like to be a part of the series please send an email to paganfamilieseditor@gmail.com.   Now here’s Catherin … [Read more...]

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Sharing Our Spiritual Path With Our Children, Part 1 of 4

Editor's Note: This blog series comes from a paper and presentation Taffy Dugan wrote on Pagan parenting and sharing spiritual practices with children.  After beginning to research and receiving a surprising amount of interest, Taffy realized that the best way to serve the Goddess and the community was to blog about it. With her permission, Pagan Families is republishing lightly edited versions of the series from her site MagickalKids.For many reasons, a lot of Pagan parents feel leery … [Read more...]

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White Pagans responding to Black churches burning

 "Strengthen our hearts for love and just action." This morning's Showing Up For Racial Justice (SURJ) phone call for faith leaders against the current rash of burning of Black churches began with these words said in prayer.Strengthen our hearts for love and just action, because we need strength to look squarely at the fact that Black churches are being burned.Strengthen our hearts for love and just action, because white people have an important role to play in the st … [Read more...]

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Ritual after a traumatic birth

It can be devastating when birth doesn't go as planned. And birth is by nature a wildly unpredictable process with countless opportunities for the unexpected. That's part of what makes it the rite of passage that it is.A mama wrote to ask for ritual ideas to process the experience of a traumatic birth. In particular this mama wasn't able to have the birth she'd planned and she really missed the opportunity to interact with her placenta because it had been taken by hospital staff for t … [Read more...]

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The Invisible Art of Play

Has creating spells and making magic helped you hone your parenting skills?   I haven't seen any experts list spellcrafting or analogical thinking as an important parenting ability, but maybe they should.  Let me tell you a story.One time this rainbow snake toy saved me from the minor embarrassment of being that parent, the one whose kid is screaming on your plane's final descent, and it saved my then two year old from the full distress of being buckled down against her will. She'd been i … [Read more...]

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