Review: Circle Round

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The day before Samhain, Diane Baker stood in her kitchen thinking about needing to plan a celebration for her family and wondered, "Why isn't there just a book I could open?"  So she collaborated with Anne Hill and Starhawk to write the book she wanted to read, Circle Round: Raising Children in Goddess Traditions.Circle Round offers resources divided into four sections:*Part One: Welcome to the Circle introduces the book and the practice of Goddess traditions with children. *Part … [Read more...]

How to make birth art

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Note: Were you inspired by Amy Swagman's birth mandalas yesterday? Read this short essay in which she describes how to start making birth art of your own.The state of mind you're in when you create artwork is the same state of mind you are in when you labor and birth.  It is a fluid, intuitive, timeless space where you accept everything as the whole and have a harder time reasoning, rationalizing and compartmentalizing.  By making lots of art during pregnancy you are practicing being in that … [Read more...]

Birth mandalas

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  Pagan Families reader Sarah wrote to recommend Amy Swagman's Birth Art Mandalas.  I was stunned by them and immediately wrote Amy to ask if I could share them here.  She said yes! Making birth art can be a beautiful spiritual practice.  My partner and I made birth art when we took a Birthing From Within class to prepare for our daughter's birth and my God children got to paint all over my big round belly at our Blessing Way, but Amy takes birth art to a whole other level.Amy is a mo … [Read more...]

Frequently asked question: Why is it called Pagan Families?

As this site launches, it's been really gratifying to get lots of positive feedback.  One reader commented on FaceBook:What a great page! I wish I had found found a page like this whilst I was pregnant! Pretty hard to find pages like this Blessings ♥That is exactly why Pagan Families was born!We've also been getting a lot of questions about the name and scope of the site.  Why is it called Pagan Families if it's only about pregnancy and birth?First of all, I reject the idea that a baby is … [Read more...]

What’s in a Name?

by Kira NuitImagine one of your kid's friends at the door asking “can Floribunda come out to play?” Or, when young Floribunda gets into trouble, imagine how you might feel barking out, “Floribunda Oregano Sunbeam!” I've heard some names on the playground that I would not want to holler out my back door at suppertime.One of the first things confronting pregnant couples is what to name their baby. Throughout history we have bequeathed the names of our ancestors, named our children to honor … [Read more...]

Pagan names

Let’s be honest. Pagan names are weird. They are the source of much mockery, from both within and without the pagan community. For some reason we feel the need to name ourselves BlazingRaven Night Hawk’s Daughter or Moonray Celestina Wolf, or maybe just Thorson, which is like Madonna, but less obvious, right? But now some of us are having kids and they need names. What’s a pagan to do?First off, all names have meaning. Do we pick Jim, because it was our favorite uncle’s name? Do we pick Sarah a … [Read more...]

Staying connected with Pagan Families

Welcome Wild Hunt readers!There are currently five ways to stay connected with Pagan Families as it grows:Bookmark Pagan Families. Grab the RSS feed from the lower right column of the site. Like us on FaceBook. Leave a comment here or on FaceBook to let us know that you're reading and what you think. If you're a writer, consider contributing to the blog.Thanks for stopping by.  We hope you'll stick around! … [Read more...]

Spiritual practice in pregnancy

Note: This essay by Suus is a slightly revised reprint from Heart of the Witch.  Many of the practices described in this essay come from the Feri tradition.Recently one of my pagan friends complained on facebook that there is not a lot she could find around pagan pregnancy, so I guess it is about time I share my experiences, having gone through a pagan pregnancy myself.Is there any difference to a non-pagan pregnancy you might wonder? And I must say that I honestly don’t know, because I ha … [Read more...]


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