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...]

To my daughter on the occasion of her mother’s birth

Note: This poem by Sierra Black is a reprint from July 22, 2004 on ChildWild.Tiny goddess of my body I’m twenty-six today, and you have Two months and two days even In the world.The tail end of our nap this afternoon found you curled Against my skin as if you Did not care if we were one or two.Startled by the beauty of your eyes, I (inadvertently) dropped a book on your head. A slim paperback volume Titled simply “desire”A gift from your father, A memory bridge to a life Before yours when … [Read more...]

Pagan pregnancy on the web

Pagan Families was created to fill a gap in resources on Pagan pregnancy and birth.  Google something like "Pagan pregnancy" and you'll come up with a lot of queries on message boards complaining about the dearth of information.But it's certainly not the case that there aren't any existing resources.  The problem is that they tend to be scattered and often brief.  You can easily find lots of one-time blog posts and webpages about a single aspect of Pagan pregnancy or birth, such as baby we … [Read more...]

Conribute to Pagan Families

The success of Pagan Families will depend on readers such as yourself making contributions. Here are some ideas of genres and topics that we'd like to publish:Genres: Ritual scripts Personal essays Theological essays Media reviews Prayers Chants Visual art Birth stories Meditations Childbirth preparation exercises Sensitivity guides for birth professionalsTopics: Conception Pregnancy Birth Motherhood Fatherhood Pregnancy loss Abortion PostpartumThere's so much … [Read more...]