Symbols of Protection

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If you're a parent, you know what it is to worry.  It's so hard to let our little ones go out into the world - to babysitters, to elementary school, to any of the numerous places they go on a daily basis where we can't watch over them.  It's supposed to be nice to have the break, but often I find myself spending more time stressing over how my children are doing than relaxing.Of course, I do my best in the mundane world to make sure my children are safe and happy; but there is a limit to w … [Read more...]

Pagan Families Tea Time

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Who wants to have tea and chat?Christine Kraemer, the managing editor here at Patheos Pagan has put out an invitation for Pagan bloggers and blog commenters to find a way to communicate face-to-face: "During the month of February, if you write online, make a date to have a cup of tea (or food or drink of your choice) with another writer or commenter. Even better, be daring, and make it someone you’ve argued with... I invite you to take a risk: e-mail someone (or more than one!) whose voice y … [Read more...]

From child to parent – growing up in a Pagan family

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 By  Hannah JohnstonMost of us find Paganism as a teenager or adult, most of us come to the path through a personal epiphany or awakening. Yet for an increasing number of us, Paganism is the ground that we grow in – our community has been around long enough to foster a couple of generations of parents and children and so the numbers of Pagan families rises year on year.When I say to people that my family is Pagan, and that I was partly raised in a Pagan family, they go all dewy e … [Read more...]

Birth as Initiation

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“Childbirth is a rite of passage so intense physically, psychologically, emotionally, spiritually, that most other events in a woman’s life pale next to it. In our modern lives, there are few remaining rituals of initiation, few events that challenge a person’s mettle down to the very core. Childbirth remains a primary initiatory rite for a woman.” –from the book MotherMysteries via Thesis Tidbits: Birth as a Shamanic Experience | Talk Birth. I just finished reading a short book called Return t … [Read more...]

Picture Books for Pagan Families: Imbolc

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By Meg Yardley The Celtic festival of Imbolc, also sometimes called Brigid after the goddess who is celebrated at this time, is a wonderful festival to celebrate with children, as it focuses on the hearth and home.  Depending on where you live, Imbolc may or may not seem like the “beginning of spring” as it is often described.  Historically, this is a time of year when people have often been desperately in need of hope, as food stores dwindle and the earth is not yet producing new plants and cro … [Read more...]

Birth Guardians: Isa Gucciardi, Ph.D.

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Today’s profile of Isa Gucciardi, Ph.D. 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 Isa’s … [Read more...]

Birth Mystery

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“Women’s mysteries, the blood mysteries of the body, are not the same as the physical realities of menstruation, lactation, pregnancy, and menopause; for physiology to become mystery, a mystical affiliation must be made between a woman and the archetypal feminine. A woman must sense, know or imagine herself as Woman, as Goddess, as an embodiment of the feminine principle…Under patriarchy this connection has been suppressed; there are no words or rituals that celebrate the connection between a wom … [Read more...]

Beating the Winter Blues

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by Molly KhanThis time of year, with the sun at its lowest and shortest course through the sky, life with children becomes its most difficult for me.  Here in Nebraska, things get cold and windy, not the best conditions for sending older kids outside to burn off their energy all afternoon - and I'm even wary of taking the littlest ones out for a walk.  The holidays are over, cabin fever is setting in, and the lack of sunlight is getting to everybody: the winter blues.I find that the best … [Read more...]


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