Flash Points: Where do babies come from?

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August's Pagan Families Flash Points round-robin topic is about life or soul existence before birth: Where do babies come from? In May we talked about sex and reproduction but what about where our souls, spirits, or unique personalities come from? Does your family or tradition have an explanation for this? Reincarnation or something else? How does this story change the meaning of pregnancy or a birthday? Where do babies come from? Our regular contributors will write on this topic throughout th … [Read more...]

July Link Round-Up: Body theology, parenting, loss, and the spiritual path

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The Pagan Families facebook page gets lots of requests to share other pages and links. In order to maintain the quality and focus of the page, I only share them if they have something to do with Paganism and pregnancy/parenting/family life (you'd be surprised how far off-topic some requests are). There were plenty of great on-topic links in July:On being embodied:"She offers us the possibility of understanding and experiencing the menstrual cycle that we embody as kin to the cycle of mo … [Read more...]

Picture Books for Pagan Families: Lammas

Summer's Vacation

By Meg YardleyThis post ends my series of picture books for each of the eight Pagan holy days.  It’s been a wonderful journey for me and I hope it has provided some useful spiritual resources for you as well.  Stay tuned for more picture book posts on other Pagan topics over the next few months!Lammas (from “loaf-mass”),  also known as Lughnasadh in honor of the Irish god Lugh, is a festival of Celtic origin celebrating the first harvest – of corn, grain, and fruit – and the power of abun … [Read more...]

Birth Guardians: Moriah Burke

Moriah Burke

Today’s profile of Moriah Burke 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 Moriah’s profi … [Read more...]

Review: Divorcing a Real Witch

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Review: Divorcing a Real Witch: For Pagans and the People That Used to Love Them by Diane RajchelThis is a book I asked to review not because I have been through the pain and process of divorce myself, but because it offers another perspective in the raft of pagan lifestyle books that are currently appearing. I have to admit though that as the child of divorced parents, and as an author interested in the lives of children, I didn’t come to this title without investment and interest. It is s … [Read more...]

To The Gates of Dreaming: Using Guided Meditation to Help Young Children Sleep

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By C. B. CabeenI've spent countless hours helping my daughters fall asleep, nursing and bouncing, massaging and singing and praying, lying absolutely quiet or else reciting Mother Goose.  By the time my eldest was preschool age, I turned to magic.  I began using guided meditations with my daughter around the time she was two and a half.  She already enjoyed storytelling immensely, so I figured she could visualize well enough to benefit from a simple trance induction aimed at sleep.  This one … [Read more...]

Book Notes: Mothering From Your Center

Mothering From Your Center

I checked out Mothering From Your Center  from my local library and read it over the course of the spring. Tami Lynn Kent doesn't write specifically for Pagans, but there's so much in this book that would appeal to Pagan parents.It's a book focused on energy tools for pregnancy and birth as well as connecting birth energy with parenting. "Just like the intense opening that happens in birth, there are times in mothering when your capacity will be stretched to its edges." -Tami Lynn Ken … [Read more...]

The Birth Candle

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By Moriah BurkeAs a pagan, I’ve heard many people say, “I’ll light a candle!” and I’ve also lit quite a few candles in my practice. Lighting a candle is in some cases the Christian equivalent of saying a prayer. I personally believe in having a candle lit for mothers in labor as their labor progresses. For me, this has usually entailed me not being physically present for the labor but starting a “labor vigil” once word has gotten out that the time is near. In a recent case, I did use a cand … [Read more...]


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