Of Children, Paint, and Unplanned Sabbats

BeltaneBaby

By C. B. CabeenWhen Beltane came, we'd planned to dance a May Pole at my older daughter's preschool.  Not exactly pagan, but I don't know many pagan families locally, and the school May Pole was as close to traditional as we were going to get.  Well, my daughter lost all interest in it at the last minute.  Maybe it was because she'd gotten frustrated making her May crown.  Or maybe it was just too hot.Beltane where I live starts summer.   The green spring grass gives way to gold, roses bl … [Read more...]

Off to School Altars

Off To School Altar

Off to School AltarsBy C. B. CabeenLast year my almost four year old spent the first event of the school year in hiding.  She'd enjoyed preschool in the Spring, but now that school was about to start again, she was worried and didn't want to talk about it.  I felt helpless.  Her initial transition into preschool had taken months of patient work, but now I had a baby, and what if we had to do the same thing again?  I couldn't shepherd my kiddo through the experience this tim … [Read more...]

Picture Books for Pagan Families: Lammas

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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...]

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

By Jerry MagnuM Porsbjer (www.magnumphoto.se) [GFDL (http://www.gnu.org/copyleft/fdl.html) or CC-BY-SA-3.0-2.5-2.0-1.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

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...]

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...]

Picture Books for Pagan Families: Summer Solstice

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By Meg YardleyThe Summer Solstice celebrates the longest day (and shortest night) of the year, the height of the sun’s power, the abundant energy and magic all around us, and our own sense of achievement and empowerment.  You and your family might want to watch the sun set for the shortest night; host a costume party that celebrates magical transformation; make sun symbol art; drink sun tea; or write down something you want to transform and burn it in a small fire.  This year I especially wan … [Read more...]

Flash points: a family that’s open and inclusive

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By ChristinaI live in a big house with my husband and our two kids, my husband's girlfriend, her husband, their cats and dog, and a friend of ours.  That's family--or at least a big part of it.  Our housemates are the people who steal our baby when they go for a walk, and if the fish sauce is missing from the fridge, then they probably have that, too. Every week we split our farm share, and I don't think we could handle the whole thing on our own.  My husband and his girlfriend carpool home f … [Read more...]

Picture Books for Pagan Families: Beltane

Rain Goddess

By Meg Yardley Beltane, or May Day, celebrates the fertility of the earth, the diversity of our community, and the joys of living in a body.  Traditions for this holiday that are especially fun with children including gathering flowers to make wreaths and garlands; getting up at dawn to bathe your face in the dew; and dancing the Maypole. Here are some recipes for May Day, and I also love this piece on "How to celebrate Beltane with a 4-year-old”.In honor of Beltane, you may want to seek ou … [Read more...]


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