Picture Books for Pagan Families: Beltane

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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Ask Us: What symbol can I use to protect my home?

Have you noticed we have an "Ask Us" button near the top of our main page? Got a question about Paganism and pregnancy or family life that you don’t see answered here yet?  We’d like to try to answer your question.  No question is too big or too small. If we don’t know the answer, we’ll look for someone who does (we know lots of parents, priest/esses, and birth professionals).  Your question and our answer may appear as a blog post so others can benefit from you asking.Well, we got a question … [Read more...]

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Cronemother: Finding their path

 By Shellei"The air, the earth, the fire, water, return, return, return...."I am watching my grandson become a pagan. Until recently he had no interest in religion, or spirituality, and had no patience for "ritual stuff." He would stubbornly declare that he did not believe in deities or spirits, and he wouldn't sit still for me trying to teach him any "religiousness,." That never stopped me from being open and talking about my beliefs. More than that though, like setting the stage … [Read more...]

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Spring Grow

by Hannah JohnstonIn the spring when everything is busting out, it seems that my kids have spent the whole winter in horse manure and have chosen now to grow a requisite six inches. Whether sun or snow, the kids will grow.Not only that, but my warm and cuddly lads have turned into miniature teenagers overnight. They are like little narcissi, small bright and full of ‘tude. Growth is one of those elements that we seem to measure from the time our babies are small, we worry about it, co … [Read more...]

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Picture Books for Pagan Families: Spring Equinox

By Meg Yardley The Spring Equinox is a wonderful festival for celebrating the beginnings of spring with your family.  This page suggests some ways for families to celebrate Ostara together.  Hopefully at this time of year you are able to spend more time outside, as there is so much to discover and enjoy outside in the springtime, but on evenings and rainy days it’s great to have some picture books to curl up and read together. In honor of the Equinox, you may want to seek out books related to: … [Read more...]

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Disability, abortion, and love

By Cory Ellen Gatrall Pagan blogger Tara Miller recently wrote about her thoughts on the difficult question of the intersection of abortion rights and disability rights, asking “as the ability to detect disabilities in fetuses continues to advance, will women be more likely to have an abortion?” Gina Kolata also recently addressed a similar issue in her New York Times piece on the ethical debates over preimplantation genetic diagnosis (PGD), in which she paraphrased ethicist David Wasserman: … [Read more...]

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Maiden, Mother, Crone-ish?

By ShelleiCould there be a new archetype emerging? The grand-mama, or maybe the crone-ma? Cronemother?In different times, and in different cultures, families live/d in extended family homes and communities, where "it takes a village," or at least a large family to raise a child. In an extended family, a child can receive caregiving, nurturing, guidance, help with schoolwork--in other words "parenting" from many different family members--not just mom or dad. In our nuclear family oriented … [Read more...]

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From child to parent – growing up in a Pagan family

 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...]

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