Pregnancy, Childbirth, and your Ancestors

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by Molly KhanIt wasn't until I became pregnant with my third child that I began to consider the more spiritual aspects of childbirth.  It helped that around that time I was becoming more involved in and more serious about my Paganism, delving beyond High Day and Full Moon observances and creating a personal, daily practice.  Pregnancy, and parenting my other two children, was a huge part of my life, and so it naturally figured largely in the deities I connected to and the practice I was d … [Read more...]

Picture Books for Pagan Families: Winter Solstice

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Picture Books for Pagan Families: Winter Solstice by Meg YardleyAt this time of year, we celebrate the Winter Solstice, also known as Yule.  On the winter solstice, we may light candles and decorate our homes with suns to keep the light alive through the longest night of the year.  As the sun rises the next morning, we mark the turning point when the dark time is beginning to pass and the days will soon begin to get longer.This is a wonderful holiday to celebrate with children, but can e … [Read more...]

Picture Books for Pagan Families: Samhain

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by Meg Yardley There are a lot of wonderful children’s picture books to read at this time of year, though I haven’t found any specifically about Samhain (either the historical Celtic or modern neo-Pagan version). Some good themes for picture books to celebrate this festival include:Death, dying, and staying connected to loved ones after loss (when addressed in an age-appropriate way) Other worlds (the land of Faerie, Avalon, the spirit world or any other place beyond) – again, in an age-a … [Read more...]

Advocating for Pagan Children in the Public School System

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Advocating for Pagan Children in the Public School SystemBy Aurora LightbringerSeveral weeks ago there was a comment from a Pagan mom named Katie on the Pagan Families Facebook page. Katie’s children, who openly identify as and call themselves witches, were experiencing a struggle for acceptance of their tradition at school. Katie posted seeking advice about this situation: “I am looking for any articles on young children going to public schools , I have enrolled my daughters who are ope … [Read more...]

Picture Books for Pagan Families: Autumn Equinox

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Blessed Equinox! This is the inaugural post in a new series on Picture Books for Pagan Families by longtime Pagan Families reader Meg Yardley.Picture Books for Pagan Families: Autumn EquinoxBy Meg YardleyAt the Autumn Equinox, also known as Mabon (after a hero from Welsh mythology), Pagan families celebrate the time of the harvest, give thanks for the year’s blessings, and honor the moment of balance as the days and nights are equal.  Although the Autumn Equinox is not one of the mos … [Read more...]

What Pagan Families Can Learn From Unitarian Universalists

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Editor's note: I invited Michelle Mueller to share a guest post with Pagan Families on the Patheos site-wide theme of Passing On The Faith. I was especially excited to receive this post and discover how well it dovetails with other Pagan Families posts from the past week. What Pagan Families Can Learn From Unitarian UniversalistsBy Michelle Mueller, M.Div.I've been Wiccan (or at the least known that I was) since I was 12 years old. Like many of us, I started as a … [Read more...]

Abstinence-only sex ed is against my religion

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By SunweaverMy eldest daughter is starting seventh grade and with that comes the "Teen Living" class, which includes learning about peer pressure, interpersonal relationships, and a five-day sex ed course. By and large, I'm not opposed to this kind of thing. Becoming a teenager is difficult business and when schools pay attention to that fact, it can potentially make that transition much, much easier. I'm not even opposed to sex ed in school. It's important for young men and women to know … [Read more...]

Blessing the Wait to Become an Adoptive Parent

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By Cindy McPherson. This post is reprinted with permission from her blog Pearls.Last week was the week before my 44th birthday. I had hoped to become a mom this year. A year ago James and I signed on with the Independent Adoption Center, and it’s nine months since we leaped through the hoops required for us to go into circulation and begin waiting to bring a baby into our family through open adoption. Last week also a baby was born to a Berkeley couple that contacted us in November when they … [Read more...]


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