Advocating for Pagan Children in the Public School System

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Advocating for Pagan Children in the Public School System By Aurora Lightbringer Several 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 … [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 Equinox By Meg Yardley At 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 … [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 Universalists By 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 Sunweaver My 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 … [Read more...]

Burying My Eggs: A Ritual to Accept Infertility

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By Cindy McPherson A good friend of mine terminated a problematic pregnancy, and she wrote about it online in a courageous and beautiful way. Now she is taking a priestess program, which I have been part of for many years, and after seeing one of her mentors recently, she told me, “I’m planning a ritual for the child I lost.” “I want to hear about it!” I said, “And remind me, when we meet, to tell you about the ritual I did to bury my unborn (and un-conceived) babies.” My … [Read more...]

Four Simple Ways to Honor Spirit in Baby’s First Year

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By Thekla Richter   Finding time to nurture your connection with divinity might seem laughable when you are so busy nurturing your newborn and struggling through the most basic aspects of day-to-day life. Yet, at the same time, if you were supported by spiritual practice before you had your baby, giving up that path entirely can leave a huge void in your life that you feel deeply even through your haze of exhaustion. The good news is that tending your spirit and connecting with the … [Read more...]

Baby’s First Meditations

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By Kira Nuit  I started doing nightly meditations with my daughter when she was about 18 months old. I mentioned this in my latest post about spiritual practices to do with toddlers. A few people asked about the specifics of these meditations, so I will detail them here. During the first year, I kept the meditations simple. To relax, I introduced her to a star that shone light down into her body. As I named each part, I massaged it gently, both to relax her and to teach her words for her … [Read more...]


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