Picture Books for Pagan Families: Imbolc

By Meg Yardley The Celtic festival of Imbolc, also sometimes called Brigid after the goddess who is celebrated at this time, is a wonderful festival to celebrate with children, as it focuses on the hearth and home.  Depending on where you live, Imbolc may or may not seem like the “beginning of spring” as it is often described.  Historically, this is a time of year when people have often been desperately in need of hope, as food stores dwindle and the earth is not yet producing new plants and cro … [Read more...]

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Beating the Winter Blues

by Molly KhanThis time of year, with the sun at its lowest and shortest course through the sky, life with children becomes its most difficult for me.  Here in Nebraska, things get cold and windy, not the best conditions for sending older kids outside to burn off their energy all afternoon - and I'm even wary of taking the littlest ones out for a walk.  The holidays are over, cabin fever is setting in, and the lack of sunlight is getting to everybody: the winter blues.I find that the best … [Read more...]

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Pregnancy, Childbirth, and your Ancestors

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...]

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Picture Books for Pagan Families: Winter Solstice

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...]

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Picture Books for Pagan Families: Samhain

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...]

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Advocating for Pagan Children in the Public School System

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...]

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Picture Books for Pagan Families: Autumn Equinox

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...]

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What Pagan Families Can Learn From Unitarian Universalists

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...]

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