Thinking About Having Children: One Pagan’s Perspective

Last week Sarah, our fearless leader here at Pagan Families, posted a link to this article, called "Think Before You Breed," in the New York Times about the ethics of having children on our Facebook page. I think most people do think before they breed; on the other hand, most of us aren't trained in the philosophical arts, so the kinds of thinking the author is aiming for might not come easily to most people. Sarah wondered "Can Pagan ethics help us to decide whether to have children? "The … [Read more...]

Ten Moons: The Inner Journey of Pregnancy, Preparation for Natural Birth

A review by Niki WhitingI admit I am completely intrigued by the idea of shamanic midwifery. Jane Hardwicke Collings, an Australian, has forged this path, combining traditional midwifery with shamanic concepts and work with the Divine Feminine. She trains other women, midwives and doulas, in this process, which, from her websites, is more of a set interpersonal skills and mindset, than an actual magical system.I was sent the e-book version of Collings's book on preparing for natural … [Read more...]

Pagan names

Let’s be honest. Pagan names are weird. They are the source of much mockery, from both within and without the pagan community. For some reason we feel the need to name ourselves BlazingRaven Night Hawk’s Daughter or Moonray Celestina Wolf, or maybe just Thorson, which is like Madonna, but less obvious, right? But now some of us are having kids and they need names. What’s a pagan to do?First off, all names have meaning. Do we pick Jim, because it was our favorite uncle’s name? Do we pick Sarah a … [Read more...]

On Being a Holy Mother

‘Holy Mother,In whom we live, move and have our being,From you all things emerge and unto you all things return…’ This is the beginning of a prayer I learned from T Thorn Coyle just before becoming pregnant with my first child. It is only a slight twist on a biblical verse Acts 17:28 with which I was already familiar. As a religious studies scholar, whose work focused on women in religion and Mariology (the study of the Virgin Mary) theories of the divine feminine were important to m … [Read more...]


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