Review: The Mother’s Wisdom Deck

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I immediately resonated with the beauty of online images from the Mother's Wisdom Deck created by Niki Dewart, Elizabeth Marglin, and Jenny Kostecki-Shaw, so I was thrilled when I wrote to ask for a review copy and they mailed one to me right away.My kids participated in opening the deck and the preschooler immediately spread the cards out across our rug - a great way to begin to interact with a new deck.The four suits of this deck are a bit unusual: Natural Mother, Animal Mother, A … [Read more...]

Dar a luz on Solstice

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It's Solstice week, and I'm scheduling this post in advance because when it publishes I'll be headed to the airport to join friends and family for some solemn candle lighting, joyous feasting, and more than a little tearing open of presents by the children.When we light the Solstice candles, and tell the story of the Mother goddess pushing out from her swollen body the brightness of the new baby Sun, I'll be thinking of those of you divinely human mamas who are getting ready to dar a l … [Read more...]

Wednesday Wisdom: Faith

"We're people who have enough faith in the future and enough stability in the present to bring children into the spiral of life or nurture children who are not born to us."-- Starhawk, Diane Baker, & Anne Hill, Circle Round: Raising Children in Goddess Traditions "Part of what gives me continued faith in a body I doubted for so long is the milk that comes whenever it is needed."-- Francesca Lia Block, Guarding The Moon: A Mother's First Year  (I'm trying something new … [Read more...]

November Link Round-Up

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I share a lot of fantastic links and such on our social media pages.  Here's a round-up of some of the highlights from November.  After I gathered them up, I realized that for some reason they all come in twos this month.Two informational posts: Via Not My Mother: A Memoir, "Learn more about why vaginas are incredible here" and practical advice on Witchcraft during pregnancy. Two interesting looking new books: The Mindful Way through Pregnancy and Red Medicine: Traditional Indigenous Rites … [Read more...]

Hello Patheos!

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Hello Patheos! I’m so excited to be writing this greeting. I can't wait to share lots of Pagan pregnancy and birth resources with you.I founded Pagan Families in May 2011 as a place to generate and collect resources on pregnancy and childbirth for Pagans.  Think The Pagan Book of Living and Dying for the childbearing year. We gave it the expansive name Pagan Families so we’d have lots of room to grow, but we certainly don’t believe that birthing a baby is the only way to grow a family.In … [Read more...]

From the editor’s desk: On the web

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It's so easy to forget how new this Internet thing is. So many of us have come rely on it to learn, to connect, to shop, and to share, but there's still a lot to work out about how to use it well.Last week, Christine Kraemer (the new managing editor of the Pagan portal at Patheos) pointed out that on Wikipedia, one important online source of information about Paganism, there's recently been a struggle over which information should be published  Christine suggests some ways to keep i … [Read more...]

From the editor’s desk: Thanksgiving

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In case you're just tuning in now, I've been experimenting with a weekly short message from the editor on a timely topic. Are these posts working for you? Let me know. This week the topic is Thanksgiving.This Thursday in the U.S. we celebrate Thanksgiving, which provides an opportunity to set or renew a practice of noticing and giving thanks. When we give thanks we make connection.  When we give thanks we invite in joy.  When we give thanks we notice what we already have. The things we fail … [Read more...]

There is a crack in everything

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"I have always believed in the need to acknowledge life's darkness in order to fully experience love-magic. This has never been so clear to me as now, after the birth of my baby girl." -Francesca Lia Block in Guarding the MoonRecently on the Pagan Families Facebook page there's been a lot of talk of miscarriage, stillbirth, and other often deeply challenging and painful experiences related to pregnancy and loss.It seems that one of the hardest things about experiencing such a painful … [Read more...]


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