Can children appreciate nature?

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Last week John Halstead wrote about his family vacation and his disappointment in his children's reaction to natural beauty: I find myself wondering what has changed between my childhood and now that I enjoy these drives. The contrast is all the more acute since I have children of my own. This past weekend, I hiked with my family up a mountainside to show them a beautiful meadow and a vista I had happened upon. My kids, now 11 and 14, enjoyed the view for all of 10 seconds before becoming … [Read more...]

A gallery of birth altars

Jacquelyn shares, "This is my birth altar for my third baby. At the center is a Frigga doll by the lovely Dancing Goddess Dolls. A picture of me while pregnant with my 2nd, various birth goddess statues, candles (fire), a fan for labor (air), seashells (water), a decorated gourd rattle (earth) and birth jewelry I made for the journey. "

I posted a call for birth altar photos on our Facebook page and you guys came through with a whole bunch of beautiful, inspiring, individually intimate birth altar photos. Here are the ones that I've gotten permission to share on the blog. Aren't they lovely? Thanks to everyone who shared!    Also, check out Molly's photo-packed description of building a birth altar and Lily's ideas on how you can build a birth altar. … [Read more...]

Fighting for Families: SCOTUS & Wendy Davis

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I usually try to steer clear of politics here so we can stay focused on Pagan family life, but the truth is that politics refuses to steer clear of our families, and this week I just don't want to let current events pass without a mention.The Supreme Court rendered decisions challenging DOMA (the Defense of Marriage Act) and Prop 8 in California, all of which means many same sex couples are now one step closer to having their marriages and their families recognized and supported. The Wild … [Read more...]

Paganism, pregnancy, & parenting link round-up

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I just checked and I haven't gotten around to doing a monthly link round-up since March. Oops. There's so much good stuff that I share on Facebook and Twitter. Today I've compiled some of the recent best. But first some blog business:Pagan Families has joined Pinterest! Definitely still figuring things out over there. Come check us out and help us figure out how to pin stuff you want to see. In celebration of Birth On The Labyrinth Path's first birthday, Wild Mother Arts is offering us a … [Read more...]

Adopting While Pagan, part 2

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This is part 2 of an interview with Tara "Masery" Miller about her experience initiating the adoption process. She writes the Staff of Asclepius blog here at Patheos and we previously published her beautiful essay about facing infertility.Yesterday I published part 1 in which I asked about why she's chosen adoption. In part 2 I ask her lots of questions about the intersection between Paganism and adoption.3. How has being Pagan affected your adoption process?First, my husband isn't Pa … [Read more...]

Adopting While Pagan, Part 1

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This is an interview with Tara "Masery" Miller about her experience initiating the adoption process. She writes the Staff of Asclepius blog here at Patheos and we previously published her beautiful essay about facing infertility.Adoption is something I have little experience with so I'm really happy she volunteered to share her first-hand experience. She said, "I hope my experience can help other Pagan or magical families going through the adoption process or thinking about it." I hope so t … [Read more...]

Book Birthday: And the winner is…

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I'm so grateful to everybody who's helped me celebrate my book's first birthday this week!I hear regularly from people who wish they'd found Birth On The Labyrinth Path or the Pagan Families blog or the Pagan Families Facebook page earlier in their pregnancies. I wish for many fewer instances of Pagans who are welcoming new babies and feeling as though they have no spiritually appropriate resources, and indeed many more instances of having to choose amongst abundant resources. When you tell … [Read more...]

Wednesday Wisdom, book birthday party edition: Labyrinths

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This week's Wednesday Wisdom post is also part of the Birth On The Labyrinth Path birthday party week. The theme is labyrinths. How can labyrinths connect us to spirit, to the land, or to our own bodies? How can the labyrinth be a symbol for birth? "To walk a sacred path is to discover our inner sacred space: that core of feeling that is waiting to have life breathed back into it through symbols, archetypal forms like the labyrinth, rituals, stories and myths." - Lauren Artress, Walking A … [Read more...]


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