What Makes a Family – Branches and Roots

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This month, Pagan Families is hosting a discussion on "what makes a family?", exploring the many different approaches to parenting and family in our community.  I have always loved the metaphor of the family tree.  I was raised with a strong sense of family; not just our own immediate circle, but great-aunts and uncles and cousins twice removed, playing with children whose last names branched out from ours three or four generations ago.  When I was in elementary school, a great aunt and uncle of … [Read more...]

Pagan Families Flash Points: What makes a family?

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The Pagan Families contributors have often talked about wanting a way to explore together our diverse approaches to important Pagan Families topics. We don't want to host a debate exactly, because the last thing we want to do is fan the flames of any mommy wars, but we are hoping to generate some useful friction around our different parenting philosophies and practices, to shed light on topics that are very dear to us and that we do get fired up about.So today we're excited to begin hosting … [Read more...]

Spring Growth Project

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As the days start getting longer and green things start to come up outside, my children are keenly watching every little change that happens.  As a fun project to teach kids about how plants grow, I like to have mine help me out with some garden planting.  Watching the little tomato and pepper seeds sprout from seed trays sitting in the windows, they learn so much about the magic of nature.Even if you don't have a garden to plant in, or very little children who might not be up to waiting for … [Read more...]

Raising Our Daughters as Leaders

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This month's topic in the Public Square is women in leadership.  I could write forever about how important I think women in public Pagan leadership is, but there's only so much I can do to change what's happening right now.  But changing the future - as a parent, that's something that I can have a great effect on.One of my biggest priorities - behind raising healthy, happy adults - is to raise my daughters as leaders.  A lot of progress has been made in modern American culture regarding eq … [Read more...]

Spell for Family Balance

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For a number of years we've had a family mantra: our family works in harmony to meet each member's needs. At times, I've felt like I'm repeating it through clenched teeth. At times, I have felt that none of our needs are being met well and at times I've felt like harmony is a distant, unattainable treasure. However, we keep using it and sometimes, sometimes it feels like we're there. I do not subscribe to the ideal of the self-sacrificing parent. I refuse to repeat the cliche that "everyone has … [Read more...]

International Women’s Day: Body Prayer

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I roam sacred ground my body is my altar my temple.I cast a circle with my breath I touch the earth with my fingers I answer to the fire of my spirit.My blood pulses in time with larger rhythms past, present, future connected rooted breathing.The reach of my fingers my ritual the song of my blood my blessing my electric mind my offering.Breathing deep stretching out opening wide.My body is my altar my body is my temple my living presence on this … [Read more...]

Loving the Land

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Growing up, I spent a lot of time outside.  Walking creekbeds and climbing trees, I developed an intuitive understanding of the sacredness of nature.  Now that I'm older with my own children, I'm living in a bigger city where I feel less comfortable sending my kids out to explore the neighborhood on their own - at least at this age.  But understanding and feeling the spirits of the land (landvættir as they're called in Heathenry) is an essential part of my spirituality, and one I'd like to int … [Read more...]

February Link Round-Up: Dragons, Gods, Mothering, and Social Media

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We've been busy here at Pagan Families! Having Pagan Tea Time, welcoming Molly Khan and Hannah Johnston, and keeping up with all our parenting and priestessing and other projects.And here are some of our favorite links from beyond Pagan Families:* On creating a myth together with a young child: "We can’t play with the dragon in the same way we used to, since his body is gone, but he is still our ally and we can talk to him whenever we want."* "The Summer of Gods is a short film (20 mi … [Read more...]


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