Pregnancy and Infant Loss Remembrance Day

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Pregnancy and Infant Loss Remembrance Day is October 15. At The Amethyst Network, we've been working on making some new images for the purpose of sharing either in advocacy or support. There you can find different buttons designed for sharing on social media or blogs on both Facebook and Pinterest. Tonight, I went to a candlelight vigil in my town in honor of this Remembrance Day. I took my little rainbow daughter with me and we spent some peaceful time at dusk in the park with my friend and … [Read more...]

Link round-up for September: Mothers, godparents, advocates, and more

Back to school photo credit Damian Gadal http://www.flickr.com/photos/23024164@N06/7887766094/

Link Round-Up I started Pagan Families so that Pagan moms (and dads and grandparents and...) wouldn't have to reinvent the wheel when welcoming babies, so you could have access to ideas, advice, prayers, rituals, and community support as you navigate the spiritual life of pregnancy and parenting. One way of meeting this goal is gathering up Pagan and Pagan-friendly baby welcoming resources from around the web and sharing them on social media. Here's some of the best of those links from … [Read more...]

Book Reviews: Pagan Children Learning Series

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In keeping with our recent posts about passing on the faith via art and about books for pagan children, I recently had the opportunity to review a set of three short books in the Pagan Children Learning series by Pie Plate Publishing. Written by Rowan Moss and illustrated by T.S. Lamb,What are the Elements?, Who is a Witch?, and What is Magic? are short, direct, gentle books explaining some core concepts in paganism. While I don't consider myself Wiccan, the Who is a Witch? book was my … [Read more...]

Passing on the Faith: Children’s Sculptures

The Goddess of Love (by 7 y.o. You may notice some heart-hands sculptures in my own work and think he "borrowed" it from me, but it was actually vice versa! He thought of it first!)

In August, Patheos hosted a site-wide conversation about Passing On the Faith to children. I'm a little late to the table, but I have a  related post to share anyway! As I've written previously (see: Mamapriestess), the sociocultural value of a divine presence that validates women’s bodies cannot be overestimated. Indeed, I believe that patriarchal religion in its most destructive way grew out of the devaluation and rejection of female bodies. A religion that rejects the female body, that … [Read more...]

Not Everyone Appreciated Our Rite of Passage – A Response

Facing the fire. By Janne Karaste via Wikimedia Commons

Last week I wrote about the coming of age ritual my husband and I did for our five-year old son. That single post has received significant attention: repostings, comments, and discussion. More people may have seen that post than any other I’ve written and there are a few things I want to follow-up on. In retrospect, the title is unclear. I would prefer to re-title it “Rites of Passage for a 5-year-old.” The event was not just a ‘regular’ ritual, it was specifically a rite of … [Read more...]

Pagan paths for children?

Michelle leading Water n Wax Scrying with Pagan kids, Pagan Alliance Witches' Ball, SF Bay Area 2012

"Pagan parents' emphasis on freedom of religious choice for their children means that some parents are reluctant to consider their children 'Pagan' until (and unless) the children themselves decide to follow Pagan paths." - S. Zohreh Kermani, Pagan Family Values: Childhood And The Religious Imagination In Contemporary American Paganism In August Patheos hosted a site-wide conversation about Passing On the Faith to children. Since Pagans often struggle over whether, when, and how to best pass … [Read more...]

Rituals for a 5-Year-Old

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(This was originally posted on Niki's personal site, My Own Ashram.) Last week my son had his 5 Year Old Rituals. What does that mean? Let's start at the beginning. My son was born prematurely and spent the first month of his life in the NICU (neonatal intensive care unit). It was easily the worst month of my life. Son, B, was born healthy and strong, though very, very small. He has grown to inherit both his mother's and his father's emotional intensity, so while he's a bright, healthy, … [Read more...]

Passing Down the Trad

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(This post was originally published at Niki's personal blog, My Own Ashram.) There are a series of blog posts occurring at Patheos on passing along one's faith to kids or a younger generation. I've really enjoyed reading the different perspectives. As I've got two kids of my own, ages 5 and 2.5, here are my two cents. My husband, Adam, and I are raising our kids in a Pagan household. I don't say that we are raising the kids as Pagans, or to be Pagans, but Adam and I run our house in a … [Read more...]


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