Not Everyone Appreciated Our Rite of Passage – A Response

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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 passage. ‘5 year o … [Read more...]

Pagan paths for children?

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"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 on … [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...]

Link round-up

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"What is more mysterious than the great unknown existing beyond the frontiers of birth and death?" - Amy Wright Glenn in Birth, Breath, & Death, the Sacred Readings: A Global Book Club book in June. It's time for a round-up of the best links shared on the Pagan Families Facebook page in July.On Pagan Pregnancy and Parenting:From The Allergic Pagan: The Challenges of Family Rituals: "Paganism can be incredibly intricate. In simplifying it for my children, is something lost in the … [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...]

Birth Song, Life Song, Death Song

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"A woman can spin a primal umbilical rope within her womb through which she passes life-energy to the future." --Melissa Raphael "In some indigenous cultures of the Americas there is the practice of finding one's death song while alive. This song becomes the ally of the person throughout their lives, so that they become very acquainted with what the song means in their lifetime. Death then, is a companion of life, and is never forgotten. In the hour of death, these people would, if they were … [Read more...]

Thealogy in Practice: A Lesson from the Maiden

"In contemporary Paganism, we do not see belief detached from practice as worthwhile by itself." --Christine Hoff KraemerThis weekend I finished reading Seeking the Mystery by Patheo's own Christine Hoff Kraemer. It is on sale at Amazon for $0.99 through the end of the business day on Tuesday (Kindle edition), then available at $2.99 (half price) for the next week. There is also a paperback version available and the book includes activities and discussion questions for individuals and … [Read more...]


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