Beltane Flowers for our Neighbors

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It's April 1st, and that means that Beltane is only a month away - as one of the biggest holidays in the Pagan community, I know a lot of us are already starting to prepare!  I have such fond memories of May Day growing up, and the traditions associated with it have always lent their charm to my conception of Beltane.  We would craft little baskets, usually filled with candy or other little treats, and leave them on neighbors' doorsteps early in the morning.  At school we usually did the same, an … [Read more...]

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5 Things my Kids Taught Me about Beauty

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Having children and being a stay at home mom has taught me so many things about life - especially about multitasking!  But as a Pagan parent, one of the most important things my children have taught me is seeing and appreciating the beauty all around me.  Here's the top five things my kids have taught me about beauty:1) Beauty is present in the smallest things.  This past fall, as my son and I walked his older sister to school every morning, we noticed a yellow garden spider.  This spider sta … [Read more...]

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What Nights Are For

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I lie awake in the dark with my children beside me, one on each side. The little one snuggles with her whole body, the big one with just an outstretched hand. I remember when she followed me in her sleep like a sunflower follows the sun; now when she does that, it usually means she needs another blanket. As I write this, I'm starting the slow process of night-weaning my second child, and it's gotten me thinking on how we sleep. I've done little sleep training, since it's easier to change my own … [Read more...]

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When Kids Meet the Gods

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A few years ago, my oldest daughter and I picked out a new book to read at bedtime: Odd and the Frost Giants, by Neil Gaiman.  It's a fun book about a Norse boy named Odd who becomes swept up in a grand adventure with Odin, Thor, and Loki; and he meets a few other deities along the way.  My daughter absolutely loved it, and was immediately caught up in this compelling story about Gods that had, so far, only been distant names in grown-up rituals.It was the middle of June, and so one night a h … [Read more...]

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The Importance of Self Care

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When my first daughter was born, everything was pretty great.  My family and my husband's family were incredibly helpful, my husband stayed home for two months and I didn't go back to work until my daughter was four months old.  She had some difficulty picking up nursing, but eventually got the knack of it, and we went about our lives as a happy little three-person family.  It was easy to sit down after she went to bed and make time to watch a movie or read a book, and this was exactly what I ne … [Read more...]

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2 Mama Essays and 2 Pregnancy Prayers + 1 Roadmap To a Healthy Birth

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Here's the round-up of January's best reads for Pagan families from around the web.Two Mama Essays:Amy Wright Glenn, The ocean, the Buddha and nummies: "Truly nothing prepared me for the biological beauty of nourishing my son with milk made in my body." Molly at Talk Birth, Womb Labyrinth: "Birth journey. Each of us walks our own path. In the center, a baby waits. And, so too, wait deep truths about ourselves. Our own courage, our own fears, our own strength, our own p … [Read more...]

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Why Pagan Families Want Temples

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The new Heathen temple being built in Reykjavik, Iceland has been all over my facebook the last few days.  The title of most of the articles is a bit misleading: it's certainly not the first temple to the Heathen Gods in 1,000 years, I visited a beautiful Hof in Michigan just this past fall!  But overall I couldn't be more pleased that the Asatruarfelagid is making this happen.  I have always been a huge proponent of public Pagan temples, and to see that one group is starting to realize that dr … [Read more...]

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Kids Can Charm the Plow

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For many Heathens, this time of year marks the celebration of the Charming of the Plow, a ritual to honor the earth and encourage growth and fertility in the coming seasons.  The concept is very simple: giving offerings to the earth as you begin to stir up the soil for the first time that year.  I wrote a simple song to the tune of 'Twinkle Twinkle Little Star', and my children and I will sing it this year as we give to the earth and prepare our first seeds for planting. Soil, soil, running d … [Read more...]

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