Top 10 Posts of 2013

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This is an entirely unsystematic, unscientific, personally biased list of my top 10 favorite Pagan Families posts from 2013. It's obviously not all the good posts, or even all the great posts. It's not necessarily the most read or shared or commented on posts either. But I tried to include posts from all our regular (and irregular) contributors, and to represent the range of topics we now cover. From pregnancy to postpartum, from sex education to adoption, from spiritual practice with toddlers … [Read more...]

November Link Round-Up: Self-care, pregnancy, and books

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November was a big month for reflecting on self-care... "Self care might just be the most religious act that one can do." -- Crystal Blanton; Author, High Priestess, Counselor, Witch From deprivation to ease: Pagan parents taking care of ourselves The Power of Self Care There were also posts around the web on pregnancy, birth, abortion, and parenting... The Birth of a Mother | Jodi the Doula Place at the Table Loving kindness at Thanksgiving 40 Days of Ritual to Keep … [Read more...]

A Yuletide Giveaway: Natural Mama Circle

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Jacquie at Wild Mother Arts, who you may remember gave away some stunning jewelry to help celebrate Birth On the Labyrinth Path's birthday, has a new offering: the Natural Mama Circle - a yearlong journey in Earth Mama Medicine, which is currently on a 30% off special until December 21st. The Natural Mama Circle which will take place entirely on Facebook aims to" increase your knowledge, skills and confidence in natural mothering, foster a greener lifestyle and be supported by a … [Read more...]

Family Full Moon Ritual

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Two years ago, in conjunction with one of my classes at Ocean Seminary College, I realized that it was high time for me to try to offer spiritual nourishment and experiences to my immediate family members throughout the year. I want to be the priestess of my own hearth first. And it was at this time, my idea for Family Full Moon Fun was born and we've kept it up, with varying degrees of success, ever since. I usually envision a delightful family ritual with loving connection, meaningful … [Read more...]

Picture Books for Pagan Families: Winter Solstice

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Picture Books for Pagan Families: Winter Solstice by Meg Yardley At this time of year, we celebrate the Winter Solstice, also known as Yule.  On the winter solstice, we may light candles and decorate our homes with suns to keep the light alive through the longest night of the year.  As the sun rises the next morning, we mark the turning point when the dark time is beginning to pass and the days will soon begin to get longer. This is a wonderful holiday to celebrate with children, but … [Read more...]

Winter Family Traditions Sampler

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“I know myself linked by chains of fires, to every woman who has kept a hearth. In the resinous smoke I smell hut, castle, cave, mansion and hovel, See in the shifting flame my mother and grandmothers out over the world.” –Elsa Gidlo Today was the first big snow of the winter at my home in the Midwest and instead of jumping on my to-do list, we spent the day on several family traditions. First, we made snow ice cream! We always did this when I was a kid and my kids love it too. … [Read more...]

October Link Round-Up: Blessings, births, babies, and more

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Observances and Events October was a busy month around here! We celebrated National Midwifery Week & International Babywearing Week as well as observing Pregnancy and Infant Loss Remembrance Day. This year's Spirit Babies ceremony was announced: This year, the Spirit Babies ceremony will be at the Mudd Building, Room 100 of the Pacific School of Religion at 1798 Scenic Avenue in Berkeley on Sunday 12/15 from 1-2pm. This is an interfaith service for people to come together to remember, … [Read more...]

From deprivation to ease: Pagan parents taking care of ourselves

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I had the great privilege last month of attending the  #femfuture retreat at the Omega Institute in Rhinecliff, New York. Zerlina Maxwell wrote after the retreat that "The key takeaway for me and others was that the notion of self care being selfish is woefully misguided and unproductive. No longer is deprivation and sacrifice a source of pride." She was writing about feminist activists, but she could have been writing about all kinds of folks who chronically put their work before … [Read more...]

Wednesday Wisdom: Ancestors

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A weekly Wednesday Wisdom post -- two or three quotes on a theme related to Paganism and childbearing, inviting us to meditate.  This week in honor of Samhain, we observe how our descendants and our ancestors are intimately linked through us. "The dead are our friends and family, our ancestors, who gave us life. We call them our 'beloved dead.'" - Starhawk, Diane Baker, & Anne Hill in Circle Round   "I feel deeply connected with mothers everywhere. A million stand behind me, … [Read more...]

Picture Books for Pagan Families: Samhain

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by Meg Yardley There are a lot of wonderful children’s picture books to read at this time of year, though I haven’t found any specifically about Samhain (either the historical Celtic or modern neo-Pagan version). Some good themes for picture books to celebrate this festival include: Death, dying, and staying connected to loved ones after loss (when addressed in an age-appropriate way) Other worlds (the land of Faerie, Avalon, the spirit world or any other place beyond) – again, in … [Read more...]