From the editor’s desk: Harvest Time

Harvest Time

As I explained last week, I'm going to try out making a weekly editor's post, usually linked to the calendar, the seasons, or current events. Here's this week's installment.We've been celebrating harvest season in my household. The kitchen counter is lined with giant pumpkins, there's popcorn drying on the cob, and we're eating apples with every meal.Maybe that's why I noticed the other day that the final installment in a series about food and pregnancy had been left unposted since last … [Read more...]

From the editor’s desk: Pregnancy and Infant Loss Remembrance Day

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Pagan Families has mostly been a place to amass our collective resources related to Paganism and the childbearing year, and I've tried to mostly be a quiet editor behind the scenes.  But I don't want to seem like the pathetic Wizard trying to pull one over on Dorothy and her friends from behind a curtain, and I do want you to feel like this is a welcoming space where you can bring your experiences and questions.  So I'm going to try out being less the silent editor and more the welcoming host h … [Read more...]

Eating and Spirituality, Part 4: Myth and Symbol

This is the final post in a series on eating and spirituality during the childbearing year that I wrote way back in February.  I don't know why this post got orphaned, but at least I'm sharing it with you now.  In the first three posts I talked about why and how to start incorporating attention to food into your spiritual life, but I wanted to also touch on the mythology and symbolism of food.Selina Rifkin, whose words I've relied on a great deal in putting together this series, points out t … [Read more...]

Review: Sacred Pregnancy

Orange Sacred Pregnancy

"Growing a baby offers a woman the opportunity to be part of Mother Nature's mysteries, which directly connects her to the source of all things." (99) Sacred Pregnancy is a guidebook and journal for pregnant mothers. "The point of this book is to help you feel prepared emotionally, spiritually, and physically to birth your baby and enter motherhood," says author Anni Daulter. (291)Get the book in your hands and you'll see it was obviously lovingly designed.  It's filled with gorgeous … [Read more...]

30 days of peace

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By Janet CallahanNot every pregnancy goes according to plan.After 5 years of on-again, off-again fertility treatments, my son came crashing into the world by emergency c-section at 27 weeks and a day, weighing only a pound and seven ounces, thanks to pre-eclampsia and HELLP syndrome. With that kind of delivery, there isn’t time for setting the mood – no candles, no soft music, no labyrinth or birthing tub….just panic. The spiritual side of that sort of birth defaults to praying, "Godd … [Read more...]

Seven Spiritual Habits to Set During Pregnancy

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by Kira NuitWhen I was pregnant, people often joked: "you'd better do all those things you've put off, because you won't have time once the baby comes!" I thought they meant things like travel to Europe, play video games all night, or go out dancing. I didn't realize the wisdom included things like cleaning house, any  project requiring more than 10 minutes, or performing the regular spiritual tasks vital to my soul's health. Fortunately, I dove into my spirituality during pregnancy and … [Read more...]

Thinking About Having Children: One Pagan’s Perspective

Last week Sarah, our fearless leader here at Pagan Families, posted a link to this article, called "Think Before You Breed," in the New York Times about the ethics of having children on our Facebook page. I think most people do think before they breed; on the other hand, most of us aren't trained in the philosophical arts, so the kinds of thinking the author is aiming for might not come easily to most people. Sarah wondered "Can Pagan ethics help us to decide whether to have children? "The … [Read more...]

Book Review: Pagan Pregnancy

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It is important to think of pregnancy as a process, not a condition... pregnancy changes you and your life on a deep level. - Arin Murphy-Hiscock I am aware of exactly one book available for purchase right now specifically on the topic of Paganism and pregnancy.  Arin Murphy-Hiscock wrote Pagan Pregnancy: A Spiritual Journey from Maiden to Mother years ago, and the book was finally released as an ebook just a few months ago. As soon as I saw the news I enthusiastically set to work getting t … [Read more...]


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