Picture Books for Pagan Families: Beltane

Rain Goddess

By Meg Yardley Beltane, or May Day, celebrates the fertility of the earth, the diversity of our community, and the joys of living in a body.  Traditions for this holiday that are especially fun with children including gathering flowers to make wreaths and garlands; getting up at dawn to bathe your face in the dew; and dancing the Maypole. Here are some recipes for May Day, and I also love this piece on "How to celebrate Beltane with a 4-year-old”.In honor of Beltane, you may want to seek ou … [Read more...]

Spell for Family Balance

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For a number of years we've had a family mantra: our family works in harmony to meet each member's needs. At times, I've felt like I'm repeating it through clenched teeth. At times, I have felt that none of our needs are being met well and at times I've felt like harmony is a distant, unattainable treasure. However, we keep using it and sometimes, sometimes it feels like we're there. I do not subscribe to the ideal of the self-sacrificing parent. I refuse to repeat the cliche that "everyone has … [Read more...]

Picture Books for Pagan Families: Spring Equinox

Earth Mother

By Meg Yardley The Spring Equinox is a wonderful festival for celebrating the beginnings of spring with your family.  This page suggests some ways for families to celebrate Ostara together.  Hopefully at this time of year you are able to spend more time outside, as there is so much to discover and enjoy outside in the springtime, but on evenings and rainy days it’s great to have some picture books to curl up and read together. In honor of the Equinox, you may want to seek out books related to: … [Read more...]

International Women’s Day: Body Prayer

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I roam sacred ground my body is my altar my temple.I cast a circle with my breath I touch the earth with my fingers I answer to the fire of my spirit.My blood pulses in time with larger rhythms past, present, future connected rooted breathing.The reach of my fingers my ritual the song of my blood my blessing my electric mind my offering.Breathing deep stretching out opening wide.My body is my altar my body is my temple my living presence on this … [Read more...]

Birth as Initiation

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“Childbirth is a rite of passage so intense physically, psychologically, emotionally, spiritually, that most other events in a woman’s life pale next to it. In our modern lives, there are few remaining rituals of initiation, few events that challenge a person’s mettle down to the very core. Childbirth remains a primary initiatory rite for a woman.” –from the book MotherMysteries via Thesis Tidbits: Birth as a Shamanic Experience | Talk Birth. I just finished reading a short book called Return t … [Read more...]

Picture Books for Pagan Families: Imbolc

Blessings

By Meg Yardley The Celtic festival of Imbolc, also sometimes called Brigid after the goddess who is celebrated at this time, is a wonderful festival to celebrate with children, as it focuses on the hearth and home.  Depending on where you live, Imbolc may or may not seem like the “beginning of spring” as it is often described.  Historically, this is a time of year when people have often been desperately in need of hope, as food stores dwindle and the earth is not yet producing new plants and cro … [Read more...]

Picture Books for Pagan Families: Winter Solstice

Sun Bread

Picture Books for Pagan Families: Winter Solstice by Meg YardleyAt 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 can e … [Read more...]

Inhabited by the Divine: Cut, Stapled and Mended

Recently I found myself totally absorbed by Roanna Rosewood’s birth memoir: Cut, Stapled, and Mended. In an overlap with my interests that I didn't anticipate, I discovered that in many ways Rosewood’s book is about a journey to the sacred feminine within herself. This thread of her discovery of the larger forces of what it means to be female that runs throughout the book and I was especially interested by several mentions of a sense of being inhabited by the Divine, the Sacred Feminine. Writing … [Read more...]


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