Manifest Divinity: A Review

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Manifest Divinity, by Lisa Spiral Besnett, is a short book that encourages us to open up to manifestations of the divine in our lives. It is a simply written and incredibly positive book. Besnett uses a variety of techniques to tap into the divine in the world, providing contexts and some recommendations and discussion (or journaling) questions for each style.I wanted to love this book, as I like the ideas Besnett presents and the categories she's developed. I think this book would be ideal … [Read more...]

Blessed by Less

It is only when we silence the blaring sounds of our daily existence that we can finally hear the whispers of the truth that life reveals to us, as it stands knocking on the doorsteps of our hearts. ~ K.T. Jong "In a way Winter is the real Spring - the time when the inner things happen, the resurgence of nature."   ~ Edna O'Brien Each November, I feel a deep call to retreat and to re-evaluate my life, my priorities, and my goals. This year, I've been struck with a profound sense of "fall … [Read more...]

Review: Birth, Breath & Death: Meditations on Motherhood, Chaplaincy, and Life as a Doula

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Reading Birth, Breath & Death makes me want to hold my family close and also hold my heart open to strangers. And it makes me wish that Amy Wright Glenn had written more.Glenn, who's been a philosophy teacher, birth doula, and hospital chaplain, meditates thoughtfully on birth and death and the body-spirit through-line of breath that connects them both. She observes, "So many women never witness childbirth until it is directly upon them, until they themselves are in labor. Death, like … [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...]

Guest Post: Witches’ Almanac Review

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Since 1971, The Witches’ Almanac has been the source of fun, wisdom, trivia, and magical lore for hundreds of thousands of readers throughout the world. Modeled after the Old Farmers’ Almanac, it includes information related to the annual Moon Calendar (weather forecasts and horoscopes), as well as legends, rituals, herbal secrets, interviews, mystic incantations, interviews, and many a curious tale of good and evil. Although it is an annual publication, only about 15 percent of the content is sp … [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 an age-a … [Read more...]

Book Reviews: Pagan Children Learning Series

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In keeping with our recent posts about passing on the faith via art and about books for pagan children, I recently had the opportunity to review a set of three short books in the Pagan Children Learning series by Pie Plate Publishing. Written by Rowan Moss and illustrated by T.S. Lamb,What are the Elements?, Who is a Witch?, and What is Magic? are short, direct, gentle books explaining some core concepts in paganism. While I don't consider myself Wiccan, the Who is a Witch? book was my favorite o … [Read more...]

Picture Books for Pagan Families: Autumn Equinox

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Blessed Equinox! This is the inaugural post in a new series on Picture Books for Pagan Families by longtime Pagan Families reader Meg Yardley.Picture Books for Pagan Families: Autumn EquinoxBy Meg YardleyAt the Autumn Equinox, also known as Mabon (after a hero from Welsh mythology), Pagan families celebrate the time of the harvest, give thanks for the year’s blessings, and honor the moment of balance as the days and nights are equal.  Although the Autumn Equinox is not one of the mos … [Read more...]


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