Our rockin’ writers

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Last week we quietly added Kira as a regular contributor to Pagan Families. Kira Nuit is a writer, geek, textile artist, witch and mother. She strives to build a simple and fulfilling life that integrates all her parts — which includes figuring out how to provide excellent care for her toddling daughter while also bathing regularly. She writes about it atEarth Mama Prime. Kira had already contributed some of our most popular posts about spiritual practices to do during pregnancy and with small … [Read more...]

Community participation

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Last fall I took a course on community change in public health. One of the major take-home lessons of the course was this: involving and empowering the people you're trying to serve can dramatically improve the outcomes of a public health intervention. The course focused on curbing diseases like malaria and AIDS, while my goals here of bringing Pagans guidance and inspiration through childbearing feel much more modest, but the basic approach of listening and empowering seems just as … [Read more...]

Dar a luz on Solstice

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It's Solstice week, and I'm scheduling this post in advance because when it publishes I'll be headed to the airport to join friends and family for some solemn candle lighting, joyous feasting, and more than a little tearing open of presents by the children.When we light the Solstice candles, and tell the story of the Mother goddess pushing out from her swollen body the brightness of the new baby Sun, I'll be thinking of those of you divinely human mamas who are getting ready to dar a l … [Read more...]

Hello Patheos!

Birth On The Labyrinth Path

Hello Patheos! I’m so excited to be writing this greeting. I can't wait to share lots of Pagan pregnancy and birth resources with you.I founded Pagan Families in May 2011 as a place to generate and collect resources on pregnancy and childbirth for Pagans.  Think The Pagan Book of Living and Dying for the childbearing year. We gave it the expansive name Pagan Families so we’d have lots of room to grow, but we certainly don’t believe that birthing a baby is the only way to grow a family.In … [Read more...]

From the editor’s desk: On the web

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It's so easy to forget how new this Internet thing is. So many of us have come rely on it to learn, to connect, to shop, and to share, but there's still a lot to work out about how to use it well.Last week, Christine Kraemer (the new managing editor of the Pagan portal at Patheos) pointed out that on Wikipedia, one important online source of information about Paganism, there's recently been a struggle over which information should be published  Christine suggests some ways to keep i … [Read more...]

From the editor’s desk: Thanksgiving

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In case you're just tuning in now, I've been experimenting with a weekly short message from the editor on a timely topic. Are these posts working for you? Let me know. This week the topic is Thanksgiving.This Thursday in the U.S. we celebrate Thanksgiving, which provides an opportunity to set or renew a practice of noticing and giving thanks. When we give thanks we make connection.  When we give thanks we invite in joy.  When we give thanks we notice what we already have. The things we fail … [Read more...]

From the editor’s desk: Premature births

1 Million babies die each year

This is Prematurity Awareness Month and November 17 is World Prematurity Day.Here's a message from the March of Dimes: "November 17 is World Prematurity Day. Every year, 13 million babies are born prematurely worldwide. A million of them never get to celebrate their first birthday, and many more face serious, lifelong health challenges. Raising awareness of this common and serious problem is the first step to defeating it. Visit Facebook.com/WorldPrematurityDay and change your status to sh … [Read more...]

From the editor’s desk: Vote!

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Tuesday is Election Day in the U.S. I won't tell you here what to mark on your ballot, but I will urge you, if you can vote this week, please do. And if you do vote, then think of the Pagan families.What I mean is, vote for the candidates who are most likely to work hard to make sure we have the freedom and resources to decide whom we'll partner with, whether and when we'll become parents, how we'll bring our children into the world, and how we'll share our religion with them.Because … [Read more...]

From the editor’s desk: Samhain

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‎Let yourself love and be loved by your Ancestors, your Mighty Dead, your Beloved Dead, the Newborns and all other beings in your life, for that is how all souls can indeed be blessed. -Elinor Predota Halloween, Samhain, and Dia de Los Muertos are all marked on my calendar for this week.  And all around the Internet, Witches and Pagans are making ready to celebrate this time when the veil grows thin. Many of us honor our ancestors and beloved dead now.  In addition to death there's also another … [Read more...]

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...]


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