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...]

October link round-up

Butterfly and Transformation

I share a lot of great links and pictures on Facebook and Twitter.  Here's some of the best from October: “The erotic charge that […] lit up the performance of giving birth also seemed to light up the stories they told about it. Many of the stories I heard were not specifically sexual but, in the telling, were filled to overflowing with the kind of intimacy, excitement, pleasure, and passion that articulated itself in and through the birthing body they hailed—a body that, in being given, gave, t … [Read more...]

From the editor’s desk: Vote!

Get out the vote

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...]

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

There are no words

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...]

September link round-up

Sacred Pregnancy

As I come across them, I share lots of items of interest on our Facebook page.  Here are highlights from throughout September:* A pregnancy announcement at Tales of a Kitchen Witch.  Congratulations!* I spoke at a Salon on Spirituality and Reproductive Experience and Kelly N. wrote up the event.* Pagan Families is now on Twitter. Come say hi!* Daisy Isarraras wrote about art, Mayan spirituality, justice, and 28 drops of blood.* Pagan Dad reviewed Pagan Parenting in the NI … [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...]


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