Flash Points: Birthing the Mother-Writer

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This post is part of our June Pagan Flash Points series on "Beyond Mommy Blogging."After my first son was born in 2003, I felt silenced. Stifled. Shut down. Squelched. Denied. Invisible. Dissolved. Muted. I felt suffocated, chewed up and my bones spit out, erased, deconstructed, worthless, and useless. In hindsight, I see the PPD-ish glint behind these feelings, though some of these feelings also featured in my pre-motherhood neuroses, and the postpartum time following my first baby's birth … [Read more...]

Flash Points: Beyond Mommy Blogging

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I'm so excited to announce that Pagan Families contributor Hannah E. Johnston has just released  Children of the Green: Raising our Kids in Pagan Traditions.   In celebration of the new book, June’s Pagan Families Flash Points round-robin topic is all about writing and parenting:  Beyond Mommy Blogging. How do you make time and mental space to write with babies or small children around? What factors do you consider when deciding whether to write about your children or other family members? Wher … [Read more...]

May Link Round-Up: Birthdays, bodies, and bacteria

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Each month I look back over the great links and discussions we share on Pagan Families' social media and I compile the best and most enduring links and things in a monthly link round-up.In May we celebrated the two-year anniversary of the Mother's Wisdom Deck. We held our second Flash Points round robin, on the topic of children and sexuality in Paganism. In honor of International Midwives Day, we looked back at Pagan Families articles about midwives. Patheos celebrated its 5th … [Read more...]

Why Kids Need Touch, and How Consent Culture Helps Them Get It

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This month's Pagan Families Flash Point is on sexuality. How do we foster healthy attitudes about sex in our kids?First, let’s be clear on what we mean by “kids.” For adolescents, sex and sexual identity are important issues, and adolescents themselves are in a special state, no longer children but not yet adults. The needs of adolescents for education and support around these issues are complex and deserve their own post (or really, their own book!).So, for the purposes of this post, let … [Read more...]

What makes a family? Opening up…

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Sacred Body  Sacred Space Sacred WombHolding enfolding protecting nourishing.Spinning cells into soul into body into breath into life.Unfurling without conscious control or effort. Dancing together in the incredible might of creation...I missed my chance to officially participate in our first Pagan Families Flashpoints series on the topic of what makes a family, but I still have something to say about the topic anyway! For me, the question of what makes a … [Read more...]

All Acts of Love and Pleasure – Fostering Sensuality in our Kids

By David K from Dallas, USA ([1]) [CC-BY-SA-2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

All acts of love and pleasure are my rituals– in the sacred invocation by Doreen Valiente, the goddess calls us to recognise that pleasure and love are acts of divine relationship. This is the heart of a Pagan attitude towards sexuality. Pagan sexual morals are notably different to mainstream religious teachings on the subject. Our model of sacred sexuality is fluid. Even in the most rigid balance-based traditions of Paganism (those that see the male/female balance as crucial to worldly w … [Read more...]

April Link Round-Up: Medicine, magic, motherhood, and more

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Every month I read back over the links and things shared and discussed on the Pagan Families facebook and twitter pages, and write up the juiciest, most useful, most enduringly interesting links here in case you missed something. In April there were new babies, new facebook pages, and plenty of articles to read.We congratulated Niki from A Witch's Ashram who moved into her new house and immediately welcomed her baby girl to the world!Throughout April we observed Cesarean Awareness … [Read more...]

Book Review (OT): Goddess Calling

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“Any woman who has birthed or raised a child, had a book published, started an organization, manifested a temple – they all know the strength, courage and determination women possess…” –Karen Tate, Goddess Calling I've been a huge fan of Karen Tate's radio show Voices of the Sacred Feminine for several years. The voice of Karen and her versatile, diverse, talented, inspirational guests keep me company every week on my commute to teach at a military base.Goddess Calling sounds just like Kare … [Read more...]


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