Family Full Moon Calamandala

In association with my family monthly tradition of family full moon fun, each year I also draw a full moon "calamandala." Calamandala is a word I believe I coined that refers to a calendar in mandala form. I am not particularly skilled in drawing, but have found that the color combination of white colored pencils on black paper produces a striking result with limited skill! In 2012, along with the dates of each full moon and goddesses representing the elements, seasons, and new/waning moons, I … [Read more...]

When Interfaith Comes Home

Opening presents on Eid, an important Muslim holiday

Like many Pagan parents, I do not live in a solely Pagan household. When you factor in extended families, it becomes incredibly rare for a child's entire family to be Pagan. This can definitely create some issues, especially for those with families who don't accept Paganism as a legitimate and positive religion. I'd like to take some time to talk about my own experiences in an interfaith household, and one way to navigate the sometimes thorny issue of children growing up around multiple … [Read more...]

Pagan Tea Time at Pagan Families

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The many writers here at Pagan Families convened for a Google video chat this morning. It was both a business meeting and also a gathering to see each other face to face, catch glimpses of small children, and hear each others' voices. Seeing faces and hearing voices really does make this world-wide internet-based life feel warmer and more intimate!We talked about diversifying our posts and our voices. Things to look forward to on Pagan Families: more and more frequent posts; round robin … [Read more...]

Brigid’s Grove

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Today my family is celebrating Imbolc or Brigid's Day and my kids are so excited! Corned beef and cabbage is in the crockpot, pound cake and homemade custard are both cooling to make a "Fire and Snow" trifle for dessert tonight. My husband is currently making meringue cookies (had egg whites leftover from the custard!). We already made and ate oatcakes for breakfast and a braided "Bride's Loaf" is on the agenda to go with dinner. Last night my toddler daughter and I left out a mantle for Brigid … [Read more...]

Symbols of Protection

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If you're a parent, you know what it is to worry.  It's so hard to let our little ones go out into the world - to babysitters, to elementary school, to any of the numerous places they go on a daily basis where we can't watch over them.  It's supposed to be nice to have the break, but often I find myself spending more time stressing over how my children are doing than relaxing.Of course, I do my best in the mundane world to make sure my children are safe and happy; but there is a limit to w … [Read more...]

Pagan Families Tea Time

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Who wants to have tea and chat?Christine Kraemer, the managing editor here at Patheos Pagan has put out an invitation for Pagan bloggers and blog commenters to find a way to communicate face-to-face: "During the month of February, if you write online, make a date to have a cup of tea (or food or drink of your choice) with another writer or commenter. Even better, be daring, and make it someone you’ve argued with... I invite you to take a risk: e-mail someone (or more than one!) whose voice y … [Read more...]

From child to parent – growing up in a Pagan family

Raising the Maypole by Haxpett (Own work) [CC-BY-SA-3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

 By  Hannah JohnstonMost of us find Paganism as a teenager or adult, most of us come to the path through a personal epiphany or awakening. Yet for an increasing number of us, Paganism is the ground that we grow in – our community has been around long enough to foster a couple of generations of parents and children and so the numbers of Pagan families rises year on year.When I say to people that my family is Pagan, and that I was partly raised in a Pagan family, they go all dewy e … [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...]


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