A Pagan Mother’s Day

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Happy Mother's Day to all mothers, grandmothers, and those who care for children!  Though this is a secular holiday, the idea of honoring one's elders (and especially mothers!) in a spiritual way was widespread in early Germanic and Celtic society, which gives this day a sacred connotation for some modern-day Pagans.  According to Wikipedia, the cult of the Matres and Matrones (meaning mothers and matrons, respectively) was incredibly popular during the first through fifth century AD; and we can … [Read more...]

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The 4 best reads from March

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It's time again for the monthly link round-up of the best articles and resources for Pagan families from around the web.About families and ancestor work, from Witches and Pagans: "Yes, I know the topic of ancestor work can be a controversial one in the pagan community, because so many of us have deceased family members we wouldn’t call on if it was the last option open to us." About birth & death in Paganism, from The Wild Hunt: "Moore has been working for 15 years to make midwifery mo … [Read more...]

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Children Who Rest with My Ancestors: Part 1

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Trigger warning: this is a discussion of miscarriage, and I include some intense emotions and strong imagery.  Please be cautious if this is a triggering subject for you.Last week was the fifth anniversary of my first miscarriage.  I remember this horrible moment throughout the year - the day I found out I was pregnant, the day my baby was supposed to have been born - but none stands out more than this day.  I was three months pregnant, supposedly beyond the danger zone, but I had been bl … [Read more...]

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Talking to Kids About Death

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My husband's grandmother caught Influenza A at the end of last year, and has been in the hospital for a few weeks now.  The doctors have told us to expect her passing any day.  This is hard for my husband, for his family, and has been especially difficult for our children - her great-grandchildren.  Though she has been unable to care for herself for some time now, her family rallied around her, and she has been a constant presence in my mother-in-law's home.  They live a block away from us, and w … [Read more...]

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Haunted Time

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By C. B. CabeenMy oldest child turns five this month, and I've been looking back at my journals from the first two weeks after she was born.  I haven't seen a lot of postpartum writing I resonate with, so I wanted to share a couple journal excerpts related to Samhain.  I've edited them to connect pieces and make the images less fragmentary.Where was I this October when the new grass greened?  I was incubating at home with my freshly born baby, who sprang out five or six days after th … [Read more...]

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5 ways to keep the family story alive so kids can thrive

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Research shows that sharing family stories boosts kids' self-esteem and sense of control in their lives. Knowing the family narrative makes kids happier and more resilient because they know their place in the family.As Bruce Feiler wrote in the New York Times: "The single most important thing you can do for your family may be the simplest of all: develop a strong family narrative."Good news -- we Pagans excel at constructing and sharing narratives, and we especially find opportunities to … [Read more...]

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August Link Round-Up: Linking generations through milk, blood, magic, and mentoring

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At the end of each month I look back over Facebook and Twitter to review the conversations we've had and the resources we've shared, and I compile the very best all in one blog post.August included celebrating World Breastfeeding Week and offering our congratulations to Molly Remer on her publication of Womanrunes.We also talked about Pagan groups raising funds to help unaccompanied minors who are entering the U.S.And as usual, we read some great articles around the web at the int … [Read more...]

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Where Babies Come From: A Heathen View

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This month, Pagan Families is talking about where babies come from - what us bloggers believe about souls, birth, and how they all fit together.  For Heathens, it can get a bit complicated.  Some believe in true reincarnation, where souls of those who have passed on are placed in unborn children (often in the same family line) to live again.  Some believe that each new child is a completely new and unique being.  I think my view fits somewhere in the middle.In Heathenry, many believe that a p … [Read more...]

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