10 Great Reads of December on Paganism, parenting, social justice, and celebrating the season

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A monthly round-up of the best links shared and discussed on our active Facebook and Twitter streams.On Paganism and bringing babies into the world:"This Life Is Important" by J. Brown: "As a professional yoga teacher, I almost never use the term: “Life Force.” It just feels too woo-woo or cheesy and triggers my revulsion for new-age fluff. However, in attempting to describe the experience of witnessing my wife giving birth to our second child, I can think of no other term that fits more … [Read more...]

A Pagan Thanksgiving

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For my family, the autumnal equinox has always been our 'Pagan Thanksgiving'.  A few months later, we have actual Thanksgiving with both my husband's and my extended family, but this is a more intimate, immediate-family oriented gathering.  Just as the big get-togethers have their traditions and expectations, our little family has its own customs.On the equinox, everyone helps to make the feast, often with veggies harvested from the garden.  Little ones are given simple tasks like mashing th … [Read more...]

Top 10 Posts of 2013

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This is an entirely unsystematic, unscientific, personally biased list of my top 10 favorite Pagan Families posts from 2013. It's obviously not all the good posts, or even all the great posts. It's not necessarily the most read or shared or commented on posts either. But I tried to include posts from all our regular (and irregular) contributors, and to represent the range of topics we now cover. From pregnancy to postpartum, from sex education to adoption, from spiritual practice with toddlers … [Read more...]

Annual Spirit Babies Ceremony + Pantheacon

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I've received word that this year's Spirit Babies ceremony will take place on Sunday 12/15 in Berkeley, California, from 12-2pm. It's an interfaith service for those who've been touched by abortion, miscarriage, or stillbirth. The organizers say on their Facebook page: Up till now, there has been little like this in the US. Women experiencing these losses have mostly been alone and isolated. There is a stigma around pregnancy loss, no matter what the cause, and little opportunity to share s … [Read more...]

Blessing the Wait to Become an Adoptive Parent

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By Cindy McPherson. This post is reprinted with permission from her blog Pearls.Last week was the week before my 44th birthday. I had hoped to become a mom this year. A year ago James and I signed on with the Independent Adoption Center, and it’s nine months since we leaped through the hoops required for us to go into circulation and begin waiting to bring a baby into our family through open adoption. Last week also a baby was born to a Berkeley couple that contacted us in November when they … [Read more...]

Burying My Eggs: A Ritual to Accept Infertility

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By Cindy McPhersonA good friend of mine terminated a problematic pregnancy, and she wrote about it online in a courageous and beautiful way. Now she is taking a priestess program, which I have been part of for many years, and after seeing one of her mentors recently, she told me, “I’m planning a ritual for the child I lost.”“I want to hear about it!” I said, “And remind me, when we meet, to tell you about the ritual I did to bury my unborn (and un-conceived) babies.”My journey with in … [Read more...]

Group Ritual to Acknowledge Miscarriage

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This ritual is designed as a ceremony of healing and empowerment following miscarriage. It is based on a ritual that I had following my own miscarriages in 2010.Anyone who has experienced miscarriage and who would like to acknowledge the impact on her life is welcome. So too are those who would like to act as witnesses and keepers of sacred space for those who grieve. The simple altar is laid outdoors on the ground near an already dug hole (for planting a tree). It contains a small bowl, a … [Read more...]

Rituals to Honor Miscarriage

“Ritual opens a doorway in the invisible wall that seems to separate the spiritual and the physical. The formal quality of ritual allows us to move into the space between the worlds, experience what we need, and then step back and once more close the doorway so we can return to our lives enriched.” --Rachel Pollack, The Power of Ritual There is no right or wrong way to plan a ritual or ceremony to acknowledge your baby and your miscarriage experiences. Some women may wish to do a “lot,” some wom … [Read more...]


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