Plant a Tree

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I live in Nebraska, the home of Arbor Day, and so we hear about it a lot!  Ours is coming up this Friday, but the date varies by state - you can find out yours here.  Growing up, my grandmother and I would plant a tree on her land every year around this time.  There's something amazing about watching a tree grow taller and taller each year; after planting it, watering it, and caring for it carefully.  These days I don't have the land to plant one tree a year, but I still feel it's important to no … [Read more...]

Picture Books for Pagan Families: Beltane

Rain Goddess

By Meg Yardley Beltane, or May Day, celebrates the fertility of the earth, the diversity of our community, and the joys of living in a body.  Traditions for this holiday that are especially fun with children including gathering flowers to make wreaths and garlands; getting up at dawn to bathe your face in the dew; and dancing the Maypole. Here are some recipes for May Day, and I also love this piece on "How to celebrate Beltane with a 4-year-old”.In honor of Beltane, you may want to seek ou … [Read more...]

What Makes a Family – Branches and Roots

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This month, Pagan Families is hosting a discussion on "what makes a family?", exploring the many different approaches to parenting and family in our community.  I have always loved the metaphor of the family tree.  I was raised with a strong sense of family; not just our own immediate circle, but great-aunts and uncles and cousins twice removed, playing with children whose last names branched out from ours three or four generations ago.  When I was in elementary school, a great aunt and uncle of … [Read more...]

Spring Growth Project

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As the days start getting longer and green things start to come up outside, my children are keenly watching every little change that happens.  As a fun project to teach kids about how plants grow, I like to have mine help me out with some garden planting.  Watching the little tomato and pepper seeds sprout from seed trays sitting in the windows, they learn so much about the magic of nature.Even if you don't have a garden to plant in, or very little children who might not be up to waiting for … [Read more...]

Cronemother: Finding their path

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 By Shellei"The air, the earth, the fire, water, return, return, return...."I am watching my grandson become a pagan. Until recently he had no interest in religion, or spirituality, and had no patience for "ritual stuff." He would stubbornly declare that he did not believe in deities or spirits, and he wouldn't sit still for me trying to teach him any "religiousness,." That never stopped me from being open and talking about my beliefs. More than that though, like setting the stage … [Read more...]

Raising Our Daughters as Leaders

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This month's topic in the Public Square is women in leadership.  I could write forever about how important I think women in public Pagan leadership is, but there's only so much I can do to change what's happening right now.  But changing the future - as a parent, that's something that I can have a great effect on.One of my biggest priorities - behind raising healthy, happy adults - is to raise my daughters as leaders.  A lot of progress has been made in modern American culture regarding eq … [Read more...]

Loving the Land

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Growing up, I spent a lot of time outside.  Walking creekbeds and climbing trees, I developed an intuitive understanding of the sacredness of nature.  Now that I'm older with my own children, I'm living in a bigger city where I feel less comfortable sending my kids out to explore the neighborhood on their own - at least at this age.  But understanding and feeling the spirits of the land (landvættir as they're called in Heathenry) is an essential part of my spirituality, and one I'd like to int … [Read more...]

Book Review: Rooted in the Body, Seeking the Soul by Tara “Masery” Miller

Rooted in the Body

The past few weeks I've been reading Rooted in the Body, Seeking the Soul: Magic Practitioners Living with Disabilities, Addiction, and Illness by Tara "Masery" Miller, and containing articles and interviews from a diverse group of Pagans.  It has been an absolutely fascinating journey.  The book accepted contributions from a variety of Pagans (as the title says) living with disabilities, addiction, and illness.  Perhaps of particular interest to those reading Pagan Families, it also has four ch … [Read more...]


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