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

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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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Picture Books for Pagan Families: Samhain

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by Meg Yardley There are a lot of wonderful children’s picture books to read at this time of year, though I haven’t found any specifically about Samhain (either the historical Celtic or modern neo-Pagan version). Some good themes for picture books to celebrate this festival include:Death, dying, and staying connected to loved ones after loss (when addressed in an age-appropriate way) Other worlds (the land of Faerie, Avalon, the spirit world or any other place beyond) – again, in an age-a … [Read more...]

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Birth Song, Life Song, Death Song

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"A woman can spin a primal umbilical rope within her womb through which she passes life-energy to the future." --Melissa Raphael "In some indigenous cultures of the Americas there is the practice of finding one's death song while alive. This song becomes the ally of the person throughout their lives, so that they become very acquainted with what the song means in their lifetime. Death then, is a companion of life, and is never forgotten. In the hour of death, these people would, if they were … [Read more...]

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Wednesday Wisdom: Cycles

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A weekly Wednesday Wisdom post with two or three profound or beautiful thoughts on a theme related to Paganism and childbearing. An invitation to meditate or just to pause a moment and consider. Mandalas, cycles, birth and death, seasons, tides, an unfolding life... "Your life is also a mandala. In each year, you complete a cycle, a mandala, with you at its center and around which revolves that year's events and experiences. Elongating that cycle, we see the mandala that is your life, which … [Read more...]

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