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...]

Children and Public Paganism

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I am very active in my local Pagan community - I'm a member of a few groups, regularly attend a few more, and host the occasional public ritual at my home.  My sort-of dirty secret is that I don't do these things for me, not completely; and I don't do them to completely selflessly build community.  Honestly, I was pretty satisfied with my personal daily practice, and didn't feel a need for much else.  One of the huge reasons I'm so involved with public Paganism is children.It didn't quite oc … [Read more...]

Nature Walk in the Changing Season

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Some days, my children are very observant - they notice every little thing around them, often picking out things I never would have seen.  Other days, it seems like they're wearing blinders, unable to notice anything even if it sits right in front of their nose.  It took awhile, but I think I've finally pinned down the cause: what they notice is change.  When something is different, it's often immediately apparent, locked on to and discussed.I like to use the changing seasons - especially sum … [Read more...]

Rain Rain (Don’t!) Go Away

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  One of my children's favorite things to do is play in the rain.  Regardless of the weather, when they hear the telltale drips they're on their feet and out the door within minutes, ready to frolic.  Of course, they inevitably come back about ten minutes later, soaked through and freezing and begging for towels; but there's nowhere in the world they'd rather be in that moment.This week has been incredibly wet for my part of the midwest, and I couldn't be more thankful - it … [Read more...]

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...]

Review: Divorcing a Real Witch

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Review: Divorcing a Real Witch: For Pagans and the People That Used to Love Them by Diane RajchelThis is a book I asked to review not because I have been through the pain and process of divorce myself, but because it offers another perspective in the raft of pagan lifestyle books that are currently appearing. I have to admit though that as the child of divorced parents, and as an author interested in the lives of children, I didn’t come to this title without investment and interest. It is s … [Read more...]

Picture Books for Pagan Families: Summer Solstice

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By Meg YardleyThe Summer Solstice celebrates the longest day (and shortest night) of the year, the height of the sun’s power, the abundant energy and magic all around us, and our own sense of achievement and empowerment.  You and your family might want to watch the sun set for the shortest night; host a costume party that celebrates magical transformation; make sun symbol art; drink sun tea; or write down something you want to transform and burn it in a small fire.  This year I especially wan … [Read more...]

Pagan Families Flash Points: Let’s Talk About Sex

Last month we launched our new round robin series: Pagan Families Flash Points. We don't want to host a debate exactly, because the last thing we want to do is fan the flames of any mommy wars, but we are hoping to generate some useful friction around our different parenting philosophies and practices, to shed light on topics that are very dear to us and that we do get fired up about.Each month we'll share a topic that we'd love to see lively discussion on. Our regular contributors will … [Read more...]


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