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...]

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...]

Mealtime Prayers: Connecting with the Earth

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Growing a garden with my children has taught me a lot of things, but first and foremost it has taught me how important connecting with our food is.  It is the most important gift the earth gives to us - the gift of life.  But for many, especially children who sometimes don't even understand the concept intellectually, our food has become completely separated from the earth that grows and sustains it.  When my oldest was two, we watched an episode of Sesame Street together; it showed how milk com … [Read more...]

Purify

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By SunweaverAbout this time last year, I was having a walking meditation/ conversation with Apollo. This is not an uncommon thing for me to do and I often have the best conversations with my gods this way. I talk about my puny mortal problems and the Theoi graciously humor me, often offering very helpful guidance and often rather unhelpful but true guidance as well. This particular conversation mainly consisted of me babbling and Apollo saying pretty much one thing:Purify.It was not … [Read more...]

Wednesday Wisdom: Of the Earth

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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.Earth body, mama body, Gaia, garden... "I am part of nature, connected in the web, born not only from my own mother, but from the body of Gaia."--Laura Paskell-Brown "I had a baby, I worked the soil; I nursed and fed her my milk/my garden. Our summer days were in the garden; the sun-drenched plot … [Read more...]

From the editor’s desk: Harvest Time

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As I explained last week, I'm going to try out making a weekly editor's post, usually linked to the calendar, the seasons, or current events. Here's this week's installment.We've been celebrating harvest season in my household. The kitchen counter is lined with giant pumpkins, there's popcorn drying on the cob, and we're eating apples with every meal.Maybe that's why I noticed the other day that the final installment in a series about food and pregnancy had been left unposted since last … [Read more...]

Eating and Spirituality, Part 4: Myth and Symbol

This is the final post in a series on eating and spirituality during the childbearing year that I wrote way back in February.  I don't know why this post got orphaned, but at least I'm sharing it with you now.  In the first three posts I talked about why and how to start incorporating attention to food into your spiritual life, but I wanted to also touch on the mythology and symbolism of food.Selina Rifkin, whose words I've relied on a great deal in putting together this series, points out t … [Read more...]

Eating and Spirituality Part 3: Food rituals in the childbearing year

In part 2 of Eating and Spirituality I talked about how the food we eat is connected to the physical well-being of our bodies and of the planet, as well as how enjoying food can be a way to celebrate the Goddess.  This week I want to suggest some specific ways to incorportate food into your spiritual practice.Food is at the heart of so many rituals.  Probably your tradition already has food rituals such as sumble or cakes and ale.  You can also design rituals around nourishing your pregnant b … [Read more...]


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