A Pagan Mother’s Day

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Happy Mother's Day to all mothers, grandmothers, and those who care for children!  Though this is a secular holiday, the idea of honoring one's elders (and especially mothers!) in a spiritual way was widespread in early Germanic and Celtic society, which gives this day a sacred connotation for some modern-day Pagans.  According to Wikipedia, the cult of the Matres and Matrones (meaning mothers and matrons, respectively) was incredibly popular during the first through fifth century AD; and we can … [Read more...]

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The Pagan Parenting Blogs You Read

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When Mama Stacey shared the link to her blog the other day, I realized there's a world of Pagan parenting blogs out there that I don't know about. So I asked on Facebook what Pagan parenting blogs readers recommend, and here's the list that was shared:In the House of Mama Stacey "This blog is about a real Pagan family in a real NW Pennsylvania town.  We're vegetarians (except Papa J, who still sneaks jerky and bacon when he thinks Mama Stacey isn't looking!), liberal thinkers, earth lo … [Read more...]

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Birth Spiral Chakra Blessing

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Birth spiral. Energy feel it spin throughout your body. Beginning in your core, unfolding, unfolding, spiraling upward into a peak and release Every part of you opening making space making room for this new little one. Calling the child forth into your waiting arms your waiting family your waiting heart. Enlivened alive fully engaged and embodied in the current of labor. It builds it pulses it rolls it rocks it peaks it crests. These waves of power. They are you. You are … [Read more...]

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December Link Round-Up: News, Reading, and Opportunities

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First some blog business, then the link round-up:Since I haven't been able to track down the original winner of the free seat in Wild Mother Arts' new Natural Mama Circle, I narrowed the pool down to those people who followed the instructions and actually left an email address, generated a random number, and the new winner is: Sarah Hodgkins! I hope you enjoy the Circle, Sarah (check your email for details). In December we welcomed A Witch's Ashram to Patheos Pagan! We continue to sen … [Read more...]

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Wednesday Wisdom: Goddess

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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.Goddess, womb, cauldron, birth, life, death... "The Goddess (as Cerridwen, Kali, Siris and others) generates, dissolves, and regenerates life life within her churning womb/cauldron. Here the Goddess is the vortex from which all things are spun into existence and sucked back out of it." -Melissa … [Read more...]

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Body Blessing to and from the Mother

I am a new contributor to the Pagan Families blog. I became introduced to Pagan Families when I bought Sarah's book Birth on the Labyrinth Path, enjoyed it very much, and blogged about it. I've been a childbirth educator since 2005, primarily teaching private classes to parents one-on-one in their homes, and I have an ongoing, sustained, and passionate interest in birth as well as in women's health in general (and breastfeeding too!). Another of my deepest passions is for Goddess spirituality … [Read more...]

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Dar a luz on Solstice

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It's Solstice week, and I'm scheduling this post in advance because when it publishes I'll be headed to the airport to join friends and family for some solemn candle lighting, joyous feasting, and more than a little tearing open of presents by the children.When we light the Solstice candles, and tell the story of the Mother goddess pushing out from her swollen body the brightness of the new baby Sun, I'll be thinking of those of you divinely human mamas who are getting ready to dar a l … [Read more...]

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Maiden, Mother, Crone… Or Something Else?

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By Kris BradleyEditor's Note: This is re-posted with the author's permission from Confessions of a Pagan Soccer Mom.  Photo credit: Hecate via Rob Koopman.I’ve participated in a couple of discussions in the last month or so on the subject of the typical Triple  Goddess: Maiden, Mother and Crone  The Maiden is virginal.  She is the waxing moon; the early spring, not quite yet burst into bloom; she is  new beginnings.  She is a seeker of knowledge. The Mother is sexual  She is the  full m … [Read more...]

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