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...]

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...]

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...]


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