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...]

Beltane for Kids

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Beltane - it's one of the biggest holidays of the Pagan year, rivaled only by Samhain.  And yet for many, it is one of the most difficult holidays to relate to.  The emphasis placed on  (hetero!)sexual activity and fertility can be alienating for many groups of people, including our own children.  This is not simply a morality issue - whether parents and guardians want their children exposed to sexual themes and imagery - though that certainly is one part of it.  The biggest issue with children a … [Read more...]

Celebrate Earth Day Pagan Style!


Earth day is coming!  This year it falls on Wednesday, April 22nd.  In my part of the Midwest, most schools celebrate Earth Day with the children - followed closely by Arbor Day, a sacred Nebraska tradition!  Here's some ideas to celebrate Earth Day with your children, with an added spiritual element to help them understand why we honor the earth beyond just minimizing global warming.Pick an Earth goddess, and address Her when doing any Earth Day activities Nerthus and Jord are two popular … [Read more...]

What Good is Paganism for Families?


For a large portion of the time I have been Pagan, I have also been a mother.  This surprises some people, both on- and off-line; Paganism has a reputation of being for teenagers and experimenting twenty-somethings.  While I'm very glad those demographics can find something useful in my religion, I honestly feel like it's the best choice for a mother of three from the midwest, too!The best part about Paganism?  Most Pagans are not only open-minded about differences that much of society looks … [Read more...]

Beltane Flowers for our Neighbors

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It's April 1st, and that means that Beltane is only a month away - as one of the biggest holidays in the Pagan community, I know a lot of us are already starting to prepare!  I have such fond memories of May Day growing up, and the traditions associated with it have always lent their charm to my conception of Beltane.  We would craft little baskets, usually filled with candy or other little treats, and leave them on neighbors' doorsteps early in the morning.  At school we usually did the same, an … [Read more...]

5 Things my Kids Taught Me about Beauty


Having children and being a stay at home mom has taught me so many things about life - especially about multitasking!  But as a Pagan parent, one of the most important things my children have taught me is seeing and appreciating the beauty all around me.  Here's the top five things my kids have taught me about beauty:1) Beauty is present in the smallest things.  This past fall, as my son and I walked his older sister to school every morning, we noticed a yellow garden spider.  This spider sta … [Read more...]

3 great reads for Pagan parents


Pagan Families is a multi-author blog about Paganism, pregnancy, parenting, and family life, yes, but it's also a resource library and a community discussion forum. We publish new articles here. We share and discuss them and lots more on Facebook and Twitter. Then each month, I round up the best new writing and resources and put it into a post, like this one for February.But first, a bit of news: we welcome Jason Mankey as the new Patheos Pagan editor and wish Christine Kraemer well in the … [Read more...]

Children Who Rest with My Ancestors: Part 1


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...]