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...]

Pagan Tea Time at Pagan Families

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The many writers here at Pagan Families convened for a Google video chat this morning. It was both a business meeting and also a gathering to see each other face to face, catch glimpses of small children, and hear each others' voices. Seeing faces and hearing voices really does make this world-wide internet-based life feel warmer and more intimate!We talked about diversifying our posts and our voices. Things to look forward to on Pagan Families: more and more frequent posts; round robin … [Read more...]

Guest Post: Witches’ Almanac Review

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Since 1971, The Witches’ Almanac has been the source of fun, wisdom, trivia, and magical lore for hundreds of thousands of readers throughout the world. Modeled after the Old Farmers’ Almanac, it includes information related to the annual Moon Calendar (weather forecasts and horoscopes), as well as legends, rituals, herbal secrets, interviews, mystic incantations, interviews, and many a curious tale of good and evil. Although it is an annual publication, only about 15 percent of the content is sp … [Read more...]

Not Everyone Appreciated Our Rite of Passage – A Response

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Last week I wrote about the coming of age ritual my husband and I did for our five-year old son. That single post has received significant attention: repostings, comments, and discussion. More people may have seen that post than any other I’ve written and there are a few things I want to follow-up on.In retrospect, the title is unclear. I would prefer to re-title it “Rites of Passage for a 5-year-old.” The event was not just a ‘regular’ ritual, it was specifically a rite of passage. ‘5 year o … [Read more...]

Pagan paths for children?

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"Pagan parents' emphasis on freedom of religious choice for their children means that some parents are reluctant to consider their children 'Pagan' until (and unless) the children themselves decide to follow Pagan paths." - S. Zohreh Kermani, Pagan Family Values: Childhood And The Religious Imagination In Contemporary American Paganism In August Patheos hosted a site-wide conversation about Passing On the Faith to children. Since Pagans often struggle over whether, when, and how to best pass on … [Read more...]

Rituals for a 5-Year-Old

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(This was originally posted on Niki's personal site, My Own Ashram.)Last week my son had his 5 Year Old Rituals. What does that mean? Let's start at the beginning.My son was born prematurely and spent the first month of his life in the NICU (neonatal intensive care unit). It was easily the worst month of my life. Son, B, was born healthy and strong, though very, very small. He has grown to inherit both his mother's and his father's emotional intensity, so while he's a bright, healthy, … [Read more...]

Passing Down the Trad

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(This post was originally published at Niki's personal blog, My Own Ashram.)There are a series of blog posts occurring at Patheos on passing along one's faith to kids or a younger generation. I've really enjoyed reading the different perspectives. As I've got two kids of my own, ages 5 and 2.5, here are my two cents.My husband, Adam, and I are raising our kids in a Pagan household. I don't say that we are raising the kids as Pagans, or to be Pagans, but Adam and I run our house in a … [Read more...]

A gallery of birth altars

Jacquelyn shares, "This is my birth altar for my third baby. At the center is a Frigga doll by the lovely Dancing Goddess Dolls. A picture of me while pregnant with my 2nd, various birth goddess statues, candles (fire), a fan for labor (air), seashells (water), a decorated gourd rattle (earth) and birth jewelry I made for the journey. "

I posted a call for birth altar photos on our Facebook page and you guys came through with a whole bunch of beautiful, inspiring, individually intimate birth altar photos. Here are the ones that I've gotten permission to share on the blog. Aren't they lovely? Thanks to everyone who shared!    Also, check out Molly's photo-packed description of building a birth altar and Lily's ideas on how you can build a birth altar. … [Read more...]


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