Sharing Our Spiritual Path With Our Children, Part 2 of 4

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Editor's Note: This blog series comes from a paper and presentation Taffy Dugan wrote on Pagan parenting and sharing spiritual practices with children. With her permission, Pagan Families is republishing lightly edited versions of the series from her site MagickalKids. Start with Part 1 here.There are many cultures to explore who show us the divine in Nature and how to respect her, like the Native Americans.   It’s so easy to go to your library or go onto the internet to find stories from the … [Read more...]

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Birth Guardians: Catherine Rivera

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Today’s profile of Catherine Rivera is part of our series profiling people who work with pregnancy, birth, or the postpartum period (prenatal massage therapists, childbirth educators, OB/GYNs, doulas, midwives, lactation consultants, labor & delivery nurses, pediatricians, etc.) and are Pagan or work with a Pagan community. Check out the previous Birth Guardian profiles. If you would like to be a part of the series please send an email to paganfamilieseditor@gmail.com.   Now here’s Catherin … [Read more...]

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Sharing Our Spiritual Path With Our Children, Part 1 of 4

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Editor's Note: This blog series comes from a paper and presentation Taffy Dugan wrote on Pagan parenting and sharing spiritual practices with children.  After beginning to research and receiving a surprising amount of interest, Taffy realized that the best way to serve the Goddess and the community was to blog about it. With her permission, Pagan Families is republishing lightly edited versions of the series from her site MagickalKids.For many reasons, a lot of Pagan parents feel leery … [Read more...]

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White Pagans responding to Black churches burning

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 "Strengthen our hearts for love and just action." This morning's Showing Up For Racial Justice (SURJ) phone call for faith leaders against the current rash of burning of Black churches began with these words said in prayer.Strengthen our hearts for love and just action, because we need strength to look squarely at the fact that Black churches are being burned.Strengthen our hearts for love and just action, because white people have an important role to play in the st … [Read more...]

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Ritual after a traumatic birth

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It can be devastating when birth doesn't go as planned. And birth is by nature a wildly unpredictable process with countless opportunities for the unexpected. That's part of what makes it the rite of passage that it is.A mama wrote to ask for ritual ideas to process the experience of a traumatic birth. In particular this mama wasn't able to have the birth she'd planned and she really missed the opportunity to interact with her placenta because it had been taken by hospital staff for t … [Read more...]

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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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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...]

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Celebrate Earth Day Pagan Style!

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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...]

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