Picture Books for Pagan Families: Autumn Equinox

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Blessed Equinox! This is the inaugural post in a new series on Picture Books for Pagan Families by longtime Pagan Families reader Meg Yardley.Picture Books for Pagan Families: Autumn EquinoxBy Meg YardleyAt the Autumn Equinox, also known as Mabon (after a hero from Welsh mythology), Pagan families celebrate the time of the harvest, give thanks for the year’s blessings, and honor the moment of balance as the days and nights are equal.  Although the Autumn Equinox is not one of the mos … [Read more...]

Birth Guardians: Leslie Stager RN, LMT

Leslie Stager RN, LMT

Today’s profile of Leslie Stager, RN, LMT 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 Lesl … [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...]

August link round-up: home birth, cesarean birth, body image after birth and more…

Birth Art Goddess Sculptures From Talk Birth http://www.etsy.com/shop/talkbirth

I love putting together these monthly link round-ups because I get to revisit my favorite articles and websites from the previous month. In August we celebrated World Breastfeeding Week (Aug 1-7) and we observed "the Day of Hope and Healing, a national remembrance day for families who have experienced miscarriage, stillbirth, infant or child loss." Then we read articles about home birth, cesarean birth, body image, raising Pagan children, rites of passage, and more:From Witch Mom - Teaching … [Read more...]

Pagan paths for children?

Michelle leading Water n Wax Scrying with Pagan kids, Pagan Alliance Witches' Ball, SF Bay Area 2012

"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...]

What Pagan Families Can Learn From Unitarian Universalists

Michelle leading Water n Wax Scrying with Pagan kids, Pagan Alliance Witches' Ball, SF Bay Area 2012

Editor's note: I invited Michelle Mueller to share a guest post with Pagan Families on the Patheos site-wide theme of Passing On The Faith. I was especially excited to receive this post and discover how well it dovetails with other Pagan Families posts from the past week. What Pagan Families Can Learn From Unitarian UniversalistsBy Michelle Mueller, M.Div.I've been Wiccan (or at the least known that I was) since I was 12 years old. Like many of us, I started as a … [Read more...]

Abstinence-only sex ed is against my religion

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By SunweaverMy eldest daughter is starting seventh grade and with that comes the "Teen Living" class, which includes learning about peer pressure, interpersonal relationships, and a five-day sex ed course. By and large, I'm not opposed to this kind of thing. Becoming a teenager is difficult business and when schools pay attention to that fact, it can potentially make that transition much, much easier. I'm not even opposed to sex ed in school. It's important for young men and women to know … [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...]


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