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...]

Flash Points: Magical Parenting

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July's Pagan Families Flash Points round-robin topic is about how we integrate magic into our daily parenting practice: Magical Parenting. Share some of your magical solutions to common parenting problems. (This post about protective runes would be in this genre.) Do you involve your children in this magic? How do you decide when to use magical solutions? Our regular contributors will write on this topic throughout the month and we invite you to write on your own blog and share the link with … [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...]

Spring Grow

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by Hannah JohnstonIn the spring when everything is busting out, it seems that my kids have spent the whole winter in horse manure and have chosen now to grow a requisite six inches. Whether sun or snow, the kids will grow.Not only that, but my warm and cuddly lads have turned into miniature teenagers overnight. They are like little narcissi, small bright and full of ‘tude. Growth is one of those elements that we seem to measure from the time our babies are small, we worry about it, co … [Read more...]

Raising Our Daughters as Leaders

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This month's topic in the Public Square is women in leadership.  I could write forever about how important I think women in public Pagan leadership is, but there's only so much I can do to change what's happening right now.  But changing the future - as a parent, that's something that I can have a great effect on.One of my biggest priorities - behind raising healthy, happy adults - is to raise my daughters as leaders.  A lot of progress has been made in modern American culture regarding eq … [Read more...]

Loving the Land

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Growing up, I spent a lot of time outside.  Walking creekbeds and climbing trees, I developed an intuitive understanding of the sacredness of nature.  Now that I'm older with my own children, I'm living in a bigger city where I feel less comfortable sending my kids out to explore the neighborhood on their own - at least at this age.  But understanding and feeling the spirits of the land (landvættir as they're called in Heathenry) is an essential part of my spirituality, and one I'd like to int … [Read more...]


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