Connecting to the Land and Learning the Land

I read an article today that captured the spirit and concern of one of my recent posts.  It relates to Britain specifically, but I see a similar disconnect between people and nature in the United States.  It amazes me how many adults (who have lived in Upstate NY all their lives) don’t know the difference betweenContinue reading “Connecting to the Land and Learning the Land”

Pagan Parenting: Valentine’s Day vs. Lupercalia – What’s a Druid Mama to Do?

My husband and I shared our first date on Valentine’s Day about a decade ago. It was a few days after my third boyfriend broke up with me – following a Valentine’s Day dance, of all things. After encouragement from a friend, he rushed into the tutoring room on campus where I worked. He caught his breath andContinue reading “Pagan Parenting: Valentine’s Day vs. Lupercalia – What’s a Druid Mama to Do?”

Pagan Parenting: The Christmas Conundrum

We’re thinking about starting to decorate our home for the Winter Solstice today.  My daughter is very excited but there’s a little confusion, too.  Excuse me while I just share some of my thoughts.  Perhaps you’ve thought similar things, or perhaps you have ideas that could inspire me.   She is now old enough toContinue reading “Pagan Parenting: The Christmas Conundrum”

Tutorial: Ancestor Skull Rattle

When Samhain / Halloween decorations and materials started showing up at the craft stores, I snatched up one of those small, papier mâché skulls.  At the time, I didn’t have a project in mind, but I knew something would come to me.  It wasn’t until my daughter was playing with it that we stumbled uponContinue reading “Tutorial: Ancestor Skull Rattle”

Pagan Parenting: You May Not Meditate, but Take Your Kids Up Mountains Anyway!

I traveled to Lake Placid with my husband and daughter this past weekend. On our way, we stopped to climb Mt. Arab near Tupper Lake, NY. It’s a small mountain, but the trail is maintained, it’s very family-friendly, and the view is worth it.  Plus, it’s part of the Tupper Lake Triad!  Completing it will motivateContinue reading “Pagan Parenting: You May Not Meditate, but Take Your Kids Up Mountains Anyway!”

Kid Friendly Rain Prayer

I’m generally not a fan of weather magic. Nature is full of give and take. Calling rain from one area to another could be detrimental if that other area also needed it. And nobody wants flooding… So what to do when there’s already a drought? I suppose praying for rain isn’t wrong. We do needContinue reading “Kid Friendly Rain Prayer”

Pagan Parenting: Harvesting Wild Grain at Lughnasadh

Each Lughnasadh, I strive to harvest some of the wild grain from the hedges. Not only is harvesting grain traditional at this time of year, but I save it so my protogrove has something with which to weave Brighid crosses during Imbolc, six months later.  With the amount of snow we get in January andContinue reading “Pagan Parenting: Harvesting Wild Grain at Lughnasadh”

My Garden as a Sanctuary

  This year, I’ve started to notice how many Nature Spirits interact with my garden. I’ve always observed frogs, toads, birds, sometimes snakes, and a variety of invertebrates in and around my garden pots, but this year there’s greater significance to their presence.  Upstate NY is experiencing a drought watch, and our family garden, watered onceContinue reading “My Garden as a Sanctuary”

The Nine Virtues of Creating Family-Friendly Group Rituals

There’s been some discussion on ADF’s Facebook page about how to include children in public rituals. Many people with more experience have already offered some excellent advice. I absolutely have to point you towards Rev. Melissa Hill’s article on the topic.  My daughter is now a toddler, and Northern Rivers is only a little olderContinue reading “The Nine Virtues of Creating Family-Friendly Group Rituals”

Pagan Parenting: Flower Picking

It’s a hot and humid day, but it’s also overcast with a call for rain. Probably not the best time to visit the beach… The extra shade means it’s more comfortable outside than in, though, so it’s a great day to explore outside but stay close to home in case we need shelter. So BeeContinue reading “Pagan Parenting: Flower Picking”