July 2009

Great Books for Pagan Parenting, Part 1: Celebrating the Great Mother

While there’s plenty of literature out there for the mainstream religions, and a growing number of books on paganism and earth-based spirituality, it can be difficult to find some non-Christian lit for young ones. I had several youth Bibles growing up (my dad was religious, my mother sort of agnostic), and given that the religion is centered around the book I think it’s to be expected that it would be so readily-available.

But if you want to introduce your children to goddess-centered religion or other forms of paganism, you pretty much have to rely on what you’ve learned yourself. That’s okay; in fact, it makes it more personal, and parents who take an active role in teaching their children rock! After all, parents are their children’s first teachers, right?

Lugnasad The Feast of Lugh, August 1

Lugnasad (in Old Irish; Modern Irish Lúnasa or Lughnasa); Modern Scottish Gaelic Lùnasdal; pronounced loog nas a, roughly), generally celebrated by

Neo Pagans on August 1, is the Irish festival that celebrates the beginning of the harvest. The festival is still kept as a secular national festival in a number of European nations that were once settled by the ancient Celts, but today, it's largely a Neo Pagan feast.

21 Lessons of Merlyn: Stupidest Druid Book Ever

The 21 Lessons of Merlyn: A Study in Druid Magic and Lore - Douglas Monroe (Llewellyn Publications, 1992).

This has got to be one of the stupidest Neo Pagan books ever; it's hands down the stupidest ostensibly

Celtic or Druidic text ever. First, some background: the book purports to be a re-telling of the lore from a "lost" druidic 16th century manuscript entitled The Book of Pheryllt. In 21 Lessons, Merlyn ostensibly imparts this knowledge to a young Arthur. It's a load of well, crap. Seriously, there's almost nothing actually true in this book with respect to Celtic myths, languages, or druids.

Wicca: A Year and a Day

If you have studied for a while, learned about paganism, feel like you’d like to make it a bigger part of your life, Timothy Roderick’s Wicca: A Year and a Day may be just what you need.

Roderick takes the reader on a day-by-day journey toward spiritual fulfillment. Each day provides an activity with corresponding questions to be answered in a journal format. Day one, for example, provides a quick introduction to earth spirituality, and allows the reader to establish a connection with nature and the people of the world. It ends with several questions to consider after the connection is forged, such as, “In what way was my connection to things weak? What actions can I take that may strengthen any weak connections?”

Sacred Pagan Places in the United States, Part 1

We’re all familiar with Stonehenge, Ayer’s Rock and a number of other international places that are considered sacred by their people. But did you know that there are quite a few places in the United States that are considered sacred, too? We think of our country as a rather young one—and it is, technically—but it existed long before many of our ancestors were here, and the people who occupied it before we did had some very hallowed grounds that are still here today.

Patti Wigington, the About.com guide to paganism, recently released a great introduction to these places, including Sedona, Arizona, the Land’s End Labyrinth of San Francisco, the Serpent Mound of Ohio, and many other wonderful places.