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Old Jul 23rd, 2011, 06:10 AM   31
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It's important to me to give my children a spiritual upbringing. But I'd be happy if they branched out and discovered other religions.. that's kind of what Paganism is about, isn't it? Finding your own path to Divinity?
That's how I feel! I really want my kids to have a sense of their own spirituality and I want them to be aware of other faiths.

I guess my main fear in imposing a certain religion is that I went to catholic school and it was very hard for me to be in that environment. I asked all kinds of questions no one seemed to ever be able to answer and there were lots of things I liked but lots I couldn't see as being true for me.

For example I love the teachings of Jesus. I even did a religion paper called 'Jesus as a Shaman'. It's just other things I didn't understand like the following of the bible and how the bible changes after the birth of Christ but people still look at the old Test.

No one could ever seem to address my concerns and I knew it wasn't for me not because it was wrong but because they were asking me to follow it blindly. I guess I am affraid of doing the same thing to my child



 
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Old Jul 23rd, 2011, 06:13 AM   32
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Can I join in? I've been studying and practicing Wicca for nearly 10 years now.
Nope sorry has to be 11 years or more Kidding of course! Welcome!!!

I have tried finding pagan parenting sites but it's hard to find ones that are active like this board. It's nice to know there are people here who share my beliefs!!!



 
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Old Jul 23rd, 2011, 06:33 AM   33
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I don't think you'd really be capable of doing that, since you know what it's like and you'll spend the whole time encouraging and answering questions. You'll help your children feel enlightened and empowered, instead of confused. I grew up in a 'Catholic' household too.. by which I mean, my mother said we were Catholic, but we saw almost no proof of that in our house - beyond an archaic view of what was 'right' and 'wrong' and occasional mass.

I definitely grew jaded towards Catholicism and then Christianity in general because of just what you say, the 'blind faith' and the inability or unwillingness to answer questions.. and people always looking at you crazy for asking them lol. Now that I'm older I can see the beauty in all religions and types faith, and I do think Catholicism in particular is a beautiful religion full of old traditions.. but it just doesn't resonate with me on a level the way Goddess traditions do. I was kind of a misguided kid; raging against "the man" and mainstream religion (), but as I got older, wiser, and more mellow, I came to appreciate and understand them more. So I hope I'll be able to help my child grasp this from the beginning, instead of the twisty and sometimes angst-ridden journey I found to acceptance.

I'm fascinated by Jesus in historical context, too, and also as a symbolic figure. I've also read Anne Rice's Christ the Lord: Out of Egypt and Christ the Lord: Road to Cana which is told from Jesus' first person perspective in a fictional context.. it's quite interesting lol. I'm pretty intrigued by ancient and modern Jewish teachings too.

I guess I don't ever get tired of learning about other peoples' religious views



 
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Old Jul 23rd, 2011, 14:58 PM   34
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You are so right. It becomes easy to feel trapped and just fight back. It's so funny because lots of pagans I have met became interested at a young age in an effort to rebel against strictly organized religion and then as they got older, wiser, and less rebelious they found that those beliefs stuck with them. I think that spirituality as a family is a beautiful thing. I have always seeked out new religions because as a child even though I went to catholic school and mum said we were christian... we never prayed together or went to church or anything. I really do want to give him a sense of spirituality!!!



 
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Can I join in? I've been studying and practicing Wicca for nearly 10 years now.
Nope sorry has to be 11 years or more Kidding of course! Welcome!!!

I have tried finding pagan parenting sites but it's hard to find ones that are active like this board. It's nice to know there are people here who share my beliefs!!!


I've had some tough luck finding pagan parenting sites too. Some of the most active pagan sites that I'm on just don't seem to have a large community of parents, either that or it's just not talked about often. I was really happy to find this thread.



 
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I'm fascinated by Jesus in historical context, too, and also as a symbolic figure. I've also read Anne Rice's Christ the Lord: Out of Egypt and Christ the Lord: Road to Cana which is told from Jesus' first person perspective in a fictional context.. it's quite interesting lol. I'm pretty intrigued by ancient and modern Jewish teachings too.

I guess I don't ever get tired of learning about other peoples' religious views
If you liked books like the Anne Rice ones you may end up liking The Good Man Jesus and the Scoundrel Christ by Phillip Pullman. It's another alternative fictional account of Jesus' life. Pullman splits the character of Jesus up into twins, one named Jesus one named Christ. I thought it was a really good read and it did make me think about how the mythos around Jesus was formed. Pullman is a pretty outspoken atheist so there is that slant in there but he's not disrespectful.



 
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Thanks! It does sound like something I'd like to read.

Does anybody have any plans for Lughnasadh?



 
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I'll probably end up doing a small ritual/meditation. Nothing elaborate. I may have to do it a day or two early or late as well, it all depends on when I can get some time to myself.



 
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Does anybody have any plans for Lughnasadh?
Honestly I haven't made any plans. I have really not be observing any celebrations since the baby was born. I only have a small altar in our bedroom on the top shelf of a bookcase. My larger altar was taken down when I got married only because I had to make room for DH's stuff when he moved in. I am curious to know anyone else's plans!

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I'll probably end up doing a small ritual/meditation. Nothing elaborate. I may have to do it a day or two early or late as well, it all depends on when I can get some time to myself.
The beauty is that if you believe meditations transcend time and space you are never late or early... now if that could only apply to everything



 
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I'm introducing oh slowly to Paganism.. I don't expect her to convert or even believe what I do, but because I want to raise our future children pagan, and she agreed, I think it's best for her to have a passing familiarity with the sabbats and certain rituals.

We're going to bake a pie from scratch and a loaf of wheat bread, and weave stalks of wheat into wreaths and pentacles. we'll both learn about the festival and how it wad celebrate in ancient times.

I always found Lughnasadh and Mabon hard to practice, especially since or culture in general and our lives in particular no longer depends on the harvest in its various collection. It's hard to relate to these holidays, especially when we have Thanksgiving that includes celebration of the harvest as one of ots main pointts, along with the other things.. Like gratitude and good will towards others and pilgrims yadda yadda. How am I going to stress the importance of these two smaller holidays to my kids when our whole country celebrates Thanksgiving?

Just something to think about.. How would you/do you share these harvest holidays with your kids?

(sorry about any typos,.updating from phone!)



 
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