The overt sexual energy of Beltane makes this an unlikely family festival. However, we need to be able to talk about sex in an open, positive and appropriate way with our children, whatever their age.
“Sex positive” is a term that I am seeing more and more in my research and social media interactions. It is a campaign by Brook, the topic of blogs and the underpinning philosophy of an empowering way of talking about sex and bodies with children of all ages. Sex Positive is a response to the judgemental, body shaming and limited information often available to young people. It is founded in respect, consent and happiness. Continue reading →
Spring Greetings and welcome to the Children and Families pages of the PF website. This page is a springboard to the content created especially to link with our page in Pagan Dawn. You can read a digital copy of our article here, or please click here to see all our content.
The birds are singing, there is a hint of warmth in the air and all the hedgerows seem to be bursting with new life. The hedgerow is a place of infinite possibility at this time of year, if you make a trip to the countryside you will witness the capacity of our hedgerows to be habitat, boundary, larder, shelter, and a place of wonder for all manner of creatures, insects and spirits.
This is also the only time you can bring May (Hawthorne) blossom into the house without risking the hostility of the Gentle Folk! My (Hannah’s) boys have been fascinated with Maying traditions – and the idea that there is a flower that can only be brought to the house one time a year is so potent to them, that on May morning they want to go cut the May and attach it to the door before breakfast! We bring the may blossom from the Hawthorne to bless the house, using it to sprinkle water around the boundary and often we use it to decorate a wreath that will hang on our door across the Beltane period. Further, we build an altar to the Sidhe at this time, and honor the great powerful spirits that roam our land. Fairies are not small fluffy things with wings I remind them, but the great and gracious spirits of the places we live in and as such deserve the honouring at Maytime, with bud and blossom and thorn.
Morning blessings are really lovely to use on spring morning: