One of the questions that arises, though, is that of how to include children in Pagan practice. After all, it's not as though there's a Pagan version of Sunday school for us to send our kids off to - yes, I know there is Spiral Scouts, a worthy organization, but branches are few and far between. Don't worry, though -- there are a number of different ways you can include your kids in your Pagan beliefs, and get them involved. Although the type of activity you do with them may vary based upon age levels, you can always find some way to incorporate Pagan values and beliefs into your kids' lives: Including Kids in Pagan Practice
Also, be sure to read Ten Activities for Pagan Kids.
Absolutely: you treat them with respect and courtesy, just like you would any other guest. I'm not being facetious here -- sometimes we think we have to tippy toe around our non-Pagan friends, but if they're your guests, it doesn't matter what their religious beliefs are. They deserve to be treated like everyone else, in a way that makes them feel welcome. If you know who your non-Pagan guests are ahead of time, you might want to send them some information in advance so they know what to expect. Otherwise, make sure that the members of your group who invited non-Pagan friends will be able to explain what's going on to their guests.
Seriously, don't worry. The mere fact that you thought to ask about what to do tells me you're someone who will make your guests feel at home. As long as you welcome them and treat them with courtesy, everything should be fine. Just in case, though, here are some tips on Making Non-Pagans Feel Welcome.
Readers, do you have any advice for a teen or parent who might be dealing with bullying because of their religious beliefs?
ABOUT.COM IS GETTING A MAKEOVER!
For years, folks have written to me and said, "I love the information you share but your site looks like it's stuck in 2004." Yeah, I know, believe me. I get it, really, I do -- and fortunately, the new owners of About.com do too. Starting in about a month, you'll see an amazing and beautiful redesign rolling out across the network. I've seen the preliminary mockups, and the sites look gorgeous!
You'll notice a lot more images - and I'm talking about big, pretty ones that you can use to share content with your friends. You'll also see prominently displayed Social buttons on each piece of content , which is something I've been begging for for a loooooong time - that's going to make it a lot easier and smoother to share stuff you like on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, or wherever else you go.
One thing you may (or may not) notice is that the blog feature on the main page - where you are right now - is going away after May. That's okay, though - you'll see plenty of timely and seasonal content right here on my landing page, just like you do now, but you'll be seeing the actual content right off the bat, instead of a blog post that says, "Hey, I wrote a thing, here's a link to it!"
Seriously, I am so excited about the redesign, which we should see in late June, if all goes as scheduled. About.com has consistently had a thousand great people creating quality work, but the network's dated appearance has been a struggle for many of us. We're moving into 2014, at long last, and I am so thrilled with the results. And best of all, I think you will be too!
What's really awesome is that thanks to our Readers Respond feature, over seventy readers have added their favorite titles as well, so there's no shortage of good reads! You can share your own book ideas with other readers at Reader Favorites. I've turned off Comments on this post so you can share your suggestions on the Readers Respond page instead - that way other readers can find them easily, any time.
We also have a really cool feature called Show and Tell, which allows readers to submit a photo and a story. If you've put together a project that celebrates your gods, your beliefs, a Pagan holiday or some other aspect of your spirituality, stop on in and share it with other readers here: Share Your Crafts
Once it's submitted, it goes into a queue for moderation. I'll review it and approve it, and then it goes live on the site. This is a neat way for everyone to share some of their projects, so send 'em on in!
As much as I hate to burst your bubble on this, I think most people have some amount of latent psychic ability. In the Pagan community, having a psychic gift doesn't really make you a special snowflake, because there are so many other people who have the same abilities in varying degrees. The problem we run into is that we're typically told that it's hogwash while we're growing up -- stuff we think we "see" is chalked up to a vivid imagination or too much television -- and by the time we reach adulthood, we've sort of suppressed all that natural intuition that we have. In short, many people are raised to "disbelieve" in psychic ability, so by the time they're grownups, they doubt that it's even possible.
Also, keep in mind that the events you describe aren't unusual. If your grandmother was elderly and ill, it's not unreasonable to assume that she would eventually pass away. Likewise, with the phone calls -- while it *could* be a psychic connection, it could just be that the person who called you is someone who calls regularly enough that it's not weird for them to have called at that particular time.
It's not uncommon to have intuitive flashes like you've described, and there's nothing supernatural or ooky-spooky about it. Being psychic has nothing to do with "special powers." It's more about being in tune with your own intuition and subconscious. While some people are certainly more psychically gifted than others, there's no reason you can't work on developing your own talents and abilities: Developing Your Psychic Gifts
As to your other question, about whether this somehow makes you "more powerful" as a witch, the very notion of "more powerful" is pretty subjective. I wouldn't worry about being "powerful" so much as I would suggest you focus on developing your skills so they'll be of some benefit to you.
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