November Link Round-Up

mindful-pregnancy

I share a lot of fantastic links and such on our social media pages.  Here's a round-up of some of the highlights from November.  After I gathered them up, I realized that for some reason they all come in twos this month.Two informational posts: Via Not My Mother: A Memoir, "Learn more about why vaginas are incredible here" and practical advice on Witchcraft during pregnancy. Two interesting looking new books: The Mindful Way through Pregnancy and Red Medicine: Traditional Indigenous Rites … [Read more...]

Blessingways and the role of ritual

Group of Girls

Originally posted on September 18, 2012 by MollyIn this circle No Fear In this circle Deep Peace In this circle Great Happiness In this circle Rich ConnectionI’ve recently been on a reading streak with books on ritual. I’ve always been interested in ritual, especially women’s rituals, and I’ve planned and facilitated a lot of different rituals. I also have a huge variety of books that include information on planning rituals, women’s spirituality books, books about blessingways, and mor … [Read more...]

Hello Patheos!

Birth On The Labyrinth Path

Hello Patheos! I’m so excited to be writing this greeting. I can't wait to share lots of Pagan pregnancy and birth resources with you.I founded Pagan Families in May 2011 as a place to generate and collect resources on pregnancy and childbirth for Pagans.  Think The Pagan Book of Living and Dying for the childbearing year. We gave it the expansive name Pagan Families so we’d have lots of room to grow, but we certainly don’t believe that birthing a baby is the only way to grow a family.In … [Read more...]

From the editor’s desk: On the web

Spiderweb

It's so easy to forget how new this Internet thing is. So many of us have come rely on it to learn, to connect, to shop, and to share, but there's still a lot to work out about how to use it well.Last week, Christine Kraemer (the new managing editor of the Pagan portal at Patheos) pointed out that on Wikipedia, one important online source of information about Paganism, there's recently been a struggle over which information should be published  Christine suggests some ways to keep i … [Read more...]

Guardian of the Womb

Yogapose

By MollySometimes for me the Goddess is a symbol—of my own personal power, of Nature, and of women’s strength and value. Sometimes, like during the death/birth of my third son, She is a literal presence in my life. In November 2009, my third son died during my second trimester of pregnancy. My birth-miscarriage experience with him was a powerful and transforming experience and I was left with a sense of openness to change. A receptivity to larger forces and powers in the world.  Indeed, it … [Read more...]

From the editor’s desk: Thanksgiving

Cornucopia

In case you're just tuning in now, I've been experimenting with a weekly short message from the editor on a timely topic. Are these posts working for you? Let me know. This week the topic is Thanksgiving.This Thursday in the U.S. we celebrate Thanksgiving, which provides an opportunity to set or renew a practice of noticing and giving thanks. When we give thanks we make connection.  When we give thanks we invite in joy.  When we give thanks we notice what we already have. The things we fail … [Read more...]

There is a crack in everything

AmmoniteFossil

"I have always believed in the need to acknowledge life's darkness in order to fully experience love-magic. This has never been so clear to me as now, after the birth of my baby girl." -Francesca Lia Block in Guarding the MoonRecently on the Pagan Families Facebook page there's been a lot of talk of miscarriage, stillbirth, and other often deeply challenging and painful experiences related to pregnancy and loss.It seems that one of the hardest things about experiencing such a painful … [Read more...]

From the editor’s desk: Premature births

1 Million babies die each year

This is Prematurity Awareness Month and November 17 is World Prematurity Day.Here's a message from the March of Dimes: "November 17 is World Prematurity Day. Every year, 13 million babies are born prematurely worldwide. A million of them never get to celebrate their first birthday, and many more face serious, lifelong health challenges. Raising awareness of this common and serious problem is the first step to defeating it. Visit Facebook.com/WorldPrematurityDay and change your status to sh … [Read more...]


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