Wednesday Wisdom: Sexuality

weekly Wednesday Wisdom post with two or three profound or beautiful thoughts on a theme related to Paganism and childbearing. An invitation to meditate or just to pause a moment and consider.

Sex, life force, creativity, fertility…


“Sexuality is a manifestation of the creative life force. Even if conception is not intended or achieved through a sex act, our sexual drive exists biologically in large part for the purpose of creating a new person: something quite significant in a nature religion.” -Jennifer Hunter, Rites of Pleasure: Sexuality in Wicca and NeoPaganism

Invoking fertility is about tuning in to this joyful celebration of sex as divine creativity, believing in the capacity of your body to do this awesome thing, and also about making a direct request to the universe for the blessing of a child.” — Jackie Singer,  Birthrites

Where does sexuality belong in a conversation about the sacredness of childbearing?

Fertility Goddess Statuette photo by Ben Babcock Some rights reserved[

About Sarah Whedon

Sarah Whedon is founding editor of Pagan Families, the author of Birth on the Labyrinth Path: Sacred Embodiment in the Childbearing Year, and former Chair of the Department of Theology and Religious History at Cherry Hill Seminary. Sarah’s teaching, research, and advocacy work center around topics of spirituality, feminism, and reproduction. She makes her home in the Boston area with her partner and their children.

  • P. Sufenas Virius Lupus

    While I have no stake in this issue, since I will probably not be involved in the production of children in any capacity…

    Something I’ve always hoped for, particularly in a Pagan context, is that parents can look back on the sexual experience(s) that resulted in the conception of a child as joyful and ecstatic and wonderful experiences. Too often, it’s a drunken fumbling that neither person can fully remember, and which is often regretted, that results in conception these days…and, that applies to married people as well as those who are not (for good or ill). Given how precise we can be in terms of knowing when ovulation occurs and such now, those who are planning to have children and who act on the information they know, I think, shouldn’t be too focused on “Get it in there and get this done.” It would be nice if the whole experience ended up being a mutual pleasure for the parents, and ultimately for the resulting child as well.

    I cannot help but think, no matter how “creepy” it might be for some people to imagine such, that ovum and spermatazoa enjoy the pleasures of orgasm just as much as the beings who produce those cells; and it would be even better to imagine if the just-fertilized zygote came into the basis of its being still in the throes of orgasmic bliss, even if it happens to be several hours later that it actually occurs. But even imagining a sexual experience that lasts an hour, much less one that can still be felt hours later, is beyond many people these days, sadly…

    But, as I said, what do I know? ;)