Wednesday Wisdom: The gates of life and death

A 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.

Decay, fertility, growth, cycles, birth, death…

As any good gardener knows, it is the processes of decay that sustain the fertility of the soil. All growth arises from death. This cycle of birth, growth, death, decay, and regeneration is the basic life-sustaining process on this planet… death is the matrix in which new life is born.” – Starhawk & M. Macha Nightmare, The Pagan Book of Living and Dying

“The doorway to birth is the same doorway as the one to death, and equally potent. It’s one doorway, whether you’re coming in or going out. And giving birth is the closest I have ever been to dying. It is an initiation, just as death is: to the person being born, and to the person giving birth.” -LaSara Firefox, quoted by Jennifer Hunter in Rites of Pleasure

How close is birth to death? What can death teach us about birth?

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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.