Wednesday Wisdom: Liminal

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. Liminality, journey, birth, transformation…

“Pregnancy is one long liminal stage, a transformation that yields a shift into a new role.” – Arin Murphy-Hiscock, Pagan Pregnancy

“We are always on a journey from darkness into light. At first, we are children if the darkness. Your body and your face were formed first in the kind darkness of your mother’s womb. Your birth was a first journey from darkness into light.” – John O’Donahue,  Anam Cara

How does pregnancy offer transformation? How are we changed by birth? What happens when we cross the threshold from darkness into light?


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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.