Wednesday Wisdom: Thunder

A weekly Wednesday Wisdom post — two or three quotes on a theme related to Paganism and childbearing, inviting us to meditate.  This week: when we see ourselves in the Goddess, we claim our thunderous power.  

“The image of the Goddess inspires women to see ourselves as divine, our bodies as sacred, the changing phases of our lives as holy, our aggression as healthy, our anger as purifying, and our power to nurture and create, but also to limit and destroy when necessary, as the very force that sustains all life.” -Starhawk

“You that come to birth and bring the mysteries, your voice-thunder makes us very happy. Roar, lion of the heart, and tear me open!” -Rumi

“The thunder through my pelvis is the truest sensation of life I can remember experiencing.” -Francesca Lia Block, Guarding The Moon

How do we manifest the power to create and to destroy? How is birthing like a thunder storm?

Image Credit: Thunderstorm, captured from Garajau (Madeira, Portugal) by Don Amaro http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Thunder_lightning_Garajau_Madeira_289985700.jpg

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.


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