Winter Family Traditions Sampler

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“I know myself linked by chains of fires, to every woman who has kept a hearth. In the resinous smoke I smell hut, castle, cave, mansion and hovel, See in the shifting flame my mother and grandmothers out over the world.” –Elsa Gidlo Today was the first big snow of the winter at my home in the Midwest and instead of jumping on my to-do list, we spent the day on several family traditions. First, we made snow ice cream! We always did this when I was a kid and my kids love it too. (My own p … [Read more...]

Inhabited by the Divine: Cut, Stapled and Mended

Recently I found myself totally absorbed by Roanna Rosewood’s birth memoir: Cut, Stapled, and Mended. In an overlap with my interests that I didn't anticipate, I discovered that in many ways Rosewood’s book is about a journey to the sacred feminine within herself. This thread of her discovery of the larger forces of what it means to be female that runs throughout the book and I was especially interested by several mentions of a sense of being inhabited by the Divine, the Sacred Feminine. Writing … [Read more...]

Blessed by Less

It is only when we silence the blaring sounds of our daily existence that we can finally hear the whispers of the truth that life reveals to us, as it stands knocking on the doorsteps of our hearts. ~ K.T. Jong "In a way Winter is the real Spring - the time when the inner things happen, the resurgence of nature."   ~ Edna O'Brien Each November, I feel a deep call to retreat and to re-evaluate my life, my priorities, and my goals. This year, I've been struck with a profound sense of "fall … [Read more...]

Guest Post: Witches’ Almanac Review

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Since 1971, The Witches’ Almanac has been the source of fun, wisdom, trivia, and magical lore for hundreds of thousands of readers throughout the world. Modeled after the Old Farmers’ Almanac, it includes information related to the annual Moon Calendar (weather forecasts and horoscopes), as well as legends, rituals, herbal secrets, interviews, mystic incantations, interviews, and many a curious tale of good and evil. Although it is an annual publication, only about 15 percent of the content is sp … [Read more...]

Hollekreisch: Honoring Childbirth

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In one of my history classes at Ocean Seminary College, I read an article called Holle's Cry: Unearthing a Birth Goddess in a German Jewish Naming Ceremony by Jill  Hammer. The article addresses the merging of a Jewish naming ritual with the childbirth-celebrating ceremonies of the early Germanic goddess Holle and her later folk image, Frau Holle. Since my background is in birth education and activism, of course I was very interested and intrigued by Hammer’s article about Holle and the ritual as … [Read more...]

Pregnancy and Infant Loss Remembrance Day

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Pregnancy and Infant Loss Remembrance Day is October 15. At The Amethyst Network, we've been working on making some new images for the purpose of sharing either in advocacy or support. There you can find different buttons designed for sharing on social media or blogs on both Facebook and Pinterest.Tonight, I went to a candlelight vigil in my town in honor of this Remembrance Day. I took my little rainbow daughter with me and we spent some peaceful time at dusk in the park with my friend and … [Read more...]

Book Reviews: Pagan Children Learning Series

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In keeping with our recent posts about passing on the faith via art and about books for pagan children, I recently had the opportunity to review a set of three short books in the Pagan Children Learning series by Pie Plate Publishing. Written by Rowan Moss and illustrated by T.S. Lamb,What are the Elements?, Who is a Witch?, and What is Magic? are short, direct, gentle books explaining some core concepts in paganism. While I don't consider myself Wiccan, the Who is a Witch? book was my favorite o … [Read more...]

Passing on the Faith: Children’s Sculptures

The Goddess of Love (by 7 y.o. You may notice some heart-hands sculptures in my own work and think he "borrowed" it from me, but it was actually vice versa! He thought of it first!)

In August, Patheos hosted a site-wide conversation about Passing On the Faith to children. I'm a little late to the table, but I have a  related post to share anyway!As I've written previously (see: Mamapriestess), the sociocultural value of a divine presence that validates women’s bodies cannot be overestimated. Indeed, I believe that patriarchal religion in its most destructive way grew out of the devaluation and rejection of female bodies. A religion that rejects the female body, that pla … [Read more...]


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