Creating a Birth Altar, Part 2 (Unexpected Wisdom)

I recently described the birth altar that I created before my last birth. Some of the elements included on the altar came from quotes from a page-a-day calendar from a $1 Shop and some were parts of a t-shirt tag from the tag on a shirt I purchased from WYSH at an LLL conference in 2009 (why keep a t-shirt tag from 2009, you might ask? Because it had lots of cool things written on it! And, behold, it became a source of birth altar wisdom for me. Wisdom lurks in unexpected places!)I am struck … [Read more...]

Creating a Birth Altar, Part 1

Inspired by birth altars created by artist Amy Swagman of The Mandala Journey, I decided I wanted to make a special birth altar for the birth of my daughter. My mom bought me a small, unfinished curio cabinet/shadow box to use for this purpose. The first thing I did was to paint it “placenta red” using a blend of red and purple paints to get the shade I wanted. This is my favorite “power” color.I had a variety of postcards, tags, and inspirational words saved and some of them posted on th … [Read more...]

Placenta Magic

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...And when you see this wondrous thing That grew me up so well, Say thank you to the Goddess Who made us from one cell...*--Dr. Sarah Buckley, "Ode to My Placenta" I've said for many years now that my favorite color is "placenta red." A deep, rich, life-saturated red. I'm amazed by the placenta. How cool is it that we can grow a whole new organ and then just release it from our bodies when it is no longer needed? Pretty cool. I think the reason the placenta might not get as much … [Read more...]

Hold to the vision…

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"To dance is to reach for a world that doesn't exist, To sing the heartsong of a thousand generations, To feel the meaning of a moment in time." - Beth Jones "I am only one, but I am one.  I cannot do everything, but I can do something.  And I will not let what I cannot do interfere with what I can do."  ~Edward Everett Hale After writing about human trafficking for the Patheos book club and then reading a truly horrifying article about incredible, unimaginable violence and brutality ag … [Read more...]

International Women’s Day: Mama, You’re Amazing!

The world needs you. Sing your strengths dance your passions smile your successes hug yourself with compassion for your painful moments take a second to drink it up and to rest in powerful certainty that you are enough.Breathe out breathe in soft shoulders soft belly strong legs strong woman.A mother who is seen who is heard who is appreciated who is valued.In and out Mama, you're amazing.(3/8/2013) This month marks my eighth anniversary as a breastfeeding … [Read more...]

Red Tent Resources

"Blood Mysteries recall the immense power of the bleeding woman. Power enough to share in great nourishing give-aways. Give-away from woman womb to earth womb, give-away from mother to matrix, give-away of nourisher to nourisher...bleeding freely, we know ourselves as women, as nourishers of life..." --Susan Weed International Women's Day is coming up on March 8th and I signed up for a cool sounding free online class about working with your moon cycle. I'm loving the focus and I hope to learn … [Read more...]

Group Ritual to Acknowledge Miscarriage

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This ritual is designed as a ceremony of healing and empowerment following miscarriage. It is based on a ritual that I had following my own miscarriages in 2010.Anyone who has experienced miscarriage and who would like to acknowledge the impact on her life is welcome. So too are those who would like to act as witnesses and keepers of sacred space for those who grieve. The simple altar is laid outdoors on the ground near an already dug hole (for planting a tree). It contains a small bowl, a … [Read more...]

She did what she could…

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She did what she could.She acted.She didn't just think about acting.She didn't act out of obligation.She didn't let others act for her.She didn't wait to be invited.--Elisa Morgan (in Refuse To Do Nothing) The Patheos Book Club is currently discussing the new book Refuse To Do Nothing: Finding Your Power to Abolish Modern-Day Slavery. The book is a quick read focused on human trafficking throughout the world. While acknowledging the gravity and depth of the situation, … [Read more...]


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