Wednesday Wisdom: Birthing bodies

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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.Birthing bodies: What is this body? What can it do? What does it mean to have an animal body? To give birth with a body or to be born into a body?"Pagans reject the Christian notion that children enter this world bearing the burden of 'original sin'. There is no place in their worldview for the … [Read more...]

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Community participation

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Last fall I took a course on community change in public health. One of the major take-home lessons of the course was this: involving and empowering the people you're trying to serve can dramatically improve the outcomes of a public health intervention. The course focused on curbing diseases like malaria and AIDS, while my goals here of bringing Pagans guidance and inspiration through childbearing feel much more modest, but the basic approach of listening and empowering seems just as … [Read more...]

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Wednesday Wisdom: Altered states

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.  "During the last weeks of pregnancy, preparations on all levels become more intense and a woman can begin to enter an altered state, withdrawing from the normal tasks of the world, and attuning to the callings of her body and the child within."--Jackie Singer, … [Read more...]

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My favorite posts of 2012

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I just had a great time looking back over all the blog posts of 2012. This was the year I published my book and the year we moved to Patheos. Here's a list of my personal top 5 favorite posts of 2012. What's your favorite?Kira described how to use prayer beads in pregnancy. I announced the publication of my book Birth on the Labyrinth Path. Niki thought hard about Pagan ethics and how many children to bring into the world. Nadirah gave thoughtful answers to Birth Guardian profile … [Read more...]

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Wednesday Wisdom: Milk

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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."Breastfeeding a child is one of the many ways in which you can connect with the Goddess, for you are enacting one of her age-old responsibilities."--Arin Murphy-Hiscock, Pagan Pregnancy  "Throughout the early history of man- and womankind, the milk-bearing function of the breast … [Read more...]

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Wednesday Wisdom: Sacred Space

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. "During pregnancy, we have the opportunity to deeply explore the concept of the body being the physical temple that houses the spirit."-- Arin Murphy-Hiscock, Pagan Pregnancy: A Spiritual Journey From Maiden To Mother "If we believe that birth is a powerful, sacred event that has … [Read more...]

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Review: The Mother’s Wisdom Deck

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I immediately resonated with the beauty of online images from the Mother's Wisdom Deck created by Niki Dewart, Elizabeth Marglin, and Jenny Kostecki-Shaw, so I was thrilled when I wrote to ask for a review copy and they mailed one to me right away.My kids participated in opening the deck and the preschooler immediately spread the cards out across our rug - a great way to begin to interact with a new deck.The four suits of this deck are a bit unusual: Natural Mother, Animal Mother, A … [Read more...]

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Dar a luz on Solstice

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It's Solstice week, and I'm scheduling this post in advance because when it publishes I'll be headed to the airport to join friends and family for some solemn candle lighting, joyous feasting, and more than a little tearing open of presents by the children.When we light the Solstice candles, and tell the story of the Mother goddess pushing out from her swollen body the brightness of the new baby Sun, I'll be thinking of those of you divinely human mamas who are getting ready to dar a l … [Read more...]

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