Placenta Magic

Belly cast from second pregnancy.

...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...]

Wednesday Wisdom: Inhale

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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. Breath, pause, inhalation, exhalation, birth... "Remember your breath and how the great pause leads once again to movement. Inhale. Pause. Now exhale. The power To Keep Silence has renewed you, and will continue to open you to the greater Mystery." -T. Thorn Coyle, Make Magic of Your Life "A … [Read more...]

The magic of making a life

I recently wrote about being a householder and homemaker, but in that post I didn't write about how amazing a spiritual journey pregnancy and childbirth are. I wrote my previous post from where I'm standing currently: parent to a nearly 5 yr old and a freshly 2 yr old. Yet, I learned so much from growing, birthing, and sustaining a new life.* Madonna lactans, Jean Fouquet I found my naturally heady and airy self more grounded and physically present in my body while pregnant. I struggled with … [Read more...]

Wednesday Wisdom: Goddess

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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. Goddess, womb, cauldron, birth, life, death... "The Goddess (as Cerridwen, Kali, Siris and others) generates, dissolves, and regenerates life life within her churning womb/cauldron. Here the Goddess is the vortex from which all things are spun into existence and sucked back out of it." -Melissa … [Read more...]

Wednesday Wisdom: Of the Earth

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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. Earth body, mama body, Gaia, garden... "I am part of nature, connected in the web, born not only from my own mother, but from the body of Gaia."--Laura Paskell-Brown "I had a baby, I worked the soil; I nursed and fed her my milk/my garden. Our summer days were in the garden; the sun-drenched plot … [Read more...]

Wednesday Wisdom: Blood

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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. Blood, menstruation, sacred cycles, power... "Honouring our menstrual cycle reminds us how sacred we are." -Jane Hardwicke Collings in Becoming A Woman "Childbearing is a form of power, one of the greatest powers in the world, and menstruation is a sign of that power." -Valerie Tarico "We are … [Read more...]

January link round-up

This is a doozy of a monthly round-up. First and foremost, let me say welcome to the world, sweet babies born to Pagan Families contributors and readers. Welcome Rowan Alice Callahan and Kai Willem Davidson and Skylar. Now, let's get to the links. This wasn't new last month, but Marianne Littlejohn's work is new to me: "The Spiral Dance is one of the big key secrets of creation, life and birth. When we conceive we wrap ourselves around our partners in a spiral embrace." Tales of A … [Read more...]

Introverted Mama

Ring the bells that still can ring Forget your perfect offering There is a crack in everything That’s how the light gets in. –Leonard Cohen, from “Anthem” via A Meditation for the Weekend: How the Light Gets In – By Susan Cain. The Patheos Book Club is delving into the book Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking. Some time ago, I came across the above quote on Facebook and it led me to the rest of Susan Cain’s website about introverts and … [Read more...]


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