Breastfeeding as a (s)hero’s journey?

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Every single human being was drummed into this world by a woman, having listened to the heart rhythms of their mother.  ––Connie SauerRecently I re-posted an article I wrote about breastfeeding and parenting as spiritual practices. I received a comment on the re-post that really gave me pause and some food for thought: I've really liked your writing about preparing for birth as a warrior's rite. I only wish I'd had materials that prepared me for breastfeeding similarly...I'd like to hav … [Read more...]

Cronemother: Finding their path

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 By Shellei"The air, the earth, the fire, water, return, return, return...."I am watching my grandson become a pagan. Until recently he had no interest in religion, or spirituality, and had no patience for "ritual stuff." He would stubbornly declare that he did not believe in deities or spirits, and he wouldn't sit still for me trying to teach him any "religiousness,." That never stopped me from being open and talking about my beliefs. More than that though, like setting the stage … [Read more...]

Spring Grow

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by Hannah JohnstonIn the spring when everything is busting out, it seems that my kids have spent the whole winter in horse manure and have chosen now to grow a requisite six inches. Whether sun or snow, the kids will grow.Not only that, but my warm and cuddly lads have turned into miniature teenagers overnight. They are like little narcissi, small bright and full of ‘tude. Growth is one of those elements that we seem to measure from the time our babies are small, we worry about it, co … [Read more...]

Raising Our Daughters as Leaders

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This month's topic in the Public Square is women in leadership.  I could write forever about how important I think women in public Pagan leadership is, but there's only so much I can do to change what's happening right now.  But changing the future - as a parent, that's something that I can have a great effect on.One of my biggest priorities - behind raising healthy, happy adults - is to raise my daughters as leaders.  A lot of progress has been made in modern American culture regarding eq … [Read more...]

Spell for Family Balance

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For a number of years we've had a family mantra: our family works in harmony to meet each member's needs. At times, I've felt like I'm repeating it through clenched teeth. At times, I have felt that none of our needs are being met well and at times I've felt like harmony is a distant, unattainable treasure. However, we keep using it and sometimes, sometimes it feels like we're there. I do not subscribe to the ideal of the self-sacrificing parent. I refuse to repeat the cliche that "everyone has … [Read more...]

International Women’s Day: Body Prayer

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I roam sacred ground my body is my altar my temple.I cast a circle with my breath I touch the earth with my fingers I answer to the fire of my spirit.My blood pulses in time with larger rhythms past, present, future connected rooted breathing.The reach of my fingers my ritual the song of my blood my blessing my electric mind my offering.Breathing deep stretching out opening wide.My body is my altar my body is my temple my living presence on this … [Read more...]

Loving the Land

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Growing up, I spent a lot of time outside.  Walking creekbeds and climbing trees, I developed an intuitive understanding of the sacredness of nature.  Now that I'm older with my own children, I'm living in a bigger city where I feel less comfortable sending my kids out to explore the neighborhood on their own - at least at this age.  But understanding and feeling the spirits of the land (landvættir as they're called in Heathenry) is an essential part of my spirituality, and one I'd like to int … [Read more...]

Breastfeeding and Parenting as Spiritual Practices

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 Every single human being was drummed into this world by a woman, having listened to the heart rhythms of their mother. ––Connie Sauer When I became a mother, many things in my life changed. I was startled and dismayed by the magnitude in which my free time diminished and one by one many of my leisure pursuits and hobbies were discarded. The time for one of my favorite hobbies increased exponentially, however: reading. As a child I was a voracious reader—my mother had to set a limit fo … [Read more...]


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