How to support someone who’s having a miscarriage

The Amethyst Network

I just finished reading the second of my required books for getting listed as a loss doula with the Amethyst Network. Miscarriage: Women Sharing From The Heart is a great book for anyone who wants to understand the normal range of emotions around miscarriage, which includes everything from barely noticing the event to feeling painful and traumatic loss.The book is especially validating for mothers who experience powerful grief. One of the women quoted in the book expresses something that … [Read more...]

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...]

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...]

Make Magic of Your Life As A Parent

MakeMagicofYourLife

"There is nothing in your life that is outside the purview of your witnessing the sacred. There is no place where you are not shaman, priestess, magic worker, seer of visions large and small. " -T. Thorn Coyle, Make Magic of Your Life What do I desire? In the last few years of pregnancy and parenting, often all I've been able to think of is a full night of sleep or a trip to the bathroom completely alone. But I know there's more -- the pull to devote my energy to the places I can do the most … [Read more...]

Purify

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By SunweaverAbout this time last year, I was having a walking meditation/ conversation with Apollo. This is not an uncommon thing for me to do and I often have the best conversations with my gods this way. I talk about my puny mortal problems and the Theoi graciously humor me, often offering very helpful guidance and often rather unhelpful but true guidance as well. This particular conversation mainly consisted of me babbling and Apollo saying pretty much one thing:Purify.It was not … [Read more...]

Support during miscarriage

The Amethyst Network

Whenever I've written here or on Facebook about pregnancy loss, I've heard a clear request for more support for Pagans experiencing loss, specifically support that isn't overwhelmingly Christian in language and ideas. I think The Amethyst Network is one organization that can help. Their mission is to provide doula support and "to break the social taboo surrounding talking about miscarriage, and to support, advocate, educate, comfort, and share our stories of loss, grief, and hope."I find it … [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...]


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