I keep vigil…

One of the first Pagan bloggers I ever followed online is Teo Bishop, a solitary Druid and prolific writer. Recently, Bishop wrote about creating community poetry for use in liturgy based on the starting line, "I keep vigil to the fire in my heart" (see current contributions from other writers via this post: We Keep Vigil: Crowdsourced Poetry). Bishop started this experiment last year during Imbolc, when he composed a spontaneous poem to Brigid. As someone who frequently experiences spontaneous … [Read more...]

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All about my Birth book

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I just found out that Jade Oakroot wrote a really nice review of my book Birth On The Labyrinth Path over at the Bay Area Pagan Newswire Collective. This part of her review especially makes me grin: I want to give kudos to the author for writing a text that recognizes that not all pregnancy paths are the same, and that they aren’t all “ideal” or “natural.” Many include fertility treatments, pain killers and C-Sections. Not every baby breastfeeds, whether the mother desires it or not. Not all res … [Read more...]

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Midwife’s Invocation

I’m working my way through a class at Ocean Seminary College that is based on Karen Armstrong’s book Twelve Steps to a Compassionate Life. One early assignment was to find a reading articulating a spiritual perspective/teaching on compassion. I turned to one of my books, Sisters Singing, in which I marked a prayer called Midwife’s Invocation. As a birth educator and activist, I have been devoted to birthwork as a cause for many years, something that for me is rooted in social justice as well as … [Read more...]

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Pagan Health Survey II

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Cultural anthropologist Kimberly Kirner is running an online survey on Pagans and access to healthcare. This is a follow-up to her 2010 survey which revealed some important information about Pagans and pregnancy. “Why should you take the Pagan Health Survey II? I am Pagan Druid and a cultural anthropologist at California State University, Northridge. I started the Pagan Health Survey in 2010, which provided a snapshot into the Pagan community, including our beliefs about healing and wellness and … [Read more...]

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Magickal naming

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By Wendy L. CallahanWhen we have a child, we have many decisions to make: breast or bottle? Co-sleep or crib? Back to work or stay at home? Homeschool, public or private school?One decision that often comes with a surprising amount of wrangling, arguing and contention is naming. Everyone has an opinion on which names are appropriate and which names are absurd. Coming to an agreement with our partner, if there is one (or perhaps more than one) involved in the decision, is usually the … [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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How you envision birth at the deepest level

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By Julianne DavidsonBirth art can help you understand how you envision birth at the deepest level. This exploration is like stepping into an ancient archetypal force and journey of self discovery. The actual process of creating birth art requires one to partake in the process of visualizing their birth. Consciously thinking about and imagining your birth aligns your goals, may set fears at bay and help you to understand true feelings about birth.Birth art can be meditative, relaxing, … [Read more...]

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