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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Holidays After Loss: Spirit Babies Ceremony

Candle Lotus

Editor's Note: The Amethyst Network, a miscarriage support organization, is launching a new blog circle series: As part of our efforts at sharing stories and creating healing circles, we are launching blog circles here at TAN. Each month we will post a brief message introducing the theme for the month, and inviting you to participate in the circle. All you need to do is put your name and link into the Mr Linky widget at the end of this post, and your blog post can be included in the circle. Pos … [Read more...]

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Blessingways and the role of ritual

Group of Girls

Originally posted on September 18, 2012 by MollyIn this circle No Fear In this circle Deep Peace In this circle Great Happiness In this circle Rich ConnectionI’ve recently been on a reading streak with books on ritual. I’ve always been interested in ritual, especially women’s rituals, and I’ve planned and facilitated a lot of different rituals. I also have a huge variety of books that include information on planning rituals, women’s spirituality books, books about blessingways, and mor … [Read more...]

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Guardian of the Womb

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By MollySometimes for me the Goddess is a symbol—of my own personal power, of Nature, and of women’s strength and value. Sometimes, like during the death/birth of my third son, She is a literal presence in my life. In November 2009, my third son died during my second trimester of pregnancy. My birth-miscarriage experience with him was a powerful and transforming experience and I was left with a sense of openness to change. A receptivity to larger forces and powers in the world.  Indeed, it … [Read more...]

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There is a crack in everything

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"I have always believed in the need to acknowledge life's darkness in order to fully experience love-magic. This has never been so clear to me as now, after the birth of my baby girl." -Francesca Lia Block in Guarding the MoonRecently on the Pagan Families Facebook page there's been a lot of talk of miscarriage, stillbirth, and other often deeply challenging and painful experiences related to pregnancy and loss.It seems that one of the hardest things about experiencing such a painful … [Read more...]

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From the editor’s desk: Harvest Time

Harvest Time

As I explained last week, I'm going to try out making a weekly editor's post, usually linked to the calendar, the seasons, or current events. Here's this week's installment.We've been celebrating harvest season in my household. The kitchen counter is lined with giant pumpkins, there's popcorn drying on the cob, and we're eating apples with every meal.Maybe that's why I noticed the other day that the final installment in a series about food and pregnancy had been left unposted since last … [Read more...]

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From the editor’s desk: Pregnancy and Infant Loss Remembrance Day

There are no words

Pagan Families has mostly been a place to amass our collective resources related to Paganism and the childbearing year, and I've tried to mostly be a quiet editor behind the scenes.  But I don't want to seem like the pathetic Wizard trying to pull one over on Dorothy and her friends from behind a curtain, and I do want you to feel like this is a welcoming space where you can bring your experiences and questions.  So I'm going to try out being less the silent editor and more the welcoming host h … [Read more...]

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Eating and Spirituality, Part 4: Myth and Symbol

This is the final post in a series on eating and spirituality during the childbearing year that I wrote way back in February.  I don't know why this post got orphaned, but at least I'm sharing it with you now.  In the first three posts I talked about why and how to start incorporating attention to food into your spiritual life, but I wanted to also touch on the mythology and symbolism of food.Selina Rifkin, whose words I've relied on a great deal in putting together this series, points out t … [Read more...]

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