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...]

Birth as Initiation

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“Childbirth is a rite of passage so intense physically, psychologically, emotionally, spiritually, that most other events in a woman’s life pale next to it. In our modern lives, there are few remaining rituals of initiation, few events that challenge a person’s mettle down to the very core. Childbirth remains a primary initiatory rite for a woman.” –from the book MotherMysteries via Thesis Tidbits: Birth as a Shamanic Experience | Talk Birth. I just finished reading a short book called Return t … [Read more...]

Picture Books for Pagan Families: Imbolc

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By Meg Yardley The Celtic festival of Imbolc, also sometimes called Brigid after the goddess who is celebrated at this time, is a wonderful festival to celebrate with children, as it focuses on the hearth and home.  Depending on where you live, Imbolc may or may not seem like the “beginning of spring” as it is often described.  Historically, this is a time of year when people have often been desperately in need of hope, as food stores dwindle and the earth is not yet producing new plants and cro … [Read more...]

Picture Books for Pagan Families: Winter Solstice

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Picture Books for Pagan Families: Winter Solstice by Meg YardleyAt this time of year, we celebrate the Winter Solstice, also known as Yule.  On the winter solstice, we may light candles and decorate our homes with suns to keep the light alive through the longest night of the year.  As the sun rises the next morning, we mark the turning point when the dark time is beginning to pass and the days will soon begin to get longer.This is a wonderful holiday to celebrate with children, but can e … [Read more...]

Inhabited by the Divine: Cut, Stapled and Mended

Recently I found myself totally absorbed by Roanna Rosewood’s birth memoir: Cut, Stapled, and Mended. In an overlap with my interests that I didn't anticipate, I discovered that in many ways Rosewood’s book is about a journey to the sacred feminine within herself. This thread of her discovery of the larger forces of what it means to be female that runs throughout the book and I was especially interested by several mentions of a sense of being inhabited by the Divine, the Sacred Feminine. Writing … [Read more...]

Manifest Divinity: A Review

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Manifest Divinity, by Lisa Spiral Besnett, is a short book that encourages us to open up to manifestations of the divine in our lives. It is a simply written and incredibly positive book. Besnett uses a variety of techniques to tap into the divine in the world, providing contexts and some recommendations and discussion (or journaling) questions for each style.I wanted to love this book, as I like the ideas Besnett presents and the categories she's developed. I think this book would be ideal … [Read more...]

Blessed by Less

It is only when we silence the blaring sounds of our daily existence that we can finally hear the whispers of the truth that life reveals to us, as it stands knocking on the doorsteps of our hearts. ~ K.T. Jong "In a way Winter is the real Spring - the time when the inner things happen, the resurgence of nature."   ~ Edna O'Brien Each November, I feel a deep call to retreat and to re-evaluate my life, my priorities, and my goals. This year, I've been struck with a profound sense of "fall … [Read more...]

Review: Birth, Breath & Death: Meditations on Motherhood, Chaplaincy, and Life as a Doula

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Reading Birth, Breath & Death makes me want to hold my family close and also hold my heart open to strangers. And it makes me wish that Amy Wright Glenn had written more.Glenn, who's been a philosophy teacher, birth doula, and hospital chaplain, meditates thoughtfully on birth and death and the body-spirit through-line of breath that connects them both. She observes, "So many women never witness childbirth until it is directly upon them, until they themselves are in labor. Death, like … [Read more...]


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