Review: The Mother’s Wisdom Deck

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I immediately resonated with the beauty of online images from the Mother's Wisdom Deck created by Niki Dewart, Elizabeth Marglin, and Jenny Kostecki-Shaw, so I was thrilled when I wrote to ask for a review copy and they mailed one to me right away.My kids participated in opening the deck and the preschooler immediately spread the cards out across our rug - a great way to begin to interact with a new deck.The four suits of this deck are a bit unusual: Natural Mother, Animal Mother, A … [Read more...]

Review: Sacred Pregnancy

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"Growing a baby offers a woman the opportunity to be part of Mother Nature's mysteries, which directly connects her to the source of all things." (99) Sacred Pregnancy is a guidebook and journal for pregnant mothers. "The point of this book is to help you feel prepared emotionally, spiritually, and physically to birth your baby and enter motherhood," says author Anni Daulter. (291)Get the book in your hands and you'll see it was obviously lovingly designed.  It's filled with gorgeous … [Read more...]

Book Review: Pagan Pregnancy

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It is important to think of pregnancy as a process, not a condition... pregnancy changes you and your life on a deep level. - Arin Murphy-Hiscock I am aware of exactly one book available for purchase right now specifically on the topic of Paganism and pregnancy.  Arin Murphy-Hiscock wrote Pagan Pregnancy: A Spiritual Journey from Maiden to Mother years ago, and the book was finally released as an ebook just a few months ago. As soon as I saw the news I enthusiastically set to work getting t … [Read more...]

Ten Moons: The Inner Journey of Pregnancy, Preparation for Natural Birth

A review by Niki WhitingI admit I am completely intrigued by the idea of shamanic midwifery. Jane Hardwicke Collings, an Australian, has forged this path, combining traditional midwifery with shamanic concepts and work with the Divine Feminine. She trains other women, midwives and doulas, in this process, which, from her websites, is more of a set interpersonal skills and mindset, than an actual magical system.I was sent the e-book version of Collings's book on preparing for natural … [Read more...]

Review: Birthrites

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Birth is the archetypal rite of passage for a woman, containing the essential elements of any ritual: separation from normal life, a profound transition during which the participants occupy a timeless time, followed by re-entry into society in a changed state.  It can also be seen as a holy sacrament; the entry of a soul from another plane into this earthly dimension. -- Jackie Singer, Birthrites Birthrites: Rituals and Celebrations for the Child-bearing Years was a fortuitous find for me, a … [Read more...]

Review: Bless This Child

"Here, under my heart you'll keep till it's time for us to meet..." --Erica Mann Jong (33)Edward Searl is a Unitarian minister and the editor of Bless This Child: A Treasury of Poems, Quotations and Readings to Celebrate Birth.  He writes that the collection, "gives voice to the many hopes and wishes that accompany the arrival of a new child." (vii)These prayers, poems, and meditations are "culled from antiquity and from our contemporary world, written and spoken by parents, priests, … [Read more...]

Review: Circle Round

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The day before Samhain, Diane Baker stood in her kitchen thinking about needing to plan a celebration for her family and wondered, "Why isn't there just a book I could open?"  So she collaborated with Anne Hill and Starhawk to write the book she wanted to read, Circle Round: Raising Children in Goddess Traditions.Circle Round offers resources divided into four sections:*Part One: Welcome to the Circle introduces the book and the practice of Goddess traditions with children. *Part … [Read more...]

Pagan pregnancy on the web

Pagan Families was created to fill a gap in resources on Pagan pregnancy and birth.  Google something like "Pagan pregnancy" and you'll come up with a lot of queries on message boards complaining about the dearth of information.But it's certainly not the case that there aren't any existing resources.  The problem is that they tend to be scattered and often brief.  You can easily find lots of one-time blog posts and webpages about a single aspect of Pagan pregnancy or birth, such as baby we … [Read more...]


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