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...]

October Link Round-Up: Blessings, births, babies, and more

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Observances and Events October was a busy month around here! We celebrated National Midwifery Week & International Babywearing Week as well as observing Pregnancy and Infant Loss Remembrance Day. This year's Spirit Babies ceremony was announced: This year, the Spirit Babies ceremony will be at the Mudd Building, Room 100 of the Pacific School of Religion at 1798 Scenic Avenue in Berkeley on Sunday 12/15 from 1-2pm. This is an interfaith service for people to come together to remember, … [Read more...]

From deprivation to ease: Pagan parents taking care of ourselves

Toasting a marshmallow at the retreat, because sometimes self-care looks like indulgence.

I had the great privilege last month of attending the  #femfuture retreat at the Omega Institute in Rhinecliff, New York.Zerlina Maxwell wrote after the retreat that "The key takeaway for me and others was that the notion of self care being selfish is woefully misguided and unproductive. No longer is deprivation and sacrifice a source of pride." She was writing about feminist activists, but she could have been writing about all kinds of folks who chronically put their work before the … [Read more...]

Guest Post: Witches’ Almanac Review

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Since 1971, The Witches’ Almanac has been the source of fun, wisdom, trivia, and magical lore for hundreds of thousands of readers throughout the world. Modeled after the Old Farmers’ Almanac, it includes information related to the annual Moon Calendar (weather forecasts and horoscopes), as well as legends, rituals, herbal secrets, interviews, mystic incantations, interviews, and many a curious tale of good and evil. Although it is an annual publication, only about 15 percent of the content is sp … [Read more...]

Wednesday Wisdom: Ancestors

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A weekly Wednesday Wisdom post -- two or three quotes on a theme related to Paganism and childbearing, inviting us to meditate.  This week in honor of Samhain, we observe how our descendants and our ancestors are intimately linked through us. "The dead are our friends and family, our ancestors, who gave us life. We call them our 'beloved dead.'" - Starhawk, Diane Baker, & Anne Hill in Circle Round  "I feel deeply connected with mothers everywhere. A million stand behind me, … [Read more...]

Hollekreisch: Honoring Childbirth

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In one of my history classes at Ocean Seminary College, I read an article called Holle's Cry: Unearthing a Birth Goddess in a German Jewish Naming Ceremony by Jill  Hammer. The article addresses the merging of a Jewish naming ritual with the childbirth-celebrating ceremonies of the early Germanic goddess Holle and her later folk image, Frau Holle. Since my background is in birth education and activism, of course I was very interested and intrigued by Hammer’s article about Holle and the ritual as … [Read more...]


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