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

Spiritual Pregnancy

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

By Tomascastelazo [GFDL (http://www.gnu.org/copyleft/fdl.html) or CC-BY-SA-3.0-2.5-2.0-1.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

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...]

Picture Books for Pagan Families: Samhain

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by Meg Yardley There are a lot of wonderful children’s picture books to read at this time of year, though I haven’t found any specifically about Samhain (either the historical Celtic or modern neo-Pagan version). Some good themes for picture books to celebrate this festival include:Death, dying, and staying connected to loved ones after loss (when addressed in an age-appropriate way) Other worlds (the land of Faerie, Avalon, the spirit world or any other place beyond) – again, in an age-a … [Read more...]

The tale of the dog who fell in love with the cat

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People write me all the time asking me to share their web page or promote their project. I ignore most of the emails because they're either laughably off our topic, shabbily done, or unpleasantly slick and salesy.But I slowed down and re-read Nancy Furtado's email asking to help with her Kickstarter for Slumber Stories, a homemade story dice game. Storytelling has been a popular theme around here and I like to support small businesses and stay-at-home parent projects, but I wondered why … [Read more...]

Pregnancy and Infant Loss Remembrance Day

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Pregnancy and Infant Loss Remembrance Day is October 15. At The Amethyst Network, we've been working on making some new images for the purpose of sharing either in advocacy or support. There you can find different buttons designed for sharing on social media or blogs on both Facebook and Pinterest.Tonight, I went to a candlelight vigil in my town in honor of this Remembrance Day. I took my little rainbow daughter with me and we spent some peaceful time at dusk in the park with my friend and … [Read more...]


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