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...]

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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...]

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Birth Guardians: Isa Gucciardi, Ph.D.

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Today’s profile of Isa Gucciardi, Ph.D. is part of our series profiling people who work with pregnancy, birth, or the postpartum period (prenatal massage therapists, childbirth educators, OB/GYNs, doulas, midwives, lactation consultants, labor & delivery nurses, pediatricians, etc.) and are Pagan or work with a Pagan community. Check out the previous Birth Guardian profiles. If you would like to be a part of the series please send an email to paganfamilieseditor@gmail.com.   Now here’s Isa’s … [Read more...]

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Birth Mystery

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“Women’s mysteries, the blood mysteries of the body, are not the same as the physical realities of menstruation, lactation, pregnancy, and menopause; for physiology to become mystery, a mystical affiliation must be made between a woman and the archetypal feminine. A woman must sense, know or imagine herself as Woman, as Goddess, as an embodiment of the feminine principle…Under patriarchy this connection has been suppressed; there are no words or rituals that celebrate the connection between a wom … [Read more...]

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Beating the Winter Blues

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by Molly KhanThis time of year, with the sun at its lowest and shortest course through the sky, life with children becomes its most difficult for me.  Here in Nebraska, things get cold and windy, not the best conditions for sending older kids outside to burn off their energy all afternoon - and I'm even wary of taking the littlest ones out for a walk.  The holidays are over, cabin fever is setting in, and the lack of sunlight is getting to everybody: the winter blues.I find that the best … [Read more...]

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Pregnancy, Childbirth, and your Ancestors

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by Molly KhanIt wasn't until I became pregnant with my third child that I began to consider the more spiritual aspects of childbirth.  It helped that around that time I was becoming more involved in and more serious about my Paganism, delving beyond High Day and Full Moon observances and creating a personal, daily practice.  Pregnancy, and parenting my other two children, was a huge part of my life, and so it naturally figured largely in the deities I connected to and the practice I was d … [Read more...]

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December Link Round-Up: News, Reading, and Opportunities

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First some blog business, then the link round-up:Since I haven't been able to track down the original winner of the free seat in Wild Mother Arts' new Natural Mama Circle, I narrowed the pool down to those people who followed the instructions and actually left an email address, generated a random number, and the new winner is: Sarah Hodgkins! I hope you enjoy the Circle, Sarah (check your email for details). In December we welcomed A Witch's Ashram to Patheos Pagan! We continue to sen … [Read more...]

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The winner of a Solstice gift

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EDIT: I was unable to contact the original winner, so I've drawn a new name. The winner is: Sarah Hodgkins! I used a random number generator to choose amongst the entrants, and the winner of the free seat in the Natural Mama Circle from Wild Mother Arts is Melissa-Morriganemaleth K. Smith!  I hope it's a gift that you - or your giftee - will enjoy.  (Melisssa-Morriganemaleth, you didn't leave your email address, so please email me at paganfamilieseditor@gmail.com to claim your gift.)May we a … [Read more...]

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