How you envision birth at the deepest level

By Julianne Davidson Birth art can help you understand how you envision birth at the deepest level. This exploration is like stepping into an ancient archetypal force and journey of self discovery. The actual process of creating birth art requires one to partake in the process of visualizing their birth. Consciously thinking about and imagining your birth aligns your goals, may set fears at bay and help you to understand true feelings about birth. Birth art can be meditative, relaxing,... Read more

Wednesday Wisdom: Milk

A weekly Wednesday Wisdom post with two or three profound or beautiful thoughts on a theme related to Paganism and childbearing. An invitation to meditate or just to pause a moment and consider. “Breastfeeding a child is one of the many ways in which you can connect with the Goddess, for you are enacting one of her age-old responsibilities.” –Arin Murphy-Hiscock, Pagan Pregnancy    “Throughout the early history of man- and womankind, the milk-bearing function of the breast was bathed... Read more

Wednesday Wisdom: Sacred Space

A weekly Wednesday Wisdom post with two or three profound or beautiful thoughts on a theme related  to Paganism and childbearing. An invitation to meditate or just to pause a moment and consider. “During pregnancy, we have the opportunity to deeply explore the concept of the body being the physical temple that houses the spirit.” — Arin Murphy-Hiscock, Pagan Pregnancy: A Spiritual Journey From Maiden To Mother   “If we believe that birth is a powerful, sacred event that has... Read more

Review: The Mother’s Wisdom Deck

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... Read more

Dar a luz on Solstice

It’s Solstice week, and I’m scheduling this post in advance because when it publishes I’ll be headed to the airport to join friends and family for some solemn candle lighting, joyous feasting, and more than a little tearing open of presents by the children. When we light the Solstice candles, and tell the story of the Mother goddess pushing out from her swollen body the brightness of the new baby Sun, I’ll be thinking of those of you divinely human mamas... Read more

Holidays After Loss: Spirit Babies Ceremony

Editor’s Note: The Amethyst Network, a miscarriage support organization, is launching a new blog circle series: As part of our efforts at sharing stories and creating healing circles, we are launching blog circles here at TAN. Each month we will post a brief message introducing the theme for the month, and inviting you to participate in the circle. All you need to do is put your name and link into the Mr Linky widget at the end of this post, and your blog post... Read more

Wednesday Wisdom: Faith

“We’re people who have enough faith in the future and enough stability in the present to bring children into the spiral of life or nurture children who are not born to us.” — Starhawk, Diane Baker, & Anne Hill, Circle Round: Raising Children in Goddess Traditions “Part of what gives me continued faith in a body I doubted for so long is the milk that comes whenever it is needed.” — Francesca Lia Block, Guarding The Moon: A Mother’s First Year... Read more

November Link Round-Up

I share a lot of fantastic links and such on our social media pages.  Here’s a round-up of some of the highlights from November.  After I gathered them up, I realized that for some reason they all come in twos this month. Two informational posts: Via Not My Mother: A Memoir, “Learn more about why vaginas are incredible here” and practical advice on Witchcraft during pregnancy. Two interesting looking new books: The Mindful Way through Pregnancy and Red Medicine: Traditional Indigenous Rites of Birthing and Healing ... Read more

Blessingways and the role of ritual

Originally posted on September 18, 2012 by Molly In this circle No Fear In this circle Deep Peace In this circle Great Happiness In this circle Rich Connection I’ve recently been on a reading streak with books on ritual. I’ve always been interested in ritual, especially women’s rituals, and I’ve planned and facilitated a lot of different rituals. I also have a huge variety of books that include information on planning rituals, women’s spirituality books, books about blessingways, and more. I’m branching out... Read more

Hello Patheos!

Hello Patheos! I’m so excited to be writing this greeting. I can’t wait to share lots of Pagan pregnancy and birth resources with you. I founded Pagan Families in May 2011 as a place to generate and collect resources on pregnancy and childbirth for Pagans.  Think The Pagan Book of Living and Dying for the childbearing year. We gave it the expansive name Pagan Families so we’d have lots of room to grow, but we certainly don’t believe that birthing a baby is the only way to... Read more
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