Wednesday Wisdom: Birthing bodies

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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.Birthing bodies: What is this body? What can it do? What does it mean to have an animal body? To give birth with a body or to be born into a body?"Pagans reject the Christian notion that children enter this world bearing the burden of 'original sin'. There is no place in their worldview for the … [Read more...]

Blessing Baby

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By SunweaverHaving babies eleven years apart does present unique challenges, particularly when your religion has dramatically transformed during that time. My youngest was born last November and my eldest will be twelve in September. The first time around, I considered myself a Wiccan who worshipped the Greek gods and I now self-identify as a Hellenic Polytheist. The difference between those two designations is not a subtle one and I'm still figuring out some of the finer points of a … [Read more...]

Community participation

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Last fall I took a course on community change in public health. One of the major take-home lessons of the course was this: involving and empowering the people you're trying to serve can dramatically improve the outcomes of a public health intervention. The course focused on curbing diseases like malaria and AIDS, while my goals here of bringing Pagans guidance and inspiration through childbearing feel much more modest, but the basic approach of listening and empowering seems just as … [Read more...]

Magickal naming

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By Wendy L. CallahanWhen we have a child, we have many decisions to make: breast or bottle? Co-sleep or crib? Back to work or stay at home? Homeschool, public or private school?One decision that often comes with a surprising amount of wrangling, arguing and contention is naming. Everyone has an opinion on which names are appropriate and which names are absurd. Coming to an agreement with our partner, if there is one (or perhaps more than one) involved in the decision, is usually the … [Read more...]

Wednesday Wisdom: Altered states

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 the last weeks of pregnancy, preparations on all levels become more intense and a woman can begin to enter an altered state, withdrawing from the normal tasks of the world, and attuning to the callings of her body and the child within."--Jackie Singer, … [Read more...]

My favorite posts of 2012

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I just had a great time looking back over all the blog posts of 2012. This was the year I published my book and the year we moved to Patheos. Here's a list of my personal top 5 favorite posts of 2012. What's your favorite?Kira described how to use prayer beads in pregnancy. I announced the publication of my book Birth on the Labyrinth Path. Niki thought hard about Pagan ethics and how many children to bring into the world. Nadirah gave thoughtful answers to Birth Guardian profile … [Read more...]

How you envision birth at the deepest level

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By Julianne DavidsonBirth 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

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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 … [Read more...]


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