She did what she could…

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She did what she could.She acted.She didn't just think about acting.She didn't act out of obligation.She didn't let others act for her.She didn't wait to be invited.--Elisa Morgan (in Refuse To Do Nothing) The Patheos Book Club is currently discussing the new book Refuse To Do Nothing: Finding Your Power to Abolish Modern-Day Slavery. The book is a quick read focused on human trafficking throughout the world. While acknowledging the gravity and depth of the situation, … [Read more...]

Moontime

“…imagine what our lives would be like, what the world would be like if every womoon could bleed and birth inside a sacred circle…” --Antiga in The Goddess CelebratesI've written about moontime several times on my Talk Birth blog in conjunction with a series that I call taking it to the body. Sarah's lovely collection of quotes for Wednesday Wisdom this week brought up musings about moontime that have been floating around for me over the past year. As I commented on her post: I’m only rece … [Read more...]

Wednesday Wisdom: Blood

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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.Blood, menstruation, sacred cycles, power... "Honouring our menstrual cycle reminds us how sacred we are." -Jane Hardwicke Collings in Becoming A Woman"Childbearing is a form of power, one of the greatest powers in the world, and menstruation is a sign of that power." -Valerie Tarico"We are b … [Read more...]

January link round-up

This is a doozy of a monthly round-up.First and foremost, let me say welcome to the world, sweet babies born to Pagan Families contributors and readers. Welcome Rowan Alice Callahan and Kai Willem Davidson and Skylar.Now, let's get to the links.This wasn't new last month, but Marianne Littlejohn's work is new to me: "The Spiral Dance is one of the big key secrets of creation, life and birth. When we conceive we wrap ourselves around our partners in a spiral embrace." Tales of A … [Read more...]

Introverted Mama

Ring the bells that still can ringForget your perfect offeringThere is a crack in everythingThat’s how the light gets in.–Leonard Cohen, from “Anthem”via A Meditation for the Weekend: How the Light Gets In – By Susan Cain. The Patheos Book Club is delving into the book Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking. Some time ago, I came across the above quote on Facebook and it led me to the rest of Susan Cain’s website about introverts and her book, Quiet … [Read more...]

Rituals to Honor Miscarriage

“Ritual opens a doorway in the invisible wall that seems to separate the spiritual and the physical. The formal quality of ritual allows us to move into the space between the worlds, experience what we need, and then step back and once more close the doorway so we can return to our lives enriched.” --Rachel Pollack, The Power of Ritual There is no right or wrong way to plan a ritual or ceremony to acknowledge your baby and your miscarriage experiences. Some women may wish to do a “lot,” some wom … [Read more...]

Birth centers

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A new study out last week provides evidence for the safety of midwifery care in birth centers. The abstract states: This study demonstrates the safety of the midwifery-led birth center model of collaborative care as well as continued low obstetric intervention rates, similar to previous studies of birth center care. These findings are particularly remarkable in an era characterized by increases in obstetric intervention and cesarean birth nationwide If reading scientific studies isn't your cup … [Read more...]

I keep vigil…

One of the first Pagan bloggers I ever followed online is Teo Bishop, a solitary Druid and prolific writer. Recently, Bishop wrote about creating community poetry for use in liturgy based on the starting line, "I keep vigil to the fire in my heart" (see current contributions from other writers via this post: We Keep Vigil: Crowdsourced Poetry). Bishop started this experiment last year during Imbolc, when he composed a spontaneous poem to Brigid. As someone who frequently experiences spontaneous … [Read more...]


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