Birth Guardians: Isa Gucciardi, Ph.D.

Isa Gucciardi

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 … [Read more...]

Birth Mystery

January 2014 120

“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 … [Read more...]

Beating the Winter Blues

By Glitterchirag (Own work) [CC-BY-SA-3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

by Molly Khan This 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 … [Read more...]

Pregnancy, Childbirth, and your Ancestors

Idesa

by Molly Khan It 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 … [Read more...]

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

natural mama circle

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 … [Read more...]

The winner of a Solstice gift

Sunrise_

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 … [Read more...]

Top 10 Posts of 2013

intuition

This is an entirely unsystematic, unscientific, personally biased list of my top 10 favorite Pagan Families posts from 2013. It's obviously not all the good posts, or even all the great posts. It's not necessarily the most read or shared or commented on posts either. But I tried to include posts from all our regular (and irregular) contributors, and to represent the range of topics we now cover. From pregnancy to postpartum, from sex education to adoption, from spiritual practice with toddlers … [Read more...]

November Link Round-Up: Self-care, pregnancy, and books

20130808-100651.jpg

November was a big month for reflecting on self-care... "Self care might just be the most religious act that one can do." -- Crystal Blanton; Author, High Priestess, Counselor, Witch From deprivation to ease: Pagan parents taking care of ourselves The Power of Self Care There were also posts around the web on pregnancy, birth, abortion, and parenting... The Birth of a Mother | Jodi the Doula Place at the Table Loving kindness at Thanksgiving 40 Days of Ritual to Keep … [Read more...]

A Yuletide Giveaway: Natural Mama Circle

natural mama circle

Jacquie at Wild Mother Arts, who you may remember gave away some stunning jewelry to help celebrate Birth On the Labyrinth Path's birthday, has a new offering: the Natural Mama Circle - a yearlong journey in Earth Mama Medicine, which is currently on a 30% off special until December 21st. The Natural Mama Circle which will take place entirely on Facebook aims to" increase your knowledge, skills and confidence in natural mothering, foster a greener lifestyle and be supported by a … [Read more...]

Family Full Moon Ritual

November 2013 069

Two years ago, in conjunction with one of my classes at Ocean Seminary College, I realized that it was high time for me to try to offer spiritual nourishment and experiences to my immediate family members throughout the year. I want to be the priestess of my own hearth first. And it was at this time, my idea for Family Full Moon Fun was born and we've kept it up, with varying degrees of success, ever since. I usually envision a delightful family ritual with loving connection, meaningful … [Read more...]