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

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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, WitchFrom deprivation to ease: Pagan parents taking care of ourselves The Power of Self CareThere 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 Abortion … [Read more...]

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Picture Books for Pagan Families: Winter Solstice

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Picture Books for Pagan Families: Winter Solstice by Meg YardleyAt this time of year, we celebrate the Winter Solstice, also known as Yule.  On the winter solstice, we may light candles and decorate our homes with suns to keep the light alive through the longest night of the year.  As the sun rises the next morning, we mark the turning point when the dark time is beginning to pass and the days will soon begin to get longer.This is a wonderful holiday to celebrate with children, but can e … [Read more...]

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Inhabited by the Divine: Cut, Stapled and Mended

Recently I found myself totally absorbed by Roanna Rosewood’s birth memoir: Cut, Stapled, and Mended. In an overlap with my interests that I didn't anticipate, I discovered that in many ways Rosewood’s book is about a journey to the sacred feminine within herself. This thread of her discovery of the larger forces of what it means to be female that runs throughout the book and I was especially interested by several mentions of a sense of being inhabited by the Divine, the Sacred Feminine. Writing … [Read more...]

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Review: Birth, Breath & Death: Meditations on Motherhood, Chaplaincy, and Life as a Doula

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Reading Birth, Breath & Death makes me want to hold my family close and also hold my heart open to strangers. And it makes me wish that Amy Wright Glenn had written more.Glenn, who's been a philosophy teacher, birth doula, and hospital chaplain, meditates thoughtfully on birth and death and the body-spirit through-line of breath that connects them both. She observes, "So many women never witness childbirth until it is directly upon them, until they themselves are in labor. Death, like … [Read more...]

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October Link Round-Up: Blessings, births, babies, and more

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Observances and Events October was a busy month around here! We celebrated National Midwifery Week & International Babywearing Week as well as observing Pregnancy and Infant Loss Remembrance Day. This year's Spirit Babies ceremony was announced: This year, the Spirit Babies ceremony will be at the Mudd Building, Room 100 of the Pacific School of Religion at 1798 Scenic Avenue in Berkeley on Sunday 12/15 from 1-2pm. This is an interfaith service for people to come together to remember, … [Read more...]

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Wednesday Wisdom: Ancestors

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A weekly Wednesday Wisdom post -- two or three quotes on a theme related to Paganism and childbearing, inviting us to meditate.  This week in honor of Samhain, we observe how our descendants and our ancestors are intimately linked through us. "The dead are our friends and family, our ancestors, who gave us life. We call them our 'beloved dead.'" - Starhawk, Diane Baker, & Anne Hill in Circle Round  "I feel deeply connected with mothers everywhere. A million stand behind me, … [Read more...]

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Wednesday Wisdom: On our knees

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The Wednesday Wisdom series returns! A weekly Wednesday Wisdom post -- two or three quotes on a theme related to Paganism and childbearing, inviting us to meditate.  This week birth brings us to our knees. “Rigid plans work best if you’re building a skyscraper; with something as mysteriously human as giving birth, it’s best, both literally and figuratively, to keep your knees bent.” –Mark Sloan, MD (Birth Day)   "Birth is not an event; it's a series of sophisticated biological processes.. … [Read more...]

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