Birth Spiral Chakra Blessing

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Birth spiral. Energy feel it spin throughout your body. Beginning in your core, unfolding, unfolding, spiraling upward into a peak and release Every part of you opening making space making room for this new little one. Calling the child forth into your waiting arms your waiting family your waiting heart. Enlivened alive fully engaged and embodied in the current of labor. It builds it pulses it rolls it rocks it peaks it crests. These waves of power. They are you. You are … [Read more...]

Maiden, Mother, Crone-ish?

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By ShelleiCould there be a new archetype emerging? The grand-mama, or maybe the crone-ma? Cronemother?In different times, and in different cultures, families live/d in extended family homes and communities, where "it takes a village," or at least a large family to raise a child. In an extended family, a child can receive caregiving, nurturing, guidance, help with schoolwork--in other words "parenting" from many different family members--not just mom or dad. In our nuclear family oriented … [Read more...]

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

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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 to sen … [Read more...]

Birth Guardians: Christine Vermeersch

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Today’s profile of Christine Vermeersch 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 here’s Christ … [Read more...]

Wednesday Wisdom: Thunder

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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: when we see ourselves in the Goddess, we claim our thunderous power.   "The image of the Goddess inspires women to see ourselves as divine, our bodies as sacred, the changing phases of our lives as holy, our aggression as healthy, our anger as purifying, and our power to nurture and create, but also to limit and destroy when necessary, as the very force t … [Read more...]

Becoming a Woman – Book Review

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I really wish I'd had a book on what it means to become a woman when I was 12. The only text I had was Judy Blume's generation defining book, Are You There God? It's Me, Margaret. I wish that some one would have told me that my cycles would be erratic for a couple of years, not just in spacing, but in flow. Finding that out at a slumber party in the 8th grade was a deeply embarrassing experience (imagine having to knock on your friend's parents' bedroom door in the middle of the night, because … [Read more...]

Why I Am a Pagan

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By Kira NuitThe rituals of Catholicism spoke to me in their scents and sounds; the sacred music sang through me as I sang it. But the building felt full of human longing yet empty of Presence, and the institution of the Church displayed too many flaws for me to feel comfortable with it.Mary came to me one twilight as I sat in Her rose garden. She showed me the face of the Starry Mother. That Presence, that energy, I followed. Mary was the bridge, leading me out of the church and into the … [Read more...]

Wednesday Wisdom: Goddess

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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.Goddess, womb, cauldron, birth, life, death... "The Goddess (as Cerridwen, Kali, Siris and others) generates, dissolves, and regenerates life life within her churning womb/cauldron. Here the Goddess is the vortex from which all things are spun into existence and sucked back out of it." -Melissa … [Read more...]


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