Maiden, Mother, Crone… Or Something Else?

Maidens in stone

By Kris BradleyEditor's Note: This is re-posted with the author's permission from Confessions of a Pagan Soccer Mom.  Photo credit: Hecate via Rob Koopman.I’ve participated in a couple of discussions in the last month or so on the subject of the typical Triple  Goddess: Maiden, Mother and Crone  The Maiden is virginal.  She is the waxing moon; the early spring, not quite yet burst into bloom; she is  new beginnings.  She is a seeker of knowledge. The Mother is sexual  She is the  full m … [Read more...]

Book Review: Pagan Pregnancy

pagan-pregnancy

It is important to think of pregnancy as a process, not a condition... pregnancy changes you and your life on a deep level. - Arin Murphy-Hiscock I am aware of exactly one book available for purchase right now specifically on the topic of Paganism and pregnancy.  Arin Murphy-Hiscock wrote Pagan Pregnancy: A Spiritual Journey from Maiden to Mother years ago, and the book was finally released as an ebook just a few months ago. As soon as I saw the news I enthusiastically set to work getting t … [Read more...]

Responding to Ina May: I was The Goddess at that moment

Editor's note: This week we're trying something new.  I asked some of our regular contributors to each respond to a quote from midwife and natural birth advocate Ina May Gaskin.  In her new book Birth Matters Gaskin wrote: Birth… matters because the journey through pregnancy and birth offers an irreplaceable way for women to explore their deepest selves – their minds, bodies, and nature… There is a sacred power in the innately feminine capacity of giving birth.  It is one of the elemental, contin … [Read more...]

What’s in a Name?

by Kira NuitImagine one of your kid's friends at the door asking “can Floribunda come out to play?” Or, when young Floribunda gets into trouble, imagine how you might feel barking out, “Floribunda Oregano Sunbeam!” I've heard some names on the playground that I would not want to holler out my back door at suppertime.One of the first things confronting pregnant couples is what to name their baby. Throughout history we have bequeathed the names of our ancestors, named our children to honor … [Read more...]

Pagan names

Let’s be honest. Pagan names are weird. They are the source of much mockery, from both within and without the pagan community. For some reason we feel the need to name ourselves BlazingRaven Night Hawk’s Daughter or Moonray Celestina Wolf, or maybe just Thorson, which is like Madonna, but less obvious, right? But now some of us are having kids and they need names. What’s a pagan to do?First off, all names have meaning. Do we pick Jim, because it was our favorite uncle’s name? Do we pick Sarah a … [Read more...]

On Being a Holy Mother

‘Holy Mother,In whom we live, move and have our being,From you all things emerge and unto you all things return…’ This is the beginning of a prayer I learned from T Thorn Coyle just before becoming pregnant with my first child. It is only a slight twist on a biblical verse Acts 17:28 with which I was already familiar. As a religious studies scholar, whose work focused on women in religion and Mariology (the study of the Virgin Mary) theories of the divine feminine were important to m … [Read more...]


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