From deprivation to ease: Pagan parents taking care of ourselves

Toasting a marshmallow at the retreat, because sometimes self-care looks like indulgence.

I had the great privilege last month of attending the  #femfuture retreat at the Omega Institute in Rhinecliff, New York.Zerlina Maxwell wrote after the retreat that "The key takeaway for me and others was that the notion of self care being selfish is woefully misguided and unproductive. No longer is deprivation and sacrifice a source of pride." She was writing about feminist activists, but she could have been writing about all kinds of folks who chronically put their work before the … [Read more...]

Paganism, pregnancy, & parenting link round-up

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I just checked and I haven't gotten around to doing a monthly link round-up since March. Oops. There's so much good stuff that I share on Facebook and Twitter. Today I've compiled some of the recent best. But first some blog business:Pagan Families has joined Pinterest! Definitely still figuring things out over there. Come check us out and help us figure out how to pin stuff you want to see. In celebration of Birth On The Labyrinth Path's first birthday, Wild Mother Arts is offering us a … [Read more...]

Book Birthday: And the winner is…

Labyrinth Earrings from Wild Mother Arts

I'm so grateful to everybody who's helped me celebrate my book's first birthday this week!I hear regularly from people who wish they'd found Birth On The Labyrinth Path or the Pagan Families blog or the Pagan Families Facebook page earlier in their pregnancies. I wish for many fewer instances of Pagans who are welcoming new babies and feeling as though they have no spiritually appropriate resources, and indeed many more instances of having to choose amongst abundant resources. When you tell … [Read more...]

Wednesday Wisdom, book birthday party edition: Labyrinths

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This week's Wednesday Wisdom post is also part of the Birth On The Labyrinth Path birthday party week. The theme is labyrinths. How can labyrinths connect us to spirit, to the land, or to our own bodies? How can the labyrinth be a symbol for birth? "To walk a sacred path is to discover our inner sacred space: that core of feeling that is waiting to have life breathed back into it through symbols, archetypal forms like the labyrinth, rituals, stories and myths." - Lauren Artress, Walking A … [Read more...]

Book birthday party kick-off

Birth On The Labyrinth Path

I can't believe my book is already one year old. But it is! Patheos Press released it into the world, into the Internet, into your Kindles and ereaders exactly a year ago. I'm so pleased to be celebrating Birth on the Labyrinth Path's first birthday with you all this week.To celebrate, I'm going to share an excerpt of Birth on the Labyrinth Path, I'm going to give one of you a book, Wild Mother Arts is going to give two of you some gorgeous labyrinth jewelry, and we're going to talk lots … [Read more...]

December link round-up

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On Twitter, Google+, and especially Facebook, I share lots of links and things associated with Paganism and childbearing. Today I've rounded up the highlights from December.A nice shout-out for Pagan Families from The Wild Hunt when we moved here to Patheos Information on birth goddesses from Maiden to Mother Thinking about the meaning of "bringing a baby earthside" at First the Egg Sister MorningStar reflects on freedom and midwifery Amy Swagman of The Mandala Journey created some s … [Read more...]

Birth mandalas

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  Pagan Families reader Sarah wrote to recommend Amy Swagman's Birth Art Mandalas.  I was stunned by them and immediately wrote Amy to ask if I could share them here.  She said yes! Making birth art can be a beautiful spiritual practice.  My partner and I made birth art when we took a Birthing From Within class to prepare for our daughter's birth and my God children got to paint all over my big round belly at our Blessing Way, but Amy takes birth art to a whole other level.Amy is a mo … [Read more...]

Walking the spiral

Walking the Labyrinth

Scenes from the labyrinthThe kids all banged on their drums and shook their rattles, following me on the snaking path into the center of the labyrinth and back out again.  It was a noisy, sloppy, joyful, sunny couple of minutes.Rewind one year to find the scene of me leading a group of adults in a slow, contemplative evening walk through the labyrinth's twists and turns.Having a baby has really changed my spiritual practice.Purgation, Illumination, IntegrationIn Walking A … [Read more...]


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