Blessingways and the role of ritual

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Originally posted on September 18, 2012 by MollyIn this circle No Fear In this circle Deep Peace In this circle Great Happiness In this circle Rich ConnectionI’ve recently been on a reading streak with books on ritual. I’ve always been interested in ritual, especially women’s rituals, and I’ve planned and facilitated a lot of different rituals. I also have a huge variety of books that include information on planning rituals, women’s spirituality books, books about blessingways, and mor … [Read more...]

Guardian of the Womb

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By MollySometimes for me the Goddess is a symbol—of my own personal power, of Nature, and of women’s strength and value. Sometimes, like during the death/birth of my third son, She is a literal presence in my life. In November 2009, my third son died during my second trimester of pregnancy. My birth-miscarriage experience with him was a powerful and transforming experience and I was left with a sense of openness to change. A receptivity to larger forces and powers in the world.  Indeed, it … [Read more...]

There is a crack in everything

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"I have always believed in the need to acknowledge life's darkness in order to fully experience love-magic. This has never been so clear to me as now, after the birth of my baby girl." -Francesca Lia Block in Guarding the MoonRecently on the Pagan Families Facebook page there's been a lot of talk of miscarriage, stillbirth, and other often deeply challenging and painful experiences related to pregnancy and loss.It seems that one of the hardest things about experiencing such a painful … [Read more...]

Birth Guardians: Nadirah Adeye

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Today’s profile of Nadirah Adeye 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 Nadirah’s pro … [Read more...]

Getting Started at Pagan Families

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Welcome to Pagan Families!This blog began in May 2011 as a place to generate and collect resources for Pagans in the childbearing year. The Categories in the drop-down menu to the right are a good way to find posts on particular topics. You might also like to check out some highlights from the archives:Are you pregnant?Explore Seven Spiritual Habits to Set During Pregnancy with Kira Nuit Learn from Jackie Singer how to do Meditations During Pregnancy Get ideas for setting up … [Read more...]

The first Spirit Babies ceremony in San Francisco

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By SilverwingOn the night of the Winter Solstice this year, between fifty and sixty people gathered in the chapel at the First Unitarian Universalist Church in San Francisco.  Women and their loved ones came to honor their ‘spirit babies’ - those who had been lost due to a miscarriage, abortion and stillbirth.  It was standing room only.As people entered the chapel, we invited them to write out thoughts and prayers and place them on the altar.  For those who couldn’t make it to the cerem … [Read more...]

How the Spirit Babies Interfaith Ceremony came to be

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By SilverwingMany years ago, a friend told me about the Mizuko Jizo, a Japanese deity that watches over the spirits of those who were miscarried, aborted or stillborn.  There are temples with gardens of hundreds of these jizo statues.  There is a place in Japanese society for women to grieve openly about their pregnancy losses.  There are ceremonies in Japanese temples for this, called Mizuko Kuyo.  The spirits of the unborn are called ‘mizuko’ or ‘water babies’ and they may come back again s … [Read more...]

The Pagan Health Survey on Pagan pregnancies

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Did you take The Pagan Health Survey last year?  The results of this survey were interesting for many reasons, including the little bit they tell us about how Pagans approach pregnancy and birth.Cultural anthropologist Kimberly Hedrick conducted the research using participant-observation, interviews, and an internet survey with 1,598 respondents.  She presented her results at the American Public Health Association conference in Denver, Colorado in fall of 2010 and the Pagan Studies Co … [Read more...]


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