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...]

Four Simple Ways to Honor Spirit in Baby’s First Year

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By Thekla Richter  Finding time to nurture your connection with divinity might seem laughable when you are so busy nurturing your newborn and struggling through the most basic aspects of day-to-day life. Yet, at the same time, if you were supported by spiritual practice before you had your baby, giving up that path entirely can leave a huge void in your life that you feel deeply even through your haze of exhaustion.The good news is that tending your spirit and connecting with the … [Read more...]

Group Ritual to Acknowledge Miscarriage

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This ritual is designed as a ceremony of healing and empowerment following miscarriage. It is based on a ritual that I had following my own miscarriages in 2010.Anyone who has experienced miscarriage and who would like to acknowledge the impact on her life is welcome. So too are those who would like to act as witnesses and keepers of sacred space for those who grieve. The simple altar is laid outdoors on the ground near an already dug hole (for planting a tree). It contains a small bowl, a … [Read more...]

Rituals to Honor Miscarriage

“Ritual opens a doorway in the invisible wall that seems to separate the spiritual and the physical. The formal quality of ritual allows us to move into the space between the worlds, experience what we need, and then step back and once more close the doorway so we can return to our lives enriched.” --Rachel Pollack, The Power of Ritual There is no right or wrong way to plan a ritual or ceremony to acknowledge your baby and your miscarriage experiences. Some women may wish to do a “lot,” some wom … [Read more...]

Blessing Baby

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By SunweaverHaving babies eleven years apart does present unique challenges, particularly when your religion has dramatically transformed during that time. My youngest was born last November and my eldest will be twelve in September. The first time around, I considered myself a Wiccan who worshipped the Greek gods and I now self-identify as a Hellenic Polytheist. The difference between those two designations is not a subtle one and I'm still figuring out some of the finer points of a … [Read more...]

Holidays After Loss: Spirit Babies Ceremony

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Editor's Note: The Amethyst Network, a miscarriage support organization, is launching a new blog circle series: As part of our efforts at sharing stories and creating healing circles, we are launching blog circles here at TAN. Each month we will post a brief message introducing the theme for the month, and inviting you to participate in the circle. All you need to do is put your name and link into the Mr Linky widget at the end of this post, and your blog post can be included in the circle. Pos … [Read more...]

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...]

October link round-up

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I share a lot of great links and pictures on Facebook and Twitter.  Here's some of the best from October: “The erotic charge that […] lit up the performance of giving birth also seemed to light up the stories they told about it. Many of the stories I heard were not specifically sexual but, in the telling, were filled to overflowing with the kind of intimacy, excitement, pleasure, and passion that articulated itself in and through the birthing body they hailed—a body that, in being given, gave, t … [Read more...]


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