Holidays After Loss: Spirit Babies Ceremony

Candle Lotus

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. … [Read more...]

Blessingways and the role of ritual

Group of Girls

Originally posted on September 18, 2012 by Molly In this circle No Fear In this circle Deep Peace In this circle Great Happiness In this circle Rich Connection I’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 … [Read more...]

October link round-up

Butterfly and Transformation

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, … [Read more...]

Seven Spiritual Habits to Set During Pregnancy

Weaving Memory

by Kira Nuit When I was pregnant, people often joked: "you'd better do all those things you've put off, because you won't have time once the baby comes!" I thought they meant things like travel to Europe, play video games all night, or go out dancing. I didn't realize the wisdom included things like cleaning house, any  project requiring more than 10 minutes, or performing the regular spiritual tasks vital to my soul's health. Fortunately, I dove into my spirituality during pregnancy and … [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 … [Read more...]

The first Spirit Babies ceremony in San Francisco

Candles and rememberances

By Silverwing On 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 … [Read more...]

How the Spirit Babies Interfaith Ceremony came to be

Candle Lotus

By Silverwing Many 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 … [Read more...]

A Ritual for Childbirth and Naming

By Sarah Spells for Childbirth and Naming Before my second son was born, I did these spells. At the time, I wanted my husband and son to feel that they were important parts of this journey that I was more obviously taking. When I started the ritual, I repeated the blessing, over and over, and felt moved to decorate my hands with henna. A few days later, my blessed and adorned hands caught my second son as he was birthed in the water. The Childbirth Blessing* Supplies: A green or white … [Read more...]


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