A New Brighid Doll

My time is limited and, as a result, I haven’t felt pulled to make the very detailed, large dolls I made prior to pregnancy.  Those will come again, but I’ve recently found myself returning to my roots and making dolls with very simple shapes.  Some may view that as backwards, but something Phillip Carr-Gomm saidContinue reading “A New Brighid Doll”

Pagan Parenting: Waldorf-Inspired Gnomes

I learned about Waldorf education when I was in college and studying teaching methods and history.  It fascinated me immediately and, for a brief moment in time, I toyed with the idea of becoming a certified Waldorf teacher.  That didn’t work out for a variety of reasons, and in retrospect I’m happy for that.  AlthoughContinue reading “Pagan Parenting: Waldorf-Inspired Gnomes”

Getting Ready for Winter Solstice

I’ve decided to try and reinvigorate my spiritual practice by joining the Three Cranes Grove and their “Yule Along”.  They came up with a Norse-inspired schedule but have invited others to experiment with their own hearth cultures.  So as I prepare for my normal Winter Solstice celebration, I’m also preparing for several days worth ofContinue reading “Getting Ready for Winter Solstice”

Doing What I Can, When I Can

Now that Baby Bee is here, I’m struggling to maintain my previous Druidic practices.  The various study programs I’ve been working on in ADF?  If I was slow before, I’m going to be at a snail’s pace now!  My nightly devotionals have ceased for the time being due to exhaustion.  I’m on the baby’s scheduleContinue reading “Doing What I Can, When I Can”

Pregnant Pagan: Birth and Motherhood Crane Bag

What is a crane bag? The answer: not hard. The lovely Aoife was turned into a crane and lived about the seas of Manannan Mac Lir for many hard years.  When she died, the great Sea Lord took her skin and made a magical bag that could hold his most beloved treasures.  It’s said to beContinue reading “Pregnant Pagan: Birth and Motherhood Crane Bag”

Pregnant Pagan: Mystical Forest Mobile

I finally finished the mobile I was working on for our baby!  I decided to go with a woodland theme because I definitely want to instill a love of nature in my daughter. I included some subtle Pagan hints, mostly because they are protective.  I used a combination of natural, found materials, felt, cotton threadContinue reading “Pregnant Pagan: Mystical Forest Mobile”

Pregnant Pagan: Letting Go of the Doula Dream

After watching “The Business of Being Born” and reading Birthing From Within, I was very interested in hiring a doula to assist with my birth – particularly one trained in massage, meditation, and aromatherapy.  They are supposed to be very helpful to women who desire natural births.  I mean, come on.  The idea of some “wiseContinue reading “Pregnant Pagan: Letting Go of the Doula Dream”

The Gatekeeper

The ADF discussion group on FB was recentlly abuzz with a discussion on the gatekeeper concept within our liturgy.  It’s a hot topic for some – whether it should be required in ADF liturgy, whether or not it’s an Indo-European concept, etc, etc, etc…  I’ve been working on Liturgy 1, part of my Initiate trainingContinue reading “The Gatekeeper”

Pregnant Pagan: My Own Search for Pregnancy and Childbirth Lore in Ireland and Scotland

Before I get into pregnancy and childbirth lore from old Ireland and Scotland, please note that I don’t necessarily embrace or endorse these beliefs.  As a modern Druid, I seek to know how my ancestors – Pagan and Christian – lived before things became very industrialized and modern.  While some folk practices are seemingly out-of-touchContinue reading “Pregnant Pagan: My Own Search for Pregnancy and Childbirth Lore in Ireland and Scotland”