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Sample Blessingway Outlines

A Blessingway for Shawna

Shawna's ritual is a good introductory blessingway. Her gathering followed a simple format and took about three hours to complete with a circle of ten women.

Casting the Circle
A Clarity Prayer

Purpose of Blessingways

Meditation
"Waves: A Birth Visualization" by Carl Jones

Evocation of the Four Directions

Invocation of the Goddess
About Goddesses
Summon the Goddess Demeter

Sharing of Altar Items

Releasing of Fears

Honoring and Pampering Shawna
Hair Brushing
Herbal Foot Bath
Massage

Presentation of Gifts
A gift symbolizing relaxation, strength, or healing
One bead for Shawna's birth bracelet
One bead for her baby's bracelet
One bead for Iris to honor her new role as big sister
A "creative" postpartum gift

Candle Blessing for Shawna

Weaving the Web

Release the Four Directions

Release the Goddess Demeter

Closing
An African Prayer

Open the Circle

Feast

A Blessingway Honoring Yana and Jennifer

This blessingway was created for two close friends who were due to have their second babies within a week of one another. It was a bit more elaborate, and took about five hours to complete with a circle of twenty-four women.

History and Purpose of Blessingways

Casting the Circle
A Clarity Prayer

Sage Smudge and Hand Washing

Formation of Circle with a Chant

Tea Ceremony

Evocation of the Four Directions

Invocation of the Goddess Isis

Evocation of Siblings
Jennifer's son Shane
Yana's daughter Claire

Releasing of Fears

Chant

Honoring and Pampering of the Mothers
Guided Meditation
Herbal Foot Bath
Mehndi
Brushing and Braiding of Hair

Presentation of Gifts
One bead for each mother's hair along with an attribute or prayer
One nursing box item for Shane and for Claire
Two small symbolic trinkets with an attribute or prayer to be
placed in a sibling pouch and an infant pouch

Birth Art

Chant

Mother's Commitment to Siblings

Weaving the Web

Release the Four Directions

Release the Goddess Isis

Closing
An African Prayer

Open the Circle

Feast

A Blessingway for Tanya

Tanya's blessingway was a more adventurous, earth-based ritual that started out with a myth and a crowning ceremony. This blessingway took about seven hours to complete with a circle of nine women.

Gathering and Brunch

Casting the Circle

Welcome
Four Direction Stations
Central Altar Building

Personal Introductions

Statement of Purpose

Myth: The Birth of Ea
Crowning Tanya and Guests

Chant: Mother I Feel You

Release of Fears

Ten-Minute Break

Meditation: Place of Power

Sharing: Homebirth Experiences

Honoring and Pampering Tanya
Shoulder and Hand Massage
Herbal Foot Bath
Mehndi
Sharing and Storytelling

Presentation of Gifts
Symbolic Gift for Birth Necklace
Gift of Service

Honoring Older Sibling
Blessing and Gift for Friend's Cape

Connecting to the New Baby
Laying-on-of-Hands

Presentation of Symbolic Gifts for the Baby's Mobile

Raising Energy

Weaving the Web

Closing

Open the Circle

Labor Candles

Feast

A Celebration of Motherhood Honoring Kristie

We did not design Kristie's ceremony, but we have included it because it is a great example of how the blessingway ritual can be used as a base and then modified in order to honor the mother-to-be's belief system. This celebration lasted approximately two hours with eight women present and was followed by brunch.

Processional
"Circle of Friends - A Blessingway Song" by Shawna Becene

Casting the Circle

A Clarity Prayer

Purpose of the Celebration

About St. Anne

Invocation of St. Anne

Sibling Ceremony
Kristie will say a few words about her son

Releasing of Fears

Honoring and Pampering of Kristie
Hair Brushing
Herbal Foot Bath
Massage and Fingernail Painting

Presentation of Gifts
Bracelet beads for Kristie and her two children
A gift symbolizing the power of relaxation, strength, or
healing during labor and/or after the baby's birth
A creative postpartum gift

Weaving the Web

Release of St. Anne

Closing Prayer
O God,
Make us children of quietness
And heirs of peace
Amen

Open the Circle

Brunch