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Table of Contents

 

Foreword
Preface
Acknowledgments

 

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CHAPTER 1: Creating New Traditions
On Culture and Childbirth
Women and Ritual
The Power of the Circle
How Blessingways Create Community
Who Should Use This Book?
Building a Powerful Blessingway

 

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CHAPTER 2: Planning a Blessingway
Getting Started
Creating a Guest List
Choosing a Location
Inviting Guests
Distributing Responsibilities

 

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CHAPTER 3: Designing Your Ritual
The Five Stages of a Ritual
Creating an Outline
The Dynamic Nature of Ritual Elements
The Element of Time

 

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CHAPTER 4: Ritual Stage 1—Beginning
Welcome and Overview
Cleansing and Purification
Casting the Circle
Opening to the Divine

 

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CHAPTER 5: Ritual Stage 2—Shifting
Stating the Purpose
Introducing Participants
Connecting
Releasing Fears

 

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CHAPTER 6: Ritual Stage 3—Focusing
Honoring
Pampering
Adorning
Giving Gifts
Sharing and Storytelling
Blessings and Wishes

 

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CHAPTER 7: Ritual Stage 4—Completing
Raising Energy
Weaving a Web
Closing and Giving Thanks
Opening the Circle

 

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CHAPTER 8: Ritual Stage 5—Feasting
Our Collection of Recipes

 

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CHAPTER 9: Leading a Blessingway
Getting Ready for the Ritual
Guiding the Blessingway Circle
Trusting the Process

 

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CHAPTER 10: Afterthoughts
Liminal Limbo
Postpartum Support
Sharing This Knowledge

 

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APPENDIX
Tools and Resources
Blessingway Planning Checklist
Blessingway Supplies Checklist
Feminine Expressions of the Divine
Symbolism
Recommended Resources

 

 
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Bibliography
Index

 

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