In addition to being the most inconsistent blogger, I’m pregnant, meaning I have recently spent a lot of time napping and being exhausted from basic tasks instead of writing. Now that I’m feeling better, it’s time to get back to my now-much-longer-than-30 Days of Druidry.
But first, a diversion. In addition to the tiredness and the nausea, it became very difficult for me to connect to any of my normal spiritual work. A friend told me that this is quite common for pregnant women, as we’re having a very physical experience grounded here in this world. That was true for me; I couldn’t even connect with my favourite tree at work (with whom I eat lunch on sunny days); I felt like I was invading its space and couldn’t “hear” it. Now in the second trimester those “light” connections are easier again — the tree, daily devotions, and a general feeling of awareness of my spiritual connections.
That being said, I think it is prudent to avoid any intense trance work or journeying, especially that which is out of the ordinary. This is a liminal time for me, and my primary focus needs to be on the wholeness of my self and preparing for our child, which means regular offerings to our Gods and spirit allies, and more physical preparation such as exercise, healthy eating, and decluttering.
It’s also important that I don’t forget who I am — I’ll be becoming a mother, but I’ll still be a priest and liturgist and all of those other things. I won our Lughnasadh games, I’m leading two rites at Durham Pagan Pride Day, and I’ve registered for the 2018 Parliament of the World’s Religions. I feel like I’m in a really good place… and that concludes our overly-personal update. 🙂