I was so fortunate to be able to attend Ginger’s Blessingway recently. We gathered to honor her as she prepares to have her second child.
Sharing our blessings and beads.
Binding of the wrists – The woman running the ritual brings a real of wool or fine thread. This is bound around each woman’s left wrist by the woman who sits to the left of her, as each woman binds the thread on the other woman’s wrist she says ‘ from women we were born into this circle, from women we were born unto this earth’.
This ritual is symbolic of the thread that connects us all as women. It also keeps each women tuned into the birthing mother as she leads up to her time. When she goes into labour, all women in her circle are contacted through the phone tree and each woman breaks the thread and sends a blessing for an easy birth. This circle of women can then be contacted once the baby is born and be invited to support the mother in practical way that allow a new mother to relax and bond with her baby, which is her priority right now. (Empowering Birth Services)
Sara applying Ginger’s Henna design which was inspired by a dream she had. It’s a willow tree and a wave. (henna tradition)
Though I haven’t known Ginger for very long I admire her for many reasons, among them her strength. Many blessings to you, Ginger!