Pregnancy offers the ideal opportunity for a practicing Wiccan to connect with the mother aspect of Goddess. Living with a pregnant woman, being pregnant yourself, experiencing birth, each of these occasions illustrate pieces of what it means to be Mother. There are of course other moments in which life and Goddess present us with the opportunity to understand the mother aspect, traits, and identity. But pregnancy offers it best.
For a woman following the Wiccan path, a first pregnancy signifies a literal transition from Maiden to Mother. There can no longer be any question as to which aspect she is most in tune with. Even if the woman is broaching the beginning of single motherhood, her life has irrevocably altered. She is from this point forward more a nurturer than a free spirit dancing in a field.
Pregnancy itself is a spiritual journey of quick and often painful growth for everyone involved. A plan must be made for each aspect of the journey. What to put in your body while carrying, the birth itself, feeding, diapers, everything must be discussed and considered. Usually moments of spiritual growth can be transpire in whatever time is needed. In this one situation, we need to make countless decisions and changes within a short nine months.
Treading the Way, this growth must be taken breath by breath. With every emotion heightened by hormones, and each of us focused so often on manifesting, we must be imminently careful as to what we wish for. Each day must be live consciously with extra time set aside for meditation, prayer, and time in nature to smooth the transition. Through the amplified awareness natural to pregnancy, we are given the gift of amplified emotion. This gift can manifest a time of deep focus as long as we remain moving down the path with faith, love, and devotion.
The little one growing, losing our way becomes less of an option. Though the Maiden may move from one fire to the next reveling and sampling brews, the Mother must be more cautious as she protects and nurtures the ones she loves. Amidst this love and nurture, each Mother aspect contains the fierceness of a hurricane prepared to tear apart and cleanse any unsteady moorings. This strength is lent to all of us during this transition and beyond. It helps us find our way through the storm of change and, all the while, keep steady on the path.