Episode #82: Mothering as Ancestral Reverence with Megan McGuire

Megan McGuire is a mother, partner, permaculture gardener, and ritual weaver living on the lands of the Dakota people near Kaposia. Her ancestors have tended the Mississippi River for many generations, and she continues to steward this river in her day job as a biologist with the federal government. Megan is on a long journey to reclaim the earth-honoring practices of her primarily European ancestors — especially their seasonal rituals and holy days — and to wed these practices to her local bioregion. She seeks to belong herself to the land and waters through devotion, ritual, and activism.

Together we talk about finding belonging to the land you live on as a mother, teaching children about death and including them in grieving to allow them the opportunity to have a relationship with the dead, mothering as ritual, spiritual connection, and ancestor veneration, detangling from harmful aspects of Religion, and bringing ancestral European birth traditions to the modern day.

“Our children are our ancestors’ lineage manifest and so by loving them and giving them time and patience and attention, we are healing our ancestors and our lineage traumas.” -Megan McGuire


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My book Root & Ritual is now available wherever books are sold!

My intention with this book is for it to be your guide to reconnecting with the earth, your ancestors, and your communities as you come home to your whole self. Despite our best efforts, our modern world leaves so many of us feeling isolated, unworthy, and alone. We’re unrooted from the land, untethered from our lineages, disconnected from our communities, and separated from our deepest sense of self. Root & Ritual is meant to be a pathway back to connection and wholeness through rituals, recipes, and ancestral wisdom.

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