~ Birth Announcements ~
Circle of Life
Bennett Anderson Heiner
Temple of the Goddess welcomes
Bennett. He arrived on September 5th to mother Dionne and dad Mitch. He
happens to be the second grandchild born to an elated Ruth Ann Anderson
(RA), a priestess in the Temple of the Goddess. Mom, Dad, Bennett, and older
sister Isla live way up north in Oregon. May prayers and good wishes flow
north to the Heiner Family.
The Miracle of Prophet Silva
Born December 10, 2010 at
This last Saturday women from Temple of the Goddess were
overjoyed to welcome a male into their midst. Little Prophet Silva was 36
days old. He was welcomed with open armsĖliterally. He was passed from woman
to woman to woman around the circle, perhaps much like the Red Tent. He was
cuddled, kissed, and danced with. Of course he slept a lot of the time, so
wonít remember the event.
His mother, CandyJo Dahlstrom, had a chance to relax,
nosh, chat, and yes, she danced too.
If you came to Temple of the Goddess 2010 All Hallows
ritual, you saw (in a way) Prophet. He danced in CandyJoís womb as she
danced to As Above So Below. He just might dance with her again at
the Spring Equinox ritual on March 19th.
As the women celebrated this new, beautiful human being, I was celebrating
on an even higher level. I was seeing Prophet for the second time. Mama
CandyJo and papa Ernie Silva blessed me with the gift of being present at
Prophetís birth. I had never witnessed anyone or anything being born. For
decades I had a need to witness the miracle of birth. It is such a precious
thing, this birthing process. Yes, itís painful. Yes, itís dangerous for
both mother and baby, but CandyJo choose the natural way and actually had a
I arrived at their apartment before the midwife, so Ernie had me time the
length of contractions while he timed the spaces in between. After only a
half-hour more, the midwife arrived in time to receive Prophet and place him
on her chest.
As I watched the head crowning, and realized I was watching this precious
little person when he was minus one second old, then plus one second old, I
marveled at the miracle. The human female body is designed to construct the
bones, the muscles, and the organs. The little one is actually made from the
motherís body. The motherís body not only constructs a new, soon-to-be
autonomous human being, it feeds it, oxygenates it, carries away waste
products, and protects it from all harm in a comforting cocoon of warm
After birth, the motherís body becomes a source of nourishment, not only
feeding the baby, but transferring immune substances to further protect this
At the end of our soiree, CandyJo fed ProphetĖthe natural way, Prophet
tucked against her chest, sucking on a giving breast. We at the Temple who
visualize the Deity as a feminine Goddess, see CandyJo as a modern Goddess.
Like a warrior, she stood at the threshold of the gates of life and death to
usher this new soul into the world. She consciously walked up to the chasm
of life or death to give birth to Prophet. She created Prophet from the
cells of her body joined with the cells of Ernie. Creation is a divine act.
I honor her conscious choice to produce a miracle. Please join with me and
say a silent prayer for Prophet, CandyJo, Ernie, and big sisters Essence and
Isis. May their family flourish with prosperity, health, wealth, and
happiness. We welcome them to the family of Temple of the Goddess and the
Pagan community of Southern California.