A blessing is a circle of light drawn around a person to protect, heal, and strengthen. ~John O’Donohue
A Blessingway ceremony is an earth based rite of passage earth-based (Navajo) honouring of the Divine feminine and in marking the transition of a woman into motherhood. Traditionally a women only ceremony but could be open to inviting men if the mother wished.
In our modern times we tend to not live near our places of birth, and our families can be spread far apart. And so our chosen community can become a type of family, for we cannot raise our children alone - we need each other. During the Blessingway, a mother-to-be can have a sense of who is in her community and who will be there to support her as she takes on the task of stepping into motherhood.
The purpose of the ceremony is to to offer support for the mother-to-be and is sometimes offered to her in place of a baby shower. During the Blessingway there is time for more focused gathering of intentions, blessings and support and then also time for pampering, nourishing and celebrating.