Llewellyn Worldwide, Ltd.
View your shopping cart Shopping Cart | My Account | Help | Become a Fan on Facebook Become a Fan | Follow Us on Twitter Follow Us | Watch Us on YouTube Watch Us | Subscribe to our RSS Feeds Subscribe
Browse ProductsAuthorsArticlesBlogsEncyclopediaNewslettersAffiliate ProgramContact UsBooksellers
Advanced Search
ALMANACS & CALENDARS

ASTROLOGY
Getting Started
Houses & Aspects
Karmic Astrology
Planets & Signs
Professional & Counseling
Relationships
Reports & Charts

TAROT
Decks & Kits
Getting Started
Lo Scarabeo
Magic & Spells
Tarot Bags & Cloths
Tarot Books
Theory & Practice

NATURE-BASED & PAGAN
Book of Shadows
Celtic & Druid
Cooking & Crafts
Faeries & Elementals
Folklore & Natural Magic
Goddess & God Worship
Green Spirituality
Sabbats & Seasons
Shamanism
Spells
Wicca
Witchcraft

HEALTH & HEALING
Auras
Alternative Therapies
Chakras
Crystals & Gems
Energy Work
Herbalism
Meditation
Yoga

MAGICK
Alchemy
Enochian
Gnosticism
Golden Dawn
Kabbalah
Quantum
Ritual Tools
Theory & Technique

PARANORMAL
Ancient & Lost Civilizations
Ghosts & Hauntings
Parapsychology
Spirit Communication
UFO & Alien Encounters

PARAPSYCHOLOGY
Astral Projection
Auras
Past Lives & Afterlife
Psychic Development
Reincarnation
Spirit Communication

SELF-HELP
Angels & Spirit Guides
Death & the Afterlife
Dreams
Empowerment & Inspiration
Psychic Development
Relationships
Self-Hypnosis
Sexuality

DIVINATION
I Ching
Numerology
Palmistry
Pendulums
Runes
Tarot

GIFTS & ACCESSORIES
Bags
CDs
Cloths
Journals
Mousepads
Pendulums
Phone Covers
Runes
Salt Lamps
Sealing Waxes

ESPAÑOL
FICTION
YOUNG ADULT

PUBLISHING PARTNERS
Lo Scarabeo
Blue Angel
Golden Hoard

Email Exclusives
Sign up to receive special offers and promotions from Llewellyn.


Interview with Shawn A. Tassone MD

An Interview with Authors Shawn A. Tassone, MD and Kathryn M. Landherr, MD

1. You are both board-certified OB-GYNs, yet you have trained extensively in homeopathic and integrative medicine (including two-year fellowships in integrative medicine with Dr. Andrew Weil at the University of Arizona). What drew you to integrative medicine?

The allopathic model currently neglects the spiritual and intuitive side of healing (and some may think it neglects healing in general). I think it is a journey that each of us has been on for many years, and we decided to incorporate the journey into our modes of practice by learning about alternative forms of healing. The program at the University of Arizona with Andrew Weil, MD was a wonderful place to learn about the vast aspects of integrative medicine from experts in the field. I think the two-year fellowship also opened us up to other training, like Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction with Jon Kabat Zinn and Mind Body Medicine training with James Gordon, MD.

2. Your new book is Spiritual Pregnancy. What inspired you to write this book?

It is similar to what drew us to integrative medicine in general: there is a missing piece of spirituality in the medical field. It also felt like there is no more a spiritual journey than that of pregnancy, where you have one foot in this world and one foot in the esoteric world of the hero's journey. Having another life growing inside of you, along with the aspects of a mother's intuition, were just too fascinating for us not to expand upon.

3. Spiritual Pregnancy details the "heroine's journey" (a play on the "fool's journey" of the tarot and Joseph Campbell's "Hero's Journey"), whereby each trimester correlates to a stage of the epic journey where emotional, spiritual, and physical connections heighten the awareness between mother and unborn child. Why is this journey important?

We think it's important for the pregnant woman to have a connection to the maternal archetype. The heroine's journey through pregnancy is a voyage whereby the woman leaves the comfort of being alone or simply married to that of mother. For those already with children the voyage may be familiar, but life is still going to change. We feel it is important to show that, while most hero's journeys are those of men, that women hold the true hero's journey by bringing life into the world—and that that might be overlooked.

4. What types of exercises does Spiritual Pregnancy include to help mother and child strengthen their bond?

We discuss many things, from specially designed yoga postures to meditative and guided imagery practices. The pregnant woman will also learn various forms of journaling and historical anecdotes that will help her connect to the maternal archetype of the cosmos.

5. Is there any prior knowledge needed for those expectant mothers wishing to create a spiritual pregnancy with the help of your book?

It's a similar recommendation we ask of women as they are going through the birthing process: all we is ask is that you be open-minded. As much as we would like doctors to be the same way, all we can control are our own desires for particular outcomes; we ask that while reading the book that you surrender to the process and not try and control where the journey goes. While there are certain battles and trials the heroine will have to endure and overcome, you can find comfort in the fact that your body already has most of the knowledge it needs to prevail.

6. What do you hope readers will take away from Spiritual Pregnancy?

That women are the shamans and priestesses of this world. and that this journey has within it the power of transformation. Their physical transformation is obvious, but the emotional and psychological changes are also extremely important. Also, when you cross the second threshold as the returned heroine from your pregnancy journey you are a part of the maternal archetype that has been ongoing for thousands of years—and your story is now a part of that history.

Spiritual Pregnancy
Spiritual Pregnancy
Develop, Nurture & Embrace the Journey to Motherhood
Trade Paperback  |  $16.99 US,  $19.50 CAN  |  9780738735511  |  January 2014
Follow the Hero's Journey from Pregnancy to Motherhood Filled with unique insights into the spiritual nature of pregnancy, this compassionate guide takes you, the expectant mother, and your loved... Read more

04-28-2015 Luis Minero
Luis Minero to sign at East West Bookshop
Mountain View, California  United States
Appearance
04-29-2015 Diane Brandon
Diane Brandon on the Fraternizing with Fran Radio Show
United States
Broadcast
04-30-2015 Michelle Belanger
Michelle Belanger on Second Sight Radio
United States
Broadcast
05-24-2015 Tiffany Lazic
Book Launch Party for The Great Work!
Kitchener, ON  Canada
Appearance
05-28-2015 Debi Chestnut
Interview on Second Sight NYC Radio Show
United States
Broadcast
06-05-2015 Tiffany Lazic
The Healing Power of the Cycle of the Seasons
Toronto, ON   Canada
Appearance
06-06-2015 Tess Whitehurst
Holistic Energy Magic Workshop
United States
Appearance
= Appearance = Broadcast = Print

Search events for:
Author Book City State


Sticks, Stones, Roots & Bones Sticks, Stones, Roots & Bones
Hoodoo, Mojo & Conjuring with Herbs

By: Stephanie Rose Bird
Price: $17.95 US,  $20.95 CAN
Moon & Stars Velvet Cloth Moon & Stars Velvet Cloth
By: Lo Scarabeo
Price: $24.95 US,  $28.95 CAN
Ángeles guardianes y guías espirituales Ángeles guardianes y guías espirituales
Contacte la ayuda celestial

By: Richard Webster
Price: $14.95 US,  $16.95 CAN
The Lost Books of Merlyn The Lost Books of Merlyn
Druid Magic from the Age of Arthur

By: Douglas Monroe
Price: $18.99 US,  $21.95 CAN
Tarot Spells Tarot Spells
By: Janina Renée
Price: $17.99 US,  $20.95 CAN
Rose Quartz Runes Rose Quartz Runes
By: Lo Scarabeo
Price: $19.95 US,  $22.95 CAN
Bruegel Tarot Bruegel Tarot
By: Lo Scarabeo
Price: $22.95 US,  $26.50 CAN