THE RETURN OF THE SACRED FEMENINE
In this patriarchal society we acknowledge Birthdays, Weddings, Hen nights and Funerals…that’s it. What is not acknowledge are the Blood Rites of Womanhood: First Menstruation or Moonflow, Pregnancy, Peri-Menopause and Menopause.
Our feminine rites of passage is of great importance because it marked a transition on a woman’s life, where she would leave a part of her life behind in order grow into her new one. The above mentioned pregnancy, is in the patriarchal world, when the baby is celebrated, which disregards the transition the to-be mother is making and this creates women to be fragmented and disempowered, because our inner world, which needs to process this major transition is not being met and that is where ritual is of utmost importance.
These ceremonies are very profound and powerful because it allows us to embrace the changes in our lives. It allows us to leave behind what no longer serves us and prepares us for what lies ahead. The act of making a ritual is very powerful because it anchors this shift within our internal body, i.e.. our emotional, psychic and spiritual body. Moreover being seen and witnessed to make commitment and taking responsibility teaches and makes all of us wiser and appreciative for the growth of each other.
To stand watch as others pass though the different life stage supports all of us as every milestone and inner understanding is celebrated. It helps us to embrace and embody what it means to grow older…We stop fearing being undervalued and instead reclaim our worth. Right now we only celebrate baby showers, births, weddings and deaths… However we are now reclaiming all of our rites at every major transition in our lives:
* Where we honour the girls as she leaves that stage of her behind and enters into being a celebrated woman called an Menarche Moontime Ceremony.
* When we leave behind the free maiden as we become mother Goddess Bridal showers or Belly Blessing Ceremony
* An Act of Power Ceremony, where we our power and healing the wounds we attained during our maiden phase
* Lastly the honoured phase of the Wise Woman Ceremony who has earned the right to the crown of silver hair…We were crowned with wisdom, that was the original meaning of the word crone. A woman who had many different strands of coloured hair was called a witch, because she had ‘wits,’ meaning she was smart. And so our aging was celebrated never segregated as it is now done by putting older people aside into care homes instead of using their wisdom.
Return to Powe
PHASE 1 of women regaining their power is though the power of circle done in Moonlodges, Red Tents or Sacred Circle sharing- a global and grass roots movement- and where we reintegrate and acknowledge the power of our blood and moonflow to initiate us through our vulnerabilities in true supportive sisterhood. The purpose of these sacred circles is to look at the shadow, so that we are feeling what needs to be felt and expressing that. Your Soul needs it and it opens and heals the heart. There is amazing power as sisters relieve the pain and grief in their hearts and share the soul-story…Every woman’s story shared mirrors every other woman’s…and heals not only 7 generations in front, but also 7 generations behind- and- the global woman’s consciousness…And the more we make this into a sacred practice of going inwards during the different lunar phases, the earlier we process our major transitions in life and therefore we move and grow with ease and grace.
PHASE 2 of women are regaining their power is by reclaiming their rites of passage which we do together in the power of ritual. This anchors our strengths and helps us to powerfully release what needs to be let go of (a death) in order to make room for the new. This is so interwoven in the fabric of life, that the ancients were inextricably connected to the rhythms of nature as each cycle saw the birth, death and rebirth of the seasons, the days, the tides and the stars and created a culture that peaceful and bound with the earth and stars…And when we align to these natural initiations, we gain power, wisdom and grace within the world of our psyche, energy, body and spirit as we feeling our deeper and darker emotions so as to navigate our lives.
This stops us from making pseudo rituals – like smoking marihuana instead of passing a talking stick, watching tv, instead of listening to our stories, or vandalising walls instead of marking our passage from boys to men…so that they feel they have a place and voice in the world.
Society had made sure that ritual scary and black, however, the more light that is created in the world, the more we can see the shadow for what it is. Ritual is nothing more than helping people to transcend their fears and help birth them through a major shifts and changes in their lives
When we as women reclaim our Blood Rites we also reclaim our power….This is also why menstruation was so hush hush because it was our sacred power. The word ‘taboo’ comes from the Polynesian ‘tapua’ meaning menstruation and also, sacred power.
Funny how we see blood in movies sprayed here and there…and yet none when a woman gives birth…and yet it is there, as LIFE GIVING, never life taking. Blood is Life as the baby grows within us and we need to make that thought-change in our collective knowing. We were fed to believe that blood is death and yet the ancients knew that blood was life. In fact the ancient belief was that humans were made from the coagulation of blood within the woman up until the 18th century.
Blood was once known and honoured as sacred…and we were known as natural shamans…Time to reclaim our rights…
A young girl’s passage into womanhood which was traditionally her first honouring. And known as menarche Ceremony in ancient cultures. Our daughters are welcomed into a wonderous and magical circle of women of all kinds of ages. It is a forgotten birth rite that is being brought back and it is known as entering the Feminine Wisdom of Women. This is a celebration in an intimate setting where our young women are being gifted with these feminine teachings that empowers and imparts our daughters with a sense of value and worth. She is celebrated for her gift of being able to create life, her unique talents and gifts that she will share with the world, anchoring our daughter’s deep feminine quality with honour and pride. This first welcoming into womanhood is a memory that they will then bring with them for the rest of their life.
What to expect…
* Goddess temple Space
Either in my Goddess Temple Space in my home, or I can bring the temple to you and transform your living space into a beautiful exotic speace, with draping material, cushions, aroma and candlelight.
* Sacred Tea Ceremony
Symbolising how we nurture ourselves and each other. That there is wisdom shared when we gather in circle.
* Women’s Wisdom
Sharing ancient women’s mysteries and how this was celebrated in other cultures in Moonlodges and Red Tents and how this gifts themwith power as they age, teaching them that this is a sacred and honoured time.
* Medicine Power Tool
Learning to make a magical tool in order to honour our feminine body and our Moon Cycle. Empowered through chanting sacred songs.
* Lunar Mystery Initiation
A journey inward to meet your ancient feminine line of ancestors as a welcome to Sacred Woman’s Mysteries.
* Sacred Gifts
You will learn how to recognise and reinforce your inner subtle senses, like your clairevoyance, Claire sentience, Claire audience and intuition.
* Oracle Medicine
Each of you will consult you oracle and have a group reading.
* Lunar Cycle Wisdom
How to consult the moon cycle and our monthly cycles. You will learn how this impact your physical, emotional and psychological being using female archetypes to help empower you. Learn hwo to be aligned with the moon and stars. You will receive effective tips an how navigate you moonflow, plus products available to help you through.
Duration: 3 hours
Costs: €35 per person with a minimum of 9 – this includes supplies, materials and a Moontime giftbag
Feel free to contact me if you would like a smaller group
BELLY BLESSING CEREMONY
You and 9 others’ space will be transformed into a Middle Eastern Sacred Goddess Temple Space with cushions, candles flowers and soft drapes. Enter in a feminine oasis for for fulfilling ad delighting the senses.
What to expect…
Sacred Moonlodge Temple: In honour of the ancient American Indian Blessingway Ceremny and Moonlodge where women gather together to share, care, empower and honour one another by siting in a cleansed and beautiful sacred space, I will create sacred temple space in your home, with cushions, soft fabrics, fresh flowers and candles to delight your feminine senses.
Welcoming the Goddess: ‘May you walk in Beauty’ I ask the Mother to be to adorn herself in Beautiful feminine goddess clothing befit a queen and if possible anything that will allow her to regale her fullmoon belly. If so wished I also have silky goddess clothing of skirts, wraps and tops to make a woman feel her sensual self.
Delightful Indulgence: Of your senses through the senses with
* sumptuous treats, fruits and healing tea blends and juices. I also ask the women to bring delightful treats (homemade if possible) to nourish the body and soul.
* Massage and foot bath using exotic natural foot scrubs, hand and foot butter.
Duration: 3 hours
Costs: €450 euros for up to 10 special guests
An additional €45 per person extra
ACT OF POWER CEREMONY
A ceremony to honour and welcome a woman stepping into her personal power. This phase is not included in the ancient 3 phases of the Goddess (Maiden, Mother, Crone), just as the onset of sexuality between maiden and birth is also not included. However I need to agree with my teacher Tanishka’s path, and to Include it as it is an important link the between the Mother and The Wise Woman or originally called, Crone. This is the phase when we embody our true feminine nature as we have been travelling at this stage, many menstruations with the moon and no longer seek validation from what the patriarchal society deems as acceptable. We instead turn towards our gifts and other subtle senses like our intuition or dreams, which in turn enhances them. Therefore this phase is liked to the magi or sorceress as one who relates to her inner source.
* This Act of Power Ceremony can be done annually as a Rites of Passage for the New Year or at Winter or Summer Solstice.
For groups or couples
Duration 3 hours
Costs: €315 for a minimum of 7 women and 45 euros extra per person.
This includes all materials except for the cake and food, this is potluck.
If the ceremony is held in my Temple Space then I can offer to cook food for and extra of €10 pp including drinks.
Keep posted for future retreats in the feminine island of Ibiza!
WISE WOMAN CEREMONY
Traditionally, this was known as Moonpause and later menopause. In China it is known as the Second Spring and whilst this may be the end of our bleeding, we still energetically flow with the changes of the moon. The difference between peri-menopause and moon pause is that there are exactly 12 months in between. Therefore be sure to map out your flow for the coming of this very special moment, for it will be a time for your Croning Ceremony. The real meaning of the word crone, is crown- as we are crowned by our silver hair of wisdom. In the western world, we normally reach this period between the ages of 45- 55 and some of us earlier due to a medical procedure and it is important to mark this transitional phase to give honour and appreciation to our womb for its journey.
It is a time of freedom and a gift to honour yourself and mark this grand life transition from the ‘All-Giving Mother to the All-Seeing Wise Woman, encircled with the ones who are dearest.
A beautiful way to make a celebration for anyone’s birthday in their 50+ years and the onset of Moonpause.
Duration: 3 hours
Group Ceremony: € 450
Ready to reclaim your rights?
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