A Red Tent Ceremonial Circle for Women
Women have traditionally gathered to celebrate the natural rites of passage from Child to Maiden to Mother to Crone and to honor the beautiful gifts that each season of life brings forth.
The Moon Lodge is a place of retreat, of relaxation and of nurturing. It is an opportunity to celebrate all that is good and natural and also a place to share our fears, struggles and confusion. It is a place we find security, wisdom, inspiration, teachings and peace.
A woman’s essence is magnetic. This is powerfully true during the beautiful years of menstruation or Moontime. It is said that at this time, a woman is very intuitive and receptive to receive vision and answers as the veil between this third dimension and the higher dimensions is very fine. It is good to understand that during Moontime, a woman’s energy reverses and moves in a downward spiral as she becomes a conduit for the flow of energy from the Grandmother Moon into the Mother Earth.
A woman’s physical body is a beautiful representation of this flow of energy as her blood flows downward from the uterus toward the earth. She becomes extremely powerful during this time of her Mooning as her body, mind and spirit are in a natural state of purification. It is a traditional practice when a woman is on her Moontime to retire into a Moon Lodge. This time is used to vision, craft and enjoy the company of other women. As a woman moves through menopause and enters her Second Spring, she rises as Grandmother, Elder, Wisdom Keeper. As an honored wise woman of the circle she is looked to for guidance, comfort and teachings.
The Ancient Mother MoonLodge offers the opportunity to remember and share once again in the ancient ways of our Grandmothers and honor the next 7 Generations with wisdom, love and awakened consciousness.
When is the MoonLodge?
Date: First Sunday of every month.
Time: 8 – 11:30am Women, Maidens, Girls over 7 years of age and nursing babies invited.
How should I prepare?
Please arrive to 4Pillars4Health EcoSpace, 6020 Kristi Circle, Monona Wisconsin on the first Sunday of the month between 7:30 – 7:45 am.
We ask all women to please wear a long skirt or dress and a shawl or shoulder covering.
- a blanket and warm socks for comfort if desired
- an open heart and mind
- your journal and a pen
- a receptive spirit
- prayers of gratitude and need
- listening feather
- fruit, nuts, brunch finger foods or a dish to pass at the end of lodge
- an item(s) for the Giveaway Blanket
- your honor song (or any song you’d like to share with the circle)
Always appreciated and traditional but never required:
- Wood for the fire
- Scentless candles for the alter
- Flowers for the space
- Loose tobacco, sage, sweetgrass, cedar for Spirit offerings
- Gifts & gratitude for the work of the Facilitator, Firekeeper, Doorkeeper, Beautykeeper, Elders
- A monetary donation for the upkeep of the EcoSpace and supplies for the MoonLodge
- Help with set up/clean up
- Flutes, drums, rattles, songs
Please consider making your monthly tithe to the Spiritual Community that is your MoonLodge. There are expenses associated with putting up the Lodges, maintaining the yurt, and bringing our Elders and Teachers. We know that when we give, we are blessed; when we are blessed, we give. Please do what you can and always know that giving is NOT a requirement for attending.
MoonLodge Year at a Glance
DECEMBER MOONLODGE 2016: CHILD RITE OF PASSAGE CEREMONY & MOONLODGE NEW YEAR
Winter Solstice; Return of the Light. Your daughters are welcome to Lodge with us this first Lodge of the New Cycle/Wheel of Lodges. Girls 7 years to first menses will be honored for their first coming of age in the Cycle of 7. Prepare an easy song that they like (their honor song) and we will all sing with them and for them. This New Year’s Lodge is an excellent opportunity to bring someone new who is interested in this beautiful experience. Welcome. WOPILA (Giving Thanks) CEREMONY: Join us for Danielle’s first Wopila.
JANUARY MOONLODGE 2017: DREAMTIME: Walking the Water Labyrinth
The deepening of Winter offers us the opportunity to align with The Great Plan and Dream and Vision for the year to come. As the great Light of our Sun returns to us day by day, a renewal of life and purpose is ours to receive. We will tie a new year of Spirit Robes and Dream together wrapped in the love of Sacred Space as we each walk the Water Labyrinth. May the reflection within the Waters give each of us a sacred message to inspire our journey on into the Light..
FEBRUARY MOONLODGE 2017: PURPOSE: Peaceful Power with the Grandmother Drum
The Grandmother Dream Drum, Falling River, will join us to unite our heartbeat to the heartbeat of Mother Earth. With Her support we begin to manifest our Visions of the Dreamtime as we drum the beats of peace, prayer and loving power. These beats, these vibrations, are felt the world over and through space and time.
WOPILA (Giving Thanks) CEREMONY: Men and Boys will join the women around the Drum at 10:30 to stand in witness for Tierney’s second cycle of seven rite-of-passage.
MARCH MOONLODGE 2017: MAIDEN RITE OF PASSAGE CEREMONY
Spring Equinox. Maiden Rite of Passage Ceremony. An honor in celebration as girls become young women at the onset of their first menses or MoonTime. Women who have never received such a Sacred Rite of Passage are welcome to revisit this time in their youth and ’”take up their red shawl” in a good way. Please invite your daughters, nieces, sisters, cousins and family friends who would delight in such an honoring. Maidens of all ages welcome!
APRIL MOONLODGE 2017: TEACHINGS FROM THE DRUM
The Dream Drum is a powerful teacher, guide and uniter. We play as a prayer for All Our Relations. Join us and understand the depths of courage, personal medicine and beauty.
MAY MOONLODGE 2017: CRAFTING A BEAUTIFUL WORLD/BELTANE
A Beautiful World, both inner and outer, is a gift we all can receive. Bring a craft of your choice (knitting, embroidery, coloring, etc.) and let’s share our inspiration with one another. As we play we will explore the concept of Turning Water into Wine. What is Sacred Sexual Alchemy and how can we share in it and guide our young toward it? We will explore the Chakana (the Ancient Inca Cross) for teachings, revelation and self-realization to promote Beauty for our families and communities.
JUNE MOONLODGE 2017: MOTHER RITE OF PASSAGE CEREMONY
Summer Solstice. The time when Mother Earth is ripe to conceive her Fruits, her Children, her lush, green Gardens. We will honor the Mothers amongst us with their Rite of Passage Ceremony. Our Grandmother Dream Drum will join us to bless this auspicious ceremony and the MoonLodge.
JULY MOONLODGE 2017: HONORING THE WATERS ~ IN CELEBRATION OF THE FATHER
This time of Summer when the Sun is hot and high in the sky we connect with our Cosmic Father of warmth, wisdom and light. We honor the Waters as we celebrate HE who protects SHE that Carries the Water. Primordial Alchemy made manifest on Mother Earth.
AUGUST MOONLODGE 2017: ABUNDANCE
We gather at the sacred shores of Lake Monona to drum, sing and pray for the Waters and those who protect the Waters. As THE PEOPLE OF THE BUFFALO HIDE “Osh-ki-bi-ma-di-zeeg” (The New People), we carry a beautiful consciousness of evolution toward Light and Love.
SEPTEMBER MOONLODGE 2017: CRONE RITE OF PASSAGE CEREMONY
Fall Equinox. The Crone Rite of Passage Ceremony is a sacred opportunity to honor the Grandmothers amongst us who are 13 moons (months) past their last menses. It is an empowering Lodge for all of us as it celebrates the next cycle in our elders experience and encourages the youth among us to age with grace and power. If you have not been so honored previously and you would like to stand in the center of the circle and be so blessed, you are most welcome. It is a joyful experience for us all.
OCTOBER MOONLODGE 2017: ANCESTRAL BEAUTY
The Grandmother Dream Drum calls us to her heartbeat once more. Our Ancestors have paved The Way to behold The Beauty in Change. We are the 5th Solar Race. We are the Ancestors of the Next 7 Generations. We are Stewards of the Age of Aquarius. We could be the seed of the Children of the Golden Age. In Beauty May We Walk.
NOVEMBER MOONLODGE 2017: IN CELEBRATION OF DEATH, TRANSFORMATION & REBIRTH
Our year/cycle of Lodges come to an end and we simultaneously prepare for the birth of a new year of Lodges. Transformation is the Magic that inspires Death to Rebirth. SHE WHO CHANGES is our eternal ally.
Select Lodges may also include (by request):
Wopila: A Gratitude Rite of Passage
Wopila is a special ceremony calling us to be present to the abundance in our lives with gratitude and joy. Consciously thanking Spirit by blessing all present with a feast and gifts of gratitude is an outward expression of inner communion. It is an honor to be witness to such an extraordinary ceremony and all who attend to share their time and beautiful energy are a blessing to the sponsor of this very traditional and sacred ceremony.
Renewal of Marital Vows: An Alchemical Rite of Passage
A renewal of marital vows to to the Path of the Perfect Matrimony. This is the Path of uniting with your personal internal Love and Wisdom to free oneself entirely from the negative aspects of Ego. To then unite with your beloved from this place of pure beauty with the intention to evolve toward an all consuming Peace and Harmony. Finally, sharing with children, extended family, spiritual community, the Mother Earth and all Her creatures the abundance of Unconditional Love and Sacred Service as set forth by the sound of the unified Soul.
The Perfect Matrimony
God as Father is Wisdom. God as Mother is Love.
God as Father resides in the Eye of Wisdom.
The Eye of Wisdom is situated between the eyebrows.
God as Love is found in the Heart-Temple.
Wisdom and Love are the two Toral Columns of the Great White Lodge.
To love, what a beautiful thing it is to love.
Only the great Souls can, and know how to love. Love is infinite tenderness…
Love is the life that palpitates in every atom, as in every Sun.
Love cannot be defined because it is the Divine Mother of the World; it is what occurs to us when we are really in love.
No one has ever been able to define Love. One must experience it and feel it. Only the greatest lovers really know that which is called Love.
Love begins with a flash of delicious sympathy, is substantiated with infinite tenderness, and is embodied in supreme adoration.
The Perfect Matrimony is the union of two beings who adore each other absolutely.
The Perfect Matrimony is the union of two beings who really know how to love.
Samael Aun Weor, Avatar of the Aquarian Age. “The Perfect Matrimony”
To request a Wopila or Renewal please email AncientMotherMoonLodge@tds.net for guidance.