Life is filled with initiations.
An initiation is defined as
“the action of beginning something.”
And to begin something we must end something else.
It’s the end of our childhood as we move toward adolescence.
It’s the end of our maiden and the beginning of becoming a mother.
It’s the end of motherhood, and accepting our elder.
It’s our first blood, and our first sex.
It’s our marriage ritual, our pregnancy, and our death.
I am currently in the process of building the Red Thread Project.
This project focuses on Traditional Birth Care practices, Initiations through Life Phases ~ especially the Maiden to Mother Portal, learning the Women’s Myths, and Circle Work.
When I speak about Traditional Birth care, I’m talking about care that is rooted in the natural world and the spiritual worlds.
This type of care includes rituals that help us psychologically transition from one life phase to the next.
There is a great initiation that occurs in birth, that involves shamanic support.
And it is essential to celebrate and honor the new mother’s rite of passage.
Although I’m personally in my Mother Phase of Life~
I love to facilitate Rites of Passage Ceremonies, in general!
For every phase of life.
Celebrating life transitions is so important to our psyche!
From first blood, to marriage, to birth, to huge life changes, to death.
As a facilitator,
My job is to hold space for you to do what you need to transform.
I’ll bring the creative tools to perform the ritual.
And you’ll choose to be witnessed by your family members, your friends, or simply “the divine.”
Below is a list of Rites of Passage Ceremonies I can support you with:
*The Red Thread: Motherhood as a Rite of Passage
Menarche: means first bleeding.
This ceremony celebrates a young woman’s journey into her adolescence. With her menarche ceremony she starts the journey of learning what it means to become a woman.
During the ceremony, we create an opportunity to mark this as a special time. She is witnessed by her mother, aunts, sisters, grandmothers and other women in her life.
This ceremony is often held within a ‘Red Tent’ or ‘Moon Lodge’ setting,
a place filled with red fabric where women share their wisdom around menstruation, fertility, motherhood and being a women in this culture.
Menarche Ceremonies are adaptable to the wishes of the individual girl and her family, and provide a meaningful, sensitive ceremonial space to honor, celebrate and ease this life transition.
It provides a fun and joyous opportunity for making a girl feel special and feel welcomed by her female relatives and friends.
If you are interested in holding a menarche ceremony,
A Blessing Way is traditionally a Navajo ceremony that “blesses the way” of the newborn child. However! Cultures around the world host celebrations to honor the new mother.
The purpose of this ceremony is to nurture the new mother
and to fill her cup so it overflows with love and confidence as she awaits the impending birth of her baby.
A mother Blessing helps the woman prepare herself for the birth, emotionally, spiritually and mentally!
Your Blessing Way ceremony can be as traditional or creative as you want it to be!
Traditionally its a women only gathering, but that’s up to you!
I will help you devise your Blessing Way however you’d like!
I’ll bring you lots of options for activities and help you send out your invites.
I can facilitate the ceremony for you, or we can devise a way where everyone facilitates a part of it.
When we choose to be married, it’s a choice to alchemize.
It’s a choice to change and transform.
The myths help us understand marriage as a rite of passage.
Some cultures explain marriage through alchemical symbols such as the sun and the moon, or the chalice and the blade, or the semen and menstrual blood.
My husband and I held a ritual marriage where we incorporated the myths into our bond.
We are excited to share with you these marriage rites, so that you may create a strong container with your beloved.
Motherhood as a Rite of Passage
Joseph Campbell quotes
“When a baby is born the mother dies.
She no longer lives in the pursuit of herself…
her life force is now utilized toward her child.
She shifts from self to service.“
Joseph Campbell compares myths to understand how their stories effect our psyche, our families, our rituals and our society as a whole.
Motherhood is a profound Rite of Passage.
From Pregnancy, to Birth, to Postpartum to your new life in service to someone else.
You will TRANSFORM!
I am here to provide you with emotional support, ceremonial support, and therapeutic support.
Tell me your birth story. Tell me your desires as a mother.
Tell me how you feel as a wife.
I’m here to help you see your life as a hero’s journey…
That all women have walked before.