The Ancient Mother MoonLodge
The Ancient Mother MoonLodge is this place of celebration. It is also a place of retreat, of relaxation and of nurturing. It is an opportunity to honor all that is good and natural. It is a place we find security, wisdom, inspiration, teachings and peace. It is a place we support one another and set a powerful example of beauty for the young girls and maidens amongst us. 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.
MoonLodge Year at a Glance
JANUARY MOONLODGE: DREAMTIME: Walking the Water Labyrinth
The deepening of Winter offers us the opportunity to align with The Great Plan and Receive 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 each walk the Water Labyrinth wrapped in the love of Sacred Space. May the reflection within the Waters give each of us a sacred message to inspire our journey on into the Light.
FEBRUARY MOONLODGE: 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.
MARCH MOONLODGE: 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! RSVP to participate in the Ceremony REQUIRED. We will be able to accommodate 13 maidens/women with the Rite of Passage and Red Shawl. If interested please RSVP. email@example.com
APRIL MOONLODGE: 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 around the drum and comprehend the depths of your courage, personal medicine and beauty.
MAY MOONLODGE: BELTANE: Crafting A Beautiful World
A Beautiful World, both inner and outer, is a gift we all can receive. Our talented Beauty Keeper, Kati, will lead us in crafting Moontime Altar Cloths and weaving our energy into their very fabric. As we play we will explore the concepts of Turning Water into Wine, What is Sacred Sexual Alchemy and How can we guide our youth toward respect for self and others? Inspired by the teachings of the Chakana (the Ancient Inca Cross); revelation and self-realization arise to promote Peace, Perfect Health and Beauty for our families and communities.
JUNE MOONLODGE: 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 a nourishing and nurturing Rite of Passage Ceremony.
JULY MOONLODGE: 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. Men, boys, brothers, uncles, fathers are invited to join the MoonLodge this month on the shores of Lake Monona at Frostwoods Beach.
AUGUST MOONLODGE: A MINI RETREAT
The Enanateh Water School on the land of Carolyn Carter in Argyle, WI will host a Mini Reterat for the women of the MoonLodge. Please join us as we commune in sacred ceremony by the spring and enjoy a fun filled weekend of swimming in the salt water pool and camping under the stars.
E = pure, Nana = Water, Teh = Exempler, Enanateh
Walk in purity as essence. We can only teach ourselves. Live by example.
SEPTEMBER MOONLODGE: 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: ANCESTRAL BEAUTY: Medicine Wheel Gathering
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.
For our October MoonLodge Ceremony we will be dancing with the first quarter moon after the Full Harvest Moon, moving toward the Full Hunter Moon. Grandmother Falling Water will be present for drumming and singing. Many of the summer birds will have been on their way to the southland, the plants beginning their final rest before winter, and animals still scurrying for winter’s feasting. All of this will be in the setting of the Ancient Whispering Winds Delicate Lodge Medicine Wheel with a warm fire in her center. This wheel is a representation of the Sacred 20 Count that lives within you, and within the Universe in which you walk. Join us for teachings about this Medicine Wheel, along with drum songs to carry us into the dreaming months ahead.
NOVEMBER MOONLODGE: 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.
DECEMBER MOONLODGE: CHILD RITE OF PASSAGE CEREMONY & MOONLODGE NEW YEAR
Winter Solstice; Return of the Light. 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.
MoonLodge Teachings to Ponder
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 has traditionally been used to vision, craft and enjoy the company of other women.
As a woman moves through menopause and enters her Second Spring, she rises within our MoonLodge as Grandmother, Elder, Wisdom Keeper. As an honored wise woman of the circle she is looked to for guidance, comfort and teachings.