What if you felt that being a Woman you were participating in
a universal mystery - carrying a sacred trust, as it were -
on behalf of the continuation of your species and the continuation
of a sacred mystery of creation that involved the entire universe?
What if that made you a part of the incarnate Goddess
and a part of the governing body of your society?
What must (ancient women's) sacred sense of themselves
have been under these conditions?
-- Shakti Woman by Vicki Noble
What would your sacred sense of self be like under these conditions? Introduction to Women's Ways prepares girls and women of all ages, from various backgrounds, spiritual practices and religious affiliations, to regain this sacred sense of themselves and to take their rightful place in the modern world. Each year we celebrate the intrinsic beauty and power of womanhood with a Rites of Passage Ceremony based on the world renowned Apache Puberty Ceremony for Girls.
To the Apache Peoples this recognition of womanhood, symbolized by the embodiment of White Shell Woman, their Great Goddess, is the most sacred of ceremonies. They believe that their women are their wealth, and so do we! Although our Rites of Passage comes from the Apache tradition, it is important to know that Women's Ways Mystery School gathers wisdom from many cultures.
This year's Introduction to Women's Ways will train participants to walk through the willow arch, ancient symbol of transformation, next year to the cheers, tears and best wishes of friends, family, community and other women who have gone before them. All will gather to witness and celebrate this most significant moment. The question is, are you willing to commit to "walk through the willow arch" next year, to reclaim your feminine spirit, honor the beauty and mystery of the Goddess within you and carry the vibration of the one called White Shell Woman?
The Rites of Passage ceremony is open to guests of Moonfire and friends and family of women going through the arch.
Moonfire Meeting House
1691 County Rd. 39
Southampton, New York 11968
phone / fax 631-287-9000