THE WOMEN OF THE FOURTEENTH MOON

The Women of the 14th Moon Ceremony was birthed in 1987 in California, when three women from different traditions came together to help heal the great fear of aging among women in these times. At heart, it is an initiation ceremony for elder women, and it celebrates the path that all women walk through maidenhood and matronhood. There are three parts to the ceremony - one for each stage of womanhood. It is usually held outdoors, in a beautiful natural setting. In Oregon, masks are used to bring in the archetype of the maiden, matron, and elder.

The original intent was to "give-away" the Fourteenth Moon to all women, so in 1995 Linda Neale and Julie Stephens took the responsibility of bringing the ceremony to Oregon. There are now four annual 14th Moon ceremonies in Oregon. For history and details, please see www.womenofthe14thmoon.com.

Here's what one former organizer has to say about her experience with the 14th Moon ceremony:

“The Women of the Fourteenth Moon is about deepening connections with women in ceremony. 14th moon teaches what commitment to ceremony is all about. In this ceremony I have learned about sacred space. It teaches us about the sacred paths each of us walk and how these paths weave and intertwine to make a tapestry of our lives. 14th moon will have been in the Portland area for 16 years this fall, and I can't imagine it not continuing. I am watching women with young daughters approaching the magical time of maidenhood who are living in joyous expectation when the day will come that they can attend with their moms. I hear stories of matrons that come because they can step outside of the daily roles of holding up the world and instead they are seen, really seen. I watch the passing of time advancing on us as elders, and the struggles each faces in a society that caters to the young. I see these elders sigh in happiness when they can stand up and announce that elderhood is something to be proud of among a group of women that understand what this means...”

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