Mothers Moon Blessingways
A blessingway ceremony, in any form, is a celebration of a rite of passage of some sort. First menarche, pregnancy, or "croning" for women, baby welcomings and namings, first steps, or weaning from the breast for young children male or female, are only a few examples.
The currently most celebrated Blessingway is the ceremony given for a pregnant woman, which is inspired from ancient customs and traditions that fully embrace the spirituality of motherhood and the collective power of a community of women's support. (this is considered a "sacred circle" and is attended only by women...and sometimes babes in arms) Through this ceremony we honor the mother with an ancient tradition that surrounds her & her child with blessings of love. This is a celebration that gathers women in a sacred circle, reflecting the transition into motherhood as the most beautiful rite of passage. This magical ceremony will relax the mind, lift the spirits & fill the mother's soul with joy. Each ceremony is as unique & special as the people involved…. someone may weave flowers into the mother's hair or place a floral wreath on her head; another may be beading a necklace with beads everyone has brought. Symbolic bathing may take place. Belly casting, henna painting, a special tea ceremony, candlelight, a beautiful poetry reading…. the wonderful possibilities are endless. With a gentle rhythm, everyone shares their wishes and gives loving words of encouragement for her, and everyone will come away with feelings of gratitude and happiness for being involved in this intimate celebration.
Baby Welcomings are just as beautiful & very special. Some cerimonies start with a lullaby parade, others have the parents and child seated in the middle of a circle of friends. Sometimes a candle is lit, or a soft bell gently rung and the celebration of the new life goes on from there, filled with wishes and hopes, and love for the child.
The Celebration of First Menarche is a wonderful ceremony to share with a girl blossming into womanhood, and a Croning Circle for women who have ceased menustration is another moving rite of passage celebration to engage in.
Mothers Moon Belly Casting
A pregnancy belly cast is a great way to remember this very intimate time you are sharing with your growing baby. This can be done in private session or as part of a blessingway ceremony, or you may purchase a kit through me to do it yourself. ( I also do whole birthing classes full of bellies!)
You may decorate yours in a number of ways (including requesting me to place my own art-work upon it), or you may choose to leave yours plain.
Some mamas have chosen to do many casts, showing the different stages of their pregnancy...some mamas do just one.
Some of the most interesting belly castings I've ever done was for a group of thirteen women, ages ranging from 50-something to 70-something having a celebration and wanting to do torso castings of their "beautifully aged female bodies"! So wonderful!
for more information about Blessingways, Baby Welcomings,
or any other rites of passage ceremonies, including belly castings
please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org
The "bless these tiny feet" ritual blessingway kit
Mini Belly-casts : Hand molded & painted, strung with a satin ribbon loop for hanging, each one is a mini (just over two inch tall) work of art with differing designs. Also available undecorated, or unstrung. A perfect gift for a new mom, grandmother, a mama-to-be, doula, or midwife. $6 each