Our first Coming of Age Circle took place on the night of June's full moon. Mothers and daughters gathered atop a mountain with clear skies and beautiful views. Circle was facilitated by Elder Ymani Simmons and myself.
The girls helped light the ceremonial fire while being given teachings about the four directions. With this introduction, we then set our altar with items that were dear to us, each sharing about the item we placed.
As we circled the fire, we introduced ourselves in a way to honor our ancestors and the connection of all women. Each shared her name, the name of her mother and grandmothers as well as her daughters. We symbolized our connection with our mother line as well as with all women by tying red yarn around the wrist of our 'heart' hand.
As we sat on blankets by the fire, the girls were told a story that spoke to the importance of listening to that 'still small voice' within each of us. Each made a small talisman to carry in her pocket as a reminder to listen often to her inner guidance. The girls relished working with their hands and used fabric and yarns in creative ways to make this sacred piece.
There were songs and stories shared as well as laughter while new friendships were made. As the fire softened, we were graced with the presence of Grandmother Moon rising in the east. We all stood together and welcomed her to our fire. The girls were asked to circle 'round the fire and each was gifted a small heart of rose quartz on a silk cord to wear until we meet again.
The evening was sweet and nourishing in so many ways and I feel blessed to have been part of it.