What is a Moon Lodge?
A women's Moon Lodge is a special place where women may take a little time out during their time of menstruation or 'moontime'. When they gather together at this time they honour this special time of cleansing and renewal. At one's moontime it is beneficial to take time out from the normal duties and pressures of day to day life, from work, from running the home, but unfortunately, in modern times it is difficult to do this. In times past, and today still in eastern countries, women during their monthly cycle were taken out of the village and cared for in a special place, where they could rest and honour their femininity. Sharing this time with other women, with no day to day pressures, women find that PMT/PMS is greatly reduced. But, in the modern west women are expected to carry on as normal, with little understanding or support from family, doctors or their employers.
Women's Moontime was traditionally a sacred time when she was honoured as a Mother of the Creative Force. This was a time of cleansing and renewal, when old energy was released, and new fertile energy was given from the Earth Mother. At one time everyone, including men, honoured this sacred time as it was understood that women were the carriers of fertility and abundance. With the coming of the patriarchal era of the last 2000 years, women's powerfulness of this moontime was seen as a threat, and the honour they were given was withdrawn as people began to view the moontime as a time of uncleanliness, or even as 'a monthly curse'. In some eastern cultures, although women are still allowed their space and time away from home in a caring environment, they are separated because they are seen as being unclean. They are not allowed to cook for their family in case others are contaminated. It is such a sad turnaround. It is only more recently that people have become more open to the occurrence of the menstrual cycle, and with the arrival of the new matriarchal era, women are at last being able to regain their power and speak truly about their moontime.
(Taken from HERE)
Since in these modern times, it is quite rare for women's cycles to be in sync with the Moon, or with each other (unless living together) the decision was made to hold this particular Moon Lodge every New Moon.
It was a diverse group of women, and ranged in age. The only male energy in the room were from the rather phallic Talking Stick, and the wandering in and outs from the host's cat!
It was a Sacred place to speak out Truth, and all that was said was For This Place and Time Only. We discussed Abundance and the women that had been to the Goddess Conference spoke of their experiences there.
I hope to get there as often as I can.