The Red Tent or Moon Lodge is simply a gathering of women who get together and gather in circle during various stages of the moon, typically the New moon or Full moon. The purpose is for seeking connection, support, rest and personal development through reflection and intuition.
Simply being in the presence of wise and supportive women, is beneficial regardless of the moon cycles however the time of the new moon is ideal for setting new intentions, meditation, chanelling, intuitive insights and developmental guidance.
The ‘Red Tent’ is a timeless tradition observed by ancient cultures the world over as a regular circle support group, a sisterhood for empowering one’s feminine sense of self.
Traditionally girls would start attending red tent circle meetings when their bodies started cycling with the moon, and it would be in these supporting circles that girls would learn about fertility cycles and every facet of what it means to be a woman. ‘Womens Lore’ gifting girls (and women) a mystical as well as practical understanding of their womanhood.
The red tent is where women learned the sacred arts of healing and chanelling, dream analysis, and divination, to learn that our natural gifts are to be nurtured and developed as well as understood and honoured.
It was also a sanctuary where secrets could be shared (what happens in the red tent – stays in the red tent) 😉
Wisdom was imparted often through oral tradition of folklore and myth, recipes exchanged and parenting advice discussed. Basically a purely safe environment that both girls and women learned about the responsibility of sexuality and the teaching of the art of love and connection in a healthy and supported way.
The red tent helps support healthy relationships and marriages. Because our emotions are also affected by the moon, we are more likely to be experiencing our shadow traits or dark shadow side during the time, of the New moon, so naturally taking time out to share a sacred circle of support with other women, away from our partners and children, we are able to recharge and return to our families stronger and more able to cope emotionally. We are giving back to ourselves by taking this time for us, a vital practice for empowered women. To take responsibility for our holistic well being is to honour ourselves deeply.
When we welcome girls into the red tent circle and celebrate their womanhood, it empowers them to understand that womanhood is truly worth celebrating..
They are welcomed into a sacred and safe space where they can be heard and speak their truth with no judgement, and gain insight, information and support from other girls and gain wisdom from women within the group, learning new skills for female empowerment and expressing Soul purpose with creativity.