On August 21st, 2017 at the Sekhmet Goddess Temple I was gifted with the most beautiful Maiden to Mother Ceremony. My Priestess friends, Peace, November, and Laurelinn did an amazing job with facilitating and photography.
The experience was incredible and I’ll try my best to recount the fantastic magick that took place.
The ritual was held on the incredible day of the New Moon and Solar Eclipse. There were several women who attended as regular guests of the Temple, and of course my amazing husband, Ryan. We called in the Elements, Sekhmet, and ourselves as usual. With the lovely twist that the name I used that night was Mama and Ryan’s was Papa Bear.
The space felt filled to the brim with love, from strangers and loved ones alike. I was given a flower in the beginning of the ceremony to carry as symbol of the Maiden. It was a beautiful pink rose from one of the bushes which grows on the property. Ryan and I took our place near the Priestesses and when we sat, listened to a special Charge of the Goddess.
As we continued, I was asked if I freely gave up the symbol of the Maiden to accept my new role as Mother. I did and as the flower was taken, it was replaced with a beautiful apple and red scarf as symbols of the Mother. I was also gifted with a beautiful gold necklace of Sekhmet to protect me and Baby Moon. I’m currently wearing it and will do so every day until Baby Moon is here in the world.
We were then guided through a beautiful meditation where I was to ask for a message from the baby and feel my little Moon grow strong. The other women there could use the meditation to here their own message from their inner child and it made the entire temple swirl with loving, positive energy.
Baby Moon kicked and rolled throughout the experience and reminded me to stay in my own space of calm and not let anyone pull me out of it.
We also enjoyed going around the circle with messages for me and Ryan. Normally, we have discussion during ritual about our lives, a meditation, whatever we feel needs to be said, and it felt wonderful to hear so many women give me inspiring and human advice and words of encouragement.
I was so moved by everyone’s love, even though they had no idea who I was. I felt strong and ready and prepared to be exactly the mother this baby chose.
That statement was one of the most powerful from the evening.
This baby chose me to be its mother, and I couldn’t be more proud or happy.
We closed out our circle and, as is traditional, I cackled as loud and wonderfully as I could. The evening was truly…
As I wake in the morning,
On this most auspicious day,
The sky is bursting with raw energy and potential.
Gray clouds plump with rain,
Electric streaks of white crack
Them open and roar power at the peak.
A darkened, New Moon crosses
In front of the face of the Sun.
Eclipsed by the New.
The World is changing.
I am changing.
What was once a Maiden,
Now a Mother.
Bless us powerful Sky.
Let the full range of your wonder
Spill over today
On this day of worshipped transition.
This Monday, at the Sekhmet Temple in Indian Springs, my lovely Priestess friend Candace will be performing a Maiden to Mother ceremony for me. I’m so very excited.
One of my favorite things about Wicca and Paganism is that these religions and beliefs celebrate so many more important parts of a person’s life. There are ceremonies to celebrate birth, naming, marriage, coming of age, spiritual milestones, passings, beginnings, endings, every part of life has a way to show your appreciation for the event or lesson learned.
So, this upcoming Maiden to Mother ceremony is a very welcome one. Though many choose to progress through life without becoming parents, which is totally fine, I am excited to mark this momentous occasion with a special ritual to recognize this big change.
I’ll never be “the Maiden” again. I’ll never not be someone’s Mother.
It’s certainly an ending of a big part of my life. A part I thoroughly enjoyed and celebrated vastly. The flourishing growth and experiences of Youth are nothing short of amazing and I hope others can experience the wonder and innocence and daring and stupidity of this time.
But as one door closes…
Yes, as cliche as that phrase may be, it’s true. I’m ending my time as the Maiden and stepping forward into my time of Mother. While this chapter of my life’s story is only just beginning and the character development of this protagonist is certainly expanding, I believe the future holds great things.
I am fully ready to embrace this new identity, this new life, both mine and the one growing inside me. Through all the rough and tough parts of being pregnant is a wonderful feeling of actually creating a human. I’m growing this little human inside me and it’s strange and amazing and fascinating and still a bit of a mystery as to exactly how it’s all happening.
I’ve even gone ahead and taken these maternity photos of myself and am embracing the bump, which seems much more like a giant front hump to me.
So, I’m very ready to meet this little person and I’m very ready to celebrate this transition into Motherhood. I am so thankful as well to have such an awesome group of women supporting me, including my wonderful fellow Priestesses at the Temple.
Before I’d gone out to the Temple for another ceremony, I’d thought about what I wanted to do to celebrate being a mom and I had decided I would probably have a private ritual at my home since I didn’t want to overwhelm an already overworked Candace. Well, lo and behold as I was enjoying eating before the ritual started she asked if I was going to do anything to celebrate and if I’d like to have a Maiden to Mother ceremony.
Well of course I would!
And so the Universe, and Candace, saw fit to make my desire to celebrate this big event in a big way come true. On the night of the Solar Eclipse and New Moon too!
Thank you Universe, thank you Candace, and thank you baby for making this moment a reality.
Stay tuned for updates and photos from the ceremony coming soon!
I had forgotten about you.
But you were always there.
a speck of something that never
Maybe I forgot
because I was too afraid
to face the darkness that still lingered
behind my closed door.
You don’t serve me though.
You don’t make my days full
upon this time
where the Moon’s bright face
I ask for the strength
to let you go.
To move through
to a new place,
a wilder, freer place.
Even as the black falls across
the White Orb as full as can be,
guiding light of our Mother’s Nighttime Face
is ever there.
Bright One, Shadowed One
who asks that I look deep,
bless upon me
I am ready to face you,
to see you for what you are,
to let you pass through
I heed your message.
I face the closet door,
and I see the Shadow,
and I am One Light
too strong to be diminished.