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Transition

 

The Society has several ceremonies that offer men and women the opportunity to mark major life transitions. Whether it is to welcome a child into the world, mark a child into adolescence, or to pass on important information about adulthood, these ceremonies address the meaning of birth, adolescence, marriage, aging and death.

These ceremonies help us traverse "life crises", those crucial moments when we pass from one state of being to the next in the circle of life.

Ritual of Naming

This is a rite of passage of a kind which occurs in many societies. Specifically, there are times when we pass from one phase of our life's journey and our spiritual development takes a certain turning. This may be the time for a naming.

We all recognise the power of names. They are mostly given by others at a time in our lives when we have no power. In our lives, our name may come to be associated with the relationships which we have with many things....ourselves, family, friends, those who hold power [over us] and so on. Our names can be glorious and appropriate statements about our being, but they can also be out of touch with our becoming and, indeed, they may be part of any unauthenticity which we experience.

The naming ceremony is one in which all these things are addressed.

Men's and Women's Initiation

Follow links in the Ceremony list.

Crone Ceremony

Details to come.

 
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