A Moon Basket is bestowed upon a someone when they reach menarche, their first moon. It is part of celebrating and honoring this rite of passage. It is full of beauty and perhaps lovely aromas. Its contents invite self-care, slowing down, expressiveness, ease and joy in one's cycling.
Sometimes parents and children will make the Moon Basket together. A delicious activity, and a beautiful time to share stories and wisdom.
Here is a guest post from JOYW Mentor Rebecca Woolley on creating a Moon Basket.
A Moon Basket for my nieces, ages 10 and 12
Their Moon Baskets have lots of goodies:
- beautiful journal
- affirmation cards
- agate stone pendant
- flax & lavender womb warming pillow
- sweet orange essential oil
- homemade cloth maxi pads,
- Hormoon chart
I sat down with both my nieces, 12 & 11 (cousins) and gave them their baskets.
They were were wowed! The 12 year old loved it and showed her Mom the next day and asked her to show her Dad (my brother).
The 11 yr old was more giggles and blushes but was asking where I had put her basket later that evening. She wanted to make sure she had it.
My sister and sister-in-law felt very supported by my gift to their girls and loved that their girls had received something initiating them into this stage of life.
I'm glad I put in all the work and walked through my own feelings of vulnerability in making this for them. It went as well as I could have imagined. I know they will always remember it.
I hope they will feel the arms of support wrapping around them as they walk through any awkward or unfamiliar feelings. I think they wilI.
~ Rebecca Woolley
What else might one include in a moon basket?
- necklace with a red ruby
- cycle tracking bracelet
- moon calendar
- red candle
- red crystal or any healing crystal
- art supplies
- raspberry leaf tea
- Cramp Bark tincture
- a mirror that is only allowed to reflect kindness and pride in oneself
Please share your ideas!