Mysteries of the moon

October 30, 2014 3:10 PM

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Mysteries of the moon

It is Nov. 14, 1997 on the night of a full moon. The smell of lavender aromatic oils and the smoke from burning sage fills the air as a group of women dance beneath the moonlight. Elizabeth Stone, a former student at the University of Oregon, is about to partake in her first “goddess oriented” Full Moon Ceremony.

It is a ritual derived from Native American, Celtic and Wicca customs. Stone attends the ceremony for academic purposes, but writes about leaving with the interconnectedness, balance and strength the moon is said to bring to the female body and soul. You see, much like the moon, women have cycles to...

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