Moon Mother, Moon Daughter:
Myths and Rituals that
Celebrate a Girl's Coming-of-Age

by Janet Lucy and Terri Allison

Publishing By the Seas, 2011 (2nd edition). ISBN 978-0-983-33815-4.
Reviewed by Judy Miller
Posted on 12/08/2011

Nonfiction: Life Lessons; Nonfiction: Faith/Spirituality/Inspiration; Nonfiction: Relationships

"Conventional femininity cannot be our guide. We are reinventing the feminine. And most of us have barely begin to appreciate the value of the enormity of this task."
—Hope Edelman, Motherless Daughters

Moms: Wouldn't it be nice to anticipate and have as much joy in your daughter turning into a woman as you did with her first smiles, steps and words? Wouldn't it be great to have the confidence in guiding your daughter as she crossed the threshold into womanhood? Moon Mother, Moon Daughter: Myths and Rituals that Celebrate a Girl's Coming-of-Age can help you discover and embrace such a journey with your daughter.

Moon Mother, Moon Daughter: Myths and Rituals that Celebrate a Girl's Coming-of-Age is chewy and concise, informing moms about how they can honor the sacredness of being female. Authors Lucy and Allison weave moon and goddess mythology and provide a myriad of activities for moms and daughter to do independently and together—to encourage reflection, introspection, understanding, and celebration of becoming and being a woman.

Among topics addressed in the book are the value of spending time alone, how to guide your daughter in awakening and connecting to her inner wisdom and intuition, how to guide her in finding and having confidence in expressing her voice, and the power of honoring your body.

As the cover of Moon Mother, Moon Daughter promises, the advice has new-age overtones, using the moon as a guide and metaphor (the most sacred feminine) throughout the book. However, any mom (including this one) can easily draw upon the ideas and tweak them to fit into and guide her relationship with her daughter. This is a terrific book with wonderful goddess mythology to share and empowering ideas from which to borrow. This mom is looking forward to using some of them with her daughters.

Note: Moon Mother, Moon Daughter: Myths and Rituals that Celebrate a Girl's Coming-of-Age is geared for moms of daughters ages ten-thirteen.

Janet Lucy, MA, is a muse and visionary who sees the potential in the creative spirit. Janet is the Founder/Director of Women's Creative Network, a creative collaboration and consulting business for women. Janet is the mother of two coming-of-age daughters.

Terri Allison has been a teacher and educational administrator for over twenty years. She has facilitated alternative homeschooling programs for preteen and teens, and has been actively involved in coming-of-age programs through the Unitarian Society in Santa Barbara. She is the mother of two daughters and a son.

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