by Georgina Lawn
To all you beautiful women out there who think there may be something strange going on with your body. If you are of a certain age, there may very well be something going on with your body, it may be changing again like it often has before. You may be peri, ante or post menopausal, if you are or think you may be, then Purple Tent is the place for you to come and enjoy the company of other women who are in the same boat as you.
We are ostensibly a Pagan Group but welcome all women of any faith or none; who are going through, what for some , can be quite a traumatic time. The good news is it doesn't last forever!
We are currently a small group but are looking to grow. We have discussions about the menopause and everyone has something to add to the pot of information we are building for each other, by way of support and advice. We practice meditation - we might even get good at it one day hahaha. We read poetry and tell stories; we also drink tea, lots of different teas, some therapeutic, others just for pleasure. We look at what our roles are in our communities, in our workplaces, our families now that we are getting older; how does the world see us, indeed, does the world see us? How can we make things better for ourselves? How do we acknowledge all the changes going on for us or do we try to bury them?
There are always questions being asked, discussed and sometimes answered. There are sometimes tears but we always have tissues and support for those times. We laugh a lot too.
As this year is progressing we have been looking at the five elements of Earth, Air, Fire, Water and Spirit, a different one each month. We are also trying to put together a kind of rolling number of ceremonies for each of our participants to go through at each stage of this change in our lives so that, possibly for the first time in our lives a huge change such as this can be marked and celebrated instead of being ignored and brushed under the carpet.
We have all been Maidens; Lovers; Mothers; and now what? You decide. Come along to Purple Tent held on the last Thursday of every month at the Bristol Goddess Temple (see our 'Calendar' page for the dates), 1st floor, the Clock Tower building, Tower Road North, Warmley, from 7pm until 9. All you beautiful women out there come and join the fun.