This is a natural process for every woman, and she goes through it during each new moon. It is defined by her ability to use the new moon period for her internal development.
Initiations are one of the most important aspects of Indian practices. Even though modern people have a rather vague idea about initiations, the initiation ceremonies are based on certain laws.
Each Indian group has its own principles and requirements for the initiation ceremony. However, the laws of initiation are the same everywhere: this is mainly a personal preparation of the inspired. Initiations are a unique process of transformation and union. Moon initiation practice is a process, natural for every woman, and she goes through it during each new moon. The ability to use the new moon periods properly is defined by the meaning of word “practice”, and at the same time it is the main indicator of a readiness to become the inspired. New moon is considered to be a “small initiation” and full moon is a “large initiation”.
“The Moon rhythm” is essential for understanding life processes in all Indian cultures (both in Mid-American tribes – Aztecs, Maya and others, and South American tribes – for examples, Incas).
The Moon cycle corresponds to many physiological processes on the Earth, including women menstrual cycles.
In Mid-American and Andean traditions monthly moon cycles were considered to be a “body”, in which different cyclic transformations occur (it was called the “body” due to the fact that these transformations also occur in a human organism).
It is a popular belief that the Moon has its own reflection on the Earth – it is a lake. Mid-American Indians believed this lake to be Texcoco, which is situated in Anahuac valley (2270-2750 m above sea level).
In South America this lake is Titicaca, which is situated in high mountainous area Altiplano in the Andes, on the border of Peru and Bolivia. Both Aztecs and Andean civilisations (Kechua, Aymara, Tiaunako culture) associated Titicaca lake not only with the Moon but also with the Earth womb.
Initiation Ritual (different from “initiation practice”) is held once or twice a year in South America in the place, which is holy for women. It is directed towards cleansing the energy through the Moon essence and place force.