This ritual not only empowers but it directs the life force into a positive and clear direction. The young woman’s first menses ceremony is of extreme importance to our world. As one of the major first initiations for women we can choose to enlighten this powerful time or to ignore its sacred purpose. This ceremony takes place in the circle/medicine wheel. It is done with the four directions and elements. Women from the young woman’s family come to celebrate and honor the girl’s ascension into womanhood.