A path of spiritual development
The aim of the Order Vita Feminea Textura , also called the Order of Weavers, is to stimulate the spiritual development of its members and so give greater substance and deeper meaning to their lives.
Essential to the Order are the initiations in which symbols and symbolic acts activate a greater awakening. The Order has three initiations: to Spinner, Weaver and Designer. The Spinner is taught to work up the raw wool and spin it into a useful thread. Thus will she recognise the inner material of unordered emotions and thoughts within her: the phase of reflection.
The Weaver is taught to weave the spun thread into the "Fabric of Mankind".
Next to reflection she is taught to act.
Finally the Designer becomes conscious of her connection with the "Foundation
of all Things". Reflection and action lead to service.
The Order has no teachings and the symbols have no single explanation. Each
member of the Order must comprehend the symbolism according to her own nature
and give form to it in her life.
The Order Vita Feminea Textura (the life of a woman is like a woven fabric) was founded in 1947. The founders perceived a need for spiritual development by means of initiations specifically aimed to women. Foundation member were the wives of freemasons.
Now that the Order has become better known, women have joined who have no
association with freemasonry.
Organisation and meetings
The Order of Weavers is a national organisation of women with local branches, named lodges. Admission is by means of an initiation to Spinner; the other initiations usually follow with intervals of a year.
In addition to the initiations, the members of a lodge meet two or three
times per month. As a consequence of lectures, the symbolism used by the
Order is further developed in discussions and debates. The lodges regularly
organise meetings for those who are interested in the Order. It is also possible
for interested parties to invite a speaker.
Lodges are established in the following towns:
Alkmaar, Amsterdan, Bilthoven, Den Haag, Dordrecht, Eindhoven, Groningen, Hengelo, Kampen, Leiden, Velp, Velsen-Zuid, Wageningen and Zwolle.
For more information please contact:
Mevr. E. Visser van der Meer (Grand Secretary)
7531 EP Enschede
Telephone: 31-53 433 9360
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Updated: 11 February 2001