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Full Moon Ceremony Dedicated to the Goddess Ixchel
Ixchel came into consciousness through the ancient Mayan people. The Mayan’s were mighty warriors and amazingly advanced astronomers. They had many Gods for different aspects of life, but only one Goddess, Ixchel. She presided over healing and midwifery. In ancient depictions she is portrayed as a crone wearing a serpent crown on her head, with a walking stick in one hand and a basket in the other. She is portrayed as a crone to show her wisdom, the serpent crown symbolizes her kundalini serpent, powerful and awake, the basket because she is a great weaver and the walking stick a wand.
On this most auspicious night, Super Full Moon and Lunar Eclipse, we cast our circle outside the home of Jennifer Gray in a magical meadow among the giant Redwoods. At twilight, when the veil is thin between the worlds, we wrote powerful healing words on green fabric hearts. We then braided them into one long string to weave together a super charged prayer flag in honor of Ixchel, the Mayan healing moon Goddess.
To strengthen our connection to Ixchel, wise Dragon Crone (Amy Sullivan) lead us in a kundalini activation movement. This awakened the sleeping serpent coiled at the base of our spine. Time to clear our chakras through meditation. We spread our blankets and laid down on our backs. To the beat of her Shaman drum, Amy lead us deep into our bodies, focusing on each chakra, one by one, opening and clearing. Feeling our kundalini power rise upwards while we were connected deeply to Mother Earth brought us to a state of nirvana. Upon returning from that mystical journey, I opened my eyes and saw the first star of the night in an indigo sky surround by the silhouette of Giant Redwoods. Of course I made a wish.
Fully present on every level, each women spoke of her healing actions in this world.
The Dalai Lama said
“The world will be saved by the Western woman.”
As I listened to the ladies in this circle speak of how they heal and who they mid-wife, I had a deep feeling that it is true – the Western woman will save the world.
Enjoy these last few weeks of Spring. Hope that all your seeds are sprouting and blossoming.
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Lunar eclipse and day before Venus transit of the sun, we held the last full moon ceremony of Spring 2012. The writing below is by one of our youngest Moon Mothers, Nicole.
The energy surrounding this full moon carried strong momentum, magnified not only by the power and intrigue of the recent solar eclipse, but also by it’s own early morning dip into the dark sanctuary of earth’s great shadow. A generous offering blessed us with the opportunity to honor the June Moon at a utopian farm and retreat. The Tunitas Creek Ranch is indescribably beautiful and has clearly been lovingly crafted over many years with the utmost care given to the preservation of harmony with Mother Nature.
Bird songs and blows of the conch rang through the surrounding forest as we called in the directions and created our circle. The brisk air stirred as we shared beautiful hopes for Amy Sullivan, Goddess who chose to be born in the month of June. Our circle danced the Celtic Weave, flowing, undulating as we passed ‘round and through each other, smiles bursting with laughter (see video attachment below). The altar set aglow in the lovely outdoor kitchen that wrapped the wind-side of the grounds, protecting us from the chill as we lit the fire and gathered for Circle Speak. We joked of the irony that the June full moon’s weather felt like February.
Tammy’s carful thought brought us to honor Maat, Goddess of harmony, justice, and truth. The ostrich feather Maat wears on her head, a reminder of the feather that is her measure against your heart when life on earth, you depart. A heart outweighing her feather is sent back to further refine. A heart light as her feather is granted paradise afterlife divine.
In honoring Matt, and in the spirit of light-heartedness, we set to exercising our most valuable form of self-healing…LAUGHTER! Our Circle Speak contribution was to share one of the funniest moments of your life. Belly laughs abounded as we recounted wild tales of calamity, embarrassment, youthful whimsy and Mother Nature’s obviously fantastic sense of humor.
Before Meta closed the circle, we enjoyed a hearty laughing-meditation. Beginning with a small, little covered giggle, it quickly elevated, building energy, each laugh springing off the next, and reaching a crescendo of pure uninhibited release of joy, uncontrollable and ecstatic.
Bathed in smiles, we closed our circle and gathered for camaraderie, almonds, and dark chocolate. I don’t think that a single one of us will ever forgot Rule #6… Don’t take yourself so seriously! Ha-ha-ha! ☺
Thank you Nicole for your beautiful writing.
Here’s link to the Celtic Weave dance from the full moon ceremony.
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On this lunar eclipse, last full moon of 2011, we will gather early to enjoy the crystal late autumn, afternoon light. This full moon ceremony will be dedicated to the Goddess Kali.
My book Infinite Goddess Images of the Sacred Divine in Contemporary Women, is finished and will be for sale after the ceremony. Meta & Mary created beautiful jewelry, pendulums, sacred oils and mists that will also be for sale after the ceremony. Bring your check book for sweet easy christmas shopping. It’s a nice opportunity to purchase one of a kind Moon Mothers creations.
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