The third full moon of winter 2012 was a three-day celebration of the Divine Feminine, Mother Earth’s bounty, luxury adventure and rich sacred ceremony. We Moon Mothers went on a field trip to Stillheart Sanctuary on Skyline. In honor of International Women’s day we joined dozens of other women at the Stillheart’s open house. With deep gratitude for the kind invitation to enjoy their luxurious facilities we made fresh daffodil bouquets to gift our hostesses at Stillheart.
Amy could not come with us to Stillheart because she needed to attend her father’s memorial service. So the day before the full moon, Amy, Mary and I collected wild daffodils to gift the women of Stillheart. Amy had never been to Daffodil Vally. I just giggled as I saw her GLEE when she stepped into the wild flower bed. We were on a mission to collect daffodils to bring to Stillheart. It didn’t take long, there were thousands to choose from. With that done we couldn’t help but play with Mother Earth’s bounty.
After tons of deep belly laughs, we sang and told stories as we trekked back home. Amy gave me the flowers she had collected and said “bless Stillheart with these.”
The next day I woke with holiday spirit. It was International Women’s Day, full moon, and I was going to meet the Great Blue Heron High Priestess from Tennessee.
Lisa Forward brought Blue Heron and Jenafree to my studio and it was an instant recognition of kindred spirits. Barbara joined us for lunch, then we five women made dozens of fresh nosegays for the women to wear in their hair. The inspiration came from Blue Heron, “Women must wear flowers in their hair in honor of the Divine Feminine.” I thought we would make two dozen for the Moon Mothers. But they just kept making them and soon we had enough for all the women at Stillheart’s International Women’s Day open house.
Here’s what Mary Baxter has to say about our time Stillheart.
It was beautiful to experience a guided meditation in the Great Room with gorgeous chandeliers of hand blown glass overhead, commemorating the love of the artist and his deceased wife who had visited him there the night he had slept in the room and inspired these works of art. We as women were reminded of the need for the feminine to come forward in the Earth’s energy at this time in history, not to supplant the masculine energy that has dominated the last millennia, but to balance it, to combine the energies of the pink flame of the feminine with the blue flame of the masculine, bringing into awareness the violet flame, the energy that will move our Earth away from polarity, war, and dominance into a time of great love, cooperation, and a unity that honors all living beings. And this includes our sacred Mother Earth.
Within this concrete and steel structure that presents the masculine energy in its angular design among the gorgeous natural beauty of Redwoods, sky, and a breathtaking full moon, we gathered as women in the way that women do. We brought delicious food for a meal to share with each other, followed by a luxurious time of relaxation in the sauna, hot tub, and swimming pool, as well as meditative walks in the labyrinth in the light of the full moon. Tammy, well heated from the sauna, walked the labyrinth in her wet swim suit, and experienced a connection with the Divine that brought her back to her experience in Tulum, Mexico, with the Goddess Ixchel, and the communion with the Divine Feminine she had experienced there.
The architecture of Stillheart’s masculine energy was softened by our presence as women on International Women’s Day, a day celebrated throughout the world as women come forward and insist that our humanity will live on and thrive on our planet, as long as the Divine Feminine takes its place in equal resonance with the Divine Masculine on Earth.
Here is a link to Stillheart www.stillheart.org
The images below are from our pool time at Stillheart.
The next day at sunset I was invited to a very auspicious private ceremony in the Enchanted Forest. Lisa Forward officially crowned her mentor, Blue Heron, High Priestess. Although Blue Heron had been working as a High Priestess for many years, there had never been a coronation ceremony held in honor of her spiritual leadership.
As I witnessed Blue Heron’s fledgling, Lisa, spread her wings to perform the initiation ceremony with such grace and reverence for her mentor, I felt my cheeks wet with tears. (I was not the only one moved to tears.) The unconditional love and respect these two women share transcends family and tribe.
The next full moon arrives Good Friday, which is also Passover. Our ceremony will be steeped in modern ancient tradition. Details coming soon.