Teltane Full Moon
By Amy Sullivan
On Wed. August 1st, Moon Mothers gathered at the Labyrinth at Mavericks Beach. The Full Moon in Aquarius was shining a silver spotlight on the realm of humanity and social equality, interconnection and cooperation. We could feel the glow coming through the soft blanket of fog as we donned our Goddess attire to walk the labyrinth in silence.
Our circle was as full as the moon with women who have found our supportive haven for delving into divine feminine energy each full moon. We honored those with August birthdays in the middle of the circle and they returned blessings in the spirit of reciprocity.
We gathered to honor the African Goddess, Mawu, goddess of Creation, of the Earth and the Moon. Her message goes like this:
I am the Creator of Life. It is my nature to nurture and hold dear all life I create. I am The Great Mother, who gives life and takes it away, and who holds you close in life and in death. It is time for balance between my Daughters and Sons. It is time for mutual love, respect, and honor to return to the world of humanity. My Dear Ones, remember my gift of life and that you are one. Treat each other with love, honor, and respect. Cherish all of my children who share this world with you.
Your life is Sacred. YOU are Sacred. And you are dearly loved.
The circle sisters walked the Labyrinth again contemplating what kind of tree you would be, if you were a tree. We then passed around the talking stick and tree-women as willows, redwoods, oaks, chestnuts, palms, madrones, apples, mimosas, cypress shared qualities such as strength, flexibility, giving, groundedness, connectedness and adaptability.
Giggles were contagious as we closed the circle with a human wave, refreshed and reinvigorated to continue the work of the goddess during these intense times of transformation.
Happy Teltane, or Lammas, which is observed around the beginning of August midway between the Summer Solstice and the Autumn Equinox. It signifies the withdrawal of the Mother Goddess into the earth in preparation for the falling seeds that will need her care if they are to germinate in winter.
Tammy passed out seeds for each one of us to plant and honor the Earth, and we left an offering of a clay disk in the center of the labyrinth as a simple marker of the healing energy generated by our sacred goddess circle.
By Amy Sullivan
Thank you Amy for leading us in a sacred closing ceremony and writing the above article.
Also, I thank all of you ladies who participated in the creation of the Divine Feminine Labyrinth walk portrait.
I’ll see you all on the Blue Moon August 31st.