On this December night, a clearing opened between the rains to present a glowing full moon as we gathered in honor of Isis–ancient Egyptian Goddess of reincarnation and resurrection.
We circled as the moon crept up from the trees, called in the seven directions and our beloved (I am always struck by the feeling of kinship we share in honoring our loved ones) and celebrated December birthdays. Laughter, poetry and words of wisdom were shared before we retreated to the parlor.
As we sat in circle and candlelight, Tammy shared the story of Isis and Osiris–and we learned a magical aspect of the story as we realized what of Osiris’ body parts Isis had to fashion for herself! As a Goddess of wisdom and magic, Isis holds the keys that show us the records of where we have been and where we are going.
Then Dr. Lisa Chu and friend Joviana led us on a path downward, inward and out in a quest for visions and past life material. We began with relaxation and cleansing exercises, including releasing what needed to be expressed through the throat chakra. Howls, yelps and intonations filled the room! After these were exercised, we each found a place to sit or lay down, ready for a journey.
Dr. Lisa Chu and Joviana layered trance-inducing musical selections with their own musical performances, ranging from singing and chanting to drumming and other instrumentals, quietly changing locations for a curious sensation of comfort and dissonance–enough for us to breathe and experience the moment, and in many cases experience visions or inspiration. The music cycled, rhythmic, carrying to us through sound and vibration.
After this time concluded, we slowly and quietly rose to journal our experiences. Once we had recorded these and reflected quietly upon them, we gathered again in circle to share what our impressions were. This provided a rich experience in seeing how differently each woman’s journey was and the meaning she made of it. Expressions of energy, flying, swimming, sailing, smelling chocolate, the land and its seasons, and lessons learned were shared. Honest reflections of feeling resistance or just enjoying the moment or feeling the body’s exhaustion were also shared. Some of us shared communion with our beloved dead. The myriad of experiences deriving from the same room were embodied in one Peaceful Warrior’s image of all of our ethereal energy rising together from our bodies to the ceiling–individual strands, unified.
Isis is a Goddess of the Mysteries–she speaks symbolically and some of us wondered what dreams may come of this experience!
After much laughter and reflection, we gratefully closed the circle and stepped out to honor and call down the moon–this, the last of 2014. A light, nourished in darkness, begins to grow.
By Shannon Fern