Full Moon Ceremony Wednesday May 10th, 7pm
Mystical Meadow, Butano Pescadero
The words above are from the prayer flags we created to honor the healing Goddess Ixchel. Maiden, mother, and crone sat side by side in a mystical meadow. Nestled under a canopy of Redwood trees we wove together our flags to create one healing energy garland.
On this last full moon of Spring we connected with the healing spirit of Ixchel and Mother Earth’s healing vibration. At twilight (when the veils between the worlds are thin) we settled into our meditation. Cozy in blankets, we reclined on our backs, listening to Karianne play the angelic harp and sing an original Ixchel lullaby. Our circle became one powerful vessel, healing ourselves, our sisters and the planet.
Thank you, Jennifer Gray-Ball, for hosting our circle. Thank you, Linda Theroff, Erica, & Elaine, for the beautiful photography. Thank you, Shannon Gotchell, for creating a beautiful altar and being a strong sherpa.
We will gather again on Summer solstice/full moon, Monday June 20th. Details coming soon.
When mother moon was completely unveiled and her strong subtle energy could be felt; she silently called us to gather in divine feminine circle. By way of modern ancient ritual, we intensified our Goddess particles to fully embody our divine feminine wholeness. In the stillness of winter, we dove deep, giving credence to our pure potential. We enlivened our sensuality by dedicating ceremony to Aphrodite, then we danced into spring embodying the spirit of Ostara. There were lots of belly laughs when we praised Maat. Kundalini serpent was awakened when we honored Ixchel. When we called upon the spirit of Sarawatti we created poems, stories and pictures. Connecting to mother earth and our fierceness we gathered in the Enchanted Forest to honor Artemis. In bold celebration of Freyja we released prayer lanterns at the beach, then returned to share hearth wisdom in order to honor Vesta. Our year culminated in the rites of passage Crone ceremony. Enjoy the slide show. We will gather again in a few weeks. Details coming soon. Sincerely, Tamara Trejo
On a warm and glorious evening, 15 Moon Mothers gathered among the redwoods in Butano Canyon for the Flower Moon of May, second full moon of Spring. Honoring the goddess Ixchell, medicine woman, midwife & weaver with a serpent crown. We laid on the earth for a guided meditation for opening our chakras to allow the kundalini “serpent” to flow through our bodies.
Upon arrival, we each created a prayer flag with words of wisdom and empowerment. We then wove the flags onto a line, braiding shiny beads in with them. The ritual proceeded with our honoring the seven directions, calling in those who could not be present, clearing the energy with sage, and celebrating the lovely women chosen to be born in May. They each presented us with flowers after receiving their blessings from the group.
As we then connected with Mother Earth and opened our chakras in our group meditation while reclining on the grass, reveling in the beautiful evening that massaged us with her twilight glory. We shared our insights and strengths during circle speak, empowering ourselves and each other with wisdom and love. After standing in a close-knit circle around the fire to close the ritual, we communed over goodies brought to share and the great company brought to life in the moon’s abundant glow.
Blessings and gratitude,
By Kellie Morlock
Thank you Kellie, brilliant summation of a profound gathering.
Below are a couple of other offering by the Moon Mothers.
This is a small group of kind women (beginning drummers) we meet once a month to drum for souls sake.
Sunday May 25th Noon lunch (potluck) 1pm to 3pm drumming.
Please RSVP Annette Ward (650) 355-9134
Are you feeling bold? You are invited to embark on a heroine’s journey like never before, and explore, experience and express your whole and true Self. This workshop is designed to guide participants through the process of creating a life-sized Body Being Painting of their authentic, divine, mythical, natural selves. Who are you really?
Friday, June 6th at 6pm through Saturday, June 7th at 8 pm.
Where: Naui – Island of Now Studio & Getaway in Sebastopol
There are still a couple of spaces available, To reserve your space contact:
7934 Juanita Ct.
Sebastopol, CA 94044
Questions? Please call Amy at 650-455-2145 (cell)
Amy Sullivan, MFT, is an artist, therapist and healing guide. She has 20+ years of experience helping people realize their true natures through art, mindfulness and deep healing work. http://www.amysullivanmft.com
Suzanne DeVeuve, has been an artist for 30 years. Her art represents her inner journey of self-discovery and the mystical divine. It embraces the wisdom of nature, and indigenous teachings, opening us to other dimensions and realities. http://www.suzannedeveuve.com
Hope all your dreams are sprouting into life and growing into reality.
First Full Moon of Summer 2012
by Susan Dormanen
The Eve of Independence
The Moon Mothers gathered on July 3rd at Stillheart Institute, a spectacular nonprofit center dedicated to healing and personal development where you can come to do a workshop or a personal retreat. www.stillheart.org
From a verdant lawn on the summit of the Santa Cruz mountains, we called into our circle absent loved ones, including the ladies of Stillheart, Joan, Debbie, Ann and Sue, feeling the reach of our community expand to all we hold dear. We sang and blessed those who chose to be born in July, Tamara and Susanne, and Heidi, who celebrated her 50th birthday in June, and delighted us all with her feather dance.
During this first full moon of summer we celebrated the Mayan Moon Goddess Ixchel. She is depicted as bent and wrinkled to indicate the wisdom of great age; her crown of snakes shows her full enlightenment. The only goddess recognized by the Mayans, Ixchel is the healer and midwife who guides life’s transitions: the birth of children, boys growing into manhood, women aging into crones.
The circle pondered who we heal or midwife and how. As darkness fell, each Voice spoke movingly of this sustaining, creative work women do in the world.
By now we all have heard talk that the Mayan calendar predicts the end of time on December 21, 2012. Wise Meta explained how the Mayan long count calendar shows the imminent end of one cycle, and the beginning of a new cycle of love and wholeness. Two new Mayan calendars, discovered just this year as we await the end of our current cycle, indicate another 7000 years of time to come.
Tamara reminded us of a recent statement by the Dalai Lama: “The world will be saved by the Western woman.” These words reverberated powerfully as we raised our voices to call down the moon.
By Darla Donovon
What if instead of trying to prevent the end of the world, we followed the Tao: “The Tao does nothing, but leaves nothing undone”.
How much of the world’s problems would be solved if we did not interfere in the natural unfolding of creation? What if no enemies were perceived? What if no government meddled in our lives? What if we were allowed to just “BE”?
Would we then live in harmony with the natural world? And if by just being, not doing, would our true natures naturally change the world? Would the old world dissolve and be replaced by a new world of love, peace, harmony and community just by “being”?
We already know what doing, doing, doing does. Why not give “being” a chance?
It was a magical night, thank you Sue and Darla for your beautiful writing. Love and gratitude to the women of Stillheart for providing your sanctuary for our ceremony.
Here’s link to a short video of our blessing song. www.facebook.com/photo.php?v=10150930678138225&set=vb.172758452805178&type=2&theater
Happy Independence Day.