By Anne Turley
As I ran down the hill, a bit late, towards the sacred circle, I could see the sun setting surrounded by crimson clouds over Cypress Meadows. Achingly beautiful.
The seven direction ritual, performed at each circle, sets the tone for a safe place to allow our inspired selves to emerge and join. The calm and unity this brings are palpable. This Blue moon (second full moon in one month), was another opportunity for the Moon Mothers to gather and honor the divine feminine.
This Friday was a tribute to the Nordic goddess Freya, who represents Boldness and Celebration. Friday is named after Freya, end of the work week and time for celebration, so thank Goddess it’s Freya. Go out, be bold and celebrate! Does that resonate or what?
Tamara Trejo, our fearless leader, reminded us that had we been meeting just 200 years ago, we would have been burned at the stake for such shenanigans. We now have the freedom to bring the qualities of the divine feminine back into consciousness and help to heal Gaia, our beautiful jewel of a planet. We honored the bold women, who in August 1920, achieved the right vote here in America. And so we have to honor that achievement and VOTE!
Linda Grace Frost led us in a Moon Goddess dance which warmed us up in the cool grass and united our spirits in a new way of fun, silliness and reverence at the same time.
Then Dragon Crone (Amy Sullivan) lead us in a meditation for protection. “If you’re going to be bold you’ll need some protection,” she said. Release fear, limitation, anger and aggression. Exhale fogginess, depression and laziness. Then feel the aliveness and fill ourselves with the full rainbow of colors. This meditation prepared us for circle speak.
As each woman spoke, it inspired the rest of us. The authenticity, the wealth of experience, the commonalities, the connections we all share. When we closed the circle and called down the moon, the clouds parted and Mother Moon appeared on cue, full and beautiful over the meadow.
We returned to the Cypress Meadows Center where a nice warm fire awaited us. We ate and drank and shared our lives with each other. As a relative newcomer, I was struck on my very first gathering by the feeling of coming home. Being among spiritual women on a mission to support and inspire each other is something I value very highly.
By Anne Turley
Lovely reflection… Anne, thank you so much for writing this blog post.
Anne Turley is a tv and film producer and editor who is raising funds for Accidental Activist about Riki Ott and her fight against big oil.
Also thank you Sharon for hosting the Moon Mothers at your sacred Cypress Meadows, and taking the pictures below.
Anyone interested in holding a special event at Cypress Meadows contact Sharon. Here’s a link to her website.
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.
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.
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.
This poem by Susan Dormanen is in honor of Mothers Day.
Full moon rising
like a mother
ever present in your sky.
You do not always see her light.
On dark nights the new moon
waits in shadow
aching to bring back your brightness.
Details about the Super Full Moon Ceremony coming soon.
Happy Mothers Day
On this spirit filled Good Friday, Passover, first full moon of spring, we Moon Mothers gathered at Lisa Spector’s ocean view, bluff top home, where we cast our sacred circle in honor of fertility and birth. We welcomed five new women into our ever-expanding circle and were delighted that one of our wisest Moon Mothers, Thelma, who had been absent for many moons arrived and called in the seven directions. For the first time in her life Carol Ann picked up the conch, and blew it with power and grace.
As the sun melted into the ocean we circled Sandy and Mary singing our birthday chant. The golden sunset light lit their faces and it was easy to see that they were open and joyfully receiving the loving energy being bestowed upon them. Mary gifted us delicately scented handmade sachets as her birthday offering.
In the soft shadowless moments of twilight we took a comfortable seat in our bluff top circle and remembered the legend of Ostara, the ancient Goddess of fertility and birth. embodying her spirit we nurtured the dream seeds that are incubating in our wombs. As each women spoke of the dream she will birth this year. Her unborn creation was fertilized by the power of her words and strengthened by the circle of witnesses.
The sky became indigo and we moved inside Lisa’s loft, where she lit the Shabbat candles and led us in the traditional Hebrew prayer. We settled in and relaxed as she played spring inspired music on her grand piano. In honor of passover and her family heritage she lead us in a wine blessing that reached deep into our hearts and united us with All. Then Lisa and Ann served us charoset that they had prepared for our circle and lead us in a new ancient blessing of the charoset. According to Jewish legend the charoset is the mortar that holds the foundation bricks together. It tasted yummy.
We could see Mother Moon’s glow creating a silhouette of the hills in the east as we closed the circle and called down the moon.
May the fertile energy of Ostara put spring in your step and inspire you to birth your dreams.