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.
We welcome Spring with ceremony, art and creative action. The first full moon ceremony of Spring will be on Passover, Good Friday, April 6th. Our circle will be held at Lisa Spector’s beautiful bluff top property at the top of Higgins Canyon, Half Moon Bay. Call me if you need direction. 650-303-5515.
Art & Inspiration circle with Amy Sullivan in Pacifica, Friday April 13th. 2 pm – 4 pm
For artists or anyone interested in exploring personal imagery and accessing inner wisdom through art. This on-going, drop-in group offers a supportive place to play with images, symbols and archetypes from the unconscious to enhance creativity and personal growth. No previous art experience necessary.
Some supplies provided but bring your own art supplies that you want to use.
When our Soul wishes to experience something, she throws an image of the experience before her and enters into her own image. Meister Ekhart
Hello Moon Mothers,
Cassie Schindler is gifting the Moon Mothers a 35% discount to the Wisdom Woman Weekend at Stillheart Institute, March 30th – April 1st.
Wisdom Woman Weekends provide a unique opportunity to “build your own retreat,” filled with just what you think you need to replenish your body, mind and soul. The venue, Stillheart Institute, is located in the mountains of Woodside, CA, and is an elegant and magical retreat destination.
Wisdom Woman Weekend retreats allow women to treat themselves to a variety of choices, including an ever-changing agenda of mini-workshops presented by gifted instructors, extra services (massage, energy work, etc.), nourishing food, and activities and entertainment that have been designed with total wellness in mind. Additionally, there are a number of amenities that make Stillheart the perfect location, including an indoor saline swimming pool, indoor hot tub, sauna, hiking trails and on-site labyrinth.
For more information about Stillheart here’s the link www.stillheart.org
For more details about the Wisdom Woman Weekend here’s the link www.thealternatepath.com/retreats.html
When you register with Cassie just tell her that you are a Moon Mother to receive the generous discount she is gifting to us.
It’s good to be a Moon Mother.