On this last full moon of summer and the anniversary of the 19th Amendment giving women the right to vote; We Moon Mothers gathered in the Enchanted Forest to dedicate our ceremony to the bold Norse Goddess of celebration, Frejya. Unafraid of passersby opinion we boldly placed our altar at the edge of the trees with a view of the ocean. In celebration of the feminine rights and power that our Grandmothers won for us, we connected to our true braveness in a rhythmic drumming parade.
Our tribe consists of Maidens, Mothers and Crones. Below is a story of one of our powerful Crones and the sacrifice of her ancestral Grandmother so we could now own the privileges of freedom.
Earth Medicine not Witchcraft
Elaine Blossom and her female cousins were all given the first or middle name of Blossom, a family tradition carried on for centuries. This name honors their fierce ancestral grandmother and gives voice to her story. The horrific truth of her story is harbored in the DNA of so many American women, but only few were told of their direct decent. For more than three centuries, their story was whispered to each generation of women in Elaine’s family.
In 1630, Elaine’s ancestor, Susanna White-Winslow, was one of the brave women who sailed on the Mayflower to settle this new land of religious freedom. Living close to the land she learned to use wild herbs as medicine. That practice was handed down from mother to daughter and shared in circles of women. each generation becoming wiser in the ways of healing through native plants and herbs. Seems like it would have been a very good thing to be a healing herbalist or (medicine women). Well, it wasn’t a good thing in 1692. Elaine’s ancestral grandmother was accused of using witchcraft and then murdered. It’s an astonishing injustice that in less than three generations, the freedom seeking women of the Mayflower’s granddaughters were slaughtered in the craze of the Witch hunts.
During Elaine’s Crone ceremony in 2010, she held the posture of a queen, on a stage under a full moon and boldly shared her feminine history. As she spoke of the cruel witch hunt atrocity, tears dripped from the listeners. With twinkling eyes and the voice of a priestess, she fearlessly spoke, out loud, the story that had only been whispered in her family for generations. On that October night, in a large circle of women, fifteen generations removed, her time had come to give voice to her ancestral grandmother’s story.
In closing, Elaine thanked her ancestral grandmother for the wisdom of “Women’s Circles” in witch she gave her life.
The next two portraits are of Elaine Blossom, also know as Peaceful Warrior.
Until we meet again, be bold and celebrate your feminine power.
we celebrate Women’s Equality
Please join us
Saturday August 25th 10:30am Emerging Space Greenhouse
Sunday August 26th 7:00pm Enchanted Forrest Moss Beach
Come celebrate WOMEN’S EQUALITY DAY
The 98th anniversary of the passage of the 19th Amendment,
the Women’s Suffrage Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.
SAT, AUGUST 25th, 10:30am – 1pm
Emerging Space Greenhouse
Come be inspired. Come recharge your WOMANSPIRIT. Using the expressive arts, we will explore the waves of change we’ve experienced in our lives as women – personally and collectively. We will acknowledge those who have gone before us in the struggle. We will celebrate the resurgence of WOMANSPIRIT in our midst. We will recommit ourselves to creating a world that honors the feminine for the generations to come.
Donna Marie Scheifler
Donna Marie Scheifler is an experienced and skillful Mentor, Facilitator and Guide. Using the expressive arts, she guides women back to themselves after having been everything for everyone else in their lives. In individual sessions and in intimate circles of supportive women, she helps them get clear about what’s next, one gentlestep at a time. For more information, see www.YourTimetoBlossom.com
Full Moon Ceremony
Sunday August 26th 7pm
Enchanted Forest Moss Beach
Dedicated to the Bold Goddess of celebration Freyja
The famous Goddess, Artemis, is known as the unerring archer, protector, midwife, and way-shower. After learning a heartbreaking lesson in humility she changed her vain ways, left her family and went to live in the forest with a tribe of magical Nymphs. The legend of Artemis speaks mainly about her extraordinary powers and family. Ancient text says little about her tribe of enlightened beings, other than to describe them as Wood Nymphs.
In order to keep the Goddess stories alive for future generations, we Moon Mothers dig deeper into the Goddess mythology and interpret it into modern language to bring better understanding for the women of the 21st century.
Artemis stood on the shoulders of divine feminine beings who lifted her, supported her and gave her the strength to firmly stand as a Goddess for eternity. These mythological spirits of nature, imagined as beautiful maidens inhabiting the forest, were more than Nymphs. They were profoundly wise Sagewomen who were too enlightened to live among the barbarians of ancient civilization. They were the protectors of the planet. They enjoyed relaxing by the river, dancing to the rhythm of the song bird symphony, and secretly helping lost travelers find their way out of the dark woods.
If the Story of Artemis was written today, the Nymphs would simply be named Source. Eternal Source of enlightenment, steady calmness, and courage. These Spirts are still alive and strong, waiting to be called upon, to assist one through the darkness.
On this powerful blood moon we Moon Mothers gathered at our new home for the first time. We dedicated our ceremony to Artemis and her tribe of magical beings. Embodying the power of Artemis and spirit of her Wood Nymph tribe, we blessed our new home and cast a dome of protection, via holy water, sage, drumming and chanting.
Thank you Mela & Eva for the photos.
This Saturday morning Aug, 4th. we will gather again in our New Emerging Space Greenhouse to create SoulCollage cards. More info
May you be strong, light, and wise as you navigate this modern world.
Full Moon Ceremony
Friday, July 27th 7:30pmEmerging Space Greenhouse
New home of the Moon Mothers
401 Prospect Way Princeton (behind Pardini’s nursery)
This ceremony will be dedicated to the Greek Goddess
Peaceful warrior, Midwife, and Protector of the weak,
Grand Opening of
home of the Moon Mothers
July 14th 2018 10am to 5pm
PLEASE JOIN US IN CELEBRATING OPENING DAY
401 PROSPECT WAY PRINCETON-BY-THE-SEA
Our Nomadic tribe now has a home. We have renovated a sacred property where we can create art and hold Goddess ceremony. The front portion of this divine property is a plant nursery (Pardini’s Nursery, established 1977). The Moon Mothers gathering space is a simple cozy greenhouse located behind the nursery. Please join us in christening our new home on Saturday, July 14th.
We have been nurturing the plants for 2 new moons.
They are growing strong, blooming and ready for a new home.
Come and get some.
On this first full moon of summer we invoked the spirit of Hecate, (Greek Goddess of crossroads). As we drummed chanted and walked the sacred labyrinth, personal questions became clear and keen insight prevailed. Below is a poem that encapsulates our communal experience.
Getting There by David Wagoner
You take a final step and, look, suddenly You’re there.
You’ve arrived At the one place all your drudgery was aimed for:
This common ground Where you stretch out, pressing your cheek to sandstone.
What did you want to be?
You’ll remember soon.
You feel like tinder Under a burning glass, A luminous point of change.
The sky is pulsing Against the cracked horizon, Holding it firm till the arrival of stars In time with your heartbeats.
Like wind etching rock, you’ve made a lasting impression On the self you were By having come all this way through all this welter Under your own power,
Though your traces on a map would make an unpromising Meandering lifeline.
What have you learned so far?
You’ll find out later, Telling it haltingly Like a dream, that lost traveler’s dream Under the last hill Where through the night you’ll take your time out of mind To unburden yourself Of elements along elementary paths By the break of morning.
You’ve earned this worn-down, hard, incredible sight Called Here and Now.
Now, what you make of it means everything, Means starting over:
The life in your hands is neither here nor there But getting there, So you’re standing again and breathing, beginning another Journey without regret.
Below are a few pictures from our gathering.
May you be refreshed by Mother Ocean and feel at ease in the shade of mighty trees.
More about Hecate https://moonmothers.wordpress.com/2017/10/06/hecate/
Full Moon Ceremony Wednesday, June 27th, 7:30pm
Quarry park Labyrinth
Dedicated to Hecate
She stands bearing light at the dark crossroads of life.
On this night we will invoke the clarity of Hecate. Through walking labyrinth meditation, drumming and ancient ritual, we will keenly connect to the wisdom of Hecate.
Ixchell whispers to us through her silent megaphone, “Go to the Redwoods when the moon is full. There you’ll find a circle of women. They too have heard my ancient call. It’s time to return to your natural frequency. Reset your innate rhythm, so you can walk through this modern world vibrating with healing energy. You are the chosen ones who will save the world.”
Mothers Earth’s silent song is a lullaby that puts us at ease so we can be the healers we are meant to be. She sings her constant vibrating song that is so easy to tune into. One only needs to quiet oneself and lay one’s body down on to her body, to tune into her healing song.
Ixchell teaches us that to be vital, just, return to the ancient rhythm of Mother Earth. Our body yearns to connect to our planetary source.
Living in this modern time of clocks, schedules, deadlines and all the demands of our American culture, it’s so easy to become untethered from Mother Earth’s natural pulsating heatbeat that is our true heartbeat.
So on this last full moon of Spring, a dozen California women head Ixchell’s call. We gathered in the mystical meadow among the Redwoods. To begin the healing reset process, we expressed ourselves by creating prayer flags, placing our healing heart’s artistic symbols on cloth. In honor of Ixchell the weaver, we sewed them together on one long strong thread.
Then we laid ourselves down on Mother Earth and tuned into her healing voice. To the beat of the Goddess drum the veil of the modern world was lifted and, we returned to our true earthy healing frequency.
I hope one day you can join us, as we celebrate the infinite goddess who lives with in us, Ixchell, medicine woman.
Full Moon Ceremony
Tuesday May 29th, 7pm
Mystical Meadow, Butano Pescadero
Jennifer Gray’s private residence.
In honor of Ixchell, we will create prayer flags for planetary healing.
In this safe circle, we will connect with Mother Earth’s vibrational healing power by way of Earthing. Through our back body, we will Feel the resonance of the ancient Redwoods interconnected roots and open to our own healing power.
At dusk we donned fragrant flowers in our hair. With fire and breath we ignited dried sage to cleanse our aura in preparation of casting our circle.
On this first full moon of Spring and second blue moon of this most auspicious year, we resurrected the spirit of Ostara, the Celtic Goddess of Spring.
Like a Mother gently calls her children to rise and shine for the beginning of a new day; Ostara silently calls to all the plants and animals to awaken to the season of re-birth. Her summons triggers the rooting down and sprouting up of the sleeping seeds, blanketed in earth.
Ostara is the hostess of the Spring jamboree. She decorates our world with rainbows, scented flowers and waterfalls. Birds sing her invitation to enjoy her festive bounty. She serves nourishing carrots, kale, radishes, asparagus, spinach and peas to strengthen our body. She provides more hours of daylight to nourish our soul. Ostara inspires all living creatures to frolic in jubilee and creativity.
We Moon Mothers, paid homage to Ostara and our personal creative dreams by rhythmically dancing the Fertile Seed ritual. We heeded her call of new creation by giving birth to poetry and art.
Below is a poem by Helen Mary Schaeffer-Stanford, written just after our Fertile Seed dance.
Knowing and wise.
Sisters of the Moon.
Ancestors join us.
We chant, Hail Mother Earth.
We dance the dance that awakens our spirits to Ostara.
Thank you ladies for showing up so brightly on the Blue moon. Your art & poetry is so magnificently beautiful. You may want to read your writings at the Open Mic Poetry reading, Arise Gallery, 678 Portola Dr. San Francisco, Sunday, April 29th, 1pm “til 2:30pm.
May you flourish this season. See you next full moon.