Lakshmi

Barbara LaVey

“Dress in layers and bring a flashlight and a blanket…” We should always have these few things in a bag in our cars for any reason, but it is always the suggested list on the invitations to attend the monthly Full Moon Ceremony.

We weren’t able to take a chance at meeting at the Enchanted Forest last night because of the predicted storms, so we met instead at the magical studio of Tamara Trejo.

The front porch was lit festively with an inviting little white tree topped with a star and the building was adorned with strands of deep blue garland lights that ran the entire circumference of the roof line – someone has been hard at work! Beautiful!

I showed up a little late, and as I reached the group gathered in the back area, they were all dancing and shaking to a rock and roll song requested by one of the November birthday babies; this night had energy!

The ceremony took place the main room of the studio, and as we all got comfortably seated, Tammy led us in our circle speak. We were honoring Lakshmi – the Goddess of Abundant Prosperity. Lakshmi loves bright, and shiny things; she is the perfect Goddess for this season as the nights begin so early and go so long and can be so dark! So to help get the attention of this Goddess you are to adorn your homes, your windows and your bodies with flash and bling! Who doesn’t like that?!

Every ceremony is unique – last night we listened to our lovely Meta play a solo piece on her flute which brought the energy into a quiet calm, readying us to go deep within and to ponder ourselves and our lives.

We then gave our attention to Amy, our Dragon Crone, who led us in a call and response, calling in Lakshmi; the room was filled with our singing voices. We then turned inward for a brief meditation giving us the time to consider the night’s question, “When does the world witness your brilliance?”

This is when I realized how sweet the night truly was and how this thought provoking exercise serves: I realized during my meditation that, it’s the physical elements that we set out to catch her eye; Lakshmi will then come in closer to see one’s brilliance if you put it out for her to see! What really happens is that she turns the light back on you! The abundant prosperity resides within us all! Lakshmi is a vehicle for us to see what we already have inside. The Circle speak was so beautiful because we all got to share our own brilliance with each other, uninhibited, and supported and learned things about ourselves in the meantime.

Lisa Forward shared a beautiful song that was written by a dear friend who has passed from this world – we all sang and honored Sass and will sing her song again and next time perhaps with the accompaniment of Meta, the Flutist!

Barbara LaVey

Chris Garrett

Just in time, Mother Moon peeked out from behind the clouds so our ululations blended with the light of the November full moon accompanied by Jupiter shining brilliantly just above. Brilliance was our theme — celebrating Lakshmi, Goddess of Abundant Prosperity. We shared our individual and unique brilliance — shedding our usual humility and putting on our cosmic BLING!

And then we went out and bought lottery tickets (literally or figuratively)! Bring on the gold and riches! (To anyone who wins — I dearly treasure our relationship and wish you good luck in winning tonight’s fortune. You know you have always been my favorite (although I’ve been careful not to show it) and I sincerely hope you win. Perhaps these tidings of good luck and fortune may swing the odds in your favor. I’ll be thinking of you tonite. If you win, please share the great news with me ASAP. Sending along a virtual hug with this message! Love, Chris

Many blessings and best wishes to our November birthday mothers. May this be the best year of your lives — the potential is here and within your reach. Shine your light … and DANCE!

Abundant blessings and love, Chris

Jupiter aligned with the moon

Thank you Barbara and Chris, you are both brilliant writers.

Wishing you all a festive Holiday Season and blissful Winter solstice.  We will meet again on December 28th.

Sincerely,

Tammy

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Third full moon of Winter 2012

The third full moon of winter 2012 was a three-day celebration of the Divine Feminine, Mother Earth’s bounty, luxury adventure and rich sacred ceremony.  We Moon Mothers went on a field trip to Stillheart Sanctuary on Skyline.  In honor of International Women’s day we joined dozens of other women at the Stillheart’s open house.  With deep gratitude for the kind invitation to enjoy their luxurious facilities we made fresh daffodil bouquets to gift our hostesses at Stillheart.

Amy could not come with us to Stillheart because she needed to attend her father’s memorial service.  So the day before the full moon, Amy, Mary and I collected wild daffodils to gift the women of Stillheart.  Amy had never been to Daffodil Vally.  I just giggled as I saw her GLEE when she stepped into the wild flower bed.  We were on a mission to collect daffodils to bring to Stillheart.  It didn’t take long, there were thousands to choose from.  With that done we couldn’t help but play with Mother Earth’s bounty.

After tons of deep belly laughs, we sang and told stories as we trekked back home.  Amy gave me the flowers she had collected and said “bless Stillheart with these.”

The next day I woke with holiday spirit.  It was International Women’s Day, full moon, and I was going to meet the Great Blue Heron High Priestess from Tennessee.

Lisa Forward brought Blue Heron and Jenafree to my studio and it was an instant recognition of kindred spirits.  Barbara joined us for lunch, then we five women made dozens of fresh nosegays for the women to wear in their hair.  The inspiration came from Blue Heron, “Women must wear flowers in their hair in honor of the Divine Feminine.”  I thought we would make two dozen for the Moon Mothers.  But they just kept making them and soon we had enough for all the women at Stillheart’s International Women’s Day open house.

                  

Here’s what  Mary Baxter has to say about our time Stillheart.

It was beautiful to experience a guided meditation in the Great Room with gorgeous chandeliers of hand blown glass overhead, commemorating the love of the artist and his deceased wife who had visited him there the night he had slept in the room and inspired these works of art.  We as women were reminded of the need for the feminine to come forward in the Earth’s energy at this time in history, not to supplant the masculine energy that has dominated the last millennia, but to balance it, to combine the energies of the pink flame of the feminine with the blue flame of the masculine, bringing into awareness the violet flame, the energy that will move our Earth away from polarity, war, and dominance into a time of great love, cooperation, and a unity that honors all living beings.  And this includes our  sacred Mother Earth.

Within this concrete and steel structure that presents the masculine energy in its angular design among the gorgeous natural beauty of Redwoods, sky, and a breathtaking full moon, we gathered as women in the way that women do.  We brought delicious food for a meal to  share with each other, followed by a luxurious time of relaxation in the sauna, hot tub, and swimming pool, as well as meditative walks in the labyrinth in the light of the full moon.  Tammy, well heated from the sauna, walked the labyrinth in her wet swim suit, and experienced a connection with the Divine that brought her back to her experience in Tulum, Mexico, with the Goddess Ixchel, and the communion with the Divine Feminine she had experienced there.

The architecture of Stillheart’s masculine energy was softened by our presence as women on International Women’s Day, a day celebrated throughout the world as women come forward and insist that our humanity will live on and thrive on our planet, as long as the Divine Feminine takes its place in equal resonance with the Divine Masculine on Earth.

Mary Baxter

 

Here is a link to Stillheart  www.stillheart.org

 

The images below are from our pool time at Stillheart.


The next day at sunset I was invited to a very auspicious private ceremony in the Enchanted Forest.  Lisa Forward officially crowned her mentor, Blue Heron, High Priestess.  Although Blue Heron had been working as a High Priestess for many years, there had never been a coronation ceremony held in honor of her spiritual leadership.

As I witnessed Blue Heron’s fledgling, Lisa, spread her wings to perform the initiation ceremony with such grace and reverence for her mentor, I felt my cheeks wet with tears.  (I was not the only one moved to tears.)  The unconditional love and respect these two women share transcends family and tribe.

Blue Heron High Priestess

The next full moon arrives Good Friday, which is also Passover.  Our ceremony will be steeped in modern ancient tradition.  Details coming soon.

Sincerely,

Tammy

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