Balance

Maat, Goddess of justice and balance, hails from the Egyptian pantheon. According to mythology she is the gate-keeper who appears at the end ones life. With an ostrich feather in her hair she stands sturdy and forthright holding a scale to weigh your heart. If your heart is heavier than the feather you must reincarnate as human to learn the lesson of a balanced life.  It’s an injustice to walk through your life with a heavy heart.

On this mid spring full moon we dedicated our ceremony to Maat.  Our rituals were centered around letting go of anything that weighted heavy on our heart and the embodiment of balance. In keeping with our traditional Maat rituals we weighted our hearts, burned our burdens, held our loves close you our heart and danced the Celtic weave. Most enlightening was the gifts shared in circle speak.

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We communed by the fire, a clay chalice filled with wine was passed as our talking stick.  Each women shared her antidote to a heavy heart.  Hilarious stories and jokes, melodic chants, profound words of wisdom and tangible works of art, were shared. The gentle power of this elusive tribe nourished our Goddess particles, brought light to darkness and fortified our feminine circle.

As the natural world surges with new life and activity so do we Moon Mothers.  

Below is a list of events from the women of our circle.

Friday May 6th 5 to 7pm  Kellie Morlock  sings at New Leaf Half Moon Bay 

Sunday May 8th noon (Mothers Day)  Hula dancers and live music at La Nebbia Winer 

Friday May 20th 7 to 9pm  Danielle Kane  Deeper Still, Living with Loss and Happiness concert Unity Church 2222 Bush St. San Francisco.  buy tickets

Saturday May 21st 7pm full moon ceremony in the Redwoods.  More information coming soon.

Saturday June 4th evening benefit concert by Jennifer Berezan at herchurch 678 Portola Dr, San Francisco. If you would like an invitation to this fund-raiser please email Chrisanne  at cngarrett@aol.com

Well that’s it for now.  Enjoy the abundance of spring.

Sincerely,

Tamara Trejo

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Crone Initiation

Chris Garrett

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What a scrumptious evening. Perfect place, perfect weather, perfect program, and, of course, perfect women.

Let’s review the Mmmm’s.

Maidens – our precious young women who bring such spark and energy and offer such exquisite hope and promise for our future.

Maids – thank you so very much, some of our maidens doubled as maids — gladly offering service during the evening. Thank you especially to Meredith and Leah for your maidly contributions.

Mothers – how fortunate are the actual – biological or chosen – children who have the great good fortune to call these women among us, “Mother”. Some are relatively new on the job … some are well into it … some are seasoned … some are skilled … some not so much … some may be ready to move on. But all will continue to be mothers forever – there is no statute of limitations on this exquisite and exclusively feminine role. Some mothers are fortunate to witness the lives of their offspring and the offspring of their offspring. Some, sadly, outlive their children. But they are all mothers to their deaths.

Some of us have not mothered in the flesh, but have been and continue to be the mothers of creation, art, work, and relationships. We are honored and acknowledged for giving birth in our own unique ways.

Midwives – We were introduced to or reminded this evening of the concept of our role as midwives. We are ready to catch girls and women as they birth themselves into new paths and adventures. We are ready to grab girls and women who are at risk of falling off their right paths. We are the midwives of future maidens, mothers, and crones – both other crones and ourselves.

Of course! This is our responsibility! Perch at the site of delivery and guide the new feminine creature into her new role. Be there to catch the baby maiden. Wrap her into our arms and help to wipe her clean. Smack her on the back if she needs our loving power to get her going. Midwife the maidens – all of them – yours, mine, and ours. Midwife the mothers – what do you think? They can learn how to mother all on their own?!? Come on now! Are you kidding?!?

GrandMothers – let’s keep grannies in the Mmmms. How delicious to have so many GRANDmothers among us! And how wonderful that so many of the Grandmothers are also Crones!

And now the BIG “C” – the Crones! Sorry Mmms … our turn! We welcomed two new Crones on this exquisite evening. We gathered and started our evening with our usual beloved ritual – crone201303joining in a circle and invoking the four directions, the sky, the ground, and our own beings. We called our grandmothers, mothers, sisters, children, grandchildren, and friends into the circle. We smudged each other with sage. Being justly joined and purified, we moved to the Crone Ceremony. Our Priestess, Tammy Trejo, blessed us with wisdom about the Crone Journey and prepared us for the Crone Ritual.

We started by walking the path. The maidens walked one cycle … the mothers and seasoned crones two … the about to be initiated crones three. As Chris and Annette neared their destination, they walked through a blessed archway, receiving breath, touch, and loving expressions from the women forming the tunnel.Crone Ceremony Moon Mothers of Half Moon Bay 028 Annette and Chris walked through earth, fire, and water and found their thrones awaiting their arrival.

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Poised in the midst of flowers, candles, a waterfall, and a clear star-filled sky, Chris and Annette were initiated into Cronedom. Both were crowned and thus transformed from Mothers to Crones.

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One by one, each Maiden, Mother, and Crone in attendance approached and made offerings of gifts … tangible, symbolic, and creative. Shells, plants, feathers, fruit, autumn leaves. Poems, readings, and songs. Treasures that may not have as much meaning to others, but perfect for goddesses and moon mothers. Treasures to add to our altars and to display as artifacts of our Mother to Crone destination.

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Annette took on the Crone Goddess name of Sapphire Filly … an homage to her love for the color blue, her birth stone, and her love for horses. Chris took on the name Chrisinanna .. an homage to the Goddess Inanna and also claimed the title of Priestess of Play.

Then Sapphire Filly and Chrisinanna reciprocated by offering their gifts of appreciation. Each expressed their words of wisdom and thanks and bestowed gifts upon the gathered women, who delighted in receiving delicious chocolates, feminist buttons, and toys!

With the Crone ceremony complete and the casting of our circle, we moved to the comfort of our hostess’ retreat and relaxed together with food and drink. Too soon, the evening ended and we returned to our worldly lives … inspired anew and aware of our individual and collective divine feminine power.

Until next October … blessed be.

By Chris Garrett

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Chris Garrett personal story

I Am Goddess and I Am Crone

You might know about herchurch – the Purple Church on Portola Drive in San Francisco. I have become a dedicated member within the past several months and am as much in love with herchurch as I am with Moon Mothers of Half Moon Bay. I have a North and South destination for my experience of the divine feminine – both amazing.

One of my first transformational experiences with herchurch was the annual Women’s Retreat. Twenty-one of us gathered in the Marin Headlands for an amazing weekend. Perhaps the most powerful ritual was as follows …

At the beginning of each morning, afternoon, and evening, our leader, Pastor Stacy Boorn, led us in an opening ritual. We were instructed to move throughout the room and connect with every other woman. We were instructed hold our left hands over our hearts, place right palm to right palm, peer into each other’s eyes, and to say, “I am (name), and I am Goddess.” So twenty times, up to three times per day, I placed my palm against the palm of another woman and said, “I am Chris, and I am Goddess.” Palm to palm, I heard twenty other women say their names and the words, “I am Goddess.”

It took many reiterations of “I am Goddess” for me to 1) get beyond the awkwardness of this claim, 2) move beyond the embarrassment of making such a claim, 3) try this identity on for size, 4) ponder that it might be possible, 5) choose it, 6) claim it, and 7) believe it!

Now I believe it … I know it …

I AM GODDESS!

And now I am CRONE!

We didn’t really mark rites of passage in my family … not sure why. We approached one particular greeting card category in the pharmacy … Forgot Your Birthday … if we thought to send a birthday card at all. Marriages were just another get-together opportunity for drinking and eating. Likewise with funerals … no fuss no muss … cremate the body and then have a party some months later … another opportunity for drinking and eating.

So big surprise! I became a fat alcoholic. Seriously … almost 400 pounds and a bottle of Chardonnay a day. And gallons of Dewer’s Scotch. I spent some of my Maiden and most of my Mother years lost in ethanol and adipose tissue.

NOW I look at how beautiful I am and rejoice in the potential and possibilities for the rest of my life as a healthy, svelte, and sober CRONE!

I am so moved … so “whelmed-over” as one of my dearest Crone mentors says. It is as if all my birthdays and other rites of passage have been wrapped up and gifted to me in one big package. Within that package were all the thoughtful and beautiful gifts from the Moon Mothers … shells and songs and flowers and driftwood and poems and candles and more. For once in my life I was ready to receive … not only the tangible gifts but also the blessings … the messages of welcome from Crones … the messages of honor from the Mothers … the messages of respect from the Maids.

I can feel to the core of my being the new role I have accepted. I am ready to be a mentor … a midwife … a guide … a teacher for other women who follow their own paths. I am ready to give up ambition and move to generation … I don’t need a promotion or a higher title … I am delighted to share my accumulated wisdom and knowledge … that is enough. I can slow down … I can relax … I can sit in my rocking chair and just rock. And doze. And chill.

I AM GODDESS. I AM CRONE. I AM CHRISINANNA.

Awakening

Chris Garrett

Chris Garrett

In January, we planned our gardens and ordered our seeds. We inscribed 100 manifestations — 100 seeds with the potential to sprout and grow into abundant harvests.

Then, in February, we took time to make ourselves beautiful and worthy of our eventual harvest — conspiring with our sisters to become gorgeous and radiant to inspire our crops.

Today we celebrated the coming of Spring and all the potential within and without ourselves.

Ishtar becomes Easter. We wise women can sit back and chuckle with our unique knowing of where this all came from. We can wink and smile when we see the bunnies and colored eggs and know to the core of our being that there is a whole different story behind all these dyed eggs and plastic grass and, yes, even the jelly beans! This is our delicious inside joke!

Ostara also becomes Easter. Ostara — Goddess of Fertility and Spring. How delicious is this? Both our goddesses stealthily created this international phenomenon! We think we are celebrating something else all together (and it is OK if we are!) — but we know that we were the ones who created this!

Our seeds have been germinating and preparing to burst forward as sprouts. We are ready to come out of the dark warm womb and expose ourselves to the light. We reach up to the sun and ask for water. Earth my body — water my blood — air my breath — and fire my spirit!

So now is the time for growth. Sprouts turn to leaves. Leaves turn to flowers. Flowers turn to fruit. Seize this moment! Nurture your body and soul! Tend to your manifests! Make them grow!

by Chris Garrett

Thank you Chris for your beautiful writing.

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Awaking

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I planned to hold our circle in the Enchanted Forest and had no plan B… At three o’clock it began to rain, Oy!  I contacted Sharon at Cypress Meadows  (located next to the Enchanted Forest) and asked if we could use her beautiful space. She said  “of course honey, just let me mop the floor for you.”  Wow, she is an angel.  We Moon Mothers are sincerely grateful to Sharon for her kindness.  Cypress Meadows was the perfect space for our circle to welcome Spring.

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Thank you Leah for helping me make the hair bouquets for the ladies and for standing at the entrance of the Enchanted Forest in the rain to direct the Moon Mothers to Cypress Meadows.
We will gather again on the New Moon April 10th at Stillheart Institute on Skyline Blvd. Woodside.  We will once again honor the Goddess Ostara and awaken to the rhythm of Spring.  Here’s the link for more info.
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Hope the change of season has strengthened that spring in your step, and all the new blossoming flowers are filling your heart with song.

sincerely,

Tammy

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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!

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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

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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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