2017 Pure Potentiality

On the first full moon of 2017, our nomadic tribe gathered at J7 Studios, in Moss Beach


Karianne Burns

Karianne Burns

In this hip sound recording studio, young Karianne Burns, play the angelic harp as the ladies arrived.  The intention for this gathering was to envision our abundant new year and look back at our strong circles from last year.

In 2016, we all had our personal ups and downs, but in our Moon Mothers circles, we were strong and vibrant.  Every full moon we gathered to embody the power of a different Goddess archetype and connected to our true soul essence.

The slide-show below, titled,  2016 Moon Mothers Circles, was set to music and projected 100 times larger than it shows on this blog.  Through this show we deepened our connection as a tribe and recalled our joyful gatherings.

” The images on which we feed govern our lives.” Marion Woodman

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Cozy on the floor we began our New Year Manifestation meditation.


The musical notes from Karianne’s harp seemed to resonate with the frequency of each chakra as we cleared any blocks in our energy centers.  With our chakras balanced and clear we began our meditative journey into one of the most magnificent years of our lives.  In our minds eye we moved through the seasons with a strong body and felt the vital energy of physical movement. Mused for a moment on a new study commitment and felt the satisfaction of learning and teaching. Our bodies were still one the floor but our minds went on a journey to a new place on earth and we felt the freedom of unencumbered travel.  Reaffirming that our work in this word is important and money flows to us easily: we turned our attention to our home sanctuary that was uncluttered and beautiful. With sincere appreciation for the kindhearted people in our life we sent them love and gratitude.

Our Manifestation Meditation was not about the things we would obtain this year.  It was about our way of being in the world, self-care, learning, teaching, speaking our truth and gratitude for the people in our life.


2017 Vision Board Date Change

We will gather Saturday, January 28th.
10:30am to 1pm. Doors open at 10am

J7 Studios


850 Airport Rd. #10 Moss Beach CA 94038

Due to the Women’s March in San Francisco on the 21st, we will create our 2017 Vision Board, the following Saturday, January 28th. Same time and place. Now we all have spacious time to attend both events. Hope this date change works for your schedule. Continue reading

Light of Lakshmi

Once our circle was cast, we paused to watch the setting sun melt into the sea.  The final light of the sun miraculously flashed green.lakshmi04  Shouts of joy and astonishment set the tone for our divine feminine circle.  On this rare super moon we gathered at the private, bluff top home of Michelle Pettigrew.

Our ceremony was dedicated to the Hindu Goddess Lakshmi, Goddess of abundance and shining brilliance.  We all needed some light after the darkness of last week.  Taking a respite from our mourning we reignited the light in each other and kindled our own inner light.

Around the ceremonial fire we were tethered to each other as a mirror of light.  Without fear of being deemed conceited, each woman spoke of her brilliance.

Like a slow moving lava flow we moved inside to get cozy and be soothed by Leah’s powerful voice as she sang, I am Light, by India Arie.

Is this ceremony enough to keep our spirit shining bright for more than a night?  As the moon wanes and the darkness of this time returns, check your mail box.  The light expression letters will be mailed when the moon has vanished from the sky.  One thing we know for sure, Mother moon will slowly return to her full brilliance and so will we.

’til we meet again, keep shining.

Thank you Erica Crawford for your excellent photography.


Tamara Trejo

Tamara Trejo



Thick fog shrouded the setting sun and rising moon, bringing the dark of night soon after we cast out circle.  On this chilly night, we dedicated our ceremony to the one who goes by many names ( Gaia, Tara, Mother Earth, Mawu and may more).   In respect for our African ancestors, in this ritual, we called her Mawu. Through our heart, feet and back bodies, we connected to her subtle resonance.

When we rose from our story telling circle, intuitively half the women picked up a drum and the other half silently began to walk the labyrinth.mawu  Without words, our drumming synchronized to the pulse of Mawu’s heart beat.

The labyrinth walkers connected to Mawu through their feet as they stepped to the tempo of the drums.mawu05 Like a slow moving river,  the walkers flowed from the labyrinth and began to drum as the drummers flowed into the labyrinth.  The cadence of Mawu’s heart beat stayed steady through the exchange of walkers and rhythm keepers.

Upon returning to our circle, we laid on our backs in meditation to connect deeper with Mawu.  Extending our first red root chakra deep into Mawu, and tethering it to her beautiful crystals, we became one with Mother Earth herself.

On this breezy night our altar candles blew out again and again. Surrendering to nature we repositioned our intimate circle into a cozy dark cocoon for circle speak.  I could hear the presence of Mawu in the timber of their voices as they spoke of their connection to Mother Earth.mawu01  This ancient practice of embodying Mawu had subtly changed the energy of the women in our circle.  Our closing chant was simultaneously grounding and releasing.

Until we meet again, stay grounded with a light heart.

Thank you to all the volunteers who helped rebuild the labyrinth.



Tamara Trejo




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.


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.


Tamara Trejo



Goddess Lakshmi-Soaring on the King of Birds

Elaine McMaster Peaceful Warrior

Elaine McMaster
Peaceful Warrior

Arriving at the Full Moon Ceremony, we were greeted by bright golden sunflowers that formed a passageway to sweet Mary Baxter’s smiling face. She tossed fresh rose petals upon us. From there we floated up the stairs, distracted by coins of all shapes and sizes covering each step of the way.




More Moon Mothers flowed in and then joined us in our circle outside. The last rays of the sun setting, produced a light glowing radiance of calm. The air was fresh and there was the hint of a soft gentle breeze. An abundant evening of ritual and ceremony had begun.  Goddess Shirley Nickolai blew the conch. The deep rich tribal sound helped anchor us as a tribe as we called in the seven directions. Each of us in turn, called in our ancestors and those that could not be here with us. Lovingly and thoughtfully , we saged each other.



Fran and Heather stepped into the center of our circle so that we could honor their birthdays. We chanted our celebratory song as we moved counterclockwise around them.  This is Abundance!
Then we went inside and settled into a cozy circle. Tammy encouraged each of us to be recognized so that we may shine with more brilliance. Then she wove a web with shimmery colorful ribbons, crisscrossing the room. Each strand of the ribbon united two women to each other. The two women would then reflect and mirror each others brilliance. I sensed the energy and the inspiration of the vibrating web of life that the shimmery ribbons generated, it was also a visual delight.


Spontaneously, a joyous song broke out:

We are the weavers. 
We are the woven.
We are the dreamers.
We are the dream.

Two women at a time took turns. They intuitively expressed what they saw and felt about the woman they were mirroring, as well as articulating their own brilliance. There was a sparkle in the eyes of the women as they stopped, focused and took time to reflect. Flashes of insight were revealed. The collective vital life force was palpable.

To keep this feeling of bright spirit last, we transitioned into our letter writing. Each one of us put a self-addressed envelope in a central wicker basket. The basket was then passed around and we each randomly picked someone else’s envelope. We anonymously wrote words of encouragement and wisdom to them. Then the envelopes went back into the basket. Our second letter we each wrote to ourselves. As we wrote these letters, the room was a buzz of life, bright conversations, sweet tea, treats, smiles, laughter, hugs. The Moon Mothers were aglow and energized. All the envelopes were then placed in the beautiful woven wicker basket. I admired this basket full of love letters. They will be mailed off during the darkness of the next new moon. This is Abundance!

We gathered again, Annette Ward led our closing ceremony.  Nancy Hall sang an amazing and fitting song. Her voice is truly a gift.

When we called down the moon, the sky was crisp and clear and the moon was a big bright and shinning WOW! Out came an elated trill. Many wonderful connections were made. The ripple effect of this circle is growing into more women’s circles.
May we spread our love and light to encourage women near and far of their wonderful wise abundance.
A rich evening was had by all.

By Elaine McMaster
Peaceful Warrior *-*

Lakshmi Circle

ChrishomeUpon entering, each woman walked on gold satin laced with shiny coins and was showered with fresh rose petals by Sweet Light Donna Scheifler.  As she walked along the path she was met by Peaceful Warrior Elaine McMaster, who placed a bindi on her third eye to stimulate her intuition and serotonin factory.

We cast our circle under cotton candy clouds in honor of the Goddess Lakshmi. In loving kindness, we celebrated Nancy Petty. Returning our energy, she gifted each of us with a heart-shaped rock that she found at the beach.


As night fell we retreated into the cozy candle-lit round room.  There our circle became two, one nestled inside the other.  To attract the blessings of Lakshmi by way of brilliance, we shined our spirits with the spoken word.  Each woman looked across the circle to find her circle sister mirror.  Then with talking stick in hand, one by one we spoke of our own brilliance and the light we see in each other.  Being acknowledged for our brilliant gifts and speaking of them in a circle of receptive women ignited our sense of richness.

lakshmi circle

To keep this flame glowing we wrote a letter to our selves and one to a randomly chosen circle sister.  The letters were collected and will be mailed on the next new moon.

The Hindu Goddess Lakshmi is the bridge between earthly wealth and divine abundance. She is attracted to brilliant souls and blesses them with abundant prosperity.  We Moon Mothers recognize the many forms of abundance and open ourselves to receiving.

Thank you Chris Ridgeway for creating the most enchanting home, and for opening it to our circle.  Your kind generosity is deeply appreciated.  May you be abundantly blessed by Lakshmi.


Tammy Trejo


Crones in the Mist

Donna Scheifler

“We were enshrouded in our own “Mists of Avalon” … as we gathered in ritual and tapped into our womanly ways of being and knowing. Rather than being drawn out of ourselves by the spectacular wide expanse of ocean, we were invited to go within and find the unique treasure buried deep within each of us. Now, with the support of this awesome women’s circle, we can go out and share who we are and what we have … and the world will be blessed.”  Donna Scheifler




As the Maiden, I saw through your eyes as a child

Spring rains, green forests, and animals wild!

I saw you run freely on the Earth with bare feet!

I watched as you danced in the winds, blowing free!

I was there as you grew, getting stronger each day!

I brought you rainbows, chasing grey skies away!

I was there in your laughter – I was there in your tears!

I was the acceptance you gained from your peers!

I saw your first love and I felt your first blush,

As passion first stirred in the night’s gentle hush!

I am there with you always in the fresh morning dew!

I bring you the crispness of beginnings anew.

As the Mother, I bore all the labor distress

Of birthing your child, and I felt the caress

Of your hand on the face of the new life so dear.

I heard its first cry, and I eased your fear!

I provided the milk which you fed from your breast

Till the baby grew strong, and with health it was blessed.

As she took her first step, I was there in your smile!

I was there while you nurtured your beautiful child!

On the first day of school, when the doors opened wide

I was there in your fear – I was there in your pride.

I am there with you always in the bright full of moon!

I bring you fertility – abundance in bloom.

As the Crone, I brought blessings of wisdom with age

[Wisdom not found by the turn of a page].

I was there as you taught the correct way to live:

To love and to trust – to take and to give!

I was there in the twinkle of your aged eye!

I was there in your thoughts of the years flying by!

I was there when you taught the Mysteries of old!

I was there in the fire warming you in the cold!

In the weariness of age, I was there with you, too…

I brought well-deserved rest and peace unto you!

I am there with you always in the darkness of night!

I complete your life cycle, guiding you toward the light.

Maiden, Mother and Crone – We are all One –

Yet We are all separate, as each role is done.

We do not leave you – We’re always there

As you walk through this life with your worries and cares;

As you dance in the spiral, We live inside –

Deep in your spirit – where nothing can hide!

No matter your path, no matter it’s length –

We give you courage and We give you strength.

We are there to support you every hour of day

And deep in the night, when dreams take you away.

Our gifts We give freely, for you are our Child…

Yes, We are the Lady: Wise, Pure, and Wild!


Our circle danced in a heart beat rhythm as Nicole, Meta and Linda Grace read the poem.  Then our dance became a spiral in a prelude to the Crone coronation ceremony.

We gathered around the flaming water pond, to honor the Goddess of transformation Pele.  As I told the legend of one of the most misunderstood Goddesses, Pele, the women danced with metaphors between Pele and the Crone.

When it was time to walk the path of the Crone we all walked together, although the Crones path was three times longer.  The women who were about to take their thrones and be crowned Crone, walked bare foot through a birth canal hand bridge, then stepped over fire, and through water to reach their thrones.

 The coronation ceremony was rich with wisdom, laughter and tears. After each Crone was crowned, she was given her Crone name and asked what she had to offer our circle.

One by one, the newly crowned Crone took center stage and delivered gifts, read poetry, spoke words of enlightenment, and told us of her profound feminine history.

Below are portraits of the 2012 Moon Mother Crones

Golden Dragon


Sweet Light of the Divine Feminine

Peaceful Warrior

Thank you

  • Candace for letting us use your sacred property.
  • Nicole for taking the pictures of the ceremony, reading the Maiden part of the Triple Goddess poem and blowing the conch.
  • Dina for reading the opening ceremony call to the seven directions.
  • Linda Grace for creating and leading us in the Triple Goddess dance.
  • Meta for reading and calling up the Crones for coronation.
  • The Sagers, Candle Lighters and Crown Maids.
  • Annette for leading us in the closing ceremony.
  • To all the women to helped create this Divine feminine ceremony.
  • To all that attended.
  • You did a really fine job!

I’ll leave you with two questions?

When you are a Crone what qualities will you possess?

What do you honor most in the Crone?

Happy Halloween.