Hecate

Normally I proceed down my chosen path with ease and confidence. I schedule my predictable days with life fulfilling activities and creative endeavors. Without fear or worry I know what’s ahead for me. Then, all of a sudden, my clear, gently curving path becomes a crossroad. Time to stop and decide if I will take a new route. I look down the path on my right and on my left, both are dark and hold no signs of what to come. I feel excited for the possibilities of what a new path could hold. My excitement quickly turns to fear of the unknown. If I stay on the path I am currently walking on, at least I have a pretty good idea of what’s to come, and I like knowing. Then in front of me is a sign that reads. Dead end! You can no longer proceed down your normal path. Oh no! I am forced to choose a new path. I am afraid of choosing the wrong path, I don’t like uncertainty. What if I choose the wrong path? Oh my Goddess, I need some help on this one.

Then, right in front of me, the dark Goddess of crossroads, Hecate, appears. She is holding two torches and a crescent moon sickle. As she spreads her arms, her torches light my crossroad. Calmness washes over me. I look to my right and feel grace. I look to my left and feel serenity. No longer afraid, I take a step on to the right path. Swish, down comes her crescent moon sickle, cutting the ties to the path I was on. Well, no turning back now. Fearlessly I begin to walk down a new path. I turn to thank her, but like magic, she’s gone.

On this first full moon of Autumn, we Moon Mothers, invoked the spirit of Hecate. We chanted her song, drummed a steady beat, and walked the sacred labyrinth. Silently she arrived and lightly illuminated our paths.

Below is a little movie and slide show from our gathering.

 

 

 

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Enjoy this season of magic.

Sincerely,

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Tamara Trejo

Sacred Space

For the last seven years, we Moon Mothers have gathered for our August full moon ceremony at the Maverick’s Beach labyrinth. Mawu CroppedLast year it was destroyed, all symmetrically placed rocks had been removed.  When I saw the devastation I was appalled and vowed to rebuild it.  With fire energy, I called upon the Moon Mothers for a labyrinth rebuilding work day.  They showed up in force and we rebuilt the sacred labyrinth on the Maverick’s Beach peninsula. 13934708_10153809589073225_7587178658680387372_nThis year it was destroyed again! What? Who? Why would anyone destroy a symmetrically beautiful, meditation labyrinth? How could anyone not see the sacredness of this labyrinth?  When I saw the destruction, I paused and remembered the words of my teacher, Amy Sullivan, “Why do you choose to swim up Stream?”  This time I was not compelled to rebuild. Perhaps the universe was telling me it’s time for a change of venue.  This year we gathered at a sacred hidden labyrinth created by Lars Howlett.

In keeping with Moon Mothers tradition, we began by calling in the energy of the seven direction with the sound of the conch.  Mother Earth01croppedThe gifts from our summer babies set the tone of calmness.

 

Deliberately we walked the sacred labyrinth. Keeping rhythm with our drums, we tapped into Earth’s wisdom. It was as if the labyrinth had become the universal mind, placed upon Mother Earth. As we walked, she silently informed, soothed, and satiated our souls.

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Ceremony is a practice inasmuch as medicine is a practice, both are healing.  One of the most powerful effects of full moon ceremony is the self discovery, not found in an ordinary scheduled day.  The ability to be the speaker and the witness at the same time is a common occurrence during circle speak.

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To be truly heard by compassionate woman in a sacred space, ushers in a stong connection, both individually and collectively, to the divine feminine.

Until we meet again, walk bare foot, witness the sunrise, and smell the richness of soil.

Sincerely,  Tamara Trejo

Artemis

Conceived through ancient Goddess mythology, we gave birth to modern rituals.  The unstoppable spirit of the Divine Feminine brings magical energy and wisdom to our Goddess circle.  We are the true legacy of our ancestral Grandmothers, who fearlessly engaged in full moon ritual.

On this first full moon of summer we gathered in the Enchanted Forest, in celebration and ceremony. Within minutes we created a soft sensual palace near the cathedral of trees.

The powerful story of Artemis and her mythological tribe inspired our tribe of enlightened women to engage in rhythmic ritual.  The beats of our drums, tambourines and shakers, sent out primal human vibrations to all the trees in the forest.  In return they released subtle wisdom energy absorbed by the sensitive Moon Mothers. The silent whispers of our ancestral Mothers was clearly heard, as our dance parade galvanized into a waking dream of beauty.

From a magnificent vantage point seen by few, we opened to the feminine energy of the full moon’s light casting through the trees. Deeply connected to Mother Earth, each woman became a clear channel of universal wisdom.  Linking together we transformed into a vessel of wisdom and fluidly moved into the unknown, to celebrate the mysteries of the universe.

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May you embrace the wisdom of uncertainty, and experience magic.

We will gather again for SoulCollage circle, Saturday, July 22nd. 10:30am, at Stillpath Healing Center, Woodside. Details

Sincerely,

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Tamara Trejo

 

 

Why do we gather on the Full Moon?

When Mother Moon, moves from the shadow of Mother Earth and is fully illuminated in her brilliance; We gather in darkness to connect to her light. It’s a reminder of who we are as women. We are the keepers of an ancient tradition, passed down to us by our ancestral grandmothers. We are the bridge to the Divine Feminine. We are the chain-links that connects history to the present. We are the chain-links that connects to the women of the future. We are the wisdom keepers. We are the Warriors. We are the protectors of the weak. We are the Peace Makers. We are the healers. We are the keepers and creators of ritual. We are the keepers of universal rhythm.

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To soften our steps.

To fuel our fierceness.

To Strengthen our voice.

To heighten all senses.

To celebrate the seasons.

To connect with Mother Earth.

To Share wisdom.

To live abundance.

To be bold.

To create.

To lighten our heart.

To beat the drum.

To dance our light.

This is why we gather…

 

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Strive to be happy.

Sincerely,

Tamara Trejo

 

Harvest Moon

On this last full moon of summer, we harvested wisdom.  Just before sunset we gathered at the beach to honor the Roman Goddess, Vesta, and her undying flame.

Our rituals, songs, and words were incantations to invoke the spirit of Vesta that lives in our home (the place our soul resides).  In preparation for this time of extending dark nights, we readied ourselves to be the flame of wisdom and shine light into the darkness for our loved ones.

Donna Scheflier, led us in the opening of the sand dollar ritual. It was symbolic of our inner knowingness and of giving flight to our dreams.  At the water’s edge we broke open the beautiful sand dollars to discover the tiny doves within, that were waiting to be released.

As I gave instructions for the blind~guide walk, I wondered, is this an exercise, ritual, or practice? It was and lesson in trust and tender guidance. The ladies partnered with an unfamiliar circle sister, one became a guide and the other a blind (eyes closed) seeker.  They softly touched, and with very little words, the seer guided the seeker down the beach and around to a sea treasure prize.  The seeker kept her eyes closed and trusted that her guide would not let her stumble or fall.  

Like the Vestal Virgins who kept Vesta’s flame burning for centuries, we Moon Mothers kept our camp fire burning throughout circle speak time.  In lieu of our traditional talking stick, we kept order by way of wisdom wands (12″branches of apple wood).  One by one, each woman shared her words of wisdom, then placed her wisdom wand into the fire.harvest-moon-03

img_3208Still seated around the fire, Leah led us in the song,  I am Light,  by India Arie.  Still singing, we slowly rose to our feet and transitioned to chant and move to, Earth my Body, Water my Blood, Air my Breath, Fire my Spirit.harvest-moonHappy Autumn, may the spirit of Vesta inhabit you home.

Thank you Erica Crawford for the wonderful camera work.

Sincerely,

Tamara Trejo

 

 

 

 

First full moon of Spring 2015

Hello Ladies,

On this first full moon of Spring,
we will gather 10 hours before Mother moon is her fullest,

Friday April 3rd, 7:00pm @ La Nebbia Winery, Hwy. 92   Half Moon Bay

Please see invitation below for details.

Let me know if you can attend.

Sincerely,

Tammy
cell# (650) 303-5515

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December full moon ceremony Dedicated to Isis

Shannon Fern

Shannon Fern

On this December night, a clearing opened between the rains to present a glowing full moon as we gathered in honor of Isis–ancient Egyptian Goddess of reincarnation and resurrection.

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We circled as the moon crept up from the trees, called in the seven directions and our beloved (I am always struck by the feeling of kinship we share in honoring our loved ones) and celebrated December birthdays. Laughter, poetry and words of wisdom were shared before we retreated to the parlor.

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Birthday Goddesses

As we sat in circle and candlelight, Tammy shared the story of Isis and Osiris–and we learned a magical aspect of the story as we realized what of Osiris’ body parts Isis had to fashion for herself!  As a Goddess of wisdom and magic, Isis holds the keys that show us the records of where we have been and where we are going.

Then Dr. Lisa Chu and friend Joviana led us on a path downward, inward and out in a quest for visions and past life material. We began with relaxation and cleansing exercises, including releasing what needed to be expressed through the throat chakra. Howls, yelps and intonations filled the room! After these were exercised, we each found a place to sit or lay down, ready for a journey.

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Dr. Lisa Chu and Joviana layered trance-inducing musical selections with their own musical performances, ranging from singing and chanting to drumming and other instrumentals, quietly changing locations for a curious sensation of comfort and dissonance–enough for us to breathe and experience the moment, and in many cases experience visions or inspiration. The music cycled, rhythmic, carrying to us through sound and vibration.

After this time concluded, we slowly and quietly rose to journal our experiences. Once we had recorded these and reflected quietly upon them, we gathered again in circle to share what our impressions were. This provided a rich experience in seeing how differently each woman’s journey was and the meaning she made of it. Expressions of energy, flying, swimming, sailing, smelling chocolate, the land and its seasons, and lessons learned were shared. Honest reflections of feeling resistance or just enjoying the moment or feeling the body’s exhaustion were also shared. Some of us shared communion with our beloved dead. The myriad of experiences deriving from the same room were embodied in one Peaceful Warrior’s image of all of our ethereal energy rising together from our bodies to the ceiling–individual strands, unified.

Isis is a Goddess of the Mysteries–she speaks symbolically and some of us wondered what dreams may come of this experience!

After much laughter and reflection, we gratefully closed the circle and stepped out to honor and call down the moon–this, the last of 2014. A light, nourished in darkness, begins to grow.

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By Shannon Fern

 

Happy Birthday Peaceful Warrior

Happy Birthday Peaceful Warrior