Goddess Ixchel ~ Medicine Woman

The ancient Maya believed in many Gods, but only one Goddess, Ixchel;  Medicine woman, sage, and weaver.  She presides over child-birth, wounded warriors, and the ill.  She is depicted as a Crone, to symbolize wisdom. Her crown is a snake coiled on her head, symbolic of new life and awakened kundalini. There seems to be a little Hindu belief in this mythology, hence she is a weaver.  Ixchel, carries a large satchel over one shoulder and a walking stick in her other hand.  The large satchel symbolized strength and healing remedies, the walking stick, a symbol of her earth travels.

All women of our Moon Mothers tribe, possess a unique healing gift.  Some heal by way of traditional and herbal medicine. Some heal, via Reiki, humor, song, compassionate listening, and giving sage advice.

Ixchel, reminds us that Mother Earth provides us all with free medicine. Mother Earth gives us an abundant supply of the obvious, herbs, food, and water, to keep us healthy and heal our ailments.  There’s also, that not so obvious, health-giving gift she constantly provides. It’s her subtly restorative vibration.  Her rhythmic heartbeat, aligns us into flowing health. We need only to connect, to feel her therapeutic resonance.

As we Navigate todays modern society, it’s so easy to become disconnected from Mother Earth’s perfect healing pulsation.  As we walk through this world wearing shoes and spending a lot of time in buildings, we become disconnected from her health-giving frequency.

On this full moon we invoked the spirit of Ixchel.  We Moon Mothers created prayer flags, for planetary healing and wove them together in honor of the weaving, healing Goddess, Ixchel. In the mystical meadow surrounded by ancient Redwood trees we laid on our backs and connected to the heart beat of Mother Earth.  Through a guided  meditation, we moved into our imaginal mind to clear our chakras so that our kundalini serpent could rise to our crowns.

With new clarity, awakened kundalini and a deep connection to Mother Earth, each women spoke of her innate healing gifts.

Thank you Mary Baxter for providing turkey dinner,  Thank you Jennifer Gray for hosting us at your sacred home.  Thank you Erica Crawford for excellent photography.

Below is a visual glimpse into our sacred circle.

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Full Moon Ceremony

Friday, February 10th. 5pm
Stillpath Retreat Center

16350 Skyline Blvd. Woodside, CA 94062

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last full moon of 2016

On this last full moon of 2016, our nomadic tribe gathered at Mary’s secret club house to honor the women who chose to be born in December. Our ceremony was dedicated to Saraswati; Hindu Goddess of art and intellect.

Wet misty air, moistened our skin and hair, as we burned Palo Santo sticks to clear our auras and invoke our inner Saraswati.  We encircled Kellie, Elaine and Ginni (the birthday babies) with a loving chant and pithy spoken blessings.  They reciprocated with gifts from mother earth and acappella song.

As the wet air turned into sprinkling rain, we retreated to the cozy club house.  Our focus was to embody the spirit of Saraswati, deepen our concentration and create.  In quiet meditation, we called upon our muse, opened to our creative genius and stepped into the flow of creation. Then, without words, our creative expressions began. Some picked up pen and paper to write poetry and song, but most, silently gathered around the art table to paint on tiny wooden canvases.  The only sound was soft background music, every woman was in her own creative world.

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sarasiwatti01When we regrouped for circle speak it was amazing to see a common thread in the individual creations. Images of trees and glittering skies, words of growth and reflection, circles, spirals and moons, seemed to show up again and again. Was it coincidence, divine inspiration or Saraswati at work?  Maybe all three, or maybe its just that, we are a circle of like minded women.

To close our ceremony, we stood, arms around each other in a close circle, and sang In a circle of women, by Jan Phillps.

Please honor this natural dream time of the year, with spacious rest and slowness.  May you find great inspiration in your dreams.

Sincerely,

Tamara Trejo

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New Year Vision Board Circle,  Saturday, January 21st,  details coming soon.

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

 

 

 

 

Wisdom of Atremis

On this high summer, full moon night, the women were called to the Enchanted forest by the silent whisper of the Goddess. With a clear view of the sun melting into mother ocean, we cast our circle atop the wooded bluff top. Anointed with essential oil and fairy dust, we opened our intuitive sixth chakra to become clear conduits of Goddess wisdom.artemis01Artemis03Our individual clear minds became one universal master mind of true wisdom and right action.artemis02In deep appreciation for each other and the world, we began our pilgrimage through the forest to forge deeper into ourselves and become more clear of our intentions.  Without words, mindful of each step, we walked deliberately.  Consuming the beauty of the forest, songs of the birds, scent of the soil and cypress, we dissolved the veils of separateness.artemis04 With a heightened sense of light and sound we returned to our circle to enjoy the ancient story of Artemis.

The peaceful warrior Goddess, Artemis is known to be a midwife, way~shower, incredible athlete, unerring archer and tribe leader of wood nymphs.  Born with an astonishing aim and the power to always hit her target, she eventually became vain and competitive.  One day her twin brother, Apollo, tricked her into shooting and killing her only true love, Orion.  With a broken heart, she turned Orion into a star constellation and vowed to only use her talent as an archer to protect and serve.  She chose to leave her family and live in the forest.  Her father, Zeus, created a tribe of feminine wood nymphs to keep her company.  Artemis has become the archetype of transformation through tragedy.  The warrior Goddess, Artemis, protects women, is deeply connected to Mother Earth, and shines her light so others can find their way…

Artemis05We aligned our wisdom tunnel with the full moon.  One by one, each woman closed her eyes and slowly walked thru the two lines of women who whispered of her magnificence.  When she opened her eyes at the end of the tunnel, Mother moon was shining low on the horizon, symbolizing Artemis’ guiding light.artemis06

Next full moon ceremony Thursday August 18th.  details coming soon.

In the meantime your invited to Summer Half-Day Women’s Retreat

Facitlitated by Donna Scheifler
Labyrinth at Redwood Shores Saturday, July 30th, 1-5pm

This is your chance to recharge.

Mindfulness practices, meditation, journaling
and walking a Labyrinth
will help you get back in touch
with your resilient self.

Please RSVP   http://www.yourtimetoblossom.com

Sincerely,

Tamara Trejo

http://www.newworldgoddess.com

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

http://www.newworldgoddess.com

 

American Indian Goddesses

Tamara Trejo

Tamara Trejo

The images I share with you today are of Navajo women, created on their sacred land in Monument Valley and Antelope Canyon. Their roots run deep in this most beautiful part of America. They are sincerely connected to their tribal traditions, regard Mother Earth as sacred and are the carriers of their tribe’s history.

Long before this land was called America, the “Dine” tribe thrived here. They had great respect for animals, water sources and Mother Earth’s soil. Before they were called Navajo, they called themselves Dine, meaning “The People.” This term is still taught to the young Navajo and used in their writings. They are incredibly strong people who survived the 350 mile “Long Walk” bare foot, in the snow. This horrific event took place over one hundred and fifty years ago. “Feels like yesterday” is the Navajo phrase attached to that historical event. Along their torturous route they were given blankets by sympathetic Mexicans. Men, women and children were marched from their homeland by US soldiers to a reservation in New Mexico. These tenacious people held their faith in the Great Spirit and persevered. Only a few years later American policy changed and the Navajo were free to leave their internment. By their own volition, they walked back by their to their sacred land, now known as monument Valley, and the land near Antelope Canyon.

The portraits below are of modern Navajo women. Even though they have computers, cell phones and Facebook accounts, they still holdfast to their responsibility to hand down their tribal history. They marry outside their clan but within their tribe, practice good stewardship of the sacred land and welcome strangers to their native inheritance.

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These words and images are from my new book American Goddess.  Here’s a link to my new online book store; where you can buy a copy for yourself and all the Goddesses in you tribe.  www.newworldgoddess.com

Hope you have an abundant Thanksgiving and welcome strangers to your table.

Sincerely,

Tamara Trejo