First full moon ceremony of Spring 2014
La Nebbia Winery greets us with open arms—as dusk falls softly—under boughs of purple wisteria—reminding me of that line in Enchanted April: “To those who appreciate wisteria and sunshine”—We are here! Immense gift of ripe spring night. Our surroundings kiss us and we blush. Soft lush hills unfold in green waves—testament to the blessed recent rain. Fecund scent of earth fit to burst. Rambling roses pink and giddy. Somehow without having asked or feeling deserving I’ve arrived in a place so beautiful my body aches, breaks open—pastoral hush, sentimental rush
Sweet Leah places feathers in our hair—mine is blue with a tinge of yellow—sky with a streak of sun
I wonder who will take the largest electric blue feather—
We stand in a circle incanting our spirit ancestors.
With conch call and sacred words we bless each corner of the earth—north, east, south, west
We smudge and bless each other with fresh sage—I feel aura cleansed my every corpuscle smokes and releases up to the heavens
Lisa is an April baby—we circle round her, sing “Sha la ma, Sha la ma beta”—offer our blessings for her birth path—She gives us each a sea green rock—to cleanse and keep media at bay—giggling, we put the rocks in our bras, heart-close—to take out later by moonlight
Holding hands, we make ourselves into two circles and knot ourselves up— “like a bridge over troubled waters”—winding serpentine and then unknotting—loosening—resurging into clean round whole
Our energy pours and merges; tumbles and surges—we are one knot; we are not other
Music plays gently on air—our bodies are songs without words
Cool spring evening— the fire holds our warmth—around her core we sway
Tammy teaches us, graceful and sure
Spring is here and with it comes a sense of urgency—gone are the dreamy dormant days of wintering. Now is the time for action, for manifesting ethereal—Can you feel it—dream seeds sprout real.
Our goddess this spring eve is Maat—Egyptian goddess of fairness—who, upon death
weighs our hearts against a feather, and if the feather is lighter we must
rebirth and try again to live Light
“Hold a feather in your left palm and your heart in your right—
Now weigh which is heavier”
Sage Tammy reminds us—
“Spit happens”—everyone has her share of troubled waters—but it is criminal to go through this life with a heavy heart—So you keep moving through, bending on—continuing to create
Recipe for a Light Heart
Cleanse—release past anger and wounds
Be grateful—this lightens your load
Laugh—hard to hold a heavy heart while laughing
We practice her preach—
Purge pain on paper then
Throw our regret into the fire and watch it burn
Look our moon sisters in eyes and tell of what beauty we find in the looking
This giving and receiving is only of women born
“Was it hard to receive your praise?”
Consecrate gratitude on paper— place this close to breast
Tell jokes (even though most of us admit to being terrible joke tellers)—two of us share the first jokes we ever heard—jokes from childhood, recalled—several of us share past moments of embarrassment; now able to relish our own foibles
How did I arrive here?
I am immensely blessed— not since college have I felt able to open within a group –bare souled—naked I-ed—without fear of judgment—cradled in love, light—encircled by creative-force women
We are a palimpsest of generations and stories
A patchwork godly vibrant and ever-flowing
“Earth my Body ~ Water my Blood ~ Air my Breath ~ and Fire my Spirit”
The sound stops, but I keep moving
“The temple bell stops, but the sound keeps coming out of the flowers”
The Moon hides from us as we wane—but her glowing can be seen over the tips of hills
By the time I reach seaside/home,
She is full—“bald and wild”—sitting in the crook of cypress—watching over my inspired newborn
Heather de Sa
4: XVI: 2014
Heather, Thank you for your wonderful writing, you are a true poet.
In keeping with this season of action and movement, we Moon Mothers have a lot of offerings in the next few weeks. Hope you can join us.
Sunday April 27th 5pm New Moon Ceremony.
Tuesday April 29th 6:45pm Yes, you can speak class
Wednesday May 7th 6:45pm Yes, you can speak class
Friday May 16th 6:30pm SoulCollage®
Saturday May 17th 10:30am SoulCollage®
Sunday May 18th 1:30pm SoulCollage®
Sunday May 24th Noon Drum Circle
Friday June 6th 6pm Embodiment Art
New Moon Ceremony
Sunday, April 27th, 5pm at Dina’s house.
Honoring The Sky Goddess Nut
Please Join us for Stories, Poems, & Ceremony
Bring your journals, Dress Warm, Blanket (we will be outside)
Dina Ayala, CMT 650-557-0544
912 Anza Drive Pacifica
Please RSVP to Dina
Donations Appreciated ($10-$30 )
Yes, you can speak! Free Intro class
Discover your wisdom, change your world.
An intuitive collage process for self discovery and community
To keep these circles intimate I am offering three different days. You may attend one or all three. The SoulCollage gatherings are open to all women who want to create SoulCollage cards. Beginners are welcome, no experience necessary. Advanced collagers bring your deck and create more. Supplies will be provided, although you are welcome to bring any images that speak to you. Suggested token of appreciation 20 to 50 dollars per gathering.
Friday evening May 16th 6:30pm to 9pm
Saturday morning May 17th 10:30am to 1pm
Sunday afternoon May 18th 1:30pm to 4pm
731 Main St. Half Moon Bay Coastside Photography Studio
Please RSVP Tammy Trejo 650-303-5515 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Sunday Drum Circle
This is a small group of kind women (beginning drummers) we meet once a month to drum for souls sake.
Sunday May 24th Noon lunch (potluck) 1pm to 3pm drumming.
Please RSVP Annette Ward (650) 355-9134
The Art of Being in the Body
“One of the most radical things women can do is to love their body.”
Are you feeling bold? You are invited to embark on a heroine’s journey like never before, and explore, experience and express your whole and true Self. This workshop is designed to guide participants through the process of creating a life-sized Body Being Painting of their authentic, divine, mythical, natural selves. Who are you really?
Friday, June 6th at 6pm through Saturday, June 7th at 8 pm.
Where: Naui – Island of Now Studio & Getaway in Sebastopol
Register before May 15th. To reserve a spot, please mail a check to:
7934 Juanita Ct.
Sebastopol, CA 94044
Questions? Please call Amy at 650-455-2145 (cell)
Amy Sullivan, MFT, is an artist, therapist and healing guide. She has 20+ years of experience helping people realize their true natures through art, mindfulness and deep healing work. www.amysullivanmft.com
Suzanne DeVeuve, has been an artist for 30 years. Her art represents her inner journey of self-discovery and the mystical divine. It embraces the wisdom of nature, and indigenous teachings, opening us to other dimensions and realities. http://www.suzannedeveuve.com
Hope to see you at some of our offerings.