I knew it was going to be a special evening as I was walking toward the Enchanted Forest. Looking at the light of the setting sun through the tunnel of trees, I could feel excitement in the air.
Kristen called in the seven directions, and soon the women who chose to be born in the month of July were in the center. Tammy Trejo, Carolanne Mendala, and Erica Crawford received blessings from the circle of sisters. To keep the energy flowing they reciprocated with gifts of white sage incense, glitter painted rocks and goddess craft sundries.
Tammy then introduced us to the goddess, Artemis, huntress, midwife and wayshower. An un-airing archer, Artemis was tricked by her brother, Apollo, into shooting her beloved Orion. In her grief, she asked her father, Zeus, to let her retreat into the forest to live with a group of wood nymphs. There she developed her mentorship skills as she helped women make their way in the world.
To experience finding our own way in the woods, we walked the perimeter in silence noticing majestic trees, fairy dwellings, and bright orange bursts of sunlight silhouetting the tall, dark cypress trees and the train of circle sisters.
Interestingly, Artemis is associated with the cypress tree, and they stole the show enfolding us in their loving arms throughout the evening.
With the sound of the waves crashing, we formed two lines to whisper the wisdom of the ancestors and channeled messages upon each other. One by one with eyes closed, we were carried through the procession amidst tears and laughter.
At circle speak, we spoke about what we stand for, who we stand up for, and whose shoulders we have stood upon. Incredible women of influence articulated themes of love, creativity, truth, and justice.
Lisa Forward closed the circle giving thanks and releasing all spirits who were present. She said she could hear them giggling throughout the ceremony. She thanked the elements – air, water, fire and earth and so it is. A ho!
Afterwards we shared a veritable feast if marzipan goddess cake, macaroons, goat cheese, grapes and strawberries.
I could have stayed all night, but alas, it was time depart. May the goddess be with you on your summer travels, exploits and adventures.
We didn’t need to turn on flashlights as the moon, shining brightly through the tall cypress trees, lighted our way home.
By Amy Sullivan
Thank you Amy for your exquisite writing. Thank you Erica and Elaine for the fine photography.