Celebrating and Respecting Native American Traditions for Women Through Full Moon Ceremonies

Peaceful greetings to all within our Goddess Sisterhood

I wanted to share my experiences at the Full Moon Ceremony I attended last night.  Wouldn’t it be nice to have a community of women, holding each others’ intentions with the highest regards, and sharing in each others joys, passions, successes, disappointments, trials and tribulations? Wouldn’t it be nice to have a community of like-minded women who bring honor and homage to each other, without prejudice or judgment, and with open arms and hearts? That is what I experienced last night when I was invited to my first Full Moon Ceremony led by a First Nation Elder that I was introduced to by one of the Grandmothers of the girls we work with.

 

The Grandmother Moon, our Sacred Earth Mother and all female relations in Nature are all revered in Native traditions.  Indigenous people knew that everything in Creation has a spirit, and that we are connected to all of our relations in nature. As we reclaim our medicine gifts, it is important that we take this time to honor our Grandmother.

The Moon cycle is a gift to women, it is a time to cleanse herself mentally, physically, emotionally and spiritually. The Moon time is considered a time of power, second only to the ability of the Great Spirit to give life. That is how strong that power is.

 

Women can ask Grandmother Moon for direction in life, for wisdom, and for help for her female relations. Grandmother Moon can give her healing and balancing energy to women. When the Moon is full, a woman can do a ceremony to honor and seek guidance from Grandmother Moon. In this circle the leader of the group Ester welcomes ALL women no matter what their race, color, culture or creed.

These women only ceremonies are profoundly grounding, and spiritually and emotionally uplifting. Built on time-honored Native American traditions and I felt transported to a time of many moons ago … when women came together to honor and replenish their spirit, their life and their very Being. As I sat within the glow of Grandmother Moon with 20 other women I had never met before we came together around an open fire to witness and experience the joy and power of the sacred feminine.

During this ceremony women gather to  clear and cleanse of the body, mind and spirit. We were directed to bring a meter of yellow broadcloth and tobacco. We place some tobacco in the corner, fold it and smudge. The cloth is carried with us and cannot touch the ground. One Grandmother Moon is at her fullest we head outside to where a roaring fire had been created. We sit around the fire, share stories about our healing journey and focus on the fire while stating an intention to release all the things we no longer want in our lives—for ourselves, others or Mother Earth. We shared our stories, dreams, our past, present and future, releasing those things we no longer want to carry, and holding near the things we cherish.

After that part of the ceremony is complete each woman takes her prayer cloth, places some tobacco and sage in the fire, leaves the circle, faces the moon and prays for everything and everyone that we wish to ask support and healing for. When she returns the prayer cloth is placed in the fire and a brief a two syllable shout is called out to put energy into the request and give power to the cleansing power of the fire.

 

When every woman has gone through the process Ester beat her drum and sang songs of healing and blessings to Grandmother Moon. Afterwards we will share in a small feast. Within this ceremony we have to wear a long skirt because the skirts touch the ground in a circle honors women, the feminine energies within Grandmother Moon and our connection to her and the many blessings she offers to those who open to receive them.

Upon completion of the ceremony a food offering, tobacco and sage are placed in the fire. In Native traditions leaving food offerings for their clans, Mother Earth, the spirits, animals as an honoring for what we are given and to feed the energies and keep them strong.

We went in the house and shared a small “feast.” Each women brings something as an offering and we stay together until everyone is finished eating and then it is fine to leave. We shook hands so complete an exchange of energy and rejoiced in the sense of unity we enjoyed. We stared out as strangers when we entered the circle and within the span of two hours we were part of a sisterhood filled with echoes from the past that will reach into all our present day and futures.

I plan to attend as many of these ceremonies as possible. David and Ester’s husband Willy hung out together and got to know each other and after the ceremony was over they came into the house and joined us in the feast.

One of the girls we work with was there and of course her grandmother. So our growing sense of family between us is extending and so is our soul community connections with First Nations people. It is very affirming and reveals the possibilities for healing within different cultures when people open their hearts and minds and allow that process to occur. Our intention to come from a place of honor and respect for differences while working with cooperation and consensus is outworking even with the change at the health center and band council on the other reserve.

What we conceive and believe can be achieved if we give things enough time and don’t give up before the miracle happens.

I wish the we lived closer so we could hold our own full moon ceremony together. Oh well we can always hold our bonds close during the Full Moon to remind us of the special bonds we share with each other within our online communities.

 

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