As we drummed she showed her face. Painted red at first with the setting sun, she slowly rose up away from the clouds to her shining white radiance. We shrieked in delight as she first peeped through the clouds, not quite believing our luck. On other full moon celebrations here at Arbor Low it’s been both cold, and cloudy, but tonight, we were blessed with both warmth and clear skies.
Well, clear for us. Just after she moved into the stars, over on the horizon we started to notice flashes of light. The clouds maybe fifty miles away were lighting up, just a little at first. We began to realise we were watching the beginnings of a huge electrical storm passing over the north of England. Not knowing which way to look, the night time sky a theatrical display of moon fullness and striking lightening as it gathered momentum.
We were guided to perform this moon balancing ceremony at Arbor Low following reading an article in Sacred Hoop magazine just a few days before. It spoke of a ceremony performed by the reindeer tribes of Mongolia, who have carried the shamanic traditions of their ancestors. Escaping the massacres of Stalin, there are just 44 families left now. The shaman spoke of the moon being out of balance because of the satellites and debris circulating the earths orbit.
When we did our research we found the statistics alarming.
There are over 2000 satellites in operation, that are on the register and many more covert military ones. There are thought to be over 370,000 pieces of debris, from exploded rockets and redundant satellites. To give you an idea on what this looks like click here.
As we talked about how this could be causing the moon to be out of balance, we likened it to us, if we are surrounded by junk, both emotionally and physically, then we also feel out of balance.
There is so much we don’t understand, but by musing a little we can get a sense at least.
We can so often feel powerless about these things. What realistically can we, as individuals do? But as it turns out, quite a lot! We can work with our guides in the Otherworld. We can draw on the great universal intelligence. By using our intention we can ask them to help, and follow their guidance on things we can do in this realm as they work in their realm.
So we did exactly this. I had journeyed before the ritual and got some information; where to gather, to place water in the centre of the mandala, and to make a moon cake and bring milk as an offering. The guidance I also got was for us all to journey to ask our own guides on the night, call them in and ask them to work with us and instruct us on what to do.
There were some real synchronicities with the insights we were all given that night as we journeyed together at Arbor Low. To drum, chant, send out or intention, be with our joy for the moon and earth as well as our grief. The number Four was important, although we didn’t know why, I am sure it will be revealed over time. And to work with certain gods and ask for their support.
If we were looking for signs that our call had been heard, we were offered one, as during our ceremony the clouds parted and the moon joined us. Beautiful.
And the cake? Why were we guided to bring that. Well a family who were visiting Arbor Low that evening came and shared the cake with us afterwards. Two gorgeous children and their mum shared in our celebrations, talking, laughing, musing, enjoying each others company. Strangers and yet not strange at all. A real sense of connection, knowing and community.
It was one of those moments you never want to end.