Breathing Earth Light

June 8, 2015

During the summer we hold full moon celebrations at stone circles and sacred sites around the northwest. We usually hold these at Arbor Low stone circle in Derbyshire, but on the last full moon, for the first time we went to the new stone circle at Brockholes.

When I moved to Lancashire one of the things I was sad at leaving was living in close proximity to a stone circle. Then, just a few weeks later, as luck would have it, one started to be built just 20 minutes up the road from me, by Lancashire Wildlife Trust at the Brockholes Nature Reserve.

In the run up it wasn’t looking like we were going to be able to do it as the wardens shut the gates at 9pm. But there was a change of heart in the days approaching the event and we were welcomed by the Wildlife Trust and they kept the gates open for us well into the night.

We had received guidance to perform an Earth healing ritual at this full moon ceremony. Twelve of us gathered across three generations – children, parents and grand parents – and we began drumming and calling in our helpers and welcoming in the elements. We then lay out a grid using red and white rose petals, pink sand, six quartz wands six sided, four pyramids and a large quartz sphere. We then joined together in a meditation to draw energy up from the Earth, breathing light, and then return energy energy down.

Just as we were finishing we were lucky to be joined by the creator of the stone circle, John who works for Lancashire Wildlife Trust. He was able to give us a run down of the reasons behind the exact positioning of the stones which were laid between the summer solstice and the winter solstice last year. We closed with drumming and singing…

… and for me Lady Luck is shining down, as we have just found an ancient stone circle even closer to us than Brockholes, in fact only a few miles away from our home up on the West Peninne Moors. Maybe we will have a full moon celebration up there sometime soon.


Our next full moon celebration

Our outdoor full moon celebrations are free of charge and the next one is Wednesday 1st July at Arbor Low Stone Circle. On this night we will be performing a ceremony for the moon to help bring balance back through the distortion caused by all of the satellites which track the orbit. We have been guided to perform this ritual by reading an article in Sacred Hoop magazine. The shamans of the Mongolia reindeer people have asked for all shamans across the world to join together and perform this ritual, as alone the work cannot be achieved but together we have a chance of saving nature.

About the Author


Nicola Smalley is an edge-dweller, shamanic practitioner and writer living in Anglezarke on the edge of the West Pennine Moors in Lancashire, England.
Following a career in corporate sustainability, she now runs The Way of the Buzzard with her husband Jason. Her passion is anything connected to nature and the mysteries of the Earth.

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