Full moon balancing at Arbor Low stone circle

July 10, 2015



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.

Jason and I stayed until night fall watching the lightening storm. Here is a quick snippet caught on video.
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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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  1. A great description of a spiritual experience.
    A small group of friends are visiting the area for a few nights in late October. I have been finding out that there is a very dense crossing of ley lines at Arbor Low. A straight line from where i live at Dragon hill Uffington castle and white horse straight through the Rollrights and lots of other intetestinh places.
    I have been studying the old ways for some time and am looking forward to the energy of such an important site.

    1. How interesting to hear that Arbor Low is connected to Uffington castle and the Rollrights. I am really excited to hear this. You will love it at Arbor Low. It is almost always quiet up there which makes it extra special I think…

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