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A few female friends gather every new moon to honor our selves and our cycles. Inspired by the book The Red Tent, we have stitched together a collection of various shades of red fabrics which we often hoist to designate our meeting place. We've also tie-dyed dresses for the event... usually we eat well, do some creative project, just relax, and treasure our family and friendships. Contact Debra@Motherhouse.us or call Rachel 860 824-8404 if you'd like to join us.

The next new moon falls on May 6.

For an astrological summary of the new moon's position visit
MoonCircles.com.

Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Celebrating Lammas


Chewing on a head of grass-seed; shelling and popping corn; bringing in the rye... honoring Ceres and Demeter and the beginning of Harvest Season... the mid-point between Summer Solstice and Autumn Equinox. Happy Lammas!

Friday, April 8, 2016

Go with the Flow

Inspired by Dana's energy meditation, I took a bath and imagined myself in a boat floating down the river of life. First, I observed the events of the past couple weeks along the shore of the river; what and how my physical body, mind, heart, and energy was doing. Then, "saw" myself drifting on into the future toward the next new moon cycle.... and what I'd like my life and energy to be like in 29 days.

Having just printed wavelike symbols down its center to represent high and low tides as they follow the moon, I kept thinking to my topsy-turvy torah project. More and more, as I work on it,  I'm aware of the earth and season and its close connection to both Jewish and Christian holidays... Christianity's Easter celebration of new life; freedom from limitation.... Jewish Passover; liberation, passing from constriction, through the waters to a new life and liberation... budding trees, greening grass--thawing earth, rain and mud, nesting birds; all singing praises ...all rejoicing in LIFE!

Wednesday, March 9, 2016

InTENTionality

We set our tent in the branches of a mother maple at Local Farm... a rosy women's space; fluid and free, like our spirits on this warm and breezy day....  Then we repotted house plants
...giving them fresh soil and more space to grow and thrive...
...adding tokens and trinkets ... and a drink of fresh water.
...We finished our fun with a finale feast of pomegranate pops and blueberry muffins. For some, it was a triple header...
inTENTs Experience!

A complete solar eclipse occurred with this Pisces Super New Moon orbiting especially close to the earth, so that her gravitational pull on our bodies and psyches is especially strong.  According to Simone Butler in Moon Circles, this astrological configuration is the perfect time to say NO to whatever things, relationships, actions, and habits that no longer serve our higher selves in order to make way for new insights, healing, and inspiration. She says, "Sometimes YES begins with NO," and recommends giving our souls space to grow and thrive, much like the plants we repotted!

Monday, February 8, 2016

Monkeyshines, Valentines

When she lived in Wisconsin, Grandma Jean and her artist friends always got together this time of year to make valentines. After moving to CT, she tried to continue the tradition by inviting us to celebrate the February new moon by making valentines. Remembering our first gathering of that nature, Rachel organized another new moon valentine-making adventure this year.
Rachel and Darwin had colored thin pieces of cardboard on their woodstove so the crayons melted making vibrant colors, so we could make heart-shaped cut-outs.
Harriet showed us how to use a template to fold and cut two pieces of paper to weave together to form a heart.
We learned to weave our cutouts into heart shaped pockets.
We used Grandma Jean's heart-shaped paper punch to make many small hearts,
Made messes and music,
And decorated lunar postcards.
Inspired, Rachel and Darwin went home and incorporated what they had done into a project for 100's Day: a 10 by 10 woven grid with 100 hearts pinned on!

February 8, 2016  was also the "Chinese lunar New Year," based on the New Moon heralding spring. In the past, this was the only festival for which farmer's would leave their labors to celebrate. The festivities would last for two weeks/the full moon. It remains a time of honoring one's ancestors and deities, as well as holding family reunions. Because the color red represents good fortune, many people give presents of cash in small red envelopes. According to Chinese astrological tradition, this year (4713) is the year of the fire monkey and we can look forward to a year of intense confrontations, great technological advancements, and of women coming into their power.



Saturday, January 9, 2016

Big Fish on the Rise

Astro Feng Shui practitioner, Simone Butler  notes that this month's new moon in Capricorn is the ideal time to move forward into our work, self-esteem and higher calling. She recommends "tooting our own horn" by boldly writing a letter or making a blog or facebook post about an issue that really matters to us. And/or showing confidence in our own abilities by approaching an authority about supporting our work.
        I chose this time to post on our local chat group in support of short term rentals. I daily skim over the posts and usually dismiss them, feeling like a big old trout hiding at the bottom of the stream under a rock.
This time, the hue and cry from our local inn-keepers that "its not fair" they have to meet health regs and pay fees that Air BnB's do not, got to pestering me just enough to write about what a wonderful service short-term rentals provide my visitors from out of town... I watched myself slowly leaving the shadows and rising toward the bait... feels good to have writ my peace (piece?) May I continue to sing out this month! In my community and as part of the choir.
     Thank you Simone! I draped the horns of Babe the Blue Ox with red fabric to bring a little fire to my aspirations!

Wednesday, December 9, 2015

More New Moon Light

Inspired by last month's felted wool lanterns, we worked together to create a lampshade by using a bigger balloon. It was so big, it took three of us to lay and suds the wool in place...
Meanwhile, in Falls Village, New Moon wood sprites set up a red tent along a woodland path to surprise unsuspecting hikers and left notes of appreciation for their "victims"

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

New Moon Balloon Lanterns

In honor of Dwali, the Hindu Festival of Lights, we made lanterns of wool...
carding it so the fibers lay evenly... 
then felting it around balloons with bits of wool yarn.
 When they were nice and dry,
we popped the balloons, trimmed the openings,
and set a tea candle inside...
May your warm inner light shine throughout the dark of winter!
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