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 860-671-7945 if you'd like to join us.
The next new moon falls on April 26. We hope to continue our "Honoring our Foremothers" Book-Making project; a 5X5 accordion book celebrating women who have been personally influential, inspiring in our lives. After sharing stories about how the women we've chosen have uplifted and/or empowered us, we'll compose tributes to them.
For an astrological summary of the new moon's position visit MoonCircles.com.
We celebrated the Hindu harvest festival of lights, Dwali, by cleaning our front entryway, sweeping the walkway and decorating the door ... all in order to welcome Lakshmi, Lady Luck, Love, Light, and Prosperity into our home, our hearts, and our life.
Of this new moon, Rachel
wrote: It is Rosh Hashana, literally head of the year, in the Jewish
Lunar calendar. One of the Rosh Hashana traditions is Tashlich, a
casting away of crumbs into moving water, along with sins or feelings
that we'd need washed away to start the new year.
Here is a Tashlich story
to get in the spirit of the gathering, and perhaps encourage you have
your own impromptu tashlich gatherings as the weather turns. Besides
being a story of the digital age, this little essay also has some mom
ideas to ponder - like Magda's clarity that behavior that wouldn't
qualify for "sin" in most relationships was sinful in her relationship
with her mom, and like the author's remark that he turns to his mom for
religious guidance because it is easier than looking in the Torah and
she speaks his language! I wish for the forgiveness to flow between
mothers and daughters, even if I don't always FEEL it. I envision us
tossing our collective crumbs in the Hollenbeck at the Sadeh and
whatever feelings arise, so be it! ...
Some of the "crumbs" we tossed were the need to have things our own way, and the need to follow tradition in the same way every time.
The August new moon marks the beginning
of the Jewish month of Elul. Its about the time our barn swallows begin
their long flight back to South America. Twittering and calling, they
line the telephone lines giving their youngsters last minute flight
instructions. Quoting Rabbi David Ingber, it is spiritually, a time of
change "both returning to who we really are and becoming who we are yet to be..." How like the swallows! We met and danced and played and ate in the red tent. Then we shared things we were sorry about and things we look forward to learning and doing better in the future.
Because January 30 was the second new moon in one month, we dubbed it a "Purple Moon." We gathered at Debra's amidst construction chaos to shimmy clear for the new year with Rachel and a video lesson in belly dancing.
The New Moon of the New Year fell of the first day! What an auspicious time to leap into new beginnings. May we be like the hearty kale plant - not only surviving winter frost - but becoming sweeter and offering even more nourishment through times of harsh weather.