zenhouse

May 27, 2018

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Flower Moon

The reason I gather at the full moon is to connect. I want to connect to my family, my friends, my higher purpose, the world.

I am alone in the Zenhouse most of the time. It's very nice when my sisters show up.

I need a steady pace of reminders.

I am an energy worker.

Hanna Wallis is a talented photographer & filmmaker (and so much more). We met while enrolled at the Salt Institute in Maine in 2014. We rubbed shoulders a lot, saw each other again this January, and planted a seed to hang soon.

For the full moon, Hanna visited. She brought her close friend from Spain, Mariona. Mariona is so much fun, a bright spirit. Her presence showed me a new depth of sisterhood. Elle came up from Brooklyn! Elle is so warm and forgiving. She brought her tarot magic and a steady thread of sweetness throughout the night. Anusha drifted in shortly, in perfect timing, with poetic wisdom.

We gathered for ritual. Hanna, Mariona, Elle and I mingled in the kitchen, ate some food, then we gathered in the Zenhouse. We added personal items to the altar. Hanna brought Palo Santo wood from Columbia and smudged everyone. We said the Vows of the Priestess

We closed our eyes and eased into a chakra visualization. We sat in a circle, knee to knee. Elle pulled a card for the theme of the day: Knight of Wands. We each evoked an elder. We affirmed our intentions in writing and burned them later, as an act of faith:

These words are words –great spirit guides us –we need nothing –we are a wheel –a channel -constantly conversing with the great spirit –we go forward -with or without!

VOWS OF THE PRIESTESS

I choose to walk my path fearlessly,
to live with my heart wide open,
to be grateful for my experiences
which led me straight into the arms of the goddess, and taught me compassion for all things. 

To forgive and forgive and forgive again,
while maintaining the boundaries of my own sacredness, not resisting life but allowing it to be. 

To transmute my fear and suffering into joy, and just by being,
give others permission to do the same. 

To know that everyone is a mirror reflecting the light of the goddess, all with truth at the core of their being, all unique, all beautiful,
all different aspects of her.

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We went deep. We trusted each other. We told our truths. Our truths told themselves. We cried. We laughed. We laughed! We fell in love. We forgave. Forgave again. We were allowed. We did what we needed. We learned. We ate food together. We shared water bottles. We fed the fire together. We grew! Then, we returned to our worlds.

January 4, 2018

Full Sisterhood

In 2016, I gathered with two friends for 6 full moons. Those six months were as if I enrolled in a sisterhood school. We all were from different towns but came together multiple times each month to plan each full moon ritual at the Zenhouse.

Our monthly ritual woke me up in new ways and made a special room in my life for sisterhood. Each of us called our meetings by a different name: Wytches, Goddess, Power, Circle, Gathering, Group. We aligned for the same reasons: to align with the moon cycle, share what we know, to listen to each other.

I never did this before. We set our intentions together. We had a mission:

  • We practice through ritual

  • We communicate with clarity

  • We prepare with discipline

  • We protect the process with structure

  • We surrender to results with playfulness

  • We continue sacred knowledge & celebrate collective energy

Each ritual had a theme of its own, based on what interested us, experiences we had, and the time of year. We rotated each of our roles in preparation. Kept track of our ceremonies by writing post-ritual notes in a shared document. And my favorite part, we recited this poem each and every time we came together:


VOWS OF THE PRIESTESS

I choose to walk my path fearlessly,
to live with my heart wide open,
to be grateful for my experiences
which led me straight into the arms of the goddess,
and taught me compassion for all things.

To forgive and forgive and forgive again,
while maintaining the boundaries of my own sacredness,
not resisting life but allowing it to be.

To transmute my fear and suffering into joy,
and just by being,
give others permission to do the same.

To know that everyone is a mirror
reflecting the light of the goddess,
all with truth at the core of their being,
all unique, all beautiful,
all different aspects of her.


The  Zenhouse  was built in 2014. It serves as the temple for moon ceremonies.

The Zenhouse was built in 2014. It serves as the temple for moon ceremonies.

The entrance to the grove. Under the snow, a stone walkway marks the four directions with a firepit in the center.

The entrance to the grove. Under the snow, a stone walkway marks the four directions with a firepit in the center.

After our 6 months of rituals, I was kickstarted into honoring the cycles of the moon. Every moon has a ritual. I was alone in the Zenhouse for the next year. Being by myself was necessary, it was beautiful and rewarding. But as the second winter came near, alone started to become plain lonely.

There is beauty in having friends add their items to the altar, bringing in a new energy as they enter the door, collaborating, unique ideas, telling stories, talking about our ancestors. This year I have planned a date each month, where I coordinate with a sister, and any other sister who is interested. We gather. 

Nothing compares to ritual commitments with a sister.

Sister Anusha is fearless and bright, giving me the confidence to walk through the moonlit woodlands.

Sister Anusha is fearless and bright, giving me the confidence to walk through the moonlit woodlands.

She brought two Lady Guadalupe candles.

She brought two Lady Guadalupe candles.

The first full moon of 2018 fell on the very first day of the year.

The first full moon of 2018 fell on the very first day of the year.