On the eve of the recent Blue Moon, I attended a Native American Full Moon Ceremony and Drumming at the Temple Mound Spiritual Wellness Center. I’ve been drawn to the ancient traditions of spirituality in the last few years. Recently, the Native American (North and South) traditions have been peaking my curiosity. I had been to the beautiful Wellness Center which is centered around an Indian Temple Mound. However, I had not made it out to the Mound. “The Mound” is a prehistoric Native American Temple Mound that has been verified by archeologists to go back further than the Great Pyramids. It is said that there are vortexes on and around the mound which have had healing effects on visitors. I wanted my first experience at the Mound to be during a Full Moon ceremony. I’d never attended one. It is serendipitous that the Full Moon ceremony I happen to attend was on a Blue Moon. And this Blue Moon was actually very significant for me.
The last Blue Moon was December 31, 2009. It was a momentous occasion. It was on New Year’s Eve; that only happens every 18-20 years. However, a Blue Moon on the New Year’s Eve of a new decade happens only once in a person’s lifetime. You see, I got married on the last Blue Moon, which was December 31, 2009. And I got divorced on August 8, 2012, the month which completed the Blue Moon cycle. This Blue Moon was truly a Moon of completion for me. It was where that “tough situation” came full circle for me.
I spent a little bit of time prior to the ceremony taking in the energy of the Mound. Setting my intention of completion. I took off my sandals and put my feet on the ground. I keep getting the inkling to touch my bare feet to the ground more often to energize myself. So, I obey. It is a peaceful place.
Then, I took a walk around the grounds and took some pictures. Steve, the owner of the Wellness Center and the property where the Temple Mound is located, pointed out these beautiful berries that just happen to bloom around this time. The color purple, which is the color of the crown chakra has been attracting my attention lately. No surprise given the spiritual breakthroughs I’m having.
In native tradition, we each chose a stick from a basket representing that which we were going to let go of for throwing in the fire. Hm… Completion. Very serendipitous! I chose one and after spending a bit of time setting my intention, I threw it in the fire and ceremoniously let go off “that tough situation.” Now that it is officially complete, the secret of “that tough situation” is out, if you didn’t already know or guess.
Nothing makes me feel more like a Free Spirit than Fire, Drumming, Chanting, my bare feet on the Earth, a little Confession and of course, the glorious energy of the Full Moon especially when it’s a Blue Moon…
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