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"Bright Blessings Deer Woman
We are having a Celtic Full Moon ceremony on April 7th and I really really REALLY want you to join us Its gonna be a very awesome and very different cermony. Its about making wishes using witches knots and about the wheel of life and the pentagram. To accomplish this we need 5 women and we are still looking for the 4th and 5th woman to be part of this. We are hoping you will be our 4th April 7th is a Saturday and it will be at the usual time, 7pm."
I went with her to the full moon ceremony a few months ago, and that is where her mother-in-law, Star, gave me the name Deer Woman...I'm about to s*it bricks, I'm sooo excited! I'll let you all know how it goes probably on Sunday.....Yay!
It was an interesting ceremony...I'm really happy I went and got to participate, but it didn't really "move" me like the last one I went to.
They called the quarters, and made a star with different colored cords to represent the elements and spirit, and they danced and wove the cords and turn the star into a wheel of the year, and then again to turn it into a pentacle...while they were dancing and weaving the cords, the rest of us chanted 2 lines of the poem at a time, and the last two lines had to do with asking for a boon (wish), or tying a worry or negative thought into the cords (witch's knots) and then they released the knots to send out the wishes..
Then we shared bread and Strega (liqueur) - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia...(Have you ever tried Strega? It is a herbal liqueur, and it's a little bit sweet, but you can really taste the the herbal flavors...When you drink it, you're supposed to hold it in your mouth a little bit, swish it around, and then after you swallow it, suck in a big breath of air...well, that's what they told us...man that stuff burned and warmed you up on the way down...but I didn't choke on it, so that was good...
After that we played instruments and then closed the quarters and then we had a pot luck dinner...at dinner each person picked a tarot card and we all shared our thoughts on what the card we drew meant to us, and had some insights added by Star when she had some...
I drew the Ace of Swords, and being an extreme Noob at cards and their meanings, had to ask Star what it meant....she deferred the answer to Stephanie (who had drawn that card at their last month's ceremony) who told me that it was a masculine card, and that I should pay attention to the words I use when I speak, because words can be sharp and cut....and hurt either myself or those with whom I am speaking.
(Can you ladies please give me your thoughts on this card? Is that what you would have told me as well? I didn't feel anything, or connect with, or anything with that explanation...it just didn't seem right, but what do I know? (Not a whole lot, that's for sure! lol)
Anyway, that was the evening....It was nice, and I'm glad I got to be part of it, but I just left there with a bit of an empty feeling...disconnected...
Oh, and I think when the do the smudging with the sage before we enter the kiva.....and the smoke lingers in your hair and clothes....It makes me nauseous...it did it last time too, but I thought it just might have been the combo of sage, the number of people in the kiva, and the heat from the fire...this time it was about half the number of people, and no fire....and smelling myself on the car ride home ... headache and nausea...
Glad it went well and was interesting, if not quite as moving.
I'm no tarot expert so I wouldn't like to comment on the card, but I will say that cards can have very personal interpretations and you should go with your gut if your friend's interpretation didn't sit right with you.
aces are about beginnings, as it represents number 1, first, new
swords are the element of air - intelligence/speaking etc.....
The Ace of Swords represents a new idea whose time has come. The Ace of Swords instructs that we have the power to create and organize our lives in a way that best suits our life's purpose. It is time to cut away that which no longer serves us to make room for the new. For the seeker, it is a time to reflect on the opportunities a new venture brings; idea, clarity of thought, and willingness to let go open the doors for success.