MOON DANCE


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full moon June 2013  

June 20, to 25  2013


Thank you sooo much! all my ixpapalotlys, we have this year 20 moon dancers

and it has been an incredible journey through sacredness

i love you sooo much

in lakesh

Magdala

here are some letters from moon dancers 2011, i will upload as soon is possible as well as more pictures...


Magdala,  Thank you so much for taking us into you home and accepting us as your sisters.  Moon Dance was the most amazing expression of Love that I have expiernced.  I have spent the last year clearing things one at a time and trancemuting them.  At moon dance so many things where transmuted effortlessly. More was cleared for me in this time than in years of work.   
We met so many wonderful women.  I remembered things and people.  I am truely honored to be a Moon Dancer.  Thank you sooo much.  Leamarie

I am a Moondancer ! I also met my sisters.I release pain I refuse to feel.My spirit n eyes are brighter.I had so many visions n feeling I been here before.I wonder who am I.I am you.I am sacred.thank yall for your Love.Im still have my heart in the clouds. my love to All.stephanie thewhitedove55

 I still feel a buzzing energy in my body, Im not sure that Im grounded yet. Been working allot & will be able to catch up on sleep this wkend.

 HMN? my experience of moondance.....iits different every year. This year I felt that i went higher than last year. The male aspect was a different dynamic. I learned alot of lessons about the mirrors that every person reflects of myself....intense! from the dark female/male to the high spirited, open hearted me...The soggy heat left me in complete surrender, moving slower than normal, the work preparing was a tough love, blisters, bug bites and all..teaching the songs was natural but demanding, drum ming inthe sweat made me nervous since i didnt know all the songs, but it felt good when people reacted positively saying thankyou for drumming..(i also noticed that spirit took over when I drummed in the sweat, no trouble breathing, just a deep connection of presence)...i feel that i did a lot of "jumping" which always makes me feel good that i even tried without a fight...filling the oil with you was an honor, i loved just being in the circle, no matter how much "work" it was...
 Oh, I do beleive that singing while dancing was very powerful...i got higher much faster...it was harder but more rewarding...energetically.

 I feel a strong bond with everyone, except george...The dynamic with the dark masculine(george & dale) was very powerful. Having that talk with pure honesty, and vote was amazingly effective. It really left me with the the strength to be more clear, direct & honest right away with people. believe me it is not a strong trait of Minnesota people....sad!

My experience when i arrived back home was also interesting....i came home to my roomate having a male friend over who i had never met before but whom I heard about, and knew that he represents the dark male energy. he was strange and disrespected me 5 times in the first 15 minutes of being home. I told him he had to leave and remove his motorcycle from my property...he & my roomate left, she came back home later & we talked about him. Then....a female police woman was knocking at my front door. She said that she had this man in her car and he requested that she take him to my house. I said NO, he isnt welcome here....now I know that he represents my roomates dark male side, but to some degree my own as well...she is the one who let him back into her life...AGH...im trying to see the messages behind the drama...HELP!

So my question is what was that all about?

Overall, I loved moondance...the male energy was distracting...kinda sucked sometimes...but it did teach me that i have to try to let the male into my circle...I just have to be discerning if he is true or not....and that is my work...

PS I think we should invent SOLAR COOLERS>>>>>

 tarps are good too!!!:)ha!

what about heavy duty garbage cans(metal with covers) for the camp grounds? would that help keep jeta out of the trash or not?

 I loved the closing ceremony, give away, recapitulation...but it went really late...i dont know how we could do it earlier, since people sleep during the day. Next year I plan to stay longer..

Love ya! Still danCing in the 5th!!

Tricia



Moon Dance far exceeded any expectations.  We started out learning songs and drumming.  We got to know each others rhythms and voices.  We laughed and teased and bonded.  The songs meanings were so deep with the drumming that we could feel an immediate shift, an immediate spirit and body response.  It was a great sadness which was invoked by the fist song.  It spoke of "where is your sadness, tell me...."  This was very unexpected for me, I thought I was just in a completative mode.  But no, a quiet sadness.  Then we learned the second song, with the beat of the butterfly wings on the drum.  It was strong and lifted us up.  We began to feel our strengths, our vision, our own sacredness... and we sang loud "I am sacred".   We were flying.  The third song was slow again, a dance of celebrating our relationship with the Great Mother and each other.  A coming together.  An embracing.  But our journey was only just beginning on the sacred path to Moon Dance ceremony. 

Now the cleansing preparations by sweat in the Kiva.  We entered the Kiva, Magdala sang, we sang the songs, calling in the spirits, praying our vulnerabilities.  It took so much trust in each other to do this.  When I sat and listened to the prayers and the pains and the gratefulness my own guards melted..... and I cried and I sobbed and I ran and I came back and I lost my breath..... and I found another part of me.  I didn't stay in the sweats as long as my fellow dancers, they didn't judge or get angry with me.  They taught me that it is okay, that our journeys are still to dance together.  I love them all soooooooo much for that.  And Magdala, she held on to me, for dear life, and told me to look into her eyes and breath.... she kept repeating, "I am here, I am here, I am never going to leave you, I am here and I love you.  Look at me, I am here."  It felt like a dam broke inside of me, I couldn't quit shaking and crying.  I sat inside the circle and my sisters came and supported me, loved on me and loved me.  How incredible is that? 

So the bonds were formed, the trust was sacred and we went up to the Moon Dance ceremony grounds.  We entered in the sacred manner, awestruck by the brilliance of the tiki torches, the prayer bags embracing each one and traveling to the other to complete the golden circle.  Our focus was set, we made an agreement with the Mother, with Magdala and with each other to dance each night for 3 nights.  As a dancer lifted the gate, we each acknowledged the gatekeeper and entered this lifted realm.  We walked into the dance grounds and found our sacred spot and began praying while listening to the soft drum beat and the rhythmic singing of the drummers.  Once we all had our feet on the ground we wanted to dance the drumming took another beat and our feet began to move.... we were dancing, praying, focused....and in that focus everything else slipped away.  We did that for 3 nights.  It was exhilarating.  I learning so much about myself.

For me, at this, my first moon dance, I learned of my own sacredness.  That me, the one me, the small insignificant me, is NOT small, is NOT insignificant.  I danced my fears, my tears, my physical limitations I've set on myself.... I danced my love, my sacredness, my prayers.  MY prayers were important, they will make a difference.  I AM important in the whole scheme of things, I matter.  My voice matters, my heart matters, my presence matters.  I counted.  This is one of the many gifts my fellow dancers sent to me by their love and caring, by their sweeping me up when I felt I was falling.  No judgements, no chastising, no "oh brother" glances.  So much love in the dancers and our teacher.  I learned that no one plays a small role, we ALL play such important roles in the small and grand, grand scheme of things. 

When I danced on the earth, I could smell her,  I could feel her, I could hear the drum until each beat began to run together as a hum.  The pain in my hip would get to bad that I wanted to cry, but I didn't want to quit dancing.  My companions told me before we danced, if you think you cannot dance any more, then focus on the Mother and she will help you.  So I fought back the tears and I prayed and I didn't even notice the pain anymore.  We danced and sang and shared and drank a lot of water and did it all again.  We watched the moon move across the sky then dance to the left and then to the right again.  We sang a song to the sun as it rose.  All is well, we are tired and we are happy and high on this energy. That was amazing. 

I thought I would be so sore from so much activity in the dance circle, but the following morning when I woke up, no muscle soreness, no aches, no pains....????? okay, better go eat and make more prayer bundles and visit and make things ready for the next dance.

Magdala, you have made such a difference in my life, I am leaning that my spirit is so much stronger than I thought, I've learned that I can do it, that I am NOT alone, that I AM so loved, that I can love deeply and with laughter.  I've learned "not my business", "take your I don't give a shit pill", "come on people, focus", "where are you standing?", "stay in your peace".... sooooooooooo many wonderful truths.

We were in the 5th, you taught us how to dream it, to create it, to dance in it, to know it, to put it on.... you taught us how to hold it.  And that we can go there whenever we want.  It is real, it is now... and it is time.

I love you sooooooooo much my sister.  And I thank you from both my hearts for your strenghts and your love.

Dear Magdala!!!
Thank you sooooo much! I love you very very very much!
Thank you for all your lessons and for YOU, who you are, I am learning! My heart is changing, I can feel it.
 I have an incredible experience of this Moon Dance, it was more easier and harder at the same time.

My grounding happen in the air. My first plane from Little Rock was making circles  at the Chattanooga TN, until fuel is gone. I was between central and eastern time.  We stop there at little airport to get more feel and three (man) I saw them as a grandfathers was greeting me there; I feel soo excited and calm, I know Mama is here with me, and I was observing what is going on....and how I am there.

then finally when we came to Atlanta  my next flight to home was rescheduled until 7:30 morning ...

Guess what?

I was shocked.. I can`t go to hotel.. and realizing I must stay whole night  non-sleep until morning  AGAIN.

 I remember  I am a Moon dancer and no doubts I did come to my beautiful center and staid focus until the registration become to start. Then during both flight I was surrounded by chaiockas. Deal with that was sooo much fun!
 I know, I need this complete night of focus and I am happy I got it!
Also many other beautiful messages was there..

Magdala, I start realize where I am and what is going on around me, like I awake, I know I am not yet completely awake, but I am on my way there. Finally I start realize and feel myself!! I learn sooooooooo much, and sure everything will unfolding more and more. I have job to do!!!!!

When I analyzing what happen and see where and what I was doing and why... That is soo important personally  for me to have more understanding and responsibility of everything what I do and feel in my life.. 

Magdala, thank to you as to a Mama, as to a teacher, as to a person  and as to a sister!!!
You show to me how to open me for me with all open heart, and learning the true meaning why we are here..

Magdala thank you for dancing the sacred ceremony with me and all my sisters and brother, thank you for all, what you did for us!!!

MAGDALA I LOVE YOU WITH ALL MY HEART!

I am you!  LOVE YOU!
With my respect to you!


Mariam.

Thank you so much for moondance.  I was able to see how important it is.  It really opened my eyes to a whole new way of thinking and seeing. I have a new outlook on life. Watching you in the sweats and teaching and dance, the strength and determination.  Thank you sooooo much in letting me be a part of moondance.  I will remember this one for the rest of my life!!!  I am still processing this one inside of me.. still getting messages.  I looove you so much.  Walkstall.

Moon Dance ... June 2010

I had been hearing the call to go to moon dance for many months but had not fully committed until a week before.  As soon as I made the agreement from my heart everything came together with ease.  I met my copilot, my sister, Joy over the phone and we made arrangements to leave on the 22nd for Arkansas.  Our journey began the bonding as we entered in to a different time and space dimension together.  We drove for 15 hours straight to make it to the sacred land before sunset.  As soon as we arrived we were greeted by the sounds of drumming in the temple twelve plus one.  Magdala looked up from the drum and saw us in the door way and the first words out of her mouth were "Welcome Home".  

For me personally I arrived at Moon Dance with almost no understanding of what we would be doing.  I still had the layers of programming that made me think I was going to have some sort of really groovy external experience that I could go home and tell my friends about.  Wow, I had soooo much to learn.  This external thinking was exactly the layer that I need to shed because, it was masculine thinking, and we were at Moon Dance to learn the way of the Sacred Feminine.  We needed to remember that we are sacred women, the I am a Sacred Woman.

Moon Dance for me is about remembering.  It's about awakening inside myself the knowledge that has been sleeping.  Moon Dance, for me, was and is about Ceremony.  How do we create ceremony and how do we hold our focus while in ceremony!  Moon Dance showed me where I stand and provided a space for me to find my voice.  Moon Dance elevated me to a place where I could truly see that there is a different way of being than the three dimensional experience.  Moon Dance humbled me.  The ceremony we created was so magnificent and beautiful that sometimes the only thing I could do was say thank you, thank you, thank you, thank you to the mother and cry at the power of her love.

Moon Dance really challenged me to let go of some of the attachments that were not serving me.  The process of this transmutation was not always easy, in fact sometimes it was down right painful.  I danced so hard to release this pain.  Going through this process showed me that I do not want my life to be full pain.  That pain does not make me a better or wiser person.  That we do not need to suffer, that we do not need to bond through pain. That we can bond through love and that life is not about the suffering.  I'll never forget telling Magdala about the anger I was feeling and she turned to me and said .. "Hey baby, do you want to suffer or do you want to have some fun!" 

This brings me to not only what I learned from Moon Dance but what I also learned from Magdala.  Wow.  Oh wow! Oh WOW!  Magdala has shown me this immense capacity to love.  Not the peace, love, groovy hippie shit but real deep LOVE.  Love that brings tears to your eyes.  Love that you can feel in every cell of your body.  Love that will hold you tight when you truly need it, but also the same love that will push you to stand on your own two feet and dance your prayers.  Love that will help you to remember that you are sacred.  Love that will hold two sweats in a row for five days straight!! Love that will stay focused even with mucus, boogers, and masculine energy trying to "penetrate" it's way in ... but we were protected!!!  Love that will set you straight when you do not do your dishes!  Love that will heal you and love that will support you in healing yourself.  Love that will honestly tell you when you suck at playing the drum, and love that will tell you how beautiful you are with out having to say a word.  She shows us through example the way we need to love ourselves!!!!  The way we need to respect ourselves!  The way we need to live our life with Ceremony and FOCUS!!  Thank you Magdala!  Thank you my sister!!

Moon Dance has shown me that it is time to really love myself, to stand strong, to embrace my femininity and to make ceremony, and to say "Mama, thank you for making me a woman"

It was not only Magdala's love that I felt but also the love of my true sisters and brothers.  It was an honor to dance with so many beautiful spirits, to feel the support from the other Moon Dancers, to be in the fifth dimension with them, to look in to their beautiful eyes as we rested in the flower of quetzal in between dances, to drum with them and to see so many of them bloom.  And I could feel the love that my sister and brother had put in to the sacred land weeks and months before our arrival.  Thank you! So many blessings!!!  

What an HONOR to learn Ceremony from my elders, and to feel myself healing as I watched a 14 year old girl become a woman.

As I leave Moon Dance I realize how much I want to live my life with love, gratitude, respect, and ceremony.  I want to show this respect to myself and others.  I want to do the dishes no matter how tired I am!! Hehehehe.  I laugh, but it is so true.  I learned so much, and usually the biggest lessons were in the day to day dynamics.  It wasn't like I was given all of this information during the actual dance and that was the only time I was learning.  It was the dynamics I experienced with others, myself, and the land that really taught me.  It was a realization that I need to take care of my own stuff, and when I don't I am not only disrespecting myself but also the sacred land and the others around me.  This was a hard and sometimes embarrassing lesson to learn but I am so thankful for learning!!! I am thankful to remember!!  And I am sorry that you had to burn my panties!! hehehe.  Trust me this is a lesson I will hold on to.

This is just a glimpse of what Moon Dance means to me because there is so much more that I can not say with words.  There is so much feeling that can not be confined to language.  This feeling, this internal movement, this is the way of the feminine.

Thank you, thank you, thank you!!!

Enlakesh

Sara


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Beautiful Sisters and Brothers

 

                  I am sending this letter to let you know about the moon dance, Long time ago, about 500 years ago, the mexica women as well as mayan woman gather together, all the women, girls and elders, all of them to have the ceremony of what we call the moon dance…

 

    The ceremony was because in that time women understood their power as a women and that in them resides the knowledge of the virtual reality, they understood that if they are holding themselves together as a women the well being of the whole community depend on that.

 

    When the Spanish saw the ceremony they got scare, and they call it the ceremony of “la puta-santa” (the whore and the saint) for they didn’t understood what this women were doing…

 

    But in our codex of the feminine we found the ceremony, and the songs!

 this is about 3 songs,  the first song, is a sad song, is speaking about the women that listen to the mother but not want to heard her ways, she preferred to control and manipulate and feel disconnected and separated from other women, and into herself, she was des-integrated,  and sadness came into the community because of that virtual reality, and she got hurt, and hurt women creates sad reality……

 

The second song, is about the realization of the women that have found and decided to follow the ways of the Great Mother, she is saying, “I am the flower of the Quetzal” she is realizing her sacredness and happiness comes to her heart, then the whole community, because she is so happy, creations will be happy and everything will be about happiness in her life and of course her family!.....

 

The third song, is about a praying for all the sisterhood, for all the sisters to follow the Great Mother’s way, for she is love in the purest form, and in that way happiness will come to earth….

 

   Now we are bringing the ceremony back after 500 years that has been shut down, these will be our second year….

 

      

 

                 For a very long time now, women are listening to the great mother, we are listening to her ways, and warnings, and dances, movements in the outside as well as it is in the inside.

 

             The problem is not the hearing her, anymore but actually the problem is to put it on what she is saying.

 

           We women represent the virtual reality, the part that goes before the manifestation, the part that is hidden from the manifestation, the part that represents the heart, as we call it.

 

           Yes we all now understand that love is the bonding, not the color of the skin, not the tradition or religion, or any kind of separation that involve the male way, we need, as a women, to embrace ourselves and the work of the feminine, we need to re-discover our medicine as a true human being, and how to use that medicine in a good way,

 

        Embracing the self, embracing the disconnectedness of the self, will bring the integration that we all need in the heart, this time is about that integration, yes, women are listening to the mother, now we need to go to the next step, means, we need to recognize ourselves, in a personal and impersonal level, as the daughter of the Great Mother, for integration is taking place in the heart. Means Put it on, what the Great mother is speaking, is put in on and follow the ways of the mother, for we are indeed the virtual reality and we do care for the children and this beautiful planet, we need to dance with her, and we are going to remember her steps for the dance, that it is so imperative to know this as she is going into many changes.

 

     As a woman, we will find out our responsibility, our honor, our sacredness,  as integration will take place.

 

              The ceremony now is for men and women

 

     You need to bring the camping gear, material for tobacco ties (lots, we are here to pray), food, , we do have a bathroom, …bring cloths, many, we will have sweats at the kiva during the day. For ceremony of the dance, I will use  golden skirt, to math with the moon and the golden light, but you follow your heart.

 

      I truly need help in early June, for clearing the place where the moon dance will take place, we started during the vision embracing but it is not ready yet, so if there are voluntaries for the work before the moon dance will be appreciated…

 

         We cannot make the work for other people, but we can create the environment for people to work in themselves, and in the connection with life, and the Great mother, into the sisterhood, realizing that we want to create a higher massive consciousness, for doing this, we need all the sisterhood, together in bonding through love.

 

    This moon dance, is not about following a tradition or religion, is about connectedness, of the feminine energy.

 

   There are no rules and regulations, perse, we hope that people have the heart to listen, for harmony cannot be impose… but I have one in a personal level,  absolutely NO drugs or alcohol.

…This is NOT a NEW age…

 

         We truly need to know how many people is coming for a lot of preparation needs to be done for the people in the land.

 

           We will go by donation, needs to come from the heart…

 

     Last year we have such a beautiful blessed ceremony of Moondance, for many things have been resolved and I saw this year people growth and flourish in such an incredible manner.

 

     Finally we have our Grandmother drum, came all the way from Mexico, she comes from a huge Ceiba tree, our Sacred Tree, made by only one piece, from beautiful Tarasco people. It is all done by women, is awakening the true vibration within the self, for the whole forest respond to her loud voice….

 

     We also have our ceremonial songs, if you are coming please let us know so we can send you a cd with our songs, so you can begin to study them.  

 

       So let me know  what you feel about the ceremony, this is our ceremony so it is very important if you are listening to something from mama, we all need to know…. and let me know as soon is possible if you are coming.

 

   Please send donations to Po box. 604 Harrison AR 72602, or paypal, visit www.unionofpolarities.com the click in donations. We need your help to create beautiful space where the people can embrace themselves, and the ceremonies.

 

I am you

 

Magdala



If you are coming, you will need a golden or white skirt for ceremony, if you don't have time to

do if you can email Daniela, she will do it for you, she knows ceremony and she is the best

to do it, her email is  laoma03@hotmail.com 





Send an email for info. or to let us know that your are coming to

magdala@unionofpolarities.com 

 


LETTERS FROM MOON DANCERS


Beautiful Sister,

Words cannot express the healing that I received during the MoonDance Last year! I knew that I had work to do, but didn't know it!
I had been "working on me" all my life and not getting where I needed to be.... I kept going but not going anywhere. I am so thankful for that week in the mountians.
As I look back, I do not remember alot of what went on around me, just the work I was doing inside of me. For me, it wasn't about everyone else, It was about me. That may sound selfish to some, but that is the place where I was.
I am so thankful that the Spirit inside me was strong enough to make it thru, AND I am so THANKFUL for my Sisters that helped me through it, a hug, a smile, a laugh..... and above all the understanding and love I felt, when I was dirty, and I stunk and I was so tired and I wanted to sleep so bad.
I had to get so far out of my comfort zone to achieve the Spiritual healing I was so desperate for....And the physical healing. I am so glad I got that out of the way so I can look FORWARD to getting out of my comfort zone again to gather with and grow in love and respect and honor with my sister Ixpapalotlis!!!
The MoonDance for me is about the WORK..... It is about the work inside ourselves to be better in our heart. It is about the sisterhood... growing and loving together. About being there, to help...or not..... To pray , and pray... and pray somemore.
To observe ourselves in others.. to be one in the oneness of all the Mother.. To be one with nature, even tho I could do without some of the encounters (heehee) to learn to love the beauty along with the unpleasant. It is about growing in the Law Of Nature.. instead of the laws of man.

I am so thankful for your love and understanding. Your wisdom and Your Work. And so thankful for your sacrifice for the Mother and all of us, for the place where the water comes from the womb, and the time and space where we can come and learn and grow and love.

I love you, I am you Cheryl Rainbowstar



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The moon dance is an experience that is hard to define with words. For me it has created a powerful movement deep within my being. A removal/shedding of the false self and jumping into a beautiful well of creation untapped in my being. An experience of self discovery and a knowledge of a universe that I thought was only for my imagination was brought into this reality. The moon dance was a very intense spiritual experience/awakening.
I danced through fears and moved into self acceptance. Life changing...
I laughed until it hurt and cried tears and sang a song that needed to be sung. Joy soy sagrada...
I love the Ixpapalotlis!!!!!!!
I feel so blessed and honored to have had this opportunity.
Thank you Magdala for providing the opportunity for me and the women.

I love you!

Kimberly


Moon dance,
Tent, sleeping bag pillow, camping supplies(flash light comes in handy) Food, non perishable as much as possible Ice Personal products towels lots clothes for sweat lodge white or gold dress, skirt to dance in comfortable shoes material and yarn for prayer ties tobacco for prayer ties chair solar shower bag is nice donation an open heart give aways if you choose


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Dear Sisters,
Here is a list of essentials for moondance...

*camping gear( tent, tarp, sleeping bag, pillow)
*bug spray
*flashlight
*shoes for moon dance
*shoes or boots for woods
*warm wrap for cool evenings and maybe a rain jacket
*fabric for tobacco ties(at least 1 yard each of red, orange, yellow, green, blue, purple, pink...maybe golden, too! and maybe a little white for your headdress...))
*ball of yarn for tobacco ties
*large bag or two of tobacco
*donations of sage are appreciated (we burn a lot of that!) *copal, too, or cedar or sweetgrass!
*sweatlogde clothes
*towel, tolietries for outside showering. There is a outhouse you can bring your solar shower into(solar shower is essential!)(and your own tolit paper!) Maybe a tote to carry to outhouse with your things...
*Garbage bags for your garbage to carry out with you (There is no garbage man!!!)
*drinking water!!!! (like a gallon a day)
*drinks for moon dance( pop, water, whatever...a community icechest is provided for those evenings...though there may or may not be ice!!)
*if you smoke, plenty of cigs *coffee (we do have a propane cooker for community coffee)
*ice chest with what you plan to eat for a week(there will be no cooking at Magdala's..) if you need to cook, bring a campstove, or just bring sandwich stuff...we can make ice runs...if you are traveling..buy ice chest and food on your way in...grocery and hardware store in Jasper...Walmart in Harrison... Bring high energy snacks, too..as we will be burning a lot of energy!!! My suggestion is to keep food simple..not a lot of time to cook and clean...we're on vacation!!!
*notepad to jot down experiences
*Giveaways for everyone when moondance is finished
* A BIG Donantion for Magdala!!!!!(she spends sooo much time and energy beforehand, during, and after for this experience...)
*Feel free to e-mail any of us if you need to talk about what to bring!!! It's so important to come prepared with this physical stuff...so the spiritaul work won't be bogged down with worries about what you forgot to bring!!!
*Be prepared to go without much sleep!!! We practice the songs, make tobacco ties for our prayers, eat, sweat, go up to dance from moonrise to sunrise(all night long!!!!) (the dance is an earth step..very simple) come down, sweat a little sweat, sleep a couple of hours...clean up...start all over again. We will need everyone helping in many ways..but at least, taking care of your basic needs because there will be one one there doing that for you!! and that includes picking up after yourself(there will be no one there to do that for you when you are gone, either!) This only works well if everyone is willing to contribute all they can in bringing together an experience that is life altering...and all you truly need is a big heart full of love for the sisterhood, for the spirit, for yourself! You will be truly amazed at the blessed space created by the love and respect and sacredness we share. The work is rigorous..the peace is profound. WE LOVE YOU!!!

Klairanissa



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Things that are helpful:
Full address to Temple
Home phone number
Camping gear (tent, sleeping bag, folding chair, portable shower if possible)
Clothes (everyday, sweat, and whatever for dance)
Jacket (nights can still be cool)
Food to share as a group
Drinks
Tobacco (for prayer ties)
Sage
Twine or yarn
Material (different colors like the rainbow)
Song (practice before)

My experience:
How can you put into words an experience and do it justice. It is like the feeling of a beautiful sunshine day, where you feel the love from everyone and everything around you. The peace, the serenity feeling of being home, it is all there.
My choice of stepping outside the box and going where I felt lead (against the opinions of all my family) gave me a different look at my life. When I first read an article of Magdala’s on the internet, I felt the love that she had for all and I wanted to find that in myself because I knew it was there somewhere hidden from me. When the time came, I loaded up the car (borrowed because I totaled mine two months before) with what I thought that I might need. I had never done anything like that before and I had no idea what I would need or what to expect. I traveled 700 miles with only a name, PO box for an address, and a cell phone number that I found out later that doesn’t work in the mountain to attend a ceremony called “Moon Dance”.
One would think, what fun is there in sitting in the woods with women that you have never met, staying up all night for 3 nights straight? I can tell you that it is a wonderful experience that you will never forget. I could tell you about making the prayer ties, the sweat lodge, or the story telling that was shared each night but each event is unique in itself. It is not run on a time clock or a program. Things flow as they are meant to be. I found that worry about whether or not I got the song right or played the drum in step with the other took away from myself, that the key was not how you sing or how you play but that you Do IT through the love in your heart. I can not tell you about each detail because that would put an expectation in your mind of what is to happen this year and I feel it is best to not have any expectations of the ceremony. Listen to your heart, for it will guide your way.
Patty


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My moon dance experience.....

It is always about the journey, the journey to get to where the water comes from the womb, the journey through the Ozarks and learning to trust myself 100%. To be able to listen to my intuition without fear or doubt is a constant test. When I pass these tests I am full of unexpected energy and feel the unconditional love within me and around me.
My journey at moon dance last year was so amazing that I can barely put it into words. It left me speechless, humbled, and excited to do it again.
The dancing was a beautiful experience that I understood my personal connection to the earth and how she replenishes me when I am consistent and centered. I was energized in my body, I was clear in the present moment, I was joyful and beyond all logical reasoning I was connecting to the REAL me. Not the identity that I have in the outside world, but the true, silent witness that is me. Not my body, not my thoughts, not my image, not my emotions....I was in control but also working with "all that is" as one in unity!!! That is something that I could never buy, and I knew deep within me that it has always been a part of me, I just needed to uncover it and allow it to permeate my whole being. The moon dance helped me reconnect to the source of all creation. It helped lift the veil of illusion and be in the reality that I created. How sacred and whole was the journey to myself.

I also was nervous to learn the 3 songs in such a short time. But, once I let go of my fear and allowed spirit to help me remember the words I could relax into the process. Ironically after 3 days of practicing singing the songs and the beautiful ceremonys I couldn't get the songs out of my head for a long time after the moon dance was over.....It literally was singing in my heart and mind as a part of me. it was amazing!

I enjoyed moon dance for the time to communicate with my wonderful sisters. Learning so much and laughing alot. I also liked how my prayer process unfolded effortlessly. I have so much to be grateful for and it never ceases to amaze me.

The sweatlodge ceremonies were so healing and transformative that i could literally feel it in my body afterwards...Thank you Magdala for your gift of honoring all that is sacred within and without!!

One thing that i feel would help with learning the songs would be to send out the words of the songs along with the actual sound of the songs beforehand. I found it helpful(since I don't read/speak Spanish) to have the phonetics(sounds-like) of the words to give me a visual along with the sound/harmony and drum beat.

Overall im coming back this summer! i can't wait...my feet are already dancing in that sacred circle as the trees dance above me in their own sacred way....

I really am another you!
Patricia Ireland


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My name is Patrice Lange and I have participated in the Moon Dance Ceremony for the past 2 years. Moon Dance is a powerful ceremony that helped me uncover more of myself, helped me move things inside of myself, helped me understand my own sacredness, and helped me create a stronger connection with the sisterhood all over the world.

We sing 3 songs in the moon dance. The first is about the recognition of the pain we hold as women and where it comes from. The second is a song about the call from the Mother to recognize our sacredness as a woman and our connection to the Great Mother. The third song is about the sisterhood and the calling togethr of all the sisters. And we dance all night from the time the moon comes up until the dawn. And with the dancing we create that connection with the mother and the movement within ourselves.

In the ancient times they talked about the world of the enchanted flowers - the place where all things are possible, the place of the golden light, the place of unity. The Moon Dance is a ceremony about living in that world and about helping the sisterhood remember that they reside there and have always resided there.

love you

patrice



My name is Patrice Lange and I have participated in the Moon Dance Ceremony for the past 2 years. Moon Dance is a powerful ceremony that helped me uncover more of myself, helped me move things inside of myself, helped me understand my own sacredness, and helped me create a stronger connection with the sisterhood all over the world.

We sing 3 songs in the moon dance. The first is about the recognition of the pain we hold as women and where it comes from. The second is a song about the call from the Mother to recognize our sacredness as a woman and our connection to the Great Mother. The third song is about the sisterhood and the calling togethr of all the sisters. And we dance all night from the time the moon comes up until the dawn. And with the dancing we create that connection with the mother and the movement within ourselves.

In the ancient times they talked about the world of the enchanted flowers - the place where all things are possible, the place of the golden light, the place of unity. The Moon Dance is a ceremony about living in that world and about helping the sisterhood remember that they reside there and have always resided there.

love you

patrice



My name is Patrice Lange and I have participated in the Moon Dance Ceremony for the past 2 years. Moon Dance is a powerful ceremony that helped me uncover more of myself, helped me move things inside of myself, helped me understand my own sacredness, and helped me create a stronger connection with the sisterhood all over the world.

We sing 3 songs in the moon dance. The first is about the recognition of the pain we hold as women and where it comes from. The second is a song about the call from the Mother to recognize our sacredness as a woman and our connection to the Great Mother. The third song is about the sisterhood and the calling togethr of all the sisters. And we dance all night from the time the moon comes up until the dawn. And with the dancing we create that connection with the mother and the movement within ourselves.

In the ancient times they talked about the world of the enchanted flowers - the place where all things are possible, the place of the golden light, the place of unity. The Moon Dance is a ceremony about living in that world and about helping the sisterhood remember that they reside there and have always resided there.

love you

patrice



My name is Patrice Lange and I have participated in the Moon Dance Ceremony for the past 2 years. Moon Dance is a powerful ceremony that helped me uncover more of myself, helped me move things inside of myself, helped me understand my own sacredness, and helped me create a stronger connection with the sisterhood all over the world.

We sing 3 songs in the moon dance. The first is about the recognition of the pain we hold as women and where it comes from. The second is a song about the call from the Mother to recognize our sacredness as a woman and our connection to the Great Mother. The third song is about the sisterhood and the calling togethr of all the sisters. And we dance all night from the time the moon comes up until the dawn. And with the dancing we create that connection with the mother and the movement within ourselves.

In the ancient times they talked about the world of the enchanted flowers - the place where all things are possible, the place of the golden light, the place of unity. The Moon Dance is a ceremony about living in that world and about helping the sisterhood remember that they reside there and have always resided there.

love you

patrice













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