Aloha Moon News
May 9th, 2013 ~ New Moon in Taurus
Hawaiian Moon Phase: Muku
To say New Moon in a sentence, one would refer to it as mahina hou.
Although we think of this Moon as new (when the Moon rises with the dark side facing the Earth), it is the final lunar phase in the Hawaiian Lunar calendar. This is traditionally a good Moon for fishing due to the low tides that accompany it and the Moon just preceding it called Mauli (the waning thumbnail Moon).
Hawaiian Word of the May Muku Moon: Kahuna
Meaning: Priest, sorcerer, magician, wizard, minister, expert in any profession (whether male or female).
The Kahunas are the great ones: the ones who hold knowledge far beyond that of the average person. These are the wise ones. In Hawai’i before the time of colonization, there were hundreds of respected Kahunas in many fields from Indigenous medicine ways, to Hula, from building canoes to banishing evil spirits/negative energies. They were held in the highest regard on the islands.
The warm, sultry weather of the Northern California Bay Area is reminiscent of O’ahu today. The Sun is gentle, the clouds are rolling in front of it quite relaxed ~ almost lazily so, and the calm winds are persistent ~ carrying with them the scent of nectar filled flowers. We are neither in the cool Spring, nor the hot Summer. We are having a day of duality. We are somewhere in between! Aunty Muku Moon is in much the same position. She is sometimes called dark, contemplative, and mysterious. Other days She is considered new, full of promise, ready to grow! Both are true simultaneously and She likes owning this place in our hearts. Aunty Muku reminds us to relax our analyzing energy and to let be that which is. She strokes our cheeks tenderly and says, “Girls. Trust me. I am your guiding light. I am the Kahuna of cycles. I am dark. I grow. I am full. I wane. I am dark. I am without beginning and without end. Look to the sky and remember who you are. I am always with you.” And so we do. And so it is.
Jumping the Cauldron at Beltane!
On April 25, we celebrated Lunar Beltane and Auge, the Spanish Goddess of heat and fertility together ~ dancing, singing, laughing and celebrating the ovulating Earth. It was wonderful to hear Sisters call out their wishes as they jumped the cauldron under the full, round Moon ~ creating as they jumped in the image of the Earth Herself! Beltane Blessings to our local Sisters and to our greater Goddess community!
Happy Birthday Wishes to our Taurus Sisters!
We would also like to wish a special Happy Birthday to our Kahuna and High Priestess Leilani who will be 50 years old this month! May her year be wholly blessed and abundant! May the gifts that she shares with the Universe come back to her reciprocally for all of eternity! Blessed Be!
Upcoming Open Rituals
Please join us in Sacred Space honoring She of Ten Thousand Names! These rituals are open to all womyn!
Friday, May 24. Celebrate Fand, Irish/Celtic Queen of the Fairies. Full Moon in Sagittarius.
Thursday, June 6. Celebrate Juno, Roman Goddess of Family and Marriage, and our Temple Sacred Flame. Waning moon in Gemini.
Thursday, June 20. Celebrate Summer Solstice and Nike, Greek Goddess of Victory. Moon in Scorpio.
Giddy with Gourds Bast Hua
Gourds have been used around the world for many different things. The “meat” inside was used as medicine, they are used as dippers or scoopers, they were even tied to children’s backs and used as life preservers! On July 30th at 7:30 we will get the chance to paint one of these fabulous dried gourds with any amazing design you are called to use! Whether it be a mandala, a scenery picture, an abstract, or a combination of your favorite symbols, let your imagination run free!
The gourds that we will be painting are very special as they are babies from Leilani’s Ipu seeds and were grown by a Daughters of the Goddess alum in her home garden. They are sacred and precious gourds gifted from our Kahuna. We have a limited amount of gourds, so this is a first come, first served Bast Hua!
Please bring a snack to share and any supplies you wish to use or contribute. Examples of fun craft items you can use are: paper, pictures, magazine cut-outs, fabric, glitter, beads, tissue paper, jewels, paint pens, stickers…anything your creative heart desires to decorate with.
The exchange for the event is $35-20 sliding scale. Feel free to bring a friend! Please contact Janelle with any questions, as well as to let us know you would like to join us. Locale will be given upon RSVP. It is a night of great fun, laughter, and creativity. We look forward to getting giddy and decorating gorgeous gourds with all of you!
Spiral Dance is Coming Soon!
Save The Date!
Beltane is the High Holy Day directly opposite Samhain, which means that we are over half way to Spiral Dance! Save the date for our Annual Womyn’s Spiral Dance honoring the Crones, Hallowmas and our Ancestors, to be held on Friday, October 25, 2013 under the Cancer Moon! We look forward to circling with you on this wonderful occasion!
Ancestor Keepsake Booklet
As part of our Ancestor Remembrance on Hallowmas we create a community Ancestor Keepsake Booklet which we share with all of the womyn who attend Spiral Dance. We encourage you to begin thinking now about which of your Kupuna/Ancestors you might like to include in the booklet this year! Our Ancestors are those living beings who have impacted our experiences ~ this can be a relative, a loved one, a friend, a special pet, or a person that has inspired you historically and is part of your heart Ohana. Let us keep the memories of beloved dead alive through our writing!
Interested in Learning More about Aloha Dianic Witchcraft?!
We are currently building the energy for our 2014-2015 Witch School! This year long study will begin in February 2014, meeting one Sunday a month from 9:30-5p.m. and will culminate in the Initiation of students as Dianic Witches in January 2015. Some topics include, but are not limited to Self-Empowerment, Creation and Strengthening of your Personal Daily Practice, Candle Magic, Astrology and more. Please see our witch school page for further information! We look forward to seeing you in Witch School!
Tender Sentiments of the DG Southwest Tour
Praise and Thanks
Big Mahalo and Thank you to the gracious reception I received while spending time with Leaders of like mind and service on the Southwest Tour. Mahalo to Queen Ava of the Orange County Goddess Temple, Valerie Eagleheart of Rainbow Stew in Yucca Valley, and Maria and Lynda Yraceburu of Taanaashkaada Sanctuary. Not only was our time together sacred, we also shared a lot of fun, friendship and laughter together!
Our sacred pilgrimage to the Sekhmet Temple was wonderful this year. We went hiking at Red Rock Canyon and saw stunning plant life, Indigenous petroglyphs, and a very spiritual waterfall that tapped a beautiful song onto our bodies as we lay beneath it. The Baubo performances ranged from hilarious stories to seductive dances, and all things that you can imagine in between! Our dance party following the ritual lasted for over three hours, but we were having so much fun that we didn’t even notice. The next night at the Sekhmet Temple was breathtaking. We danced, drummed, sang, and chanted at Her lap. She was definitely there with us enjoying all that we had to offer and share! This pilgrimage to the land of Sekhmet offers precious time to get to know each traveling Sister more closely and to worship together for several days! I hope you all can come next time we go! It is a must!
Fair Trade Matters!
As part of Daughters of the Goddess’ effort to end human slavery and trafficking, the members of Kokua (our Temple work group) have pooled their money for one year to participate in buying Fair Trade products from Trade As One through their Change for Good Program. Here is a description of Change for Good from Trade As One’s website:
“Change for Good is a subscription food delivery program that sends a box full of a varied assortment of consumables from Trade as One to your doorstep seasonally (every 3 months). Each box costs $99 and includes 12-15 products, plus recipes, producer stories and exclusive offers and samples only for Change for Good participants.”
Kokua members take the food from the basket home, create special dishes, and bring them to ritual to share at our community feasts! This is a really fun way to raise awareness about the importance of buying Fair Trade in ending human slavery and trafficking.
If you come to circle regularly and would like to participate in our Change For Good purchase for the coming year, please let us know! If you would like to learn more about Fair Trade products and the importance of knowledge and activism around this topic, please see the Trade As One website.
Daughters of the Goddess Newsletter
The Daughters of the Goddess Newsletter contains a letter from Leilani and our ritual schedule for the coming series. It is published and mailed via regular U.S. mail twice per year in September and March on the Equinoxes. The newsletter is also posted on the DG website! If you are not on our mailing list and would like to receive our Spring newsletter, please contact us and we will see to it that you are added! Also, if you are receiving the Newsletter through the U.S. mail and would prefer that we e-mail it to you, we can certainly make that change!
Offerings from our Priestesses:
Readings and Consultations
Our High Priestess Leilani is available for private readings and consultations. If you feel that you would like to supplement your ritual experience with more insight, a reading with Leilani is highly recommended. Please contact her at Leilani@DaughtersoftheGoddess.com.
Our High Guardian Priestess Patrice, in partnership with Daughters of the Goddess, is now offering website creation and maintenance services, specializing in Spiritual sites. If you are interested in having your own website, or have one that you need maintained or updated, for more information please contact
Praise and Thanks to our Kupuna/Elders, Source, Tradition
We would like to offer praise and thanks to Mary Kawena Pukui for the Hawaiian Dictionary, to the Hawaiian Civic Club for their production of the Ancient Hawaiian Moon Calendar, and to various websites on the Internet including InstantHawaii.com for their Hawaiian Lunar information page and www.wpcouncil.org for their information on Hawaiian Moon phases, culture and the connection between the aina and the people. Together these resources allow us to learn and better understand ancient Hawaiian traditions. May the information flow like water into the hearts of every human being.
May the Muku Moon bless you with an understanding of this and that, dark and bright, old and new! May you trust the Kahuna of Cycles ~ the Moon and let Her be your guide.
May the Goddess bless you and keep you save and whole, today and always.