Aloha Moon News
November 20, 2013. Waning Moon in Cancer.
Hawaiian Moon Phase: La'au Ku Lua
This is the second of three planting nights under the Moon that has been waning for three days from Full. It is a favorable Moon under which to fish, plant trees, and pick medicinal herbs. “Life is in Labor. Labor produces what is needed.” Kamehameha Publishing, 2013.
Hawaiian Word of the November La’au Ku Lua Moon: Waiwai
Meaning: Goods, property, assets, valuables, value, worth, wealth, importance, benefit, estate, use; useful, valuable, rich .
Aloha Strong Womyn,
The waiwai/rich rain falling in Northern California hydrates our thirsty soil. Leaves and evergreen needles hang heavy with drops of water. Birds dash from branch to branch, singing happily in the wai/sweet water as it falls. The La’au Ku Lua Moon shines quietly in the sky, behind the watery clouds. We can’t see Her tonight, but we can feel Her and we know that She watches us and sees the waiwai/value in each of our spirits, in our actions, and in our words. She knows that together we are strong. She believes that when we come together in community and work for the better of the whole ~ then we are waiwai/rich. La’au Ku Lua asks us to remember that our greatest waiwai/wealth and worth live where our trust in Womyn’s Mysteries and Magick exist. She says, “Come together waiwai/important womyn! Feel this wet Earth beneath your bare feet! Feel that you are made from this soil, from this wai/sweet water, and are sprinkled with my Moonlight. Shine with me in community with one another and feel the connection that runs so deep! Together we will ho’owaiwai/enrich and bring prosperity to all womyn!”
Blessed Birthday Wishes to our Sagittarius Sisters!
Mahalo Nui Loa To Those Who Spiraled!
We offer praise and thanks to all of our Sisters, both new and familiar, who joined us in celebrating our Crones and Ancestors at Daughters of the Goddess Womyn’s Spiral Dance on October 25! It was a magickal evening of Sisterhood, reverence and remembrance ~ an evening of great waiwai/importance. And Oh My! How the Ancestor Altar sparkled resplendently! We offer praise and thanks to those who shared their crafts, music, dance, and prayers with our larger community. Blessed Samhain to each of you. May your year be everything that you wish for and more!
Delightful Article Sharing our Spiral Dance!
It was our pleasure to Spiral with reporter and writer for the Lamorinda Weekly, Sophie Braccini at Spiral Dance this year. Sophie found out about our event through a press release that our Marketing Team sent out and came with the intention of writing a story about what she experienced. Her article captured what we all feel in our hearts about this wonderful event. If you have been to Spiral Dance, you’ll know what she means. If you have not, this will surely inspire you to attend in the future! Enjoy!
Remembering Our Ancestors
Each year we collaborate to create an Ancestor Keepsake Booklet that we give to womyn who attend the Spiral Dance. Our wish is that this Booklet grows to be the size of the old print JC Penny catalogs from our childhoods! Wouldn’t it be wonderful if it took us a year to read the Keepsake and to take in all of the shared stories of our communities’ ancestors?! Please help us vision this creation as we begin a new year! Who has influenced your life? Is there a family member, a historical figure, or an entertainer that has moved you and who you would like to honor with a long or short written piece about them? Get your pens out and start jotting down some ideas. We will be contacting the community for submissions in the late Summer/early Fall of 2014! Join us in honoring those upon whose shoulders we stand!
On Holy Ground: Commitment and Devotion to Sacred Lands
It is with great pleasure that we share with you that our Kumu, Kahuna and High Priestess Leilani and Chief Luisah Teish have published a very important book titled On Holy Ground. Offering indigenous Hawaiian and African perspectives, the book contains the author’s personal stories, cultural myths and folktales, prayers, chants, rituals and exercises to help the reader define her or his relationship to Mother Earth and Her children. If you would like to order a copy of the book, please visit our website!
In addition, keep your eyes open for future announcements regarding Book Readings with both Leilani and Teish! These events are awe inspiring and incredibly informative. Sit at the skirts of these amazing elders and absorb their offerings! You will be better for it!
Save the Date: Gather and Listen!
Leilani and Teish will be offering a Book Reading presenting On Holy Ground on December 6, 2013 in the evening in Oakland. We will be sending more details soon! Hope to see you there!
Join Us For An Upcoming Open Ritual!
These circles are open to all womyn and girls! We hope to see you soon at Her altar!
Monday, December 2. Celebrate Mary in all Her forms: Stella Maris, Tonantzin, and Guadalupe.
Friday, December 20. Celebrate Winter Solstice and Hawaiian Snow Goddess Poliahu.
Thursday, January 2. Celebrate White Buffalo Calf Woman and honor the call of the Peacekeeper.
Come Decorate Candles for Our Annual Winter Solstice Candle Exchange!
Please join Daughters of the Goddess at our Candle Decorating Bast Hua on Monday, December 9, 2013 at 2:30! It's a creatively fun filled evening of spectacular art inspired by the circle of wonderful womyn of our community. We will be decorating candles for the Peace Candle Exchange that takes place each year during our Winter Solstice ritual. (Our Winter Solstice ritual is on Friday, December 20th, 2013.) You will have time to decorate 2 to 3 candles. The extra candles make great gifts or you can use them for your own magickal work. Come for an evening of glittery laughter as we create these sacred gifts to light the way for one another on the darkest night of the year. This event will take place in Concord. $20-$10 sliding scale. For more information please contact Janelle at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Would you like to gather for a ritual celebrating Yemaya and the oceans of the world in a magnificent Sea Shellabration!? Join many of us from Daughters of the Goddess as we gather at the altar of Yemaya with Chief Luisah Teish for a ritual for all of the waters on December 14, 2013 in Palo Alto at Sofia University. The Marketplace will be open from 6:15-10:00 and the ritual will occur from 7:00-9:00. We hope to see you there!
Such Beautiful Crafts and Womyn in the North Bay!
Join womyn from all over northern California on the weekend of Dec. 14th and 15th at the Sebastopol Community Center for a weekend of Goddess inspired entertainment, shopping and community at the 19th Annual Goddess Crafts Faire! Leilani will be offering the Opening Invocation on Sunday, December 15 at 11:00 a.m. For more information and the full schedule of events, please visit the Goddess Crafts Faire website: http://www.goddesscraftsfaire.com.
Do you Hear Her Calling You to Witch School?
Do you hear the Goddess calling you?! Do you see magick everywhere you look? Do you wish to embrace more energetic tools to enrich your life?! Perhaps 2014 is your year to enroll in Daughters of the Goddess Witch School! The new class will begin in February 2014 and will gather for one meeting each month (most on Sunday) culminating in the students’ Initiation as Dianic Witches in January 2015! If you are interested please contact Leilani.
Daughters of the Goddess on Facebook!
We have a growing and thriving Facebook community which allows us to create connections with womyn all over the world! If you participate in Facebook and would like to join our Daughters of the Goddess group, just ask to add! It is a fun way to keep in touch, keep abreast of Temple events, and to visit with other Witchy womyn!
Leilani’s 50th Years ~ A Birthday Book Offering
Do you have a special story about Leilani? A heart-warming memory? A heart-stopping moment when she channeled the Goddess and lightning struck? These moments are waiwai/of great value, a source of wealth. As part of our on-going celebration of Leilani’s 50th year, we are continuing to gather letters, memories, poems, photos and artwork to put into a Birthday Book for her. If you would like to submit a piece to be included, we would really love to add it into the wonderful collection that we have amassed! Please seriously consider this and let us know! What is remembered lives! We are engaged in creating Herstory! To inquire further, please contact Danielle at email@example.com.
The Daughters of the Goddess Newsletter
The Daughters of the Goddess Newsletter contains a letter from Leilani, as well as our ritual schedule for the coming series. It is published and mailed via regular U.S. mail twice a year in September and March on the Equinoxes. The newsletter is also available on our website: current newsletter. If you are not on our mailing list and would like to receive our Fall Newsletter, please contact Patrice and she will add you onto the mailing list. Also, if you are currently receiving the Newsletter through the postal service and would prefer an e-mail version, please let us know and we can certainly make that change as well. See you at ritual!
Offerings from our Priestesses:
Readings and Consultations
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 if you are called to this.
High Guardian Priestess Patrice offers website creation and maintenance services through her company Wolf Womyn Designs. If you have a business and need your website created or perfected, you have an expert in your midst! Please contact Patrice if you require these services.
May the La’au Ku Lua Moon’s messages of our strength in Sisterhood stay with you through these days of increasing darkness and rest. May Sisterhood feed you abundantly and may you give back waiwai/wealth to the community that feeds you until there is an endless loop of giving and receiving ~ and the waiwai/abundance is so great that nobody knows where it begins and where it ends, because it is eternally in flow.
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