On Saturday, July 12th, 2014, the Métis Women’s Circle hosted a Moon Ceremony at the Jerseyville Stables in Ancaster, ON.
We considered this “super moon”, the seventh moon in creation, as a special gift for our celebration of the full moon ceremony. Approximately fifteen women and their daughters joined in the sharing circle. Despite a cloudy beginning, Grandmother Moon showed with bright, shining light.
Against a rustic, rural background the women were led by Lana General and Val King in this important ritual for rejuvenation. Val shared her Anishinaabe teachings about the 13 moons and their representation on Turtle’s back and women’s medicine. Prayers and tobacco were offered to Creator for those near and dear who were incapacitated or in need of support.
The water each woman brought was instilled with the power of the moonlight to be used for healing over the coming month. The women shared berries, songs, tears, and uplifted each other.
For some, this was their first time experiencing the ritual. Horses gathered in the surrounding field to watch the women circle the bonfire in song. These were the same horses who guided our youth in the Horse Spirit programs.