Dear friends and relatives. Following the phases of the moon helps us to tune ourselves with Nature. The moon ceremony is one way light-workers and healers can heal themselves and the Earth. We use Peruvian breath exercises, meditation techniques and the fire to help us set our intention to heal ourselves and the world. I am honored to lead the Peruvian moon ceremony in Santa Fe at the winter solstice this year, December 21.This ancient ritual from the Laika (see my website www.curandera.com -Music of the Spheres-The Laika) uses "fire arrows" to set one's intent, and smoke to send that prayer to the heavens. During the course of the ceremony the nature spirits are invited in so that we can honor them. This time can also be used to release earthbound souls as well.
Any poems, prayers or songs that you feel would be relevant we can incorporate into this ceremony. Let us pray together during this very special time of; winter solstice--the point at which the days begin to grow longer, the full moon, the lunar eclipse, Geminid meteor shower and a blue moon.
· The winter solstice is the time of year when the sun’s influence is said to be at its weakest point in the northern hemisphere and the moon is at its strongest. By celebrating the return of the sunlight after the longest night of the year, we focus on the light. In meidtation we may also find the inner Light within each of us, nurture the Light in others and our hope for a bright future.
· The strength of the moon is amplified this year as it falls on the morning of solstice. The eclipse will be visible in North America between 1:33 a.m. and 5:01 a.m. Dec. 21, according to the National Aeronautics and Space Administration. "The total eclipse of the moon in the early hours of Dec. 21 will occur on a celestial canvas of superb beauty. A lunar eclipse occurs when the Earth passes between the sun and the moon. In this alignment, the shadow of the Earth falls upon the moon, dimming the moon and giving it unusual coloring, ranging from muted gray to coppery orange," according to the The Old Farmers Almanac. In Boulder and the surrounding areas, viewers should begin to look to the skies around 11:15 p.m. on Dec. 20 to see the eclipse. Half of the world, the half where it is night, will get to see a total lunar eclipse. This is a full moon whose path passes through Earth's shadow. When these two occurrences happen at the same time, the moon can glow any color from red to turquoise for one to three hours as it passes through. The shadows of buildings and people etc., lack an atmosphere so do not change colors. The Earth’s spectacular atmosphere changes day to day and makes every lunar eclipse different in terms of color.
· About the end of each year, the Geminid meteor shower sends thousands of shooting stars hurtling across the night sky. This shower should be visible until Tuesday. The Geminids get their name from the constellation Gemini, from which the showers appear to emerge. The best viewing will be in the southern skies after midnight, away from city lights. These showers are unique in that they are thought to be the remnants of a passing asteroid rather than a comet.
· The Maine Farmers Almanac interprets a blue moon as being the third full moon of four in any one season. Accordingly, the last true blue moon was May 19, 2008. December 21, 2010, is the date of two lunar events: the fourth full moon of the season, or blue moon, as well as a total eclipse of that moon.