Moon Magic





Painting by Marti White Deer Song




Into the night she went,
in search of the moonlight…

One autumn, after living in my tipi all summer long, I moved up north to begin studying at the university in Umeå, northern Sweden. I rented a small room at the home of a woman named Camilla Måne. “Måne” is the Swedish word for moon. And so it was, that I moved in to the home of a priestess and artist named after the moon, and together we began to gather a circle of women every full moon…

Watch how Luna lights up the night sky. See how she changes. Growing and expanding; fading and retreating. Luna is constantly changing, moving and shifting, as are we. By tuning into her cycles, we tap into a source of true power, magic and healing.

There is a time for soaring high, and a time for resting deep…

Our first moon ceremony took place outdoors by the river. The moon rose up from behind the forest to greet us and her beauty took our breath away. She was like a great, glowing amber in the night sky…

and they say the townswomen were wild once, and if you looked very, very closely, you might just catch the wild sparkle in their eyes when they laughed out loud or did something unladylike. They say the townswomen used to sneak out at night, during the full mother moon. They went to the woods where they met with their wild cousins, the woodswomen, and together they gathered in a circle of laughing, howling women. All night long they danced in the moonlight, and they danced the dance of the wild woman, and they sang the song that all women know deep, deep inside, and secretly long to sing…

And so we gathered around the fire, to sing, to dance and to remember wild woman’s song. That song that we all know deep down inside but sometimes need a little help remembering…

After the ceremony, I bathed in the river.

The Ume River has a very strong current! For a second I was sure it would sweep me off my feet and take me along with it. Thankfully, my strong legs kept me standing and I laughed out loud at the thought of myself being pulled along by the river, completely naked and helpless to the power of the current. 

I love getting close to nature and how a strong current reminds me of the power of nature, and the flow of life, and how amazing it is to have strong legs that keep me standing steady. I love feeling, too, how easily it would be to just let go and let the river take me away somewhere new. The water was icy cold. The full moon was glowing in the sky above me. I could hear the sound of women laughing and talking behind me on the beach.  

When I moved up north, I had no idea of what I was diving into. Boarding the train, I felt a lot like the Fool in the Tarot Deck, on the beginning of a new journey, open and naïve, without any clue whatsoever. After living in my tipi Saga outdoors all summer, I was a bit nervous about moving somewhere new and into society again. Moving indoors. Studying at university. Having to wear shoes again or as someone once defined it as "putting blindfolds on your feet".

Meeting my moon sister Camilla came as a great blessing. While living in Umeå for six months, we gathered during almost every full moon, in a circle of women, to connect with nature, with the moon and with each other.
Since I began my journey with the moon, I have been collecting songs to honour her different phases… Welcome to listen and sing along! Some songs are both in Swedish and English…
  








 Maiden Moon - Waxing Moon Song


Oh the maiden of the moon,

She is growing and glowing,

Into the night.


Åh du måne, åh du sköna,

Vad du växer och lyser,

För varje dag.








Full Moon Song 


Mother Moon, oh Mother Moon,

Oh you fill us with your light.

Mother Moon, oh Mother Moon,

Oh you fill us with your love.


Moder Måne, Moder Måne,

Åh du fyller oss med ditt ljus,

Moder Måne, Moder Måne,

Åh du fyller oss med din kraft






Dark Moon / New Moon Song 

 
Into the night, she goes deep,

Into the night, she goes deep,

Into the dark, in search of the moonlight,

And she goes into the night,

And she goes into the night,

And she goes into the dark,

In search of the moonlight











Lastly, a big thank you to Camilla Måne, my moon sister and dear friend! I am so grateful that our paths crossed and for diving into the mysteries of the moon together! Looking forward to our Wild Woman Retreat and many more adventures!

Camilla is a priestess, artist, singer, songwriter and drummer. Her songs and colourful paintings honour the Mother Earth and the Goddess. Camilla is one of the most inspiring women I know! She follows her heart wherever she goes and has an incredible gift for gathering people in circles. Check out her website here: http://colourfulcamilla.com/




 


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