One of the focuses of the Gathering was journeying to meet our power animals, making masks of them, sharing their medicine, invoking them and beneath the full She Moon, dancing them. Power animals or totem animals or familiars, have long been worked with in various traditions. They are known as the messengers of Great Spirit, a connection with the essence of Nature as guide, advisor, healer and another opportunity to feel the interconnectedness of all things and beings in all realms, a way to tap into a deeper sense of knowing.
We danced the 'Long Dance' described by Elizabeth Cogburn. Winding into the ceremony, dancing the Yang circle then the Yin circle, we arrived at the centre. One by one, together in the dark, dressed in our masks and accoutrement, we called our power animals in. Scaled, winged, four legged and all of the above, the many She's expressed themselves with sound, movement and in relationship to each other. Held by four drummers, in turn at the directions, maintaining the beat that pulsed through and around us. Clouds reflecting the energies swirled above us, the full moon bursting through lighting us, the drums carrying us, we journeyed on, through and within the animals medicine. Many of the women had profound and deep experiences of their power animal's gifts and teachings that helped make sense of their connection and filled them with meaning and answers much needed for life.
In closing, we planned for our next gathering - the Vision Quest. And we dreamed of what we're to do together beyond our school, how we can serve the greater good, how we can share the wealth we're accumulating in our blessed experiences together.
And dreamed we did, dreamed big. So stand by!