Painting of “Grandmother Moon”
used with generous permission by
the artist Lynda Hoffman-Snodgrass
whose beautiful work you
can find here.
On the Eve of the Winter’s Solstice (Dec 21 at 3:23 pm MST) with its potent light-filled, timeline-shifting energy alongside the Full Moon in Cancer (Dec 22 at 10:48 am), I asked for a message from the Grandmothers as they had been calling me.
This is what I saw. This is what I heard.
Grandmother Moon arrives, hair flowing, skin radiant, eyes sparkling, heart glowing. She smiles and speaks:
See the circle we have formed around the Fire we are tending.
Come sit with us awhile. The celebration is about to begin.
We are the Weavers of the Dream you call Life, Keepers of the Garden, Holders of Wisdom Teaching, Protectors of the Hearth, and you are our children.
You think us old; (laughing) you are right. We are eternal, ancient.
You think we do not understand you, that we could not possibly know your dreams…
—the hand to hold, the lips softly kissed, the confident look of love, a body healed, a home to call your own, babies to rock, communities to build, canvases to paint, stories to tell, distant places to travel, a safe world to live.
But we do know. We are alive in each dream you hold, for your dreams are our dreams too.
It is a time of great awakening.
Serve your soul’s intent to walk with others in peace and create in harmony.
Love and honour your Mother Earth and all her creatures, including you, dear ones, who need to nourish yourselves before you can nourish others.
Find the true power within that can never be taken away and empower others to do the same.
The life you are living is the answer to this question:
Who will you touch with the legacy
of love you must leave behind?
Through the inner understanding of the life you have weaved thus far, release the past.
Devote your energy to the expression of your highest truth in ways that please you and impact others.
By living in right relationship with your heart, your family, your community and your planet, you create sacred paths for this generation and generations that will follow.
Tune into your Belly Wisdom while summoning the intelligent Light of peace, compassion and kindness so you can be gently guided to the Infinite Love of the present moment of possibility.
Wipe away the tears once they’ve fallen. Give thanks each morning for the resources Mother Earth freely gives and offer appreciation each night for the day that you have lived.
Forgive those who have lost their innocence; they have forgotten the Love that they are. All wounds can be healed through the Alchemy of Love.
Deeply listen to the children and your elders. Take care of the animals and the plants, the oceans and the skies, the Sun and the Moon.
Look for us in the clouds and the rain, in the wind and the grass, in the sunset and the sunrise. We are in your playgrounds, your offices, your parliaments and your kitchens.
(Patting my chest) Rest here inside your heart while you dream a beautiful life.
And when you are ready, let’s dance around the fire, celebrating how far you have come and how far you will go.
Maybe like me, you’ve known Grandmother Love through your family relations or from having called upon your own Inner Grandmother whose healing and wise counsel we can seek at all times.
Perhaps you feel drawn to the lineages that honour Grandmother Anna, Grandmother Moon or Grandmother Spider.
I welcome Them all.
No matter what our connection is with this great energy, the Grandmothers come at a time when the sacred seeds of emotional wisdom and healing power are needed as we ask ourselves about the dreams we wish to plant in our Winter Gardens, and the shifts in consciousness that need to take place in order for them to be fulfilled.
The experience of being human is challenging, a constant Witness to our own and others’ suffering through our blessed sensitivity—those of us who at times feel pain like a hammer to the chest.
Yet here we are called to feel more, release more, diving into our emotions, seeking out the wisdom in the areas that are up for us right now—hearing Guidance, trusting Divine Timing, healing relationships, changing careers or moving towards radiant well-being.
Cancer the sign of the Cosmic Mother, the Healer, the Giver, the Sensitive, the Empath, and the Nurturer is penetrating our thick skin, our fast-moving mind, making us more vulnerable to the healing that is present in this Great Force of Love.
And that’s a good thing.
Instead of stopping our tears or repressing our hurts, we can breathe into the power of this sensitivity and exhale the force of our spiritual strength that we’ve gathered by moving through the heartbreak while still remaining open to love.
This Full Moon call on the Grandmothers, the Elders, the Wise Women, the Ancestors, the ones who have come before us and have left the soft footprints of their Wisdom Legacy behind to heal the wounds that have made this soul journey more challenging than it needs to be.
Allow yourself to be replenished by the dark, quiet days of Winter and cleansed by the purifying rays of the Moonlight that will softly land you on the path of the true legacy you came here to leave and whose lives you came here to touch.
May we all walk tenderly and wisely
the path of feeling,
the path of devotion,
the path of love,
and the path of celebration.