The first real "Tent" that we held in Denton,Tx, was a year ago, by the lunar calendar, and it happened on the Eclipse of October. The moon shown red, and the girls gathered with their wine and their thoughts, their laughter and their tears...a very good friend of mine showed up in near desperation, and through everything we healed each other. I also saw my first real UFO, and I'll never forget that. This night is very sacred to me. October is a "thin" month--the three days of Samhain are the times when the veils between the worlds (and there are many worlds than these) are the thinnest, and I have always treasured Octobers.
My most recent tent was with the girl who let me borrow the book, The Red Tent. Read it if you haven't. This community is based on this intuitive gathering of women, to laugh and learn and grow from each other and our experiences. We have all witnessed, I believe, what can be done when a group of women gather together, put aside their girly competitions and socially prescribed inhibitions, and focus on the pure spirit--the raising of consiousness and lightworking like no other.
All these gatherings I treasure, and now, as I spend this anniversary in a state of solitude, I'm reminded of Diana, the solitary huntress (Hey girls, remember last Samhain? Esp. Annie dressed to kill---literally!). Last Halloween/Samhain the three of us dressed as "pagans" and invaded the local "christian" halloween fest. It was great fun. And then there was the wine...
But beyond that was the sisterhood. Is the sisterhood, I should say. For we are never separate from our sisters, but always interconnected in the Ways we practice our faith--and this faith means something different to each of us. No one person dictates what it is that allows us in the Tent. No one member says "you must believe this, at least, or you can't join." The Tent is forever. The Tent is all-encompassing. The Tent extends wherever the Moon sheds Her light. The Sisterhood is now and forever.
So I say this to reflect upon some of the things I've learned in the past year--to forgive men for their faults, their betrayals, for their lies and their forcefulness. To realize all beings as part of the infinite, nearly incomprehensible understanding of the Universe, of which it's very difficult to get a complete grasp on at any one time. To live in the present and know that the future holds great things. To live to spread compassion and awakening in all beings, plants, animals, and rocks even as big as the Moon Herself. I love you all, Sisters, and I hope that this Full Moon sheds her life and love on you as She has on me.
Den Mother Delphi