The first time I experienced a moon circle gathering was at a Native American Sioux Tribe inspired Tepee brought to Williamsburg’s Havemeyer Park in Brooklyn by The Tipi Project. I loved the experience so much that a few months later I became certified to lead Moon Circles via The Wild Woman Project and last year I joined the Numinous Moon Club.
Have you ever wondered if the moon phases influence or affect you in any way? Of course they do, our bodies hold 70% water and like the tides we are affected by its energy pull. Knowing how to harness the energy that comes with each phase of the moon to accomplish what you want to do is a practical fun fact to know.
Long before we started posting about moon cycles on Instagram, our ancestors used the moon calendar as a reference to plant crops, keep time, share stories, exchange ideas, knowledge, and to support each other. In ancient tribes, women were leaders, creators and healers of their communities and as such, they would lead these gatherings. And yes, their menstrual cycles would synchronize with each other and the moon! As time went on, these gatherings became taboo and clandestine activities often considered evil magic for witches.
Fortunately for us, patriarchal viewpoints have made some evolutionary and revolutionary strides. Women in pursuit of truth and magic are reclaiming their innate wisdom to heal themselves and the world around them, practicing these and other ancient rituals by adding modern sensibilities. As women, we always welcome new ways to connect with old friends or to make new friends. We cherish our alone time but also crave to share, celebrate, cry, laugh, be heard, be seen, be loved, be healed, inspired and held accountable for by our squads.
Nowadays, most moon gatherings/circles take place around the New Moon or Full Moon and each gathering carries the vibe of its leader. Most circles have similar activities to tap into your true intuition whether you are inviting new ideas to manifest or letting go of old ones to get things done!