Summer’s last full moon
By Jade Arroyo
Besides being an amazingly beautiful natural reserve, El Charco del Ingenio is also known and enjoyed as a ritual and spiritual space where several different celebrations take place in close contact with nature. Every month the Full Moon Ceremony is held, an open and inclusive celebration. This month it was led by Fernando and Lisa de León and Clementina Beas.
Since ancient times people have been fascinated by the moon, a symbol of the eternal feminine. Old cultures worshipped it and astronomers have studied it and planned and predicted important events based on its aspect and trajectory. The moon’s influence upon us and the Earth is undeniable: it rules the tides, and in many places crops are still planted and harvested based on its cycle. The full moon is considered an excellent chance to strive toward your goals, to let go of old dreams to embrace new ones, and to extend a consciousness of peace and fraternity. The natural stage of El Charco is one of the most beautiful ones we could have, overlooking the mountains and the simultaneous setting of the sun and rising of the moon.
This ceremony is performed at each full moon at the Four Winds Plaza with music, incense and brother- and sisterhood. For more information go to www.elcharco.org or call 154-4715.