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Sacred Familiar MoonMedicine Newsletter 

New Moon April 2015


Hello and welcome to our MoonMedicine Newsletter at this New Moon in April. From now on we will be connecting with you from Sherbrooke Forest through one newsletter a month at the time of the New Moon. Thank you for taking the time to subscribe, we are excited to be weaving alongside you. 

Autumn - Turning Off, Tuning In


I don't know about you but I'm changing - a lot. There are so many behaviours and beliefs I held in the past that I just can't relate to any more. And the great part of being where I am now - making dolls in the forest every day - is that I'm not worrying about it. Now THAT'S the strange part. In the past when I've gone through times like this I've almost worked myself into a panic trying to find or name the next 'stage' or 'path'. But for the first time in my life, I am accepting this strange period of change and a kind of nothingness. Why? Because the Lyrebird told me this time would be coming - if I let myself get there.

Three weeks ago I found myself in an environment with lots and lots of people. It was a confused environment and I was aware that there was a huge part of myself just not enjoying it but there was an old side of me that thought I should push myself out there amongst it, to step out of the hermit cave and find out what's going on in different circles, how things are being done differently by others. But I just found the whole experience hard work! I kept missing Tony, Fox, the forest and craved to be making a new doll.

On the second night I had a dream of standing looking at a huge messy freeway system that was looped and tied around itself like 10 different snakes. Cars and people were speeding along madly. It was very frenetic. And then I saw the lyrebird standing in the middle of what could only be described as a traffic island. He was standing in a small circle of grass in the middle of it all. The lyrebird pulled out one of his two beautiful tiger-striped lyre feathers and placed it in the circle and told me he was leaving it there for me but I had to come and get it soon because it would not be there for long and it definitely wouldn't be there forever.

The next morning I packed up early and came home. As I walked down the pathway to our house I looked out at the forest and it was as if the leaves and trees were glittering, shimmering... I felt the forest was happy to see me! And I was definitely happy to see the forest. I sat with the whole experience and especially the dream and I began to understand that I had changed and that there was nothing wrong with that or me - I just had to start making some new choices. I have slowed down so much, honing everything down to the singular practice of dollmaking and now it is very hard for me to feel grounded in very chaotic environments. I interpreted the fast moving freeways as other 'movements' perhaps movements that I had felt the need to be a part of before or just trying to 'keep up' with the outside world and the way others are choosing to be. The Lyrebird was giving me permission to just step out of it all and come and receive the gift of sanctuary. 
The Lyrebird is the totem of Sherbrooke Forest and we see and hear them often. They are prehistoric birds and have an ancient memory and recall of every sound - human, plant and animal in the forest. They are record keepers for those creatures that no longer exist in our world. The amazing part of the Lyrebird for me is not only is huge repertoire of sounds but the quality of the sound which can strangely sound very electronic and digital. I'd describe the voice of the Lyrbird as sonic, almost from the future as well as being ancient - perhaps from the stars. This made me look again at the message and I saw the freeways as the many 'voices' we are expected to listen to - family, society and also the constant chattering of the television and social media. I knew that it was time to really start turning off these other voices because it was getting tiring and overwhelming. 

The lyrebird and it's mimicry made me think about all of the voices we listen to on a daily basis and how we are influenced consciously and unconsciously by the opinions of others. I see a lot of similar words and phrases getting repeated and I don't want to be speaking in an unconscious way or being influenced by what is being shown as popular or the right way. I'm also becoming very aware of not wanting to influence others with my own voice and opinions. So this is something that I'm exploring now by not exploring anything at all. I'm tuning in - just sitting in the traffic island, holding that magical feather and seeing what turns up.  

And so here is a photo to give you an idea of the happiest place in the world for me right now - creating at my dollmaking table and listening to the voice of the forest. I think that what we need and crave are too different things - I'm paying more attention to what is needed (simplicity) and letting go of cravings and what has created them in the past. 

Turning Off, Tuning In Tarot Spread


It's interesting to have a look at what we need vs what we crave - it's a good place to start if it feels like there are too many 'voices' in you head haha! Let's turn off all of the voices and opinions coming at us from every direction from the outside world and listen to the quiet voice within. 

This is a simple Tarot spread that I created in the dark moon this week to help me listen to all aspects of myself: body, heart, mind and spirit. Take a moment and breathe deeply as you shuffle your cards and simply pull one card for Need and one card for Crave and sit them beside each other. Are they similar in their focus or at odds with each other? If you need to, you might want to pull a third card to act as a 'bridge' in the middle to show you a way of creating a balance between the two or a step to take to towards honouring your needs more than your craving. 

Now that you know what you Need. Place this card as the central card of your reading. Put the Craving card back into the deck (pay special attention if this card turns up again in any other position). 

1. Central card: What you Need (Daughter of Fire)
2. Bottom left card : Voice of the Body (Grand Mother)
3. Top left card: Voice of the Heart (Daughter of Air)
4. Bottom right card: Voice of the Mind (Five of Air - Fear)
5. Top right card: Voice of the Spirit (Still quiet voice within) Vision Quest

I hope this spread assists you in paying attention to that quiet voice within and helps you to understand how to give yourself more of what you need. I'd love to hear how you go with it.

Forest Friends - Pip the Swamp Wallaby


For us, animals are the best teachers of being present and last week we had the honour of spending time with Pip, an orphaned 7 week old swamp wallaby. Pip is living with our friend Anne a local wildlife carer and I've been lucky enough to get some pretty lovely wallaby cuddles. She is very sweet and gentle and I am fascinated with her feet! they look ancient and prehistoric - remind me of a pterodactyl (thank goodness for spellcheck because I was way off). They make me think about the animal ancestors of this forest the enormous Mega Fauna and what it would be like to see them. Pip will be with Anne for 6 months and then will go to another carer who has wallabies for her to socialise with before returning to the wild.

Wildlife carers must have 
lion hearts - so much capacity to love and then set free.

Medicine Dolls for Talulah!

Spirit Weavers Gathering - California


Well it's almost time to meet our Northern sisters at Spirit Weavers Gathering in the redwood forest of Mendocino, California. In 3 weeks I will travel with one of my dearest friends, Talulah of Making Sacred to share dollmaking and song circles and have the opportunity to learn from some amazing artists. I created the medicine dolls above for Talulah to represent the 4 seasons of a woman's life - they will be journeying with Talulah to the Redwoods as well as becoming a part of her Moon Circle teachings. They are: Spring Maiden, Summer Mother, Autumn Maga and the Winter Crone as well as a little Seed Baby carried on the back of the Summer Mother.

This is the first time that I have ever been to America and I am so curious about this journey. The Spirit Weavers Gathering is so exciting to me because it is a gathering based on sharing skills and crafts! That's where my heart is now - I want to actually be experiencing more creativity.
There are so many amazing courses and crafts being offered it's really going to be difficult to choose what to do. Have a look at these beautiful offerings.

And of course there are the Redwoods themselves. These were the faerietale trees of my childhood imagination. When I was little I used to stay with an elderly couple after school. They were from 'the bush' as we say in Australia and were often caring for injured and animals and birds. Their names were Mr and Mrs Elks and they would have been in their 70s. It was during the 70s too and they had a print on their wall of 2 small deer in a redwood forest that I used to sit in front of for hours, in my imagination I played there often. About 5 years ago I came across exactly the same print in an opshop and now I have this image hanging in our home. It's going to be very special to actually sit amongst these giants, these ancient beings on their land. I think that alone will be some pretty wild experience!

This is the beloved image from my childhood in our home now - Serenity by Paul Detlefson 1964.
Before I leave for America I will be holding an online Autumn Dollmarket on Facebook on Sunday 3rd May (Australian time!) to share medicine dolls that I've been working on over this time of sitting with the lyrebird and the Autumn forest. The doll markets are also a great place to have a chat with us about our dolls and ask any questions you may have. You'll also get to meet a lot of lovely people and have the chance to win a custom medicine doll. Hope to see you there!
 
Here is Fox being ever the sheepdog and guarding the wool that goes into the medicine dolls. We hope you have a beautiful month and look forward to connecting again next time for a moon medicine chat. The next newsletter may be a little after the New Moon as I will be arriving back in Australia around that time. 

Love from the forest dreaming,
Julia + Tony + Fox

Gatherings and Events:

Autumn Dollmarket Online on Facebook 
Join us at our next online dollmarket on Facebook on Sunday 3rd May at 1pm as we unveil the latest doll tribe: Autumn SeedKeeper medicine dolls with some special treats and giveaways!
Create your own Medicine Doll at Winter Solstice
Learn how to create your own magical medicine doll in the forest at Winter Solstice. Saturday, 20th June at Kumbada Studio.
Spirit Weavers Gathering in the Redwoods, California
The Art of Enchantment - Medicine Doll and Singing Circle working with the plant medicine of the Sequoia - the beloved Redwood Tree.  
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