This regulation intends to unify the energy of all its dancing and supporting members, thus enabling us to walk together towards the same goal; getting rid of everything that prevents us from "BEING ONE´´, ridding all that is necessary to transform ourselves into multi-dimensional, conscious and free beings.
This regulation has been adapted as necessary, acting as a guideline for the conditions of this space. This summary is given to each individual for collective understanding of our mutual work, connecting each dancing woman and supporter who feels the call to participate in the Moondance Atlachinolli Meztli to commit with responsibility, maturity and love.
The council of Moondancers is composed mainly of women who have performed their dance for many years in a constant and committed manner.
The council is based on the principles of "Tlecuilli" and ´´Tenemaztli´´. "Tlecuilli" is the place where women make fire."Tlecuilli" consists of three stones called "Tenemaztli". "Tenemaztli" are the stones that hold the pot or cauldron of liquids or food. The pot contains the indispensable ingredients of the work that women do in life; food, feelings and life itself.
The council will consist of seven members; the grandmothers (tenamaztli) with the most experience of Moondance Circles and four/five other dancers (tlecuilli).
This vision of tlecuilli and its support the tenamaztli is indispensable and can never be less because the pot of the liquids would not have stability and in case any of the stones is missing that gap should be covered since its function is paramount.
The council will always make the decisions but respect the free will of each one of the dancers considering the proposals that are presented with discipline and for the general benefit of the circle, having the commitment not to act in a particular way but with and for the harmony of the group.
The council and the whole group of dancers is committed to respecting the particular ideologies and beliefs of each dancer. In turn each dancer should avoid proselytizing or disseminating ideas that may generate confusion or negatively influence others. Remember that we do not come to spread or reinforce beliefs, and that we come to learn and offer together beyond any cultural and ideological difference.
Being part of the dance year after year is valuable and we will see our body change with our heart flourishing. It is a long journey towards the 9 years where a stage of gestation is finished to begin a cycle of delivery.
Our first commitment is dancing with the same circle for 4 years. At the end of the 4 years each woman will be given a cane that formalizes their Way in the Four Creative Energies (Earth, Water, Air and Fire).
After 4 years it is optional to continue the dance in this same circle.
Reaching 7 years of dance circle experience, a new cycle begins where you will receive the new symbols that represent the commitment of the Mature woman; Guidance, Emotional depth and Temazcal guide.
After 9 years of dance Circle experience, you have the permission and are gifted with enough wisdom, teaching and personal process to open a new circle somewhere across the world. The grandmothers of the Council with which you have undergone an intensive apprenticeship will advise and support those woman called to lead.
In the dance, the dancers should keep their fasting of solid foods at maximum level! Only the consumption of little little fruit and honey is optionally allowed as necessary. Water consumption during the day is necessary!
In case of pregnant women or women breastfeeding they are allowed to eat as they feel necessary. They are open to receiving cooked foods and support in the children's camp.
In case of pregnant women with less than three months of pregnancy their participation is allowed under their own responsibility. (We believe that during the first three months of pregnancy is the time when the baby is rooted in the belly of his mother and a period of very conscious and calm encubation is necessary).
In the case of underage women (younger than 16years) who wish to participate in the Moondance, the specific case will be treated with their parents, please contact us.
Each dancer is responsible for their health, and is asked to communicate to the council any specific conditions (medications, emotional and mental states, pregnancy or losses, common diseases and chronic diseases and other cases).
It is obligatory for all Moondancers to enter the Circle for all four nights and to participate in all Temazcales before and after each night´s ceremony. If any should be missed in a premeditated manner, the council will determine if it is an aggravating circumstance or not and will apply a sanction if there is a lack of commitment.
The dancers must remain inside the circle during the nights to ensure discipline, commitment and safety. In the rest periods or if urgent, permission will be requested to leave, in the promise of immediate return. Toilet breaks are assigned by the leaders in the rest periods but not in between the ceremony.
The clothing consists of 3 pieces; a white skirt, a long white blouse and a white cape (poncho) that will be made of white fabric, preferably cotton or natural material.
The attire will carry the symbols of the Moondance Atlachinolli Meztli in front of the cape. You will receive your symbols on the 14th June at the inscription day.
Both skirt and cape (poncho) should have fringes of blue and red colors along the base (images will follow closer to the event..)
* a ribbon that will be given at the beginning of the dance
• a crown of sage and flowers
You can wear a waistband, coyoles (ankle rattles) for your feet, rattles, owl feathers or nocturnal bird feathers.
La Pipa, known in our circle as "Chanupa" is one of the most ancestral ceremonial and prayer elements of our work. Already our ancestors used pipes for the communication between the earthly world and the Great Spirit. The use of the pipe allows us to elevate our prayers and with the spirit of natural Tobacco these are transmitted to the great Creator of the Universe.
-When entering the first year of the Dance of the Moon Atlachinolli Meztli, the pipe will be delivered to each participant-dancer. This sacred object of prayer is considered to be borrowed until the dancer completes her 4 years of commitment.
-After completing the four consecutive years of the dance, the pipe carrier becomes the owner of it, committing to take care of it, respect it, pray it, and use it properly, so that she can feel her connection with the circle of the Moondance wherever the dancer is.
-It is possible that not all women that are dancers decide to be carriers of the pipe, in this specific case, they must return it to the guardian grandmother within the four days of the ceremony.
-If any dancer, for whatever reason, does not want or cannot comply with the regulation time of the dance "she will commit to returning the pipe to the Council of the Grandmothers" .
-The Pipe should always be in good condition, both the container and the canon should be clean when used. Always the dancer must load natural tobacco, matches and a pipe bag.
-The Moon dancer dedicates and does her work mainly during the night, so it must be kept in mind that "the pipe is smoked only at night or in closed places in specific cases".
-The tobacco deposited in the pipe must be consumed in its entirety because it represents the prayer of the dancer
-The pipe will be loaded with its tobacco before entering the circle and should not be recharged inside the ceremonial circle.
The Moondance is a group ceremony that seeks deep prayer and introspection for the growth of the dancer. Part of our prayer is the work with the medicine of the Temazcal or Vapor/ Steam. There will be 8 Sweatlodges, each sunset before the Dance and each dawn after the Dance.
We are in a deep purification and healing process of many of our bodies during the four day Ceremony. Authentic respect and honour should be represented in the participants behaviour and dresscode. We ask that participants wear long skirts, cloths or dresses while preparing and entering the Temazcals, keeping the processes self-focused, concentrated and not diverted or distracted through public Nudity.
All participants must be present from the first Temazcal and opening of the Sacred Fire onwards. It will not be allowed for anyone to join the dance once it has started. It is not possibe to join from the second Temazcal onwards. If there is a justified case, the council will resolve it at the end of the first night´s work.
If for any reason any dancer does not enter the Temazcal or the circle of the Dance, or has the need to leave the place before finishing the ceremony, that dance will be canceled and may be repeated the following year.
During the dance, the dancers will have their camping place assigned, as well as one for the singers and the different areas of support.
The dancing women must remain in the assigned space for the Dance Ceremony participants for the duration of the four days and four nights. It is strictly forbidden to go anywhere, however close it may be. It is important to avoid distractions or external contact to friends or family members who may be supporting. The lunar space that we generate is of great depth and meditation: for the same reason we will keep the energy focused on our prayer.
NO CAMPING IN THE FOREST
We have a beautiful land that is waiting to receive us and our agreement fort hat is that we are not allowed to camp in the forest, we will have specific areas of camping in the madows. All will be pre-determin for Moondancers, fire adlers, water mens, supporters and children. Thanks for cooperation.
BEHAVIOUR AROUND THE CEREMONIAL CIRCLE
• No smoking
• No drugs
• No loud Conversations
• No eating or displaying of food
• No Disturbing or Interfering the ceremony
• No Cellphones
The consumption of alcoholic beverages, marijuana, any type of enervant, caffeine, theine, sugar, toxic or hallucinogenic products, including the cigar and tobacco (cigarettes!) is prohibited during the four days of ceremony. The tobacco used during the dance holds a sacred character, passing on prayers to the essence of the Universe.This deep purification of our bodies enables for the expansion of our consciousness.
Because the Moondance is a Highly Spiritual Ceremony, it is forbidden to use video cameras, photographs, cell phones as well as the use of electronic devices to record the songs or play any other type of music. In case of surprising someone, be it a dancer, visitor or support person, the elaborated material will be confiscated.
The preparation of press articles or public/commercial material usage from the dance is prohibited.
No public sales during ceremony: If you have some beauties to sale and share please wait until the end of the ceremony, we ask you to respect the council agreement. Thanks for understanding and cooperation.
The male companions, friends or family members who accompany the dancers and wish to support the work as well as being present during the dance, should always remain outside the circle at all times and not enter it for any reason. They will only be allowed to enter before the start of the Ceremony when they are asked for support; to fix the place of the Huehuetl and the preparation of the Circle.
The dancer, supporter or visitor who does not comply with the discipline established inside and outside the circle of this dance, will be invited to leave the place.
It is important that everyone respects each other and their belongings; the council will not tolerate abuses of any kind.
The attitude of the dancers, men of fire, men of water, supporters, and visitors lies in the hands of the council. All must be respectful at all times, otherwise they will be asked to leave the place. If any dancer acts disrespectful, the council will have the final say in deciding wether the dancer or supporter may stay or needs to leave the circle. The council reserves the right of admission and permanence.
The elements of mother nature are water, earth, wind and fire. The commitment of every Moondancer is to take care of them and respect them with love and willforce wherever they go. With the knowledge and vision that these elements are a vital part of the inheritance for future generations.
Inside and outside the circle the dancers should support, respect and take care of each other to maintain unity, balance and harmony at work and at the same time respect privacy, freedom with responsibility, and awareness of the safety and integrity of all and each one of the people who are in the place where the dance takes place.
The dancers and supporters are asked to help in the installation work of the camp and the commissions entrusted. Please also trust and support unplanned situations. All are working with deep commitment and intention. At the end of the dance all the dancers should participate in the cleaning of the place and leave it as it was. Each dancer should take their own garbage back home.
No type of segregation or sectarianism will be exercised to any dancer, nor by the color of their skin, nationality, language, or religion, because we are all equal in rights and responsibilities and it is the moon itself that illuminates us and affects all equally.
This is a call to all women and men who feel to offer their song, their dance, their prayer, their effort to all of nature and the cosmos. Our ancestors kindly remind us:
"Sing, dance, sow and respect creation."
The earth will only continue to flourish if we become aware of its love. In its giving
to the human being we remember this love.
Let's celebrate the dance, walk with clarity and always respect each other !!! With all love and care together and together we raise our prayers with discipline, respect and joy....OMETEOTL (We are ONE)!!
And so...Welcome, welcome to the Moondance Atlachinolli Meztli... auuuuu auuuu auu!