PREPARATION FOR THE DANCERS
The attire will carry the symbols of the Moondance Atlachinolli Meztli in front the cape, (you will receive the badges with the symbols on the inscription day).
As seen on the image above the Skirt, Shirt (Kurta) and Poncho all have red and blue ribbons sown onto it. The red ribbon represents the fire and the blue ribbon represents the water.. Together they meet and raise as healing steam, like the name ´Atlachinolli Meztli´!
It does not make a difference which colour comes first, it is important though to have both colour ribbons! They can be sown on straight or in snake movement or patterns, as you like. This is important to be done to your white Ceremony Clothes before you arrive at the land!
You will receive the glyphs/patches/symbols of the Moondance Atlachinolli Meztli at Registration at the Land. These need to be sown onto your Ceremony Poncho by hand before the start of the Ceremony that Evening!
- a headband given to you at the beginning of the dance
- a crown of sage and flowers
A scarf (belt) may be worn around the waist, coyoles (ankle rattles) for the feet, rattles, owl feathers or feathers from night birds are welcome.
Remember that it can get cold at night in the Austrian summer. Please prepare accordingly and bring enough warm white clothes, e.g. white scarf, hat, gloves, sweater, thermal underwear, gauntlets, etc. Other equipment is mentioned in the WHAT TO BRING list.
"In the circle we are all equal. When in the circle no one is in front of you. No one is behind you. No one is above you. No one is below you. The sacred circle is designed to create unity."
Dave Chief Oglala Lakota
The prayers are to affirm and support the dancers and the dance. We materialize these prayers in small squares of cloth (natural fabrics) that will contain your personally blessed tobacco or herbs. The prayers must be prepared by the dancer before the dance, with their personal and collective intentions. It is recommended to make a recapitulation (cleansing/awareness/journey) of our stories, emotions and experiences; from this cleaned place your prayer and devotion is authentic and alive. It is very important to make your prayers in a moment of introspection, a sacred space, dedicating a special moment, very quiet, with copal, or incense, and a candle or burning flame.
There will be 13 prayers for each direction, in total 52 prayers.
Optionally, you can make 13 more prayers of green color that are the prayers for our Mother Earth.
Material needed: Max 3 Meters of String or Wool, Cloth in each color, Scissors, Tobacco, Herbs, Candle
Each colour represents a different direction and thus quality.
Start with the Yellow (East), then White (North), then Red (West), then Blue (South). Optionally another 13 in Green for the Earth. You will finish one colour/direction/prayer blessing (all 13 prayers of one colour) before moving onto the next colour/direction prayer blessing. You can take a break whenever you need to.
Yellow/ the East - TLAHUIZTLAMPA: where dwells QUETZALCOATL, symbolizing intelligence, knowledge and wisdom. It is the place of light, brightness and confidence to emerge decisively whenever darkness falls on us. It radiates security and kindness. The place of the rising sun, new beginnings, new birth, the seed, the dawn, the coming of light.
White /the North - MICTLAMPA: where dwells TEZCATLIPOCA "the smoking mirror" Mictlancihuatl and Mictlantecuhtli, the lords of the dead. It is the place of our ancestral genetic memory. Place where our ancestors rest in stillness. It is also the direccion where we can ask for phisical, mental, emotional and spiritual healing. It transmits a sense of deep reflection and a spirit of constant renewal. Place of our Ancestors, of the prayer, the Chanupa (sacred pipe) and the white Buffalo Calf Woman.
Red/ the West - CIHUATLAMPA: where dwells XIPE TOTEC, the lord of life, death and resurrection. The direction of greatfulness, when the sun goes down it is a blessing for the next day. It represents renovation. It is also the place of the warrior and earth women, and of the cihuateteo (“Divine Women”) where the spirits of women live, who died in childbirth. Here dwells the energy that is needed at birth or in the fight/war. Transmission of qualities of sensitivity, intuition and ability to command and administration. The place of the Setting Sun, letting go, Death, the Warrior Woman.
Blue/ the South - HUITZTLAMPA: blue or black color, where HUITZILOPOCHTLI dwells, the left hummingbird symbolizes the will, the joy, the children and the family. It is also said to be the place of thorns, place of medicines. Place of wisdom that comes from discipline. Grants the quality of knowledge to discern the transcendent and valuable. The place of our Relations, Relationships, Family, Children, inner Child, Playfullness.
Green/ Pachamama: TONANZINTLALLI Mother Eartg - TOTATZINTLALLI Father Earth: Healing, Thanks, Blessing, Prayers for this great Planet, for Mother/Father Earth that come form your Heart. Each dancer dances for her tribe and her people.
How to make your Prayers
As you take some tobacco or herbs you hold it to the sky/to the earth/to your heart and speak your prayer into it. Take as much space and time as is needed for each prayer/blessing.
Then put the tobacco into the square cloth and fold the cloth square to make a small package (as seen on images) and tie the string around. Make sure you fold and tie the cloth so the tobacco/herbs do not fall out. The string needs to stay one long string for all the 52/65 prayers and should not be cut during the prayer making! If you run out of string just tie another string with a knot.
You can start wrapping your string with Prayers (rezos) around a stick to transport like that. At the ceremony itself all our prayers will be hung around the Ceremony Circle, holding, protecting and energizing our Circle. IMPORTANT: Do not wrap your string with prayers too complicated around the stick because you need to be able to unravel it again!
HOW TO PREPARE YOURSELF
In order to make the 4-day fast as easy as possible for your body and especially your mind, it is pleasant if a change of diet has already taken place before the start of the ceremony.
Refined sugar, caffeine, nicotine, wheat and alcohol should be avoided already one to three days before the start of the ceremony in order not to be additionally burdened with withdrawal waves during the dance. Raw food diets the day before and on the day of the ceremony start itself provide a comfortable transition.
Fasting days can also be scheduled on and off weeks before the dance to slowly get to know this state and to have a familiar experience available. It is relatively important to arrive at the ceremony well rested and centered. Two days before and two days after the ceremony should be enough time to adjust to the process.
And of course, it helps to drink plenty of water before the ceremony!.
What to Bring
- Towels/cloth to wipe yourself after the sweat lodge (dirt and sweat) - no showering during the ceremony!
- Sweat lodge clothes (T-shirt, dress, cloth/lungi) recommended at least 2 pairs!
- flip flops/shoes to walk with from the tent to the sweat lodge if you need it
- Tarp (protection for rain or sun)
- Rain gear (rain boots, waterproof poncho (white or transparent), large plastic bag)
- needle and thread to sew the symbol on the poncho
- Body paints and a mirror
- electrolyte drink: lemons, salt and honey
- Waste bag for your personal waste
- Handkerchief/toilet paper for your use in the tent
- optional: thermos bottle
There will be enough Water at the land, with taps and streams closeby. If you are coming in car and it is possible please bring a 5L Water bottle to use for cleaning hands and face at your tent. We will not shower during the Ceremony, so the Water that you bring or collect at the land (bring own 1L bottle) will be used for basic hygiene and drinking.