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There is a gathering that happens with ceremony. For me this begins quietly at first with the passing of the Full Moon. Momentum builds as the New Moon draws near. A gathering of intent, a gathering of elements. There is a gathering of information. And this I find fascinating as I now weave ceremony with the oneness of technology.

Traditionally Spirit messages would come through dreams and journeys, signs and symbols of Nature, animal messengers, through the silence of our own heart. And of course these are still very much relevant and profound ways to receive messages from Spirit. As our web of communication expands in an ever unfolding and extremely rapid rate I do not discount messages that source through the oneness of technology. It is another medium for Spirit to reach us.

And so it is with this month’s despacho.

In Nature I pray in the waters nearly every day with gratitude. I gather shells and flowers to create our despacho not knowing fully how they will be used. And inspiration also comes from receiving transmissions from like minded souls in a synchronistic intersection of crossing paths.

The intention of offering the knots of our heart in ceremony draws us into the work of our shadow, the heavier energies or hucha that weighs us down and binds us up. This is the work of the underworld. As I draw a medicine card for an ally in ceremony it is no surprise Jaguar appears. Jaguar loves to track in the shadowy underworld ravenously devouring hucha. After posting this on my page I learn that Lodge sister Cuauhtli Cihuatl is also working with the medicine of Jaguar in her weekend of teachings and ceremony in New Mexico. Divine synchronicity. Telepathic connections.

As the heart unravels, aided by the Spirit work of Jaguar, our emotions are held by Mama Cocha whose waters I have been praying in all week. The gathering of her shells holds our work in our despacho. They have found their place in ceremony.

On the morning that ceremony opens, Iva Peele shares the medicine of hummingbird in our Sacred Lodge. Oh yes the sweetness of hummingbird sings to my soul. Our ceremonial work of clearing our hucha and cleansing our hearts creates space for us to meet hummingbird. The medicine of hummingbird uplifts our heart in joy and aligns us with our true heart, our destiny. Our ceremonial work weaves together from many dimensions.

An ornamental hummingbird has been perched in front of my kitchen window for years. Hummingbird now sits at the center of our despacho to align our hearts with unconditional love pointing the way to our destiny.

These are the blessings during this ceremonial time. Messages received from many dimensions. Aligning our hearts in their rightful place of love.

As I run through the woods on the day of the New Moon a branch lies draped ahead. I have passed this by many times before but this day I pass through. In this space of ceremony I step through a threshold of time. With intent I leave behind  the darkness of the shadow. The grieving and loos of all that has come before. The breakdown of operating systems that no longer serve. I cross this threshold to the lightness of hummingbird. Aligning with joy. Aligning with destiny. Drinking in the sweet nectar of life that nourishes our soul.

Each ceremony is a doorway. A point of entry into what is unknown. We bow to the mystery that lays before us. Shed the ties to what has come before. We give thanks to the divine alignments, the synchronistic pathways, the interweaving of heart and soul that gathers in every ceremony.

From all dimensions.

AHO my friends! AHO!

Karen Chrappa
Author of A Structure for Spirit

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~Welcome to the New Moon Despacho Ceremony for April~

Artist Stephanie Gagne

Artist Stephanie Gagne

Thank you,
Thank you,
Thank you,
Great Spirit.
We bow before you with good intention
as your sons and daughters
under the dark of Mama Killa,
Grandmother Moon,
to lay bare before you
the knots of our heart.
We bow to Great Jaguar Spirit
who walks with us in ceremony
to devour these knots
so they may unravel
and wash clean from our systems.
We thank Mama Cocha
for the cleansing of her waters,
the healing of her waters.
As our hearts are purified
they right themselves in Munay.
The waters of unconditional love
flow freely through us and to us.
We thank Great Hummingbird Spirit
for flying with us in ceremony,
for uplifting our hearts in joy
so we may align our hearts
with our truest calling,
the call of our Destiny
May our hearts be nourished
with the sweet nectar
that flows through the sacredness of all life.  


Before watching this video for prayer and ceremony you may want to light a candle to transition from your day to sacred space. You may use sea salt, floral waters, incense or smudging to create a purification ritual. Set aside 20 minutes where you will not be interrupted to unravel the knots of your heart and align with unconditional love and munay. Include family, friends and loved ones if you wish. Blessings my friends at this most auspicious time of prayer!


(Click on Image to Enlarge)

You may wish to create a ceremony for yourself
by offering your intentions into seeds or qintus

~Blow Personal Intentions of Forgiveness
and Healing into Your Own Qintus~

~Burn, Bury or Offer Your Qintus to a Natural Body of Water or
Create a Despacho of Your Own to Hold Qintus~ 

It is a wonderful time to literally plant your seeds of intention in the Earth

~Blow Personal Intentions of Forgiveness and Healing into Seeds~ 

~Plant Seeds of Intention in Garden or Potted Soil~

Listen to the Guided Meditation below
once you have offered your intentions

~Heart of Peace~

~Close Ceremony with a Prayer of Thanks~


Elements of Despacho: Our despacho is surrounded in a circle of shells, honoring Mama Cocha, the waters. Each is turned upward in a posture of receiving and filled with pink sugar so our cleansing may be gentle and full of sweetness. At the very heart sits hummingbird, the spirit of Joy, resting on a bed of flower petals to uplift our hearts and restore the rightful place of unconditional love and lightness of our Being.

The black beans create a circle of darkness along with the outer circle of tobacco to honor the darkness of the New Moon, the void of potential and the darkness of birthing. Another circle of candies and sweets asks that our hearts be full of the sweetness of divine nectar. The tulip buds sit in eight directions to balance and stabilize our heart in the center, where munay sits. These elements lay a bed for our qintus to be held as we cleanse the darkness of our hearts and align with the lightness of munay and unconditional love.

Offerings and qintus will be placed in the despacho during the time it is open. Ceremony will close Sunday morning, April 22nd EST at 7:30 am when our despacho, full of prayers and offerings, will be folded and tied like a gift. A forgotten prayer holder will be tied to the outside. Our ceremonial gift will then be burned in a fire at the same time that fires are burning around the world with Shamans and Fire Keepers in a Global Vigil Fire. The sisters of the Sacred Lodge of We the Women are gathering in ceremony and prayer from wherever they may be to join with our hearts in unity.

Deep appreciation and gratitude for bringing your prayers to this ceremony, for your prayers empower the prayers of us all.

More will be posted after ceremony.

AHO my friends! AHO!

Karen Chrappa
Daughter of Pachamama
Sister of the Sacred Lodge of We the Women
Sunflower of Bouquet of Light Ayllu 

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