The great secrets and teachings of the 'Women's Mysteries' - the wisdom of the cycles of the Earth, the Moon, our lives and the menstrual cycle; how to live according to the seasons, the moon phases and your menstrual cycle; understanding and flowing with the transformational potential of the menstrual cycle, of pregnancy and of birth. Connecting with the Divine Feminine and the shamanic journey of the feminine cycle - menstruation, pregnancy, childbirth, menopause.

Saturday, November 5, 2011

Shamanic Drum Journeys available on Moonsong website

Dear Everyone,

Greetings this Gibbous Moon!

I'm writing to let you know that the long promised Shamanic Drum Journey to your Womb, to meet your inner Goddess, is now available for free to download on my website. ENJOY!

And to accompany this gift are two more Shamanic Drum Journey albums for sale.

One with four journeys:

The Four Shamanic Drum Journeys is a collection of shamanic processes with instructions that can help you access realms and information to guide you on your path. Meet your Teachers and Guides, your Power Animal, and the realms the shaman-you can access.

And the other a special one for pregnant women to meet their baby:

A Shamanic Drum Journey for Pregnancy to Meet Your Baby, and Drumming for Labour has been created to enable mothers and mothers to be to meet with and commune with their baby inside, if they are pregnant, and their "soulbaby" if they are planning pregnancy. The benefits of this process are explained and accompanied by women's stories. Also included is a drumming track that can be played on repeat during labour for the benefits that will provide.

Best wishes and love,

Jane Hardwicke Collings
Teacher of the Women's Mysteries
The School of Shamanic Midwifery

Sunday, September 4, 2011

Big Picture Perspective

In the current situation of the maternity care services of Australia, its so tempting to see the conspiracy to 'knock off' all the 'powerful' women, but truly I doubt 'they' are that smart.
We need to remember this sort of thing is actually happening 'across the board', in other parts of health care, in education, in agriculture, in mining, etc etc.
We live in a patriarchal culture and all these things are examples of the mindset that supports the culture. Technology and control.
And all these related situations are part of the one thing, the eventual evolution of consciousness.

So, to my mind, even though its reeeeeally hard, we must not take any of this personally.
'We' have an important role to play here and its to hold the place from which we come from, our ideals, our philosophy.
We may not see the change come in our lifetimes, we need to hold a bigger picture than our current jobs or the next birth or our registration and insurance situation.
We need to be thinking ahead, to our children's children and beyond, for the future generations.
The metaphoric seeds of change ( to the current maternity care services) that have been planted, are sprouting, many are being stomped on, and some will survive and go on to grow very strong, a new variety, adapted to the environment.
The women and men who are living this dream of the healed feminine, will raise their children to know this, and then they will, and they will etc etc.
This is may not have many short term or even middle term results, but it will be part of what will be.
People will look back on this time and wonder 'what the hell were 'they' thinking?'.
We need to keep on keeping on and actually let go of the fight, it drains our energy and resources.

The current situation of 'reverting to 'support person' from midwife when transferring or attending a woman in labour in hospital' is a great example.
This is actually progress, although it really is just reverting back to the same as the way it was before all the current 'developments'.
So what happens in that situation,depends, as it always did, on who you encounter on the hospital admission, ie whether the hospital midwives are sympathetic to the situation or not.
This is not a new thing, Im sure we've all had lots of practice with this.
And as it always has, it highlights the need for ALL midwives to support women's choices.

As it says in the Tao Te Ching - " any event, the more conscious force will win."
Be strong, see the big picture.
We require stamina, and strategy. Strategy that works long term.
Using the wisdom of Starhawk and the principles of permaculture, what we need to do is create the environment that creates the best conditions for what we want to grow, to be able to flourish.
So what does that look like in your home town? Probably what you are doing.
Keep on keeping on.
Trust the process.

Friday, August 5, 2011

Imbolc, 2011

Here in the Southern Hemispheric, sending Imbolc, Candlemas, bright blessings to all.
So easy to feel the quickening where I am, Spring cometh!

Southern Hemisphere Imbolc
Imbolc's official day is August 2nd and actual day this year is August 8th. So we are right in the midst of it.

Aligning with the Imbolc energy - taking our cues from Nature, we can now ‘see’ the beginnings of our plans and dreams that have been gestating within us over winter. ‘See’ these dreams as ‘seeds’ and see what’s ‘sprouting’ after the months of incubation.

And its a waxing crescent moon which is the lunar version of the same energy, ie turbo charged!

Ask yourself:
Do my dreams and plans look like they have or will “sprout and grow”?
If they don’t, how do I feel about that?
What do I need to do to nurture the new growth?
Is it time to revisit my plan or dream making or am I getting the ‘dream’ I ‘need’?

As well as a time of new beginnings, Imbolc is a potent time to clear away past disappointments, to let go of old dreams and to step fully into the present, to ‘rebirth’ ourselves. Our ‘dreams’/desires and attachments reveal a lot about us and their manifestation, or not, is part of this information.

Imbolc is either dream ‘tweeking’ time or dream nurturing time.

Thinking metaphorically, ‘seeing’ your life as a garden, and thinking of ‘weeds’, what can you see peaking it’s head up again? Do you really want to take that through the next growth cycle again? to get bigger and stronger? Or can you ‘nip it in the bud’ so to speak and replace it with the ‘growth’ you want to see happen this cycle?

Time to be the loving gardener at the beginning of the springtime of this next year’s cycle in your life.

You can enact this energy ceremonially in a variety of ways.

* Create an Imbolc altar with things around you, both your treasures and gifts from Nature, that remind you of the energy of the beginning of Spring.

* You could literally nurture some seedlings so that you ‘see’ what it takes to nurture new sprouts. You could do this with your children, for quick results you could sprout alfalfa or other beans and perhaps name the sprouts for a new way of being or learning etc eg “as I care for these sprouts I care for the new part of me that will be braver/kinder/tidier/more focussed etc” .
* Light a candle, call on the energy and power of Imbolc.
Write down all your dreams and plans you’ve been “gestating”, see them as sprouts all in a row and now as the loving gardener, cull the sprouts that have less life force, those that ‘look’ less likely to survive and focus your energy on the sprouts that have the best chance over the coming cycle of survival and growth to their full potential. The conditions this coming cycle may suit some “sprouts” over others, bring that awareness into your culling process. That’s what this time gives you - the opportunity to ‘see’ which of your seeds/plans/dreams have the greatest chance of survival so you can let go of the others and nurture and focus on these. Notice any feelings or past issues that come up for you as you choose one ‘sprout’ over another and journal with yourself to find all that represents for you and how that may inhibit or obstruct your path forward nurturing your chosen ‘sprouts’. Let go of the ‘sprouts’ that aren’t going to make it, perhaps they will another time, perhaps not. Their life force, as in the garden, will ‘feed’ the remaining ‘sprouts’. Be ruthless and courageous with the culling of your ‘sprouts’. How many ‘sprouts’ can you manage/nurture this Spring? Maybe 4, maybe 1? You will know. And remember, you will get this opportunity every year.

* Start your Spring Cleaning, both literal and metaphoric. Empty out the old and make room for the new.

* Emerge from the darker part of the cycle into the building light as the days get longer and the sun gets warmer. It will still be dark early and cold during the weeks ahead but with a slow lengthening of the days. It is as if we slowly emerge from the dark where we have been relying on our inner senses to say “see in the dark”, to feel our way around in the darkness. Think of the metaphoric meaning of this and the opportunity to bring these inner senses out, to bring the skills of clairvoyance, clairaudience and clairsentience into our lives more. Do you know what your ‘access sense’ is? How you receive information?

* Prepare a feast of locally seasonal foods and give thanks at your table for all that this new cycle will bring you. Traditional foods of Imbolc include those that represent growth, such as seeds (sesame, sunflower, pumpkin, etc) as well as dairy foods, bread, cake, curry, onions, leeks, garlic honey and herbal teas.

* Herbs and flowers associated with Imbolc include: angelica, basil, bay, benzoin, celandine, heather, myrrh, snowdrop, rowan and all yellow flowers. Perhaps make a wreath of one or some combination of these or use them in your cooking or herbal teas.

Imbolc is the time to visualize life flourishing with abundance, creativity and renewed strength.

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Earthdance Winter Solstice Gathering 2011

Greetings this side of the Solstice!

We gathered to honour the Winter Solstice and the energies that flow through us at this time and did a beautiful lantern walk in the dark.

Workshops are coming up in Tasmania in July, October in the Southern Highlands, NSW and November in Springbrook, Queensland.

See: for dates and details.

Monday, April 18, 2011

Full Moon Wishes, April 2011

Big wishes this full moon (now), perhaps for a bountious harvest, perhaps for you to reach your full potential, whatever your wish, your prayer, your intention, what becomes clear from here on as we move deeper in the descent part of the cycle of the seasons, are the lessons learned, the wisdom gained, the metaphoric seeds formed from the harvest of this cycle (started last spring).

Watch with interest as these reveal themselves to you.

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

New Websites for Moonsong and The School of Shamanic Midwifery


Bathing in the auspicious energy of this first full moon of the year 2011, as the full moon energy shifts from Cancer to Leo, from the home to the stage!

It is with great pleasure in the sharing of this with you
and with immense gratitude for Leia Sidery's brilliance in creating them, that I announce and invite you to the launch of the new Moonsong website and the birth of The School of Shamanic!

Please be invited to this virtual launch party, here under the full moon, get yourself your glass of champagne (virtual will do) and enjoy:

Best wishes and love

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Earthdance Summer Solstice Gathering 2010

"It is our responsibility to pause at this time and honour this cycle that we experience as the seasons of the earth. For to mark these times, awakens in us a knowing of the cycles of life and the wisdom that comes with that is what one needs to understand the scheme of things, the patterns and the flow.

This is also one of the ways that we can participate in the healing of the feminine, the Mother, our Earth, Mother Earth, by honouring Her and each other as part of Her, at these times. By stepping out of our homes onto the earth, standing together in a circle, focusing our attention of one thing together, tonight let that be gratitude, then we can make a difference in how things happen."

We gathered, 100 of us, on the lawns of AppleTreeHouse dressed in faery garb in a big circle around our central altar.

It was Litha, Midsummer, the Summer Solstice, the longest day of the year and the time we had to be in flow with the energy and set our intentions, make our prayers and wishes and give thanks for what we want to see come to its fullest expression/manifestation in our lives.

We took a moment to forgive and to give thanks for all we had to give thanks for.

The altar was a beautiful collection of flowers from everyone's gardens and we supped on until the mists turned to rain.

Twas a blessing to be together and honour our Great Mother, the Earth, in the expression of her greatest fullness.

Blessed Be