Celestial events and seasonal turning points are auspicious and inspiring times for ceremony and circles in Sedona, Arizona.
Full Moons and New Moons each month have energetic effects.
Solstices and equinoxes are the major seasonal turning points.
The mid-season times are also subtle turning points in the cycle of the year.
Celestial events–comets, meteors, eclipses–have always drawn mankind’s attention to the heavens.
As long as humans have been on earth, they watched the skies and noted the season’s changing. Here in Sedona, locals and visitors both enjoy gathering, viewing, connecting with the energy of season’s turnings, moon cycles and celestial events.
Full Moon – Full Moon nights, including the 2 nights before the peak, are always events in Sedona.
New Moon – subtler than the full moon, but auspicious timing for new beginnings, seeding projects.
Please see schedule at bottom for the Full & New Moon Mystic Insights & Ceremony Circle.
Sunset and Sunrise are powerful points each day to pause and connect. I time many of my programs to work with these potent energies such as the Sunset, Starlight Nature and Solo Vision Circle
Solstices are the annual extremes of light and dark and mark the 2 major ceremonial doorways.
Equinoxes are the balance of day and night and are potent times to align with in ceremony.
Cross-Quarter Days or Mid-Season Points (Candlemas, Beltane, Lammas, Samhain/All Hallow’s Eve in the Celtic tradition) are subtler seasonal turning points, but ones our ancestors always acknowledged in ceremony.
Celestial Events such as solar and lunar eclipses and meteor showers are awe inspiring times.
I have gained a deep sense of connectedness to the greater cycles of life from more than three decades of experience with ceremonial recognition of these seasonal and celestial events. Our human energy systems are affected by the celestial cycle energies. Humans throughout time have come together in ceremony to helps recalibrate and renew life.
I welcome you to join in or create with me a ceremony, mystical nature seminar or other earth-spirit experience. I once led a Circle of Power Healing Ceremony at 2 am during a summer meteor shower, have often left in the dark to be at the Grand Canyon at dawn, and always tune into the energy and awe-inspiring beauty of these events.
“Sedona, place of mysterious beauty, is alive with Creation stories and with eons of the Earth’s creation exposed in sinuous red and white canyons. A primordial force of crystalline rock embedded with prayers from many millenia of humans honoring this sacred earth, her energies vibrate at a cellular level in those who come in pilgrimage.”
excerpt from article by Sandra Cosentino
2018 Auspicious Celestial or Cultural Times for Ceremonies
When ceremony is held with a group with shared intent on celestially auspicious events–full moon, new moon, seasonal turning points: equinox, solstice, cross-quarter days half way in between–or on holidays,meteor showers, eclipses, the energies are magnified.
Programs can be scheduled any time of the year and any time of the day or night.
- Jan. 1 New Year Day and Full Moon-Supermoon
- January 3, 4 – Quadrantids Meteor Shower is an above average shower, with up to 40 meteors per hour at its peak. It peaks night of the 3rd and morning of the 4th. Best viewing will be from a dark location after midnight, but full moon will obliterate all but the brightest meteors.
- Jan. 16 Martin Luther King Holiday
- Jan. 16 New Moon
- Jan. 31, Full Moon, Supermoon, Blue Moon–the last of two supermoons for 2018. The Moon will be at its closest approach to the Earth and may look slightly larger and brighter than usual.
- Feb. 3 Imbolc (Candlemas)–Celtic mid-winter cross-quarter day
- Feb. 14 Valentines Day
- Feb. 15 New Moon
- Feb. 19 Presidents Day holiday
- March 1 Full Moon rises 6:17 pm
- March 17 New Moon
- March 17-20 Spring Equinox Retreat
- March 20 Spring Equinox–The Sun will shine directly on the equator and there will be nearly equal amounts of day and night throughout the world.
- March 31 Full Moon rises 7:31 pm
- April 15 New Moon
- April 22 Earth Day
- April 22 peak of Lyrid Meteor Shower Peak (Apr 16-25)–These meteors tend to be bright and often leave trails. About 10-20 meteors per hour at peak. Best viewing after midnight.
- April 29 Full Moon rises 7:01 pm
- May 5 – Beltane, Celtic Mid-Spring festival
- May 6-7 Eta Aquarids Meteor Shower runs from April 19 – May 28. It peaks the night of May 6 and the morning of the May 7. 10 to 20 meteors per hour might be visible predawn May 7, but moonlight will block fainter meteors.
- May 13 Mothers Day
- May 15 New Moon
- May 29 Full Moon rises 7:44 pm
- May 28 Memorial Day weekend events
- June 13 New Moon
- June 20 Summer Solstice events
- June 16-23 Sedona Vision Quest Retreat
- June 17 Father’s Day
- June 27 Full Moon rises 7:26 pm
- July 4 Independence Day events
- July 13 New Moon
- July 27 Full Moon rises 7:40 pm
- July 28, 29 – Delta Aquarids Meteor Shower,July 12 to August 23. The Delta Aquarids is an average shower that can produce up to 20 meteors per hour at its peak. It peaks the night of July 28 and morning of July 29.
- Aug. 7 Lughnasadh – Celtic mid-summer festival celebrated the wedding of the Sun god Lugh to the Earth goddess, causing the ripening of crops.
- Aug. 11 New Moon
- Aug 12-13 Persiod Meteor Shower peak (runs July 17 to August 24). This is one of the best meteor showers to observe, producing up to 60 meteors per hour at its peak. Best viewing after midnight.
- Aug. 26 Full Moon rises 7:28 pm
- Sept. 3 Labor Day events
- Sept. 9 New Moon
- Sept. 23 Autumnal Equinox events
- Sept. 24 Full moon rises 6:32 pm
- Sept. 19 – 26 Sedona Vision Quest Retreat
- Oct. 7 Draconid meteor shower, about 10 meteors per hour. Best viewing in early evening.
- Oct. 8 Columbus Day Holiday
- Oct. 8 New moon
- Oct. 20-21 Hopi & Navajo fall fair cultural explorer journey
- Oct. 21-22 Orionids Meteor Shower (Oct. 2 – Nov. 7). Best viewing after midnight Oct. 21.
- Oct. 24 Full Moon rises 6:09 pm
- Oct. 31 Hallowe’en.
- Nov. 5-6 South Taurid Meteor Shower: best viewing after midnight.
- Nov. 7 New Moon and Celtic Samhain – mid-fall Celtic festival prepare for winter
- Nov. 11 Veteran’s Day weekend events
- Nov. 12-13 North Taurid Meteor Shower
- Nov. 17-18 Leonid Meteor Shower Peak (10-15/hour; best closer to dawn)
- Nov. 22 – Full Moon rises 5:21 pm
- Nov. 23 Thanksgiving weekend events
- Dec. 7 New moon
- Dec. 13-14 Geminid Meteor shower peak (runs Dec. 7-17). The Geminids is the king of the meteor showers producing up to 120 multicolored meteors per hour at its peak.
- Dec. 21 Winter Solstice events
- Dec. 22 Full Moon rises 5:38 pm
- Dec. 25 Christmas
- Dec. 30 – Jan 1: New Year’s Eve Insight Retreat & special ceremonies
Inspirational Programs Customized to the Celestial Timings:
Full Moon Mystic Insights and Ceremony Circle
A personalized circle created for the season and participants: mystic insight journeys to the drum, connecting with moon and nature at night vibrations, ceremony to activate positive change in your life.
Held outdoors spring – fall,
$75 pp with 3 or more
($110 pp with 2, 2.5 hrs; $175 with 1, 2 hrs)
2018 Full Moon dates:
The night before the full moon is also a powerful time as full moon rises about an earlier than on the full moon.
- Jan. 31, 5:30 – 7 pm. Full Moon, Supermoon, Blue Moon–the last of two supermoons for 2018. The Moon will be at its closest approach to the Earth and may look slightly larger and brighter than usual. Rises 6:23 pm
- March 1, 6 – 8:30 pm (moon rises 6:17 pm)
- March 31, 6:30 – 9 pm (rises at 7:31 pm)
- April 29 Full Moon, 6:30 – 9 pm (rises 7:01 pm)
- May 29 Full Moon, 7 – 9:30 pm (rises 7:44 pm)
- –cross-quarter day: Mother’s Day is May 8 (honoring the feminine energies); May Day or Beltane is the halfway point between the spring equinox and the summer solstice, was the beginning of summer for the ancient Celts. It was a day for dance and song to hail the sown fields starting to sprout.
- June 27, 7 – 9:30 pm (moon rises 7:26 pm)
- July 27, 7 – 9:30 pm, (moon rises 7:40 pm)
- August 26, 7 – 9:30 pm (moon rises 7:28) pm)
- –Cross-Quarter Day – Celtic mid-summer festival Lughnasadh celebrates the wedding of the Sun god Lugh to the Earth goddess, causing the ripening of crops.
- Sept. 24, 6:30 – 9 pm (moon rises 6:32 pm)
- Oct. 24, 6 – 8:30 pm (moon rises 6:09 pm)
- Nov. 22, 5 – 7:30 pm (moon rises 5:21 pm)
- Dec. 22, 5:00 – 7:30 pm (moon rises 5:38 pm)
Nov. – Feb. held in studio by fireside but go outdoors to connect with moon
2018 New Moon Dates:
Time for new moon circles is flexible, depending on interest, weather
- Jan. 16
- Feb. 15
- March 17
- April 15
- May 15
- June 13
- July 12
- Aug. 11 (Persiod Meteor shower)
- Sept. 9
- Oct. 8
- Nov. 7
- Dec. 7
Sunset – Stars Nature, Solo Sacred Circle
Spirit of nature understandings, ancestral perceptions & stories, connecting with nature at night, insight journey to the drum, vision quest solo circle experience
Spirit of Sedona Circle. 1.5 hour at outdoor site.
Inspiring introduction and warm welcome to feeling essence, energies and stories of Sedona. New and ancestral perspectives, natural setting, relation to sacred sites in the region and more. Customized for participants; led by Sandra Cosentino, who is native to Arizona and steeped in understandings of this region and her peoples.
Circle of Power/Medicine Wheel Teaching and Shamanic Drum Healing Ceremony. A powerful way to put your new vision into motion as we work with intention and prayer to invoke cosmic and earth energies. This is a shamanic healing/rebalancing using drums, sound healing instruments, hands-on energy and cross-cultural ways for working with the power of the circle. Personal healing circle in studio for 1 – 4; outdoors at a private site for 5 or more.