Celestial events and seasonal turning points are auspicious and inspiring times for ceremony and circles in Sedona, Arizona.
Aug. 19 – 21, 2017 – Solar Eclipse Sedona Insight Retreat–special program
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
2017 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 inbetween–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. 28 New Moon
- Jan. 16 Martin Luther King Holiday
- Jan. 12 Full Moon
- Jan. 1 New Year Day
- January 3, 4 – Quadrantids Meteor Shower. The Quadrantids 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. Meteors will radiate from the constellation Bootes, but can appear anywhere in the sky.
- Feb. 3 Imbolc (Candlemas)–Celtic mid-winter cross-quarter day
- Feb. 10 Full Moon
- Feb. 11-12 Heart’s Longing Valentines Day retreat & Full Moon
- Feb. 14 Valentine’s Day
- Feb. 20 Presidents Day holiday
- Feb. 26 New Moon: Annular Solar Eclipse with a ring of light around the darkened Moon (not visible in US).
- March 18-21 Spring Equinox Retreat
The few weeks around the March equinox is a time of year when bright meteors appear in greater numbers than usual.
March 27 New Moon
- March 20 Spring Equinox
- March 13 Daylight Savings for most of US, except Arizona (during the summer we are same time as the Pacific Coast)
- March 12 Full Moon
- April 11 Full Moon
- April 16 Easter
- 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 can be expected. But full moon will make them harder to see.*
- April 26 New Moon
- May 4 – Beltane, Celtic Mid-Spring festival
- May 5-6 Eta Aquarids Meteor Shower-10 to 20 meteors per hour might be visible in a dark sky. (best before dawn on May 6)
- May 8 Mothers Day
- May 10 Full Moon
- May 25 New Moon
- May 30 Memorial Day weekend events
- June 23 New Moon
- June 20 Summer Solstice events
- June 20-27 Sedona Vision Quest Retreat
- June 19 Father’s Day
- June 9 Full Moon
- July 4 Independence Day events
- July 9 Full Moon
- July 23 New Moon
- 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. 7 Full Moon (partial lunar eclipse–not visible in US)
- Aug. 21 Solar Eclipse and New Moon
- Aug 12-13 Persiod Meteor Shower peak (runs July 17 to August 24)
- Sept. 22 Autumnal Equinox events
- Sept. 20 New moon
- Sept. 16 – 23 Sedona Vision Quest Retreat
- Sept. 6 Full Moon
- Sept. 4 Labor Day events
- Oct. 7 Draconid meteor shower, about 10 meteors per hour. Best viewing in early evening.
- Oct. 5 Full moon
- Oct. 14 Columbus Day Holiday
- Oct. 19 New moon
- Oct. 21-22 Hopi & Navajo fall fair cultural explorer journey
- Oct. 21-22 Orionids Meteor Shower (Oct. 2 – Nov. 7). Best viewing after midnight Oct. 21.
- Oct. 31 Hallowe’en.
- Nov. 4 Full Moon
- Nov. 4-5 South Taurid Meteor Shower: 5-10 meteors per hour but moon will obscure.
- Nov. 7 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. 18 – New Moon
- Nov. 23 Thanksgiving weekend events
- Dec. 3 Full moon–Supermoon
- 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. 17 New Moon
- Dec. 21 Winter Solstice events
- 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 ($100 pp with 2, 2.5 hrs)
2017 Full Moon dates:
- Jan. 12, 6 – 8:30 pm (moon rises 6:20 pm)
- Feb. 10, 5:30 – 8 pm pm (moon rises 6:08 pm)–Feb. 3 is cross-quarter day, Celtic mid-winter ceremony of Candlemas
- March 12, 6 – 8:30 pm (moon rises 6:54 pm)
- April 11, 6 – 8:30 pm (moon rises 6:38 pm)
- May 10, 6:30 – 9 pm (moon rises 7:16 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 9, 7 – 9:30 pm (moon rises 7:48 pm)–Father’s Day is June 19 and this is the month of peak of light (celebrating the masculine energies)
- July 9, 7 – 9:30 pm (moon rises 7:22 pm)
- August 7, 7 – 9:30 pm (moon rises 7:29) 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. 6, 6:30 – 9 pm (moon rises 7:20 pm)
- Oct. 5, 6 – 8:30 pm (moon rises 6:30 pm)
- Nov. 4, 5 – 7:30 pm (moon rises 5:42 pm pm)
- Dec. 3, 5:30 – 8 pm (moon rises 5:53 pm)
Nov. – Feb. held in studio by fireside but go outdoors to connect with moon
2017 New Moon Dates:
Time for new moon circles is flexible, depending on interest, weather
- Jan. 28
- Feb. 26
- March 27–this time of year good chance of seeing bright meteors
- April 26
- May 25
- June 23
- July 23
- Aug. 21 – Solar Eclipse–special program
- Sept. 20–Autumn Equinox is Sept. 22
- Oct. 19
- Nov. 18
- Dec. 17
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.