Women's Council Call - Belejeb (9) B'atz

Jan 15, 2018

Belejeb (9) B'atz Women's Wisdom Keepers Call
Mon, January 15th
5:30 pm Pacific

to honor the energies in the Mayan Calendar of Belejeb (9) B'atz, or the Day of the Women, where ceremonies are offered at many sacred sites honoring and celebrating women and marking the cycle of the weaving of the DNA structure of Life. We are seeing a great resurgence of the empowerment of women as we face the many challenges of our times, and are honored to have Wisdom Keepers Hua Anwa, Sweet Medicine Nation, Nana Amalia Ovalle Tum, Rio Salcedo, and Nana Heddi Gonzalez-Neale share their wisdom as women at this potent time (see below for more info on these powerful women...) 

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Belejeb (9) B'atz carries the energies of the umbilical cord, the threads of life, with the sacred 9 vibration of birthing. Women are celebrated and honored on this day as the birthers and caretakers of the sacred threads of life. This ceremony follows 40 days after the Mayan Spiritual Renewal ceremonies on Waqxaqui (8) B'atz led by the men (the Mayan number of wholeness is 20, the same symbol as zero, and translates as "whole person", and 40 is when two "whole people" come together to make a new life).

5 days after the Belejeb B'atz ceremonies comes the Day of the Children, Jun (1) Ajmak, where the children are blessed.

Meet our Women Wisdom Keepers...  

Clan Mother Hua Anwa is a Metis Elder, a teacher of mixed Mayan and Cherokee descent and an adopted Chumash who leads ceremony on the Central Coast of California and is the spiritual leader of Circles of Empowerment. The primary ceremonial offering in this community is an annual, traditional Long Dance. Falling on the autumnal equinox each year, the Long Dance event gathers over one hundred woman into a great community circle of drumming, singing, sweat lodge and teaching that culminates in an all night ceremony lasting from sunset to sunrise. In addition to the Long Dance and Full Moon circle which she leads in Arroyo Grande, Hua also offers classes, teachings, services and counseling to a wide variety of audiences, individuals and her extended community. In the past few years in particular, Hua has traveled throughout the western United States and Central America as an honored guest speaker and Elder. 

Sweet Medicine Nation is a gifted artist, educator, lecturer, and medicine Teacher and guide. With her eloquence, wisdom, and gifts she's dedicated her life to offering opportunities for people to experience conscious and deep connection with nature and spirit, through indigenous education and ceremony. Over 35 years she's assisting thousands of people through Rites of Passage ceremonies on 5 Continents, Rekindling the Holy on Mother Earth, our birth rite. She applies her background in Natural Medicine, Midwifery, and Herbs, along with her written articles and books based on medicinal and edible native plants, compliments her heritage and love of sharing natural knowledge.  She is the founder and President of the Four Winds Community Foundation in Oregon for over 17 years. Four Winds Foundation is dedicated to the spiritual evolution of humanity, offering indigenous wisdom through sacred rites ceremonies and education.  

Nan Amalia Ovalle Tum is a Kaqchikel Maya Spiritual Guide from Patzún, Guatemala who works with the Ancestral Medicines. She also teaches about the environment and works to preserve Sacred Sites. She is currently receiving her certification as a Naturopath and has attended many international gatherings bringing the wisdom and ceremonies of the Maya.

Rio Salcedo is a powerhouse ceremonial leader. She is very active within  the Mexica Dance community in California. Rio  lives an embodied ceremonial life, dancing and drumming her prayer, and carrying the dance to new places to teach, inform and activate. She has steadily held the Drum Lodge at Long Dance for many years, bringing the solid heartbeat to the ceremony. She is a wise woman whose wisdom has been hard earned through her ceremonial life walk. 

Nan Heddi Gonzalez-Neale has been working to support the exchange of Earth Wisdom alongside her husband, Tat Erick Gonzalez, since 1998. Fluent in Spanish, she has helped organize, facilitate, and interpret for various international Councils and ceremonial gatherings with Mayan and other indigenous elders, as well as non-native peoples from all over the world. In 2005, Nan Heddi received her sacred bundle and spiritual mission as an Ajq'ij in the Mayan tradition. Nan Heddi is also Founder and President of Earth Peoples United. She has also started leading women's ceremonies at EPU's land base of Deer Mountain, north of Mt Shasta in northern California. 


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