Takaji My Relatives
It was a wonderful honor for us here at the Verona Pennsylvania Teaching Lodge of the CANEY INDIGENOUS SPIRITUAL CIRCLE to host our Taino tiaos (relatives) here in the Pittsburgh area for the first time at Full Moon Ceremony on Sunday November17, 2013.
The ceremony was attended by a number of our dear friends from the Peaceburgh community, including our own Behike Bibi Tenanche Semiata and our sister Vikki Hanchin, as well as our two other sisters Cherylann Hawk and Emily Tokarczk.
We were honored this month by the attendance at our ceremony of the chief of the Yukayeke Manicato Taino community of Lancaster, Pennsylvania, Kasike Guatu Iri who came to the Pittsburgh area accompanied by his sister, our own Taino CANEY INDIGENOUS SPIRITUAL CIRCLE behike-in-training Erlinda (Toa Cao) Mother Crow .
We were honored by our sister Erlinda Mother Crow as she assumed the responsibility of lighting the two sacred flames that represent the double light of the full moon and recited the sacred words "WE WOMEN HAVE WITHIN US THE RHYTHM OF THE UNIVERSE". She was assisted, as usual by my wife Leni who normally guides guest women selected for that honor through the ritual and the prayers.
I want to honor all of the members of our little congregation on that Sunday evening, who brought the strength and energy of their spiritual power and contributed to the sanctity of our ceremony.