The Story of the MoonPath

When you look out across the water at night, after the sun has set and the moon has risen high enough to become bright, then you see a long, glimmering moon-path reaching away into the distance. There it lies, stretching from the moon to the earth, and from the earth to the moon, as bright as silver and gold, and as straight and smooth as a turnpike road.

There is nothing in all the world that was not made for a reason and for some use -- not even the moon-path -- but always you must find for yourself the use of a thing and why it was made.

So it is with the moon-path as with everything else. Thousands and thousands of people have seen that long, level stretch of brightness, and have looked out at it, and have thought it was beautiful, but there are very, very few who have ever really found out what is its use.

It looks like a path, and that is what it really is, for if you know how to do so, you may walk upon it just as easily as you may walk upon a barn floor. All you need to do is to make a beginning, and there you are. After that it is smooth enough walking, and you may skip and play and romp as you choose. Then you may come and go whenever you have a mind to, and if you will take my word for it, it is the most beautiful and wonderful road that a body can travel betwixt here and the land that so few folk ever go to and come back again.

For the moon-path leads straight to the moon. That was why it was built -- that a body might go from the brown earth to the moon, and maybe back again.

--from The Garden Behind the Moon, written and illustrated by Howard Pyle (1853-1911) and published in 1895.

Moonpath Children in this Place,
Together Weave our Sacred Space,
Mirth and Magick Call us Here,
Joined in Love, We Banish Fear.

Light this Candle, Burn it Bright, Push now Back the Walls of Night.
The Flame Inside Us, Set to Glow, Fan it Fast, and Watch it Grow.
We Meet Together, Once each Week, Answers, Questions, Friends, we Seek,
Life and Meaning; Frown and Grin, What We Seek is Found Within.
                                                           (or in Portuguese)

Our gathering began as a women's group started around 1985 by Noralee Traylor. Occasionally a male would flit in and the flit out. When Nora Lee heard about national CUUPS forming in 1987, she selected the name MoonPath and joined them as a local CUUPS Chapter. She chose this name from a one hundred year old book from which she also took the description above. She held rituals and educational sessions and brought in guest HPSs from the local Pagan community such as Lady Demeter. She continued to lead MoonPath CUUPS until 1995 when she passed that role on to another.

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