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Earthsongwave Conversations

Talking Pieces

The Earthsongwave Dawn Chorus (ESWDC) of 2020 sang into being a year-long Women's New Moon Council (WNMC) in a wild gathering of fiery dragon, feathers, bell song and sharings of longing, passion and a commitment to deep listening to the calls and songs of Mother Earth. After the first session in April 2020, I dreamed of mixed up, out of place songs with a waking reverie of message sticks, carved with songs and carried under the wings of migratory birds across the planet. What if birds create songlines as they fly?

Flaming headed serpent and cauldron, created to contain offerings to the Council, weaved their alchemical magic to sustain the Council, which as I write, sadly, has just one session left – although perhaps the mystery and song magic of the ESWDC and the WNMC will bring forth other children. We shall see.

Strands, threads of many different themes are woven from around Earth: south to north, west to east, clockwise and counterclockwise, creating a web cradling us in Circle. Making a commitment to attend every session, I feel increasingly enthralled by this dynamic experience where each month, women come together, share our wisdom, song and story and then move apart again. It is as if I am carried on a moon-created tide of coming together and parting, like the ebb and flow of gently lapping ocean waves, like a slow, steady breathing, in and out once a month – each ‘coming together’ creating a node in a vast web, encasing a ‘joining together’ of experience and passion from around the world. What if we are engaged in a new way, perhaps an ancient re-membering of singing with Mother Earth?

Gathering, we first speak in a voice of the land on which we each stand. We bring some being as a talking piece – mine are bones: most often feathers, once the rib bone of a young kangaroo, all from the sacred space where I live. I introduce Grandmother Tree, ring-neck parrot, and an ephemeral wetland to the Council – rich sentient beings of place – ranging alongside all the others from around the globe.

In Council, there are words, silence, dance, movement and of course, song – human voice, birdsong, star song, grief song, joy song. Songs of symbols, patterns, of mysterious, synchronous moments – an example is one Council just after I finish the large planting out of a paddock in a design of three counterclockwise spirals which all meet at a single tree in the centre. Spirals are found in the cave and rock art of Australian Aboriginal peoples and in ancient Celtic art, the patterns of my ancestral heritage, in my DNA and deeply significant for me. The spirals meeting at the central tree form three lines radiating from a single point – three is such a potent number of life on Earth. Our Council this month features a video of a song by Heilung, a Scandinavian group – it is very haunting and as I move to the music and watch, I see spirals and three arrows radiating out from a single point on rocks and on the ground. Shivers race up and down my spine and I experience the synchronicity of form and pattern as affirmation and blessing. Such synchronicity continues to weave in and out, and in November, during a trip ‘on country’ with three Aboriginal Elders, I came across this image – this is just one example of the way this thread of patterns, association and meaning continues.


So many story songs of relationship between human and the more-than-human world; of voices from deep wells of emotion; dream songs; songs of imagination and of wild, abandoned duets with land, wind, thunder, lightning, water - with Life in all its manifestations. Symphonies for the pleasure and nourishment of all Creation - ringing out over the course of every month, encircling, cradling, piercing, empowering – delighting our Mother as we delight in Her.

Over the course of the year, my awareness and appreciation of the Dark Moon deepens. As I attend to the waxing and waning Moon each month I rejoice in the approaching dark with its associated increasing brilliance of the stars. Living, as I do, without any ambient light and looking straight into the centre of the Milky Way, even the dark is not completely without light. This year’s solstices and equinoxes and other significant cosmic events during the year - the alignment of Jupiter and Saturn with the Moon and then their proximity, a event not seen for over 400 years, and a Blue Moon – blessings all. Awe and wonder flood my being again and again at these cosmic miracles. This, in turn, increases my appreciation of the WNMC and what it is bringing to each of us. My gaze is skywards in a sustained way that I have not experienced before.

The Moon cycle, with its traverse from light to dark to light, is one of Nature’s mirrors of the life, death, rebirth cycle that I am constantly reflecting on and which so central to all existence on this exquisite Earth. In between the cosmic mirrors of the day cycle and the year cycle – Moon cycle holds a special affinity for us women, aligned as it is with our cycle of bleeding and the ever-present potential for new life. Although no longer fertile this way, for me the Council becomes a means of, an opportunity for, reflective generation in the darkness. What if this WNMC is a portal to an experience of the dark within the womb of the Earth – where we can sing new creation songs?

Ephemeral Wetland

My sense of the significance of the WNMC grows. There has been a call to the Wild, Sacred Feminine emanating from Mother Earth for some years now and it has been increasing in intensity over the past couple of years. I have heard it personally, as have many, many others, from a variety of sources. I have heard its echoes, when reading and listening to the words of indigenous male Elders over a number of years – Arkan Lushwala, Harley Eagle, Bruce Pascoe, Tyson Yunkaporta to name a few. During this WNMC year, I hear Ilarion Merculieff, an elder from Alaska, speak of what he has heard from Mother Earth – a call to women to come together, to heal themselves and within the ceremony of this process, something new will be birthed. Women are being called to go deep into the Earth, become still and listen. What they hear and bring back will heal the world. Men are to hold the space for women to do this work. Ilarion’s words resonate deeply and are very affirming for me. They reflect so much of what has been significant, enriching threads of the WNMC, which in turn has supported me in exploring and deepening my response to this call. It is in the experience - the songs, the words, the threads, the synchronicities, the echoes, the Ancestors, the Land – all harmonising into the songs of my life, nurturing and encouraging me.

My songs are clearer now, less mixed-up – and songlines are being created and sung by all manner of Beings. I ‘know’ them as I slow down, become still and listen.

May the Earthsongwave Dawn Chorus of Thursday April 1, 2021 create a tsunami of song that calls forth an ever-deeper commitment to our wondrous Earth and many more never-before-heard songs of love and adoration to woo our more-than-human kin.

Jenni now lives on 150 acres of bush surrounded by additional nature reserve and crown land in the Great Southern region of Western Australia. The land has high conservation value, being in an area of internationally recognized significant biodiversity. "In this season of Bunuru, I acknowledge the Menang Bibbulmun people as the traditional owners of the land on which I live. I pay my respects to the Elders, past and present and to the wider Bibbulmun community."

Photography by Jenni York

Listening with the Earthsongwave Dawn Chorus of 1 April, 2020, l (Wendy) heard a call to deepen further during the year with a monthly New Moon Council which was born in that same month of April. What became the Women's New Moon Council brought women listening, resonating and singing with this call from around Earth; to listen and respond with Earthsongs; to be aroused by and arouse Earthsongs further; to be curious and surprised about songs emerging and impacts/ripples....and more. This is one experience from Jenni York. Another will follow soon in this feast of an Earthsong and Moonsong year.

Thank you Jenni York for your offering to Earthsongwave Dawn Chorus 2021. Jenni is also a contact for Earthsongwave Dawn Chorus in Western Australia.

If you would like to be involved/participate in the future shapeshifting of this Council, please contact us through

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Whitesands, East Lothian, Scotland. January 2021

A Song of the Gods

All Winter’s night long

l hear a song,

a single





All Winter’s night long

I stay awake.

How can l sleep

when the Gods

of Ancients

are roaring

their song

and l feel their note


in my heart’s


How can l not

bow down,

bend my knees

in awe,



let them sing me.

Wendy Robertson Fyfe


A thousand welcomes into this approach to the 4th Earthsongwave Dawn Chorus. The Gregorian calendar has 1 April on a Thursday this year when you are warmly invited to sing in and participate in the call to dawn’s rising; to participate with this miracle animate Earth turning to meet her longing song with Sun; of warmth and life turning towards Spring in the Northern Hemisphere, or turning towards Autumn and sun’s light leaving as dark returns in the Southern Hemisphere. What if the dawn chorus sings in each day and each season who wouldn’t arrive without them? What if everything depends on such a longing song and the possibility of such a one being met? How might we humans participate in, surrender to, such a song and where might such a song take us?

I’m remembering today an experience in 1995 when l quite literally heard a tree singing as l strode into the world completely in love with her. The tree invited me to sing with her and when l did so, the whole forest sang out in harmony. I continue to sing into this song, even if just one note at times, let it sing me. Life is ignited by such songs, yes? Yes, what if Earth is longing for our song, even inviting us further in the current dissolution this way too; a way of calling to our unique Earth given song that each one of us carries and is born to sing. Here is just such an opportunity to explore your song, sing in, be curious about what may happen, and wonder. Let us then offer our songs back as a feast to the Ancient and Future ones, let us ignite one another as Laura Weaver sings so exquisitely in ‘Sing back the Light”:


sing back the light because your song ignites my song and the chorus is a swelling ocean of Awakening—and we are just beginning to hear our own roar.

* Sing back the light because this is how we remember— this is how we remember ourselves past this ending into the beginning….

* For in the beginning there was the Word there was the Song and we are here now to sing ourselves Home.


As usual, there will be further offerings in blogs from Earthsong lovers on the approach to Earthsongwave Dawn Chorus. This last year, following a prompt from Earthsongwave Dawn Chorus 2020, a Women’s New Moon Council including women around Earth was created monthly. This Council has come to be a very powerful way for women continuing to listen, hold the dreaming, and sing Earthsongs rippling further into the world; another place for women to stir magic from a cauldron being heated by a flaming seven headed serpent. There will be some blogs from these women too.

The Earthsongwave Dawn Chorus offering is self-organising and there are lots of ideas on the website. There are daily postings on the Facebook page. You are welcome to send contributions. There are contact people for many places around Earth. Please let us know if you can be such a one for the part of the Earth that has you. Create your own offerings and write in with your ideas. Let us know what you plan and we can share. Let us know what you’re offering so we can track. Let us know how your song impacts in Earthsongwave Dawn Chorus morn as you imagine this wave of human song meeting and in/of the world. Sing your own song and not tell another human should this be your way too, share only with the wild world and be in the mystery of it all. If you have ideas for offering a blog, make contact. Participate with your own notes.

Maybe, if you haven’t already, you’ll fall in love with singing for and with Earth/Earth Community and continue to do so….it may take more than a day, or not, to sing your way into a mystery so magnificent that it may begin to sing you more and in surprising ways. Be ignited, ignite others’!

The Earthsongwave Dawn Chorus continues to be a ‘feed the Earth’ and self-organising offering with invitations and experiences being shared. There are no financial transactions and everything is gifted. There are leaflets on the website you can download and print. These are in English, you are so very welcome to contact to create in different languages. Anyone around the world can join in voicing your own way. Currently, as far as l’m aware to date, 1,000’s of people from 54 countries have visited the website and Facebook page. Be sung, that other’s may sing!

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Earth's WildSong Lovers Following my previous 'Confluence in Sound Waves' reflections, l 'm writing to invite you to this never before heard gathering arising from Earthsongwave Dawn Chorus this year: to meet each New Moon; to listen and feel together through the year for such notes Earth is singing in this liminal space between old cycles and new risings. I imagine this could be something we are all listening/attuning for in our own ways already. This particular offering is to wonder what may arise in opening a sacred space for being together around the Earth for 2 hours a month. To hold/share time to be curious; to listen for whatever wild sounds, notes, songs, words, want to be voiced, moved, brought forth through us. What if specific patterns and notes, or who knows what/who, may become visible/audible. What might the effect of such sacred listening and sounding be, and what if such a way, for example, through the Deep Imagination, through making our offerings, makes a difference in this Holy moment. You may also know other humans who might be interested. If so, please invite them in. If you are unfamiliar with Council it is a sacred space to be together in circle (or imaginar-e circle) as a way of remembering more deeply who we are in a world otherwise steeped in fragmented mirrors, to listen and speak from the heart. A virtual talking piece is passed on from one to another around the world; only the person holding the talking piece will speak as authentically as we can. The deeper each of us are willing to show up, the clearer the mirror and the possibility of opening/being/see through even the mirror to deeper mysteries. How deeply are you longing to show up? How deeply are you willing to be surprised at what comes spilling from your lips, from Earth's lips?  The Council will start at 1pm BST which means this is early in the USA and late in Australia. I'm hoping the time works for one day a month, and l'm also willing to explore different times in future to make possible as many people to participate. The first Earthsongwave Council is in just a week so do let me know if this offering is something that sings to you and respond either through link below or on a previous Earthsongwave Wild Orchestra thread, let's say by Sunday 19th April. Do let me know if you are 'in' but not able to make Thursday's date with Earth, Sun, New Moon, and other WildEarthsong folk and you can be held in this Earthsongwave New Moon Council stave for future dates. Also let me know if you have any particular ideas or ways your Muse would like to sing/voice/move here. I will be sending further details before we meet. Note there are already people gathering here from Australia, UK and USA. As part of Earthsongwave Dawn Chorus, this Earthsongwave New Moon Council is free as a gift to nourish Earth.  Love, Love, Love Wendy “A few minutes ago every tree was excited, bowing to the roaring storm, waving, swirling, tossing their branches in glorious enthusiasm like worship. But though to the outer ear these trees are now silent, their songs never cease.” John Muir Image: Earthsongwave Dawn Chorus, Doug Van Houten (C)

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