Moon Circle: Pele (Mar 2018)

For those taking the Moon Circle class in person, or wanting to follow along from home, here are this month’s links.


Homework is “pick your level.”

Questions:Pele:Healthy Anger
Excerpt from  The Dance of Anger by Harriet Lerner

“Anger is a signal, and one worth listening to. Our anger may be a message that we are being hurt, that our rights are being violated, that our needs or wants are not being adequately met, or simply that something is not right.

Our anger may tell us that we are not addressing an important emotional issue in our lives, or that too much of our self – our beliefs, values, desires, or ambitions – is being compromised in a relationship.

Our anger may be a signal that we are doing more and giving more than we can comfortably do or give. Or our anger may warn us that others are doing too much for us, at the expense of our own competence and growth.

Just as physical pain tells us to take our hand off the hot stove, the pain of our anger preserves the very integrity of our self.

Our anger can motivate us to say “no” to the ways in which we are defined by others and “yes” to the dictates of our inner self.”


  • What role has anger played in your life?
  • Tell us of a time you were really angry.  What was the cause? What was the result?
  • What makes you angry – the personal, political institutions, religion, society, God, the universe?
  • How do you express or release your anger?
  • Are you comfortable feeling angry? Why or why not? 
  • Is all anger the same? Can you imagine ways that anger can be used for good?
Small Read your two other deity sheets.

Medium: All the above PLUS

  • Try one charm from either deity sheet.
Large: All the above PLUS

DIY Mix and match your own combo from above and/or select another work that interests you related to this month’s theme.

Hawaiian Myths

Hawaiian Religion

Pacific Ohana: The mythology of the Hawaiian Culture (slides explaining some of the deities)

Goddess Pele: Hawaiian Goddess of the Volcano

Hawaiian Legends of Volcanoes by W.D. Westervelt [1916]
(The Fire Goddess Pele, her deeds, family and loves.)


Miscellaneous Myths: Pele (5 min video)

Pele Searches for a Home (25 min video)

Holo Mai Pele (53 min video explaining the saga of Pele her rivalry with her sister Hi’iaka)


In one of the hula origin stories,  Pele, the goddess of fire was trying to find a home for herself running away from her sister Namakaokahaʻi (the goddess of the oceans) when she finally found an island where she couldn’t be touched by the waves. There at chain of craters on the island of Hawai’i she danced the first dance of hula signifying that she finally won.


Holo Mai Pele: Educator Guide Learn about hula. Read 9-14 covering Pele’s story.

Aia la o Pele by Loea Kawaikapuokalani Hewett. Try to dance along with it.

Hawaiian Moon Calendar

1% Pele Oil Labels

“Controlling Anger Before it Controls You” (article)

Anger Management: Tips and Techniques for Getting Anger Under Control (article)

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