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Vernal Equinox

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RITUAL

2016

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‘Planting Seeds of Light in the Compost of an Old Era’

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Sunday March 19,

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1:00 – 4:00 PM Ritual

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At America’s Stonehenge, NH

   
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Equinox moment Monday March 20 at 6:29 am 
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To honor the appropriate feeding of the spirit world and to optimize what you get out of this ritual there is some preparation involved that we request to do at home. If you do not have time to read it all please go to ‘Preparations and what to bring’ below.
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How the splendid light bounces of the cloak of purity, its blinding whiteness dazzles among the barren bones. The warming breath of the face of the sprouting sun begins to recede the solidity in which the earth found herself; underneath a raw murkiness reveals itself. Among the decaying debris signs of life push their way courageously out of the darkness.  
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We live in a time where the light is pushing all the chaos, separation, and duality to the surface in accelerated ways, causing great disruption, fear, and a rude awakening. We are facing the potential to lose everything we worked very hard for and hold dear. Everybody is affected by this shift in energy and something amazing is happening at the same time: we are forced to come together. We see people put their differences aside to work together towards a common goal. We stand at the threshold of a monumental choice that will decide the fate of the earth and life upon it and we know it. We begin to take our power back, we begin to make the connections, we are forced to change how we live, and we have to relate to the world around us. Now is the time to bring forth the gifts we have been honing. Nothing like having a deadline to get us motivated to manifest our gifts to assist in creating the new earth and transmute the density in and around us.  
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We are in a fire year according to the Dagara people of West Africa. The white race held the stewardship of Fire on Earth and we have to relearn what that truly means and get beyond combustion. Fire has many components to it and an important piece is the connection to the spirit world and ancestors as its energy is pure, and therefore connects us with the world of dreams and vision. It is the energy that flows through all of life that propels us forward towards our purpose. Fire has with its light and warmth draws us together as it has been held at the center of community and the hearth of our homes for eons. The fire can take our rage, grief, negativity, and suffering and has the ability to purify and transmute it. Through it we relate our stories and connect with the ancestors. Fire is here to illuminate us and anchor the heart flame.  
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At the Vernal Equinox the sun rises opposite from where it sets, making night and day of equal length. At the convergence of these balancing energies portals open for tremendous light to come into the planet and the light only anchors if we call upon it. In these moments our prayers are particularly important as they get amplified a 1000 x 1000 fold. Ancient sites were built to gather charge particularly at these key times in the cycle of the year; the golden mean ratio and sacred geometry allowed the cosmic forces to embed constructively to make bio-electric fields that charge seeds, promote life, and decrease aging. We revere and bless the sacred seed as it dies into a new form to continue the cycle of life. May we do everything in our power to keep life on this planet going.  
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The Intention for this ritual:  As the Vernal Equinox is approaching and we go through the birth canal, we open the gateway for our medicine, soul’s expression, and desire to contribute to the world, to fully emerge. Remember we contracted to be here in these times to help humanity in anchoring the light and pave the way to the era of peace. We are experiencing the collapse of an old paradigm and it does not feel good and it even feels scary. Yet, amidst this darkness we feel there is a lot of light supporting us as we are also in the midst of an accelerated ascension process. We cannot ascend with all our baggage, density, and separation, so every dysfunction is coming to the surface where it can be purified and transmuted. We are going through this process collectively. Amidst all the chaos we attune ourselves to the cycles of nature. More than ever we need to take care of our seeds, food sources, and our water. Nature is the place where we revitalize and ground so we can face the world in upheaval. Here in ritual we make the pleas to the spirit world to help us in these difficult trying times. In ceremony we stand together and remember our oneness. What we plant at this influx of light at the Equinox determines the course of the future.
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What to bring and prepare for:
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– A piece of red cotton fabric (please no synthetics) about ½ yard by 1 yard that is your old skin that holds all the illusions of protection. All the ways we have given our power away in the hope someone would save us and make it easier for us. All the ways we have bought into convenience and let go of skill, making us actually more insecure and anxious. All the ways we have been leaning on a system in the hope it would show up for us. All the ways we have forgotten how to be self-sufficient. Find a way to express this through words, symbols or images and decorate this old skin of yours.
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– An umbilical cord made with different colored strips of cotton fabric of about ½ yard long each in length and about 1 ½ inch wide. What cultural conditioning is our umbilical cord hooked into? A lot of us have been very triggered with what is going on in the world right now. All that was hidden is coming to the surface and it is overwhelming and scary. Even when the absolute truth is we are one this is not what most people in this world experience. We are born into a cultural conditioning that lets us believe we are separate from source. As adults we have to come to grips with owning the lies we have bought into and look at the separation within us and how that shows up in our lives. We have to become aware of our own participation in keeping the system going. Once we can see it we can transmute it and choose as much as possible not to participate in that mindset anymore. From consciousness we truly can contribute to the light. With different colored strips make knots for each way you participate in separating yourself, through learned behavior, choices, actions or non-actions, and thoughts where you see the world through ‘us versus them’. A black strip for all the ways you own racist behavior within you A white strip for disability and gender biased and sexist behavior within you A green strip for disrespect to other life forms A yellow strip for how we vote with our money And a blue strip for how we failed to listen Once the colored strips are all knotted tie them together in one long cord that is your umbilical.
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  – Bring a seed that is a token of your medicine What medicine or solution to a missing link do you bring into this life time; what comes to you most naturally, are you really good at, love doing, and assists in the changing of consciousness in the world?
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– Bring spring flowers that are open to feed the spirit world.
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– Bring drums or other sound makers if you have them, some finger food for after the ritual, (please, non-GMO) rain gear if needed and your own water to drink.
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Katja Esser guides you through this very participatory ritual. In the spirit of co-creating in our own evolution, the ritual grows to new heights when you bring your items and participation to it. The rituals go deeper each year as they are built on each previous one. The unfolding of the ritual creates the sacred space, in which we give more meaning to the details of the ritual. What you bring creates the magnificence of this ritual as each contribution makes up the whole. Please make sure to do your best to bring your items and let the not fulfilling of these items deter you from coming. Some may bring some extra. Come early if you still need time to work on your items.
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Gathering time for the ritual is 12:45 PM; please leave ample time to get yourself from the visitor center to the ritual site. We will be at the center of the site near the oracle chamber.  
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Cost:  America’s Stonehenge is privately owned but is open to the public. The entry fee is $12 for adults (check for detailed rates).  In addition there is a suggested $8 or more donation per adult at the ritual site to support the continuation of the work.  
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Bring a friend and please, pass this information on.
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Who to contact: Please contact Katja on Facebook or Email: katjacreates@ritualexpressions.com You can find more info on Katja by visiting this website and also her older website www.ritualexpressions.com.  You find more info about America’s Stonehenge or if there are issues reading the full text on my website go to www.stonehengeusa.com and this info is also posted on Facebook.
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Directions to America’s Stonehenge: From I 93, take exit 3 in NH, take Rte 111 East (app. 5 mi., crossing Rte 28) to Island Pond and Haverhill Rds. (there will be a sign here for America’s Stonehenge on your right).  Follow Haverhill Rd. south to entrance.  The address is 105 Haverhill Rd, Salem NH 03079.
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