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Autumnal Equinox Ritual 2018

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‘Coming into Presence’

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Saturday September 22,

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2:00 – 5:00 PM Ritual

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At America’s Stonehenge, NH

   
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Equinox moment Saturday September 22 at 9:54 pm, Sunset at 6:41 pm 
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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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The cooling nights dip their moist breath upon the fruiting body of our beloved Mother. The chirping crickets swell in volume while busy spiders come to stillness in their dew laden webs. An occasional appearing dazzling golden face rising over the horizon its arms breaking through the misty fields, reveals an accelerated move towards the south. The rapid succession of summer days shorten as a challenging growing season gradually comes to completion. The fringes of Mother’s green dress show hints of reds and yellow, while swollen fruits ripen and drop fermented back into her lap. Sprout has come to flower, fruit, and seed again and life can continue.  
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We gather in ceremony on the day of the autumnal equinox, utilizing the energies of this portal of balance when the sun rises opposite from where it sets, making day and night equal in length. Balance is a short lived moment that all of the energies move towards and fall out again to continue to an ever greater expression of themselves. In each moment life strives for alignment and equilibrium that brings wellbeing, health, peace, and presence. This balance point is where the rhythms of inhale and exhale, within and without, contraction and expansion, action and rest switch and where we align ourselves accordingly to follow those rhythms to support functional optimization of our body and environment. This is not what our beloved Earth is experiencing much of today. This nature year has been incredibly challenging. We see a disturbing imbalance of water and fire as places in the world dry up and are burning, or have too much rain and are flooding. With that comes failure of harvest, the inability to have fruit and seed, and death of many species. We are shown the transience of form on every level as systems are breaking down. We cannot take a harvest for granted, so with gratitude, we celebrate its gifts and remember what it took for nature to deliver this year’s fruits and seeds.
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What happens on a global level reflects what lives within us, for each one differently depending on where we are in our personal evolution. What we see reflected around us is a resistance to the inner journey to address what underlying issues keep smoldering and wait to flare up again. Our need for control keeps our heart flame small and gives us a hard time to accept, forgive, and let go. Yet we cannot keep things under the surface, the other world has set things into motion and stands in readiness to support the expansion of our heart flame. Bigger things are playing out that push stuff from lifetimes to the surface to be transmuted into the light and it feels intense. It is affecting the truth of our story and challenges us to be conscious communicators looking at what we empower with our thoughts, feelings, and words and take responsibility for it. When we scale back our distractions and social engagements and become still to move into presence, we allow the healing to take place to restore our relationship with our divine mother, come into balance with ourselves and the world around us, pay back our debt to the natural world, and inhabit our higher self and greatness. From that place of inner peace and presence the blessings and abundance can become a tangible reality.  
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As we experience overwhelm by all the things we feel we have to respond to, with a world falling apart through increased polarization and reactivity that displays ever more astonishing levels of separation, we have to find a way to come into presence and be the calm, the peace, and harmony we like to see in the world. Nature, the great transformer, the stripper of masks, speaks to the inevitable nature of change that lies in each moment; it shows truth in no uncertain ways and demonstrates cause and effect. Since we depend on its balance, when we see the signs of imbalance that affect the continuation of life, we have to pay attention and align ourselves again with the forces that give life and begin to feed these forces so they can proceed to feed us. Nature also shows us the magic and the mystical, enticing us to go deeper to attain this in ourselves. The fall season reminds us that form once it reaches completion has to break down to evolve into its next stage, which has been very challenging for us humans who are so attached to form and spend a lot of time maintaining and preserving form. It takes the clearing of debris within and without to find that pure space of presence, that allows us to be and feel the connection to all that is through which the new can be seeded. At this equinox we celebrate the glorious fully expressed form, love it, praise it and then let it go; like the drop of water that experiences a moment of individuation before it falls back into the primordial soup and becomes one again only to continue to give life to something else.
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Questions to ponder:
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What calls out to be balanced in your own life? Is awareness around ‘being here now’ a daily part of your life? Are there parts in you that resist the journey within? What is surfacing for you right now that is no longer in alignment with the new Earth and seeks to be transmuted into the light and do these things feel older than this life time? What are the forms, stories, identities, and structures you keep hanging on to that no longer serve you and that you are ready to let go off or transform?  
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What to bring and prepare for:
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-Bring a 10 inch green square of 100 % cotton fabric or other natural material (please, no synthetics as they do not decompose) and sit in presence with it and ask what most has to be balanced in your life to bring you into feeling connected and aligned with the energies of the universe that serves you and the world around you? Create a symbol, image or words on this cloth to imprint it with your vibration.
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– Bring 1 strip 1 inch wide by 1 yard long of violet 100% cotton fabric in which you make a knot for every shift, awareness, and learning that you experienced in the last year and moved you to create changes in your life that sustains your own well-being, the well-being of your community of people and nature, and the vision of the new earth.
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– Bring a piece of harvest that is edible and reflects something of your unique fragrance or keynote that you express in the world and that we can share and consume.
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– Bring flowers to feed the spirit world. (please, no potted plants)
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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 1:45 PM; please leave ample time to get yourself from the visitor center to the ritual site. We will be at the summer solstice sunrise stone at the earth Mother.    
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Cost:  America’s Stonehenge is privately owned but is open to the public. The entry fee is $12.50 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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