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Vernal Equinox Ritual 2018

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‘Balancing our Heart Flame’

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Sunday March 18,

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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 Tuesday March 20 at 12:15 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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With unpredictable fluctuations winter’s harsh breath achingly creaked Mother’s bones. Worn and with a sigh of relief, she received the softening tears dancing upon her face, peeling away her winter cloak, her icy tears, and lacy seams. Her tattered and torn undercoat dangles flattened in the breeze. In a daze she lies as the quickening of contractions and expansion, heaving and dipping begin to stir deeply within her being.  
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Every spring we witness the miracle of life pushing itself through the womb of the Mother as she contracts and expands. Seeds get worked through the hardening and softening of her womb. They swell and burst out of their tight coats and with determination and strength they push through the heavy crumbs of soil to face still unpredictable bites of winter, and today more fluctuating extremes in weather patterns. Yet no seed or swelling bud, as vulnerable as they are in this stage, ever stops, they may not survive, but the drive to keep on going continues on forever. Their commitment to service, restoring balance, and the expansion of the body of the Divine keeps our Mother alive. There are failures, yet it would be a different story if the flower ‘decided’ not to open.
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And so natures reflects back to us the courage, resilience and strength to keep on going against all odds, to not lose faith and hope as we see so much separation around us.  We listen to the call and continue to expand our heart, relieve the suffering around us, and assist in the awakening process of those who are ready to embrace it. This is a nature year, according to the Dagara people of West Africa, and we can use the qualities and energies of this elemental year to assist us to see through the illusion of separation. Nature shows how it is, forever adaptable, changing, transforming, manifesting, decaying, promising that each moment fleetingly passes and does so with grace, beauty, drama, grief, and joy. Be present to the world that still sings and praises because it notices the beauty in the challenges. May we remember to lift our head, listen to the birds and participate in our commitment to keep the earth and all her children alive.  
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At the Vernal Equinox the sun rises opposite from where it sets, making night and day of equal length. In any cosmic alignment the portal to a greater influx of light opens up. It is crucial that during those times we gather in ceremony to call in the light and anchor it within our own heart flame and upon Mother Earth to benefit humanity and all of life. During these portal openings our prayers get amplified a 1000 x 1000 fold. Because of the need of the hour a tremendous amount of light is available to us to help us ascend the spiral of evolution. The more we lift ourselves the more our brothers and sisters are able to lift themselves. The Equinox being a moment of balance mirrors the Divine law of the circle that each inhale be met with an exhale. The Divine Feminine comes into balance with the Divine Masculine within our heart and allows our heart flame to expand and opening us up to love and a knowing that we are one. In a world of oneness we become aware that our thoughts, words, choices, actions, and feelings matter as these are powerful energies that can instantly manifest and are we using them to add to light of the world or its shadow?
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During this time we align ourselves to the rhythms of nature and assist in the midwifery of the birthing life, the awakening of humanity, and the new earth, while remembering that we are powerful co-creators. The seed holds the future of life, the data, and the story of failures and successes of the ancestors. We bless our seeds so they can come to sprout, flower, fruit, and turn to seed again to secure the ongoing cycle of life. It is our task to protect the young life and keep the earth alive.  
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As we move out of the sluggishness of winter we have to cleanse and clear away old stagnant energies to birth into an awakened state of consciousness. We may sometimes feel afraid to awaken because we will feel the pain of what is going on. Some who are awake may feel like giving up because we do not see the progress in the world as the negativity and separation continue to come to appalling new heights. Yet we cannot afford to lose hope, close our heart or give up. Remember that the earth is going through a purging process and it is the light that pushes the darkness to the surface so it can be made visible and transmuted. There is amazing work being done upon earth and focus on the vision will keep us moving towards it. We have to keep cracking through the layers of resistance, birthing each moment anew into a greater possibility.  
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What to bring and prepare for:
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– Bring an umbilical cord made with a vibrant color of your choosing of cotton fabric of about 2 yards long in length and about 1 ½ inch wide. (You can tie several pieces together to make it a 2 yard piece) Through the umbilical we are connected to our mother. Our first nourishment comes through it as well as all the patterns and emotional states our mothers go through. It gives us life and baggage while we are also imprinted with cosmic memory. For us to come fully into our own on the new earth and transcend our dense carbon based frequencies of our earthly bodies, this umbilical to the old paradigm has to be cut again and again as we go through the layers of patterns laid down lifetime after lifetime, through our ancestors, family lines and cultural constructs. What have you allowed to come through this umbilical that diminished your fire, making you feel out of balance, separate, small, afraid of change, wanting to fight, flee or freeze? What is your umbilical hooked into that makes you shrink, close your heart, and feel overwhelmed in the face of today’s challenges and is not serving the greatest expression of you that wants to fully participate in shifting the paradigm? How does this show up in your thoughts, words, feelings, choices, food habits, self-care, spiritual practices, community engagements, and service? Make a knot for each single thing that comes to the surface for you.
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– Bring a piece of green cotton fabric (please no synthetics) about ½ yard by 1 yard that is your old skin that protects us from feeling, it holds all the resistance to be fully awake and present, and keeps us small and safe. What is the risk of being fully awake and aware? Find a way to express this through words, symbols or images and decorate this old skin of yours.
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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 awakening of humanity?
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– Bring spring flowers that are open 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 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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