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Autumnal Equinox

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RITUAL

2017

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‘Embracing Change’

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Saturday September 23,

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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 Friday September 22 at 4:02 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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Mother’s green dress begins to show the tatters and wear of a season’s growth. At the fringes the first appearances of bright red and yellow announce the coming change. Bewildered standing ones bend heavily with fruit, barely able to support the weight, lofty milkweeds swell their proud pointy pods, golden rods vibrate with swarms of ecstatic bees, while sprawling vines await the reddening of their aromatic fruit. Bounty comes upon us, now flower has turned to fruit and the pale green faces swell with a deepening blush till they drop into the lap of the Mother. Autumn, the season of harvest and detachment of form, shows its face at the horizon, ready to celebrate the completion of a growing season that the seed sprouted, made it to flower, to fruit, and seed again. The autumnal equinox is a momentary balance point when the sun rises opposite from where it sets, making day and night equal in length.  
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This is a fire year as it is known in the Dagara tradition of West Africa. Fire in its most pure form connects us to our Divinity that moves through our heart flame. It is the life force that propels us forward to express ourselves in this earthly realm. This fire when aligned with our purpose and power will give life to anything we express. It fuels our passion, love, motivation, vision, dreaming, and creativity and it becomes an unstoppable force that can shape this world in magical ways. Out of alignment it becomes reactive and will consume us on the inside, imploding and exploding as it lives through combustion, fueling anger and fear, spreading like a wild fire destroying and purging everything on its path. In its pure form it is the beacon of light that guides us through the darkness and brings us together, within it lives the holy, spirit, the ancestors that call for constant feeding to keep that flame alive; it is the umbilical to the other world. In its presence, warmth, and light we feel safe and held. It becomes an exchange of story and vision to keep the community alive. Autumn becomes the culmination of the sun’s fire made manifest through the completion of a cycle. A wood fire becomes the release of that sun’s energy.  
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We are in tremendous challenging times where a lot of concepts are turned upside down. Every cell in our body is being rattled as the world as we know it is unraveling and changing if we like it or not. The vibration of the earth is rising to move into higher realms of awareness and all that is out of alignment with the vibration of the new earth is surfacing to be transformed. Also we are being pushed to look inside and examine our beliefs; are we coming from the knowing that we are one and connected or from a belief we are separated? We will not make changes in our lives unless we feel secure and safe. We will never have security as long we give our power away. Security comes when we have abundance and inner peace, have a sense of belonging within the earth, feel home within ourselves, feel supported by an unseen realm of energies, and know the earth through all her expressions of nature that knows how to feed and heal us on its own accord. The earth is abundant; the only issue is that we have forgotten how to tap that abundance. All elements live in service of one another. There is an ongoing feeding that takes place, life eats life, transforming form, so the Divinity can come through a greater expression by dreaming the next level of its realization of self as it moves from within to without round and round.
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New ideas have a hard time to anchor in old beliefs and fears because we realize we do not know this world of the earth, and we do not know how to survive a collapse. Many do not feel safe with our ancestors as we live a legacy of broken relationships and tormenting patterns of behavior that keep us locked into a repeat of the past. To realize that we may have been living a lie maybe too big to handle as it shatters our story and the sense of who we are. We like to improve on what we know, but fine tuning the road of separation only widens the gap. To homogenize the world we live in makes the Divine look gray. Oneness is the underlying connection that ties us to the web of life as we go from within to without through which the Divinity rebirths to manifest its unique expression and freedom, forever expanding the ongoing diversity of creation. To feel the oneness we have to start building a relationship to what feeds us and we begin by feeding it. We feed through our praise, love, creativity, song, and dance. The feeding becomes the expression that feeds us in the process as well as expanding us into a greater passion and deeper love for the world we live in. And so we serve and come alive.  
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As we move into the fall, we celebrate the completion of form and individuation that has to fall away to feed something greater so that we can focus on the inside and dissolve into the oneness. Know and remember our inner resource that gives us all to continuously manifest our next conscious evolution to an ever greater expression. Without this inner anchor new ideas or solutions will have a hard time to be received. As the season of fall is a busy time to get everything in order for the internal time to come, in a fire year this may be particularly intense as fire is a moving element associated with action. We particularly need to take heed that the action is not coming from reaction that feeds the separation but is moving from our center, to have it aligned and grounded in love, compassion, and right relationship.  
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Questions to explore for this ritual::  How are you honing your inner fire? What is it fueling in your life? What do you need to feel secure and safe to be able to live your fullest expression or have a willingness to change? In what areas of your life do you give your power away? How have actions based in reaction served you and the world? And what changed when you actions were based in alignment with your inner light? How open are you to new ideas? What are you resisting or feeling when you are unwilling to receive new ideas? How much separation are you creating within yourself to keep your story going of right and wrong? What steps are you taking to deepen your connection to the web of life?
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What to bring and prepare for:
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– Bring a 10 inch red square of 100 % cotton fabric on which you create a symbol of your action, idea or dream that is ready to be shared with the world to assist the raising of consciousness or anchors the light in whatever small or big way.
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Bring 3 strips, 1 inch wide by 1 yard long, of black, blue, green 100% cotton fabric in which in the first one (black) you make a knot for every resistance you create against making changes within yourself. Ask yourself what is the worst that could happen and keep asking that till your answer stays the same. ‘I don’t know’ is not an accepted answer; that is just giving your awareness away because on some level you know. You may want to keep track of that in your journal. In the second strip (blue) make a knot for every way you give your power away, where you make yourself dependent on outside forces to provide for you and relate that to your own sense of safety and security. Observe how you feel inside. On the third strip (green)make a knot for every action you have taken within your own daily routines and/or community that has lessened an unsustainable impact on the planet and life.
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  – Bring a piece of harvest in the form of a wild edible or medicinal plant/fruit/seed that you foraged that you know something about, like uses, wisdom, preparation, history or location.
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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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