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Vernal Equinox Ritual 2019

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‘Awakening our True Self’

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Saturday March 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 Wednesday March 20 at 5:58 pm, Full Moon 12:12 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 in your own sacred space. If you do not have time to read it all please go to ‘Preparations and what to bring’ below.
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Our beloved Mother Earth, barely cloaked in her once soft blanket that usually silenced her world, tossed and turned in a restless sleep as temperatures rose and fell. Her uneven hardened skin creating a constant reminder with each step we take of the changes at hand. A crystal clear glaze continued to build on the ever fading stories of a passed growing season, catching the last dashes of light as these stories receded into the background and eventually got buried in the crusty silvery snow. The nature of her hardened crystalline cloak reflects the density of this mineral year. With a shallow bite of winter’s teeth Mother may soften much sooner. Life poised to awaken runs the risk of an early start.  
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The Vernal Equinox, a balance point, provides a powerful gateway this year as it coincides with a full moon. In any cosmic alignment a portal to a greater influx of light opens up. It is crucial that during those times we call upon this 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 and all of life to ascend the spiral of evolution.
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Each year we tune into the earth as she contracts and expands, poised to awaken. We anticipate her resurrection and wait for that moment when she begins to propel life forward in rapid succession assisting its growth and expansion which ultimately reaches optimum dimensions at the solstice point. Spring is a vulnerable time for the young life as it faces the challenges of unpredictable weather patterns and potential late frosts. Ceremony is our way to midwife the birth of the new life so that the sprout can make it to flower, fruit, and seed and life can continue. We attune ourselves to the rhythm of nature as conscious beings, aware of the effects of our vibration upon the life around us, to protect and praise the awakening life.  
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We live in times of great changes that affect us personally as well as globally. Change often feels very challenging as it comes with loss and having to trust the unknown. The numbers of people are increasing that take climate change seriously, express their deep concern, and feel an anxiety around these unpredictable and unstable weather patterns. At the same time we see recalcitrant egos hold on for dear life to keep the old structures and illusions in-tact as it is their way to feel safe and cope. Yet, a growing consciousness begins to see through the falsehoods and notices the crumbling foundations. More and more people are awakening; the divine feminine is rising and begins to take hold, the youth is stepping up with alternatives and action, people are coming together with vision and challenge the illusions, dysfunctions, and distortions of our dominant culture. Change is a given and for us to adapt to change we have to become resilient and know ourselves.
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Following the cosmology of the Dagara people of West Africa we have now entered into a mineral year. The wheel is universal as it reflects the energy patterns of what is surfacing right now. Mineral is the record keeper of the past and the storage house of the future. Mineral helps us to remember and is connected to our divine purpose. Its conductivity makes it part of our communication system. Speech, thoughts, stories, memories, and creative ideas are part of the mineral realm. Mineral operates slowly and stands opposite of nature that transform rapidly. This year will have a very different feel to it than last year’s ongoing transformations, it may feel easier. Some key pieces of mineral we are here to remember are that we are one, who we truly are, and what we empower through our thoughts, words, feelings, and actions that makes us creators of our own reality. Also the deeper stories are emerging, the records are being released and set straight, more information becomes available, the hidden is going to be made more and more visible as the new earth will not tolerate frequencies that are not vibrating at the level of the New Earth. This Equinox with its full moon will accelerate our awakening and the awakening of humanity by bringing the divine feminine into balance with the divine masculine within our heart allowing our heart flame to expand and open to divine love and the knowing we are one. This mineral year creates a fertile ground for us to harmonize our mind and heart, to remember to think and speak from our heart, and create coherence from which our deeper purpose arises.
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Questions to ponder:  
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What do we belief about ourselves? What self-image do you hold about yourself and how is it reflected back to you as you interact with the world around you?  
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What to bring and prepare for:
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– A piece of green cotton fabric (please no synthetics) about ½ yard by 1 yard that is your old skin that protects you. Throughout our lives we have created a self-image based on the feedback we received from the universe through our thoughts, words, feelings, and actions. This old skin represents the old self-image that still may feel to a more or lesser degree separated, unworthy, inadequate, looks for validation that shows up through relationships of any kind or challenges the universe brings to us. What is this skin, also a symbol for what vibrates in our electromagnetic field, magnetizing for us right now? What challenges or triggers is it bringing to us, through people or situations, that amplifies what we believe about ourselves? Find a way to express this through words, symbols or images and decorate this old skin of yours.
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– A piece of white cotton fabric (please no synthetics) about ½ yard by 1 yard which is your new skin on which you create symbols and images that create your true identity, your new self-image, your divine potential and appreciation of all the gifts you have been bestowed with that gives you exactly what you need to fulfill your divine purpose. If you can utilize the actual equinox day for this process you amplify your efforts.
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– An umbilical cord made with 4 vibrant colors of your choosing of cotton fabric of about 1 yard long in length and about 1 ½ inch wide that at the end of this process get tied together as 1 long string of fabric. 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. This umbilical is also the feedback mechanism of the universe. What choices are we making that are not self-rewarding, loving towards ourselves, devalues what we bring to this world, and keeps us from being present and consciously aware? What self-image are we feeding through our thoughts, words, feelings, and actions? For the first strip make a knot for any repetitive thoughts that keeps reinforcing how we devalue ourselves. Look at thoughts of lack and scarcity, judgments, separation, isolation, wants, needs, desires, and don’t wants. For the second one we make a knot for the things we keep saying to ourselves and the world that keeps us in a pattern. For the third one we make knots for any of the feelings that are associated with these thoughts and words. And the fourth one we make knots for the actions we take that reflect these words, thoughts, and feelings. Then look at how these thoughts, words, feelings, and actions shape your life.
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– Bring a seed that represents your true identity, your new self-image, your Divine potential.
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– Bring a crystal that connects you to your Divine purpose and you will take this one back home with you.
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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 to share for after the ritual, (please, non-GMO and healthy) 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 $12.50 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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