Ritual Expressions Events

Solstice Full Info

 
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frosted-beebalm   The Annual

  Winter Solstice

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  Ritual 2016

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At America’s Stonehenge,

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Salem, NH

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   Cancelled due to icy conditions,

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Exact solstice moment Wednesday 5:44 am and a last quarter moon  
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There is some preparation involved that you want to be aware of and create in the weeks leading up to this ritual.  Scroll down to what to prepare and bring.
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The increasing darkness attempts to swallow the light and pushes the sun’s journey southward. Waning as this great star maybe, it will never succumb in defeat. Willingly it plays its game to gain strength over time to know the moment to stand still and strong to turn the game around. The darkness, seeing the brightness of the sun’s love, feels naked and exposed and slowly begins to recede allowing the sun to travel north again.
 
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Times may feel dark right now as we are in great uncertainty about our future. The signs indicate that patriarchy, with all its institutions, economics, and globalism is falling apart and it does not want to die. We seem to be heading towards a perfect storm and it will take all the deeper work we have done on ourselves and with others to implement it into a larger scale and come together in community to head this world towards the light. Through the collapse people awaken from the lies they have been fed and we are presented with an opportunity to shape a new direction and build the new earth. Let us become beacons of light shining from the inside out for others to follow. The solstice brings us back to the eternal movements of form manifesting and dissolving, the unifying force of opposites that continuously contracts and expands, inhales and exhales, lives and dies to further the expression of the body of the divine. In the moment of deepest darkness the seed of light is born. Understanding the unifying principles, which allows life to evolve, will help us to move forward in a constructive way.
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entrance-oracle-chamberWe are coming to the end of this water year but not to the end in our cause to keep our water alive. As long humanity keeps muddying the waters and cannot see with clarity, true abundance will be kept from us. The Feminine Divine lies at its center as she is the nourishing principle, not honoring her we will go hungry. We are facing major change as the reality of predatory capitalism and climate change sets in. Our sedentary ways and outdated modalities become uprooted. The world may feel turned upside down and all this is needed to get to the bottom of our illusions and beliefs, that we have looked for the source without, gave our power away and believed in the lies we were told. It takes this kind of wake-up call to make the changes that we would not make voluntarily and take back our power and become responsible for the reality and world we create. With this on our plate we are heading into a fire year according to the Dagara people of West Africa. Fire has that cleansing power to burn with passion through anything and its sudden, volatile nature can easily erupt. We have the sacred task to remember how we use fire in right relationship and bring it into our own heart and into the heart of our community, where it’s spreading light and warmth glues us together in story and vision. The element of fire is the gateway through which the ancestral/spirit world communicates its messages to us by ways of dreams, journeys and visions. Through the fire we can communicate to the ancestral/spirit word and speak our gratitude and heal our grievances. There is healing to be done with our ancestors as we are dealing in part with the legacy and choices our ancestors made that we are here in this moment. Our feet are being put to the fire.
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The intention

Water teaches us about oneness and how connected all is. All elements have that in common but water’s liquid state is most recognizable for us to see that in action. Today we see powerful surges in our culture as we see the power of Standing Rock where people unify around the cause for water and we see the illusion of separation surface in an undeniable way ripping everything apart and totally going against what feeds life. It is for us to know the divinity that lives in every expression of creation and be aware of the difference when we generate from the source within aligned with the greater forces of creation or operate from the source without in an ego based human miss-creation. Be willing to go within and surrender yourself to the guidance of the ancestors to know how to navigate these deeply uncertain times and to know where your abilities, capacities and talents need to be planted to move things forward into a brighter future.
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The questions

What are the ways I have given my power away? Where am I still looking for outside answers? What am I waiting still for, hoping for? Where am I still in inaction? Where do I contract in response to the contraction in my environment? Where do I still create by default versus create by design? When all falls away what gifts and tools are we bringing to our communities to assist them towards healing, conscious and compassionate communication, connection to one another, earth and spirit, building community, resources of empowerment and self-sufficiency, and innovative ideas that keep the balance of the whole in mind? sunset-stonehenge-2015
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What to prepare and bring

– Get a 1 yard strip of 100% blue cotton or other natural fabric between 1 and 2 inch wide and make a knot for every way you have given your power away, where you still hold the source of you without you, where you still hope for some circumstance to change, where you do not take action towards your goals, where you contract as the world around you contracts.
– Get about a 10 inch square of 100% red cotton or other natural fabric and create images, symbols, or statements of your action plan to bring community together.
– Bring your knotted fabric strip, your community action cloth, flowers, a seed, a candle with holder, drums or rattles, flashlight, warm clothes and a friend. Make sure that your candle has either a holder or cup that protects it from blowing out in the wind or dripping on your hands. Bring your own water for during the ritual and potluck non-gmo snack to share afterwards.
Katja Esser guides you through this very participatory ritual.  In the spirit of co-creation, wherever your are 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 story and meaning to each sacred object we bring into it.  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.  I invite you to bring a friend and children are welcome as long as they are accompanied by an adult.
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Donation and gathering time:

America’s Stonehenge is privately owned but is open to the public. The entry fee is $12 for adults there is an additional suggested donation of $8 or more if you can at the ritual site to support this work. The ritual takes place at the main site.  Make sure you leave enough time to hike/walk to the site so we can start the ritual in time.  SAM_0719
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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 her website www.ritualexpressionsevents.org.  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:  From I 93, take exit 3 in NH, take Rte 111 East (app. 5 mi.,) 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.  
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