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Solstice Full Info

 
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  The 25th Annual

  Summer Solstice Ceremony 2019

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Sat. June 22 from 1:00 – 4:00 pm

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At America’s Stonehenge, Salem NH

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Exact solstice moment Friday June 21 at 11:54 am
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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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We stand in awe, recognizing the miracle of the infinite finely tuned aspects of life that successfully expands to each fill their niche as we see the Earth expressing herself again and again. Our beloved Mother bathes in the adoring smile of Father’s embrace and she wobbles and spins, so all of her can receive this beautiful energy, giving us day and night, the shift of seasons, and life. The Earth and Sun dance their exhale, breathing form into life and at the summer solstice reach their turning point to start the inhale, to mature, ripen, and dissolve form. They have danced this love dance as long as they existed, allowing life to wax and wane to continuously renew and expand itself.
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Each year we acknowledge and feed these cycles attuning us to the laws of nature so that these cycles can continue as we remember that we play a role in keeping the balance and the expression of life going. Ceremonies feed the energies that support life and help us to come into alignment with these finely tuned rhythms that sustain the ongoing flow so that all is in harmony to allow the seed to sprout, flower, fruit, and seed again and life can continue. We are part of this enormous food body that the Earth consists of and we have a sacred responsibility to keep this seed alive and with it keep the Earth and ourselves alive. The Earth has always provided everything for divinity to come to its fullest expression of form only to dissolve its form to dream the next greater expression of itself. At this solstice we celebrate the full manifestation of form and at this turning point we are reminded that death lies at its core and life has to return to Earth through someone’s intestinal canal to become the story rich soil that keeps feeding the next generation. This is the miracle of life that has kept the Earth going forever. In our process of separation we abandoned ourselves and the Earth and let go of this knowledge and with it the nourishing whole foods that the Earth kept providing for us to have optimum physical perfection and vibrant health. As we distanced ourselves from the farmers and embraced the industrial foods, indigenous cultures, nature, our health, and our microbiome collapsed.
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This is a mineral year according to the Dagara people of West Africa. Mineral is speaking loudly this year as we are here to remember some universal truth that can assist us to move forward into the light. Mineral is the element of greatest density; it is the record keeper that stores the memory of our planet. It is also highly conductive and therefor linked with communication and information. As it moves, shifts, and metamorphoses the slowest of all elements it absorbs a lot of information. When mineral comes around we are here to remember; remember our deeper story, truth, purpose, greatness and the bigger picture. The biggest piece we have to remember today is the truth that WE ARE ONE with source and all of its expressions. We are made of the love energy of source that flows through all of life and all of creation. Creation is the outward expression of the love of source energy and source is there to support its ongoing expression and serve it in the highest. Once we as humanity realize this truth everything changes. In this mineral year we are at choice to know this truth and embrace its infinite possibilities or continue to believe in our beliefs that holds us in limitation and separation. The love of source will provide us with what we vibrate and empower and truly only gives us a reflection or feedback.
Mineral also holds the building blocks for life and it takes nature to make it digestible. Also this is coming into the foreground as we deal with rising illnesses, a depleted soil, climate disruption, disappearance of species in the outer world and a lack of diversity in our microbiome inside of us. All these issues are related and again points to the fact that we are one and interconnected. A depleted soil, lack of nutrient dense food, and the abandonment of the laws of nature have caused an erosion in our bodies, a scarcity in building blocks, and inability to absorb vital nutrients as in minerals, trace elements, and vitamins that we get through the body of nature. The way we grow food contributes to a great extend to climate disruption and the growing of food that follows the laws of nature can also return our climate back into balance. Mineral is also about creative ideas dispelling the myths that keep us in limitation. Through food we connect to the greater whole and tap into cosmic memory. Feeding that what feeds us is the foundation for ceremony.
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The intention:

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The summer solstice celebrates the full manifestation of form; the abstract has become concrete, wave has become particle, and the green nation has reached its optimum dimension. Yet this outward physical form is the least real of all the dimensions, it is also the most limited and the last to show the changes. Quantum physics tells us that what we perceive as solid consist out of 99999.99999% of empty space. It also tells us that particle and wave simultaneously exist and depending on what we vibrate and chose it will manifest either in particle (crystallization, limitation) or wave (movement, flow, infinite possibilities). For us to remember that we are one with Source energy and are made from the infinite love of Source we have to break through our limiting beliefs. The difficulty to break through our limiting beliefs is the deep ingrained patterns that keep reinforcing old traumas and feeding our limiting beliefs. We have to become aware of our patterns and embrace the unloved parts in us. In awareness we create choice.
 
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What to prepare and bring

– Please, create on an about 10 inch square of 100% white cotton or other compostable natural fabric images, symbols, or words expressing that if I realized that I was one with Source energy and all of life how would I feel and what does this mean in how I chose to interact with myself, money, my body, my relationships, food, and the beings of nature?
– Please, get 1 yard strips of 100% violet cotton or compostable natural fabric between 1 and 2 inches wide. If I realized I was one with Source what would I choose and empower with my thoughts, words, feelings, and action and make individual knots for each of the ways you would empower yourself and those within your sphere.
– Please, bring lots of colorful showy flowers, a shell bead or other natural bead, and a natural wild feather that you will not take back home again.
– Please, bring some water from your bio-region.
– Please, bring your processional item or embodiment, please see below for instructions.
– Please, bring your crystals if you have them to charge as we will build a grid
– Please, bring your own water to drink and a wholesome non-gmo food to share for after the ritual.
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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. We love to have some helpers to assist with the setting up of the ritual space and the painting of the Earth Mother on Saturday morning. Katja will be there around 10 am.
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Procession:

Part of this solstice is the procession through the ancient site. In this mineral year I like to acknowledge the beings of nature that carry the building blocks of life through which their grace, love, and service we live. Part of the change is recognizing that all expressions of creation are part of the body of the divine and that these expressions live in service to one another. I invite you to either carry or embody a food item that has either taught you, assisted you in your healing process, connected you to your ancestry, enlightened you, set you on a spiritual practice, or made you want to grow a garden.
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The Earth Mother:

We will be back this year at our Earth Mother site by the sunrise stone and she will need some repair which is quite a job. If you are not able to come to the ritual or if you want to do both, this working with clay down to earth is a wonderful experience of healing and bonding. We will be there the day before Friday, June 21 on the actual solstice from 10 am on into the evening and see the sun go down over the stones. Bring your own lunch, snacks, and drinks, clothing you can be messy with, a little trowel, and a pad to protect your knees.
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Donation and Gathering Time 12:45 pm:

America’s Stonehenge is privately owned but is open to the public and is in operation under the dedicated care of the Stone family. The entry fee is $13.00 for adults there is an additional suggested donation of $8 if you can or more at the ritual site to support this work. We process through the site starting at the gate of the inner archeological site after some instructions are given at the ritual site. Make sure you leave enough time to hike/walk to the site so we can start the ritual in time.
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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 exploring this website.  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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