Ritual Expressions

Solstice Full Info

 
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The Annual

  Winter Solstice Ceremony 2021

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Sunday December 19 from 7:00 – 9:30 pm

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  Due to weather we gather in a zoom call

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Exact solstice moment on Tuesday Dec. 21 at 10:58 am
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There is some preparation involved that you want to be aware of.  Email katjacreates@ritualexpressions.com for the zoom info and do so early enough in the day so I can respond.  Scroll down to what to prepare for and bring to our gathering time.
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Graced by an extended growing season, the artic breath stepped in and decisively made its mark by blowing its spray of starry flakes onto Mother’s barren skin, dressing her in her first winter finery. An amazing growing season has come to an end. Some frozen oyster mushrooms and kale can still be gathered, but Mother has done her job and now deserves her rest and renewal. The energy pulls inward, to sort and sift through the challenges she faced, and dream the next expression of her new existence. The light diminishes as the great father shortens his journey, giving her the opportunity to quiet down and enter into the stillness.
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As the climate becomes more volatile, the weather patterns show more extremes, and the culture expresses more chaos and oppression, the steady beacons of solstice and equinox hold forth, as Sun and Earth continue to do their dance in the greater cycle of life. The ongoing rhythm of breathing in and breathing out, life expressing and dying back, coming from Source and returning to Source, comes all to a brief pause at the solstice before it renews its cycle. These pauses are the portals by which all of the seen and unseen forces align to breathe new life into this planet and it takes our participation to call on these forces through our heart flame and direct it to where it is needed. With the awareness of unity consciousness, we co-create the world in which we live and ensure its harmony as we begin to know its principles on which it operates. We focus on the solution, the world we like to see.
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We are leaving a water year behind that infused us with unity consciousness, clarity, and transparency even when we do not see this instantly manifested, the blueprint however has been installed in our earthly bodies. We now enter a fire year according to the Dagara people of West Africa. Fire is connected to our mental bodies and the enlightened mind, it is also connected to the ancestors, and the beings of light. Fire brings us passion, vision, and communicates messages through the dream time. Fire calls for respect. When it is not honored in a sacred way it turns into a wild fire and begins to pull things apart. Fire’s medicine is to bring us together, to ignite our heart flame and let it shine bright. Fire brings light where there is darkness, warmth where there is cold, and destroys what no longer serves us or is out of alignment and its residue feeds the new life. As a culture of war, we have to heal our relationship to fire. Our culture has been run by fire, moving erratically its speed desensitizes us. Fire shifts things rapidly and causes us to feel very unsettled. We are called to go within, focus on the light and utilize these cosmic junctures this fire year presents us with to facilitate the dismantling process of an old paradigm and volunteer to be the open door for the light of Source to expand on Earth.
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Here at the portal of this fire year, when our heart flame is expanding, the channels by which we connect to Source are more open and messages are flooding in when we take the time to sit in silence, which will assist us as we have come to the point in which we face the biggest challenges as humanity on planet earth today. The divination I do for this solstice showed that as we enter this fire year that the fire is water logged, it is not burning bright, there is a lack of passion in our relationships as we feel compromised in our abilities to gather freely. We feel supported when we connect to earth and tend to our bodies, self-care is called for, and at the same time healing needs to happen in our relation to mineral with all its distorted messages and constructs. In a to the point way, the divination showed that the deeper story, expressed by the position of the deep-water stone in mineral, was being suppressed. Mineral at home in its own element to express its creative ideas, to be the great orator, to challenge and spew out new ideas was being suppressed as well, all buried under giant down shells. Nature when brought to mineral, who cracks the rocks open with its root system, has a determination to reveal the truth and expose what is hidden, ready to dismantle the construct of an old paradigm. At the same time Source is sending us messages as long as we go into the silence, connect to our higher self and tap into our wisdom. We ground ourselves in community, connecting to our root system, the foundation we have been building, that give us steady footing, allowing the waters to feed it, keep us flexible and in flow, while we realize unity consciousness that all is interrelated, interconnected, and interdependent. With this knowing it calls us to shift our concept of who we are and our true identity can emerge. Nature is handing us tools and medicine to help us, it is for us to implement these and change the way how we are doing things. The solutions are there and we are a part of that missing link to bring humanity and all life up into the new earth.
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The intention:

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As within so without. The surmounting crisis in the world only reflects how we have been tending to our inner self as the universe only gives us feedback. Are our thoughts and feelings aligned to our true identity and to the will of Source? Are we listening to our ‘I am Presence’, our wisdom, and taking time to go within? What is spirit handing us to help us? What do we need to do differently to co-create heaven on Earth, to love the Earth again, and understand and observe the principles on which earth operates and apply them? What can billions of people do with the gifts we have been bestowed with, take our power back, as we remember unity consciousness? Can we raise and praise the people we judge? Can we see their divine nature even when they cannot see it themselves? Can we take personal responsibility for how we tackle climate change, start implementing little changes and make more conscious choices? Can we remember that we always have choice even when the options are not great and see opportunities when doors are being closed? What else is possible? Remember, anything we fight gets stronger, nothing and nobody wants to die, including our ego. If we do not make the changes ourselves, the changes will be made for us and we will not be happy. Radically listen and observe intently and a pathway will be shown. What serves our highest good needs to serve the highest good of all, this is Source’s blue print. These are principles we have to practice and master and we do our best. Together we have power and more solutions become available.
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What to prepare and bring to our ceremonial time together

– Please, get three strands of colored yarn or strips of fabric about 3 yards long, it is great if it is cotton, wool or another natural material so it can decompose, and we can only do our best. One strand is the strand of our interdependence, the second one the strand of interconnectedness, and the third one the strand of interrelatedness. Braiding these strands together with the intent where you have been feeling that these principles came most strong through in your life and how your daily life is infused by these feelings of unity consciousness. You can add items in this braid to give it more meaning, power, and beauty as this is your offering to spirit. It is the braiding of the filaments of connectivity by which you keep feeding this world and keep it alive.
– What are you being called to do differently to be more in alignment with Source’s will and with the vibration of the new earth. Create a symbol on a piece of red decomposable fabric or piece of paper (tear a piece out of a brown paper bag) of about 10 inch square.
 
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What to gather to create you own ceremonial space:

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Your braid, your decorated cloth/paper, a blanket to wrap yourself in, something to sit on, flowers and or seeds/grains/lentils anything you can make an offering with and with which you can create beauty , a candle with safe holder and a lighter, drums or rattles, and a friend. Make sure that your candle has a holder and do not light this particular candle.  You can light other candles for your ceremonial space. 
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Katja Esser guides you through this very participatory ritual. In the spirit of co-creation and our own evolution, the ceremony grows to new heights when you bring your items and participation to it. The ceremonies go deeper each year as they are built on each previous one. The unfolding of the ceremony creates the sacred space, in which we give more meaning to the details of the ceremony. What you bring creates the magnificence of this ceremony as each contribution makes up the whole. Please, make sure to do your best to bring your items and do not 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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Donation:

There is a suggested donation of $10 if you can or more to support this ceremonial work.  You can do this through Paypal using my email address, katjacreates@ritualexpressions.com.  Bring a friend and please pass this information on.
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Who to contact:

Please, Kindly respond if you plan to come. For further information email katjacreates@ritualexpressions.com or contact Katja on Facebook or Email: katjacreates@ritualexpressions.com You find more info about America’s Stonehenge or if there are issues reading the full text on my website at www.stonehengeusa.com and this info is also posted on Facebook. You can find more info on Katja by exploring this website.  
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