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Solstice Full Info

 
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  The 22 th Annual

  Summer Solstice

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  Ritual 2017

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At America’s Stonehenge,

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Salem, NH

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   Wednesday June 21, at 2 PM 

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Exact solstice moment Wednesday 12:24 am Sunrise 5:07 am – Sunset 8:27 pm  
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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 great omnipotent star in the heavens faithfully completes another cycle as he approaches the Northern pillars of his kingdom to spread his rays in full and cascades his blazing blinding light upon Mother enticing her children to meet him in greatness. The sprouts come to flower, the first fruit comes to seed, and many plants will have reached their optimum dimensions. Every flower reflects the great flower in the sky as they open, unabashed, vulnerably, courageously, and lovingly, while absorbing his gift of light, heat, and energy. In concert with the other elements that make up life, they weave a world that forever renews itself to an ever greater expression. Then after 4 days of rest the blazing star will begin his journey southward again and as his strength gradually tones down, the energy of the green nation pulls within to forge a fruit with a concentrated seed that holds the blue print and all information for a whole new life.
 
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We live in a time of great disruption, the systems and institutions around us are collapsing; all that is below the surface and is not in alignment with the new earth is pushed to the surface at a rapid rate. We experience the abhorrence and overwhelm as we incredulously look at the level of separation within our specie, and the illusion thereof, that people are willing to sacrifice all that lives in order to be right. Yet, we cannot ascend without making all this dysfunction visible and transmute it. We feel the pressure in our personal lives as well as in the big arena. The foundation has become shaky, the future very uncertain. The challenges become opportunities for greater expression and solutions but instead we see the masses contract in the face of change and in every direction we meet resistance. The word ‘resist’ becomes the cry no matter what side we are on. Here we approach the solstice, the sun gets hotter, the climate changes, still the birds sing, the flowers open, nature does what it does however compromised. Not everybody makes it but they have given their best because the body of the Divine continuous to express itself and will take the challenge and dance with it. In the shimmering dew each being remembers that they are golden suns of this Divine light only we people through our conditioning have trouble to embrace that part in us.
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The intention

This is a fire year according to the Dagara people of West Africa and many use that energy to spur into action. The white race was entrusted to be the keeper of the fire and the fire went out of control. It seems to have given license to abuse power, fuel anger and violence, and if you have been fed a lie than this becomes understandable yet not acceptable. Fire was never meant to be used to bomb people, to tear life apart, it was meant to bring people together. From all the elements it is considered the most pure one and has been connected to spirit, divinity, and ancestors. The agitation we feel goes back life times and to our ancestors as we are living their legacy. All the feelings are bubbling to the surface and fire is the element that can take anything, transmute, and purify it all. In the face of the radiant sun at its optimum light, shining upon all to bring what is hidden into the light, we gather to instill that glorious Divine fire within our heart and anchor it upon Mother Earth. We come to remember what it means to be a keeper of fire, keep ourselves purified, and walk the path of light. We bring this fire to the water to forgive, heal, and take responsibility for where we have given our power away and believed the lies we have been fed.
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The questions

What unresolved issues are still draining your energy? Who do you need to forgive, including yourself? When you step back and see the bigger picture, what gifts and blessings have come through the challenges you experienced? What lies have you bought into? Do you see the source of you within or without? What are you still resisting? We cannot change or be open in a space of protection. We come alive at the edge, in safety we stagnate. We are asked to expand in the face of contraction. We are at a critical choice point. The solutions are present in each problem. It takes an honest look at the things we want, desire, feel entitled to, have taken for granted, believed, bought in to, expected to have, deserve to have, and participated in. Are our choices adding to the light or its shadow? Is our language vision and solution oriented or problem centered? Who and what is being sacrificed for the life style we have and the choices we make? How do we divide and separate? Do we judge and make another wrong? What can we personally take responsibility for to shape the new earth? What are we willing to sacrifice and give up, to keep the earth alive? And are our skills, life experiences, abilities, and talents not anyway the solution to a missing link to bring all to a greater possibility in life?
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What to prepare and bring

– Please, listen to your heart and ask your higher self how your Divine Presence will most effectively assist to selflessly add to the light of the world and express this through images, symbols or words on a pink or violet cloth, of natural fiber of about 10 inch square.
– Please, take a 2 inch wide strip, 1 yard long red natural fabric and make individual knots for each of the feelings where you resist healing and cannot accept, embrace, forgive, or reconcile and are waiting for something outside of you to make your life better or heal you from the hurt that has been inflicted upon you. Include the parts within yourself that does not forgive the self.
– Please, take a 2 inch wide strip, 1 yard long yellow natural fabric and make individual knots for each of the things we are willing to change in our lives, pertaining to questions above to have a more conscious relationship to the earth and all its inhabitants.
– Please, bring lots of yellow, red, pink, white or orange flowers, a shell bead, and a natural wild feather that you will not take back home again.
– Please, bring water from a place you are connected to.
– 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 non-GMO food to share for after the ritual and bring your own utensils and plates to reduce trash.
Part of this solstice is the procession through the ancient site. I am holding an image of the ‘I am that I am procession of light’. Part of the change is recognizing that all expressions of creation are part of the body of the divine. I invite you to either carry or embody an expression of this body of the divine that you have a particular affinity to either because it revealed or taught you something or keeps you alive or you recognize something of yourself in it.
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 on Wednesday morning. Katja will be there around 10 am.
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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 if you can or more at the ritual site to support this work. The ritual takes place at the top of the hill, a different location, as the Earth Mother indicated she needed a break. We process through the site starting at the visitor center 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 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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