Ritual Expressions Events

Solstice Full Info

 
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  The Annual

  Winter Solstice

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  Ceremony 2017

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At America’s Stonehenge,

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Salem, NH

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   Saturday December 23, at 12:30 – 3:00 PM 

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Exact solstice moment Thursday Dec 21 at 11:28 am Sunrise 9:05 am – Sunset 4:18 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 magic of winter knocks on our door when its chilling moist breath weaves a frayed world into a crystalline cloak giving voice to every scar by making beauty from life’s events. In the dormancy of nature water escapes the inconspicuous service to the green nation and comes into her own flowering beauty to make Mother’s tattered skirt for a fleeting moment whole again.
 
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The frosty nights lengthen as the radiant sun diligently travels to the south tracing a smaller and smaller arc through the vast sky. The increasing darkness of the season’s rhythm may feel harder to embrace in these intense times when we experience all the separation, fear, secrets, and negativity being pushed to the surface. In many instances we meet these challenges with the same energy as what created them in the first place, keeping everything firmly in place; the no’s, the resistance, the fight against, the triggers, and the emotional reactivity all come from the same separation and fear, rooted into a one sided legacy of a male God without its balanced female counterpart. These dense imbalanced energies surface to be transmuted into the light as they cannot exist on the new earth where the love frequencies of the feminine Divine are being anchored to become available for all of humanity. As nature dissolves her form and reduces her outward expression to go within to be in the silence, and dreams the world to be, so do we have this opportunity to do the same and take control over our thoughts, feelings, beliefs, and actions and begin to tap into our heart and dream the world we like to see. At this moment of deepest darkness the seed of light is born, the cycles of the universe quietly reflects that within our world the possibility to renew ourselves exists. By connecting to the source within and by exercising our free will to consciously direct our thoughts, words, feelings, and actions to empower what we like to see manifested and co-create heaven on earth.
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We live in a cyclical universe that operates on the rhythms of an inhale and exhale, expansion and contraction, within and without, knowing that each part has a counterpart to stretch and challenge, serve and support, to expand the evolution and create a balanced unified whole. In this complementary dance off all the elements in continuous service of one another, we are being freely fed and supported. We have to pause here and look at how much we have fed that what feeds us. Is our giving back in balance with what the universe has given us? Are our actions increasing the flow and meet the requirement of the law of the circle that the inhale has to be met with an exhale? At this holy moment of the return of the light, we connect to that spark of Divine light within, ignite our heart flame and anchor our light upon our beloved Mother Earth. Through our heart flame we open to our Divine Mother and become the expression of love and compassion through which we can meet life and those who struggle and suffer under the illusion of separation.
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As this fire year, with the anchoring of the light as well as the increasing turmoil and with the noticeable imbalances in fire and water, comes to a completion, we prepare to go into a nature year. According to the Dagara people of West Africa, years ending in a 3 or 8 are considered nature years where the qualities of nature – transformation, change, truth, authenticity, manifestation of our creative ideas, and adaptation – assist us in the restructuring of our lives and culture. Nature mirrors our level of consciousness as it responds to every vibration under the sun.
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The intention

Our deep work lies within, tracking our random thoughts, triggers, and reactivity that make us feel victim to circumstance. Yet our power lies in how present we can be that we recognize we have choice in how we use our life force to either add to the light or its shadow. We become conscious when we realize our infinite power to make a difference and give pause to look at what we are giving power to through our words, thoughts, actions, and feelings.  
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What to prepare and bring

– Please, create on an about 10 inch square of 100% green cotton or other natural fabric an image, symbol, or statement about something that you see happening in the world you are passionate about, that adds to the light of the world and that you want to support.
– Please, get two 1 yard strips of 100% red cotton or other natural fabric between 1 and 2 inch wide. As you go through your day what percentage of your thoughts, words, actions, and feelings are you conscious of and move you towards the light. Make a knot for every way you have made a conscious choice to add to the light of the world, through your words, thoughts, actions, and feelings, no matter what circumstance you are in knowing that some experience more challenges than others.
With the second strip make a knot for every way you hold judgment, where you unconsciously separate yourself by having an us versus them, right versus wrong thought pattern going on, where you get triggered, are reactive, sink into a downward spiral because of overwhelm, finances, health or other, and/ or where you are oblivious to patterns you have fallen into that are adding to the shadow of the world. Notice the differences of knots as to see where you focus your energy.
 
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What to bring

Your knotted fabric strip, your decorated cloth, flowers, a seed, a coin, 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.
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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.
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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 main site on the top of the hill. 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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