Winter Solstice Celebration
Here we are at the Winter Solstice, 2014 which once again marks the birth of a new era, the transition from autumn to winter. In Maine, we are particularly conscious of the Winter Solstice as the darkest (or shortest) day of the year and the longest night. How do we enter this time of dualities, integration, and transition?
Let’s come together to celebrate the emerging light, the stillness of winter (our most deeply rooted season), the cycles of our planet and the rituals of our ancestors. Let’s celebrate Earth, Fire, Water, and Air - greet these powerful elements, embrace powerful shifts with an open heart and joy, and affirm our intentions for a harmonious and balanced future. Join our community at Reversing Falls to gather in celebration. We will honor ancient traditions and collective wisdom with rituals for release and renewal. Please join with us.
WHEN: Saturday, December 20, 2014 (Snow date, Sunday, Dec. 21, 3:30-5 pm)
WHERE: We will begin at the Reversing Falls Sanctuary in Brooksville for a conversation circle. We will walk with luminarias to the public launch area of the Reversing Falls Bridge for a bonfire and ceremony at the River. Please bring music and noisemakers to awaken the river spirits.
WHAT TO PREPARE:
1. Bring a list or physical symbol of what you would like to leave behind in the darkness. What burdens, regrets, griefs, or wounds that you carry individually or we carry collectively would you like to see transformed? We will place these "burden bundles" in a bonfire at the River's edge. Your offering to the fire can be a simple written list, photos, or symbols in a sealed envelope or you might create an object or bundle to symbolize your offering.
2.Reflect on the intentions or desires that you wish to manifest in the world. What would you like to bring into the new season and into the expanding light? How will we individually and collectively replace the old stories so that we may bring energy and creativity for new stories and opportunities to emerge? We will offer these intentions to ourselves, each other, and our world by lighting incense & floating them into the River.
DRESS: Warm and Festive! Bring noise makers, voice, musical instruments (to wake the river) and a flashlight.
PARKING: At the Sanctuary or at Frank Snow’s Plumbing and Heating.