Yes, I really am thinking about winter solstice already... our autumn equinox ceremony on September 20th was quite moving, and a lot of fun - even with only 7 people. It's not the numbers, it's the hearts in attendance that count... Since I've emailed folks, and posted on Facebook about the winter solstice (so people mark their calendars - the holiday season gets mighty busy), I've begun receiving questions from those who haven't attended before... here's what I wrote in the updated newsletter:
"Winter Solstice -
Sunday, December 20, 1 PM to 4 PM. This is one of the most beloved
gatherings. Everyone is asked to bring something that no longer serves
them, to pass along. The item is simply put in a paper bag – not wrappings –
just keep it simple. We use the talking stick to speak our peace, and
everyone comes away with a gift. It is important to share food, so feel
free to bring a snack offering, your drum and crystal [if you have
them]. There is no cost, but please register – seating is limited."
There are already 6 people registered.
Basically, like any gathering, we open the circle with a full smudge. If there are questions about this portion of the medicine wheel, I answer them, and provide any insights from spirit. I don't spend a lot of time... then we make an "Ancestors plate" from the food offerings, which is taken outside. We eat together, and then it is time for the talking stick... It's quite poignant, and an opportunity for everyone to offer their medicine, or their life's teaching, to the group. If there is time we can make bundles and do a burning ceremony.
In years past this gathering usually started at 4 PM and ended after dinner, around 8 PM. However, I feel that my mobility issues are still too problematic to do this as a full dinner. I'm also aware that weather is daunting for people driving in the snow. So by having an afternoon gathering, we can still eat together and our gathering will be over before it gets too dark... It's the best of both worlds.
If you have further questions, we welcome them - just email firstname.lastname@example.org or connect through the website. Love, love, love the ceremonies! Have a blessed week.