Winter Solstice Gathering
7:00 - 9:00 pm
This time of year has been marked since ancient times as sacred.
We are celebrating the Winter Solstice next month. All over the world we have rituals of gathering and lighting up the winter. The world celebrates the light with Christmas, Hanukkah, Festival of the Lights, and others. This is a Mid-Winter time when we move inside our homes and ourselves to reap the benefits of rest and reflection. And in this long dark winter, humans need the spark of light and community to give us hope that the light does return.
Winter Solstice is a time to.....
✨ pray and reflect
✨ release and give gratitude
✨ gather and celebrate
✨ dream and wish
This sense of the timeless honoring of the season can get lost in the flurry of so much around us. But it is always here just waiting for us to take a moment and tune in.
Winter Solstice Gathering
Please join me in an in-person circle to honor the special time of Winter Solstice. The evening will include.....
✨ guided visualization and meditation to slow us down and find our inner stillness
✨ drumming shamanic journey to meet with ancient Deer Mother and the guides of the Solstice
✨ sharing and holiday treats
The beloved Deer Mother has been a revered figure for millennia honored by the people in the British isles through Russia and Siberia and into the Americas. It was believed she drew the chariot of the sun goddess across the sky carrying the sun in her antlers on Solstice. Since pagan times she has drifted into the mists but she lives on in the 8 reindeer who carry Santa's sleigh through the night to deliver gifts in the Christmas story. We are remembering our past and welcoming Deer Mother's wisdom at this time. She always has some wise words and sweet love to bestow on us all. She is always a deep guide who infuses our circle with a mystical presence.
We have an annual tradition at our Solstice circles of meeting Deer Mother. (I am not hosting this one with Erica Skone-Rees as I have in the past and as I said we would in a previous newsletter. She is unable to make it happen this year).
No experience necessary. You do not need to have journeyed before. This will be a deep and nourishing experience for those who have never journeyed with drumming and to those who have many times. A shamanic journey is a practice where through the rhythmic beat of the drum, one enters into the Spiritworld or a meditative state where we are open to the magic of all of life and closer to hearing our own inner voice.
This is a time to come together to celebrate both the Longest Night and the Return of the Light. Women, Men, and young people are invited. Invite your friends, sisters, your spouse and kids to join us for my favorite circle of the year.