Winter Solstice 2015: Welcoming the New Light

It Is Our Quiet Time
solstice-evergreenA poem by Nancy Wood (1936-2013)

It is our quiet time.
We do not speak, because the voices are within us.
It is our quiet time.
We do not walk, because the earth is all within us.
It is our quiet time.
We do not dance, because the music has lifted us to a place where the spirit is.
It is our quiet time.
We rest with all of nature. We wake when the seven sisters wake.
We greet them in the sky over the opening of the kivas.

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I shared this poem with the larger community at The Center for Human Development in Hollywood, Florida, as I was invited to conduct a Winter Solstice Ceremony at the weekly, beautiful Friday Night Meditation and Healing Service. Some were experiencing The Center for the first time. Some had little awareness of what the winter solstice energy is.

I asked each of the 40+ participants to go within, into their “quiet time,” and journey as I softly offered a drumbeat into each of their hearts. This was followed by the Center’s Reiki Masters offering hands-on healing to those present, and distance prayers out to the world at large.

As the healing occurred, I went outside into the gardens to prepare for our Fire Ceremony. As I lit the wood and called upon the assistance of the helping spirits, the fire released into the ground below, as the fire pit began to disintegrate, bit by bit. Well, a message from the fire, and from Pachamama! I knew that the Earth Mother was “ready for each of their prayers and release” being offered for transmutation that night! She was taking them deep down into Her belly, already in anticipation, at this “fallow,” resting and quiet time of the year in the northern hemisphere.

As each person came to join me and the powerful heartbeat of ThunderHeart, the community pow-wow drum, they blessed and honored the element of that sacred force with their tobacco and papers of transmutation. As we graced each of the seven directions with singing, and invocations of the elements and tutelary spirits, the direction of the west softly offered a cleansing with the water spirit in a fine mist of rain. We continued around the wheel, and honored each of Mother Earth’s sentient beings.

As we turned back to the central fire, more of the bottom of the pit released onto the ground. It was time to offer the prayers to the fire for transmutation. The fire rose up, consuming each and every word on those small papers, every prayer, every release, every bit of energy of unbalance in their lives. As they welcomed the ‘new light,’ the sun returning from our dark nights and the longest night of the year, I encouraged them to pull the fire and light within them, celebrating and re-birthing themselves, and their ‘inner suns’ and light. Again, they went to the center of the circle, communing with the spirit of the fire.

What I witnessed next was magical. Smiles appeared on their faces, laughter and joy emerged in sound, clapping with the drumbeat, and they began to dance with joy! Celebration and LIGHT in each and every one, some expressing tears of joy.

Next, I asked them to give their offering to the community apacheta, created there in June, 2015 by The Center’s community. What a joyous night for that stone cairn to  receive offerings of love, community, light and balance!

As we closed the fire circle and outdoor ceremony, each honored the west…the direction of transmutation, the death of the old, and completion of another cycle. And inside…refreshments and community awaited us.

Blessings for your Winter’s Solstice!

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Related links:

The Center for Human Development in Hollywood, Florida

Nancy Wood Literary Trust

The story of the building of the Community Apacheta


Community Apacheta, at its inception, at The Center for Human Development in Hollywood, Florida.

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