The space vibrates, dances, revels – djembe, ashiko, conga, and frame drums encase us in their magick circle of sound. The rattles cackle, their throaty lyrics snaking in and around each person.
Weaving the web.
No one may sit in this tribe of sound without an instrument. One person madly brandishes a metal salt shaker filled with dried beans. Another flourishes his favorite toka seed rattle, the pods clacking with sharp zeal.
Eyes close. Heads shake. Bodies sway.
Some get lost in the beat.
Herald the five to one count.
The energy surges.
Weaving the web.
The battered singing bowl is struck once to seal the work – its joyful expression as clear as the day of its creation.
A collective sigh rises from the group.
Participants drink in the sweet silence – that isn’t silent at all, overflowing with the specter of the crescendo as it continues to move within and around all.
The glittering web of intent quivers, capturing what is needed to create the whole.
And The Spirit of their work walks upon it.
Afterword, each person talks about what they felt, saw, or heard. Many times visions are shared. Excitement surges as someone whispers with incredulous awe, “I saw that, too!” And adds, perhaps, another detail to the first recollection. Others nod. No one is worried if they didn’t “see” another’s vision. It is understood that all is relevant.
All is accepted.
Interpretations are honored.
No validation is required.
I saw your dragons.
You saw the dancing women.
He saw the fire.
Indeed, the world tree was in the center.
There is the singing, you know, as the drums lick the air with their vibrations. No, not people here singing – spirits somewhere else.
In another realm.
A different place.
That unites with this one.
Note: This is not a work of fiction — it is a verbal rendition of a Black Forest Hearthstone drumming circle.
May all who ask find answers
Peace with the Gods
Peace With Nature
The alignments this year for Winter Solstice are full of power and promise that we can use to our advantage! For those on the east coast, Winter Solstice occurs at 11:28 AM EST — for those on the west coast the time will be 8:28 AM PST. What magick will unfold at the moment of this powerful astrological event?
You are the holder of the focus.
Here are some facts about the activity in the heavens this day, and an idea or two of how you might use this marvelous energy.
Winter Solstice dawns with four planets in fire signs, three in water, two in earth and one in air – with the highest house concentration in the public eye. That means that the thrust of this event is about public activities; however, remember that good roots run strong and deep — this will be a time for you to nurture your roots so that in the future, what you present to the public will be amazing!
New Moon/First Quarter Aquarius fills the day with its own vibrant energy that dances to innovative ideas, new trends, divination, dream interpretation, freedom, divinatory pursuits, and equality. Saturn (the planet of structure and reward) is in conjunction with the Sun in Capricorn and as this is the powerful alignment of Winter Solstice? You have a tremendous opportunity to focus your mind on safe, secure structure for yourself and family. This is the moment of birth of the Winter Cycle, where the light of our days will grow again. This is the seed time within the mother’s womb, where internal changes are encouraged and celebrated. The light sparks love vibrations into the soul of our being. From now to Spring Equinox – this is the transformation of the core self – if you accept it and work at it, you will emerge with wishes granted and light encompassing the totality of self and family. What representation can you create in ritual knowing that this is your chance to change?
This is also the time of the Wolf Moon, the Moon of Winter – and you may wish to put a wolf statue or picture on your altar. The Wolf is an amazing totem animal, caring for “the tribe” of friends and family.
The Moon is in Lunar Mansion 24 – The Star of Fortune – The Mother of Creation – a most fortunate time! Energy and what is needed for yourself and family will be provided – have confidence and work for the good – Green and Gold may be your primary colors of choice today. Core active energy is in the form of a stellium (the combined power of the Sun, Venus, and Saturn – although Venus is out-of-sign in Sagittarius).
The two strongest planets today are Mars and Saturn – use Mars for the power and personal drive and Saturn for the rewards due from your work.
The theme for today? You are a star! The contributions you can make to yourself and your family are truly unending. It is your perception, for good or ill that drives you forward or digs you under. Take the time, perhaps, to make a Mother Candle — a pillar candle that as it burns, another candle is placed on top. The base candle — the pillar — is the Mother, and it is this candle that you fill with an overall intent — like joy, or healing, or personal transformation. Candles subsequently burned atop, relate to the main intent; but, can have other uses as well, keeping in mind that your main intent floods into the current request.
For those of you that love astrological magick, here is the chart for this year’s Winter Solstice
Winter Solstice occurs in the Hour of the Moon — a supportive emotional energy filled with love and protection. The last dialogue to today’s Aquarius Moon is a sextile with Venus in Sagittarius, pulling laughter, love, and “attraction” energy into your life. The day — Thursday — is ruled by Jupiter and carries an edge of mercy, joy, and benefits to you — as Jupiter is in Scorpio — this energy runs deep, oh so very deep. Tap into the flow of universal strength, courage, and well-being.
You are a star, brilliant in design, amazing in the grace that only you can give to others. Touch the core of this light within yourself!
May this day bring joy and laughter, strength and stability, and a lasting positive change for you!
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