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Full Circle lead the opening ceremony for Beltane weekend at Mountain Mysteries.
One of our favorite quotes dispelling the myth that dancing the maypole will get your pregnant is “Touching the maypole will not cause babies, having sex does”
Also themes of: Equinox, Balance Night and Day, Haft Sin
~ Smudge with Forsythia boughs with rose water
~ Check in Question: Equal Day, Equal Night, Where in your life do you need more balance?
~ Balance Meditation – pass out stones or glass stones.
~ During or after mediation, each woman thinks of an item she needs to find a balance to. Has 2 stones to represent the 2
things she needs to balance. Places one stone on each arm of the Inukshuk Man.
~ Story of Persephone – Read by Running Wave
~ Feast – In honor of Spring, the Sun and Haft Sin, Feast items are to be round that or begin with the letter “S” or Eggs. According to Russian tradition, round things represent the sun like cookies and round fruit. In Persian traditions, foods with the letter “S” represent the sun.
~ We made crowns with tissue paper flowers and green twist wire. We had stones with the word “Balance” for each sister to take home.
Below is a gallery of pictures for this event. You can see the notes and books used to prepare for this event, as well as: craft, ritual & decorative items.
by Aurora Star Light Bringer
As the wheel of the year turns once more, we find ourselves waking up to the Spring Equinox with fresh eyes, looking and finding the return of the light displayed not just in the sky but in everything it touches. The birdsong returns, the morning is brighter and the first flowers of spring look to the light with their yellow hearts wide open, reflecting back the sun. This is a time for us to rejoice with open hearts as the miracle of rebirth is displayed all around us.
Ostara marks a time of balance, a time of push and a pull. We shed coats and gloves yet in the just-warm air we can taste the memory of snow. We spring clean the indoors, but crave time outside. Light and dark find themselves equal partners in the dance, and the rustling of the winds whispers “peace”. It is in peace that we find the sacrament of the Spring Equinox.
It’s hard to believe that only 6 weeks ago we had 6ft of snow! Today is the spring equinox. It is a time to begin our gardens, listen to the little frogs called “peepers”, and start thinking of projects, relationships or goals we hope to grow into summer.
A Peace Pole is a way to bring people together to join in a network of peace consciousness that is emerging all over the world. There tens of thousands of Peace Poles in 180 countries all over the world dedicated as monuments to peace.
This peace pole was installed on the International Day of Peace celebration on September 21, 2003. It serves as a constant reminder for us to visualize and pray for world peace. The plaques on the pole say “May Peace Prevail on Earth” in different languages.
A great spring and summer poem is: “i thank you God for most this amazing day” by e. e. cummings that can be found in the UUCA church hymnal.
Great songs to sing this time of year:
“Circle round for freedom, circle round for peace
For all of us imprisoned, circle for release
Circle for the planet, circle for each soul
For the children of our children, keep the circle whole.”
peace is flowing like a river
flowing out of you and me
flowing out into the dessert
setting all the captives free.
Breath in breath out
Let there be peace on earth and let it begin with me.
The circle is now open but unbroken
may spring be forever in your heart
merry meet merry part