In all shamanic cultures, the Sun is a major power
in the Universe and the peoples recognize this.
Thus, on the Solstices when the Sun "stands
still" or seems to pause momentarily, various
ceremonies and activities focusing on the power
of the Sun take place. Often these ceremonies
focused both on the celestial body of the Sun
and on its earthly representative, Fire. Fire
was a way to be in direct contact with the Sun.
The sacred fire, often the ritual "circle"
fire was the center of such activities. In some
cultures, a "new fire" was made in the
center of the village; old fires extinguished,
and from the new fire all other fires were begun
for the next year. In some cultures, this occurred
at Summer Solstice---in others at the Winter Solstice.The
making of this new fire was considered sacred
and done in a way so that no polluting influences
occurred (that is, no dishonoring) and the rules
surrounding the making and use of such fire were
all these ceremonies was the deep appreciation
for the gift of both Sun and Firewithout
which Earth would not exist. Many of the old stories
indicate that some "beings" worked on
behalf of the world, on behalf of the animals
(including humans) to persuade the Sun to be present
and/or to obtain the gift of fire. As we celebrate
this forthcoming Solstice (whether in the Northern
or Southern Hemispheres), perhaps we can take
time to share the creation stories from our own
homelands, and do ceremonies full of joy and thanksgiving
for these gifts. Just as these universal powers
enable Earth to prosper, may we also take some
time to consider what we can offer to others and
to Earth out of our gratitude.
Santa Cruz Circle plans, among other things, to
share stories and make music together. In the
spirit of spreading the "tales" by which
we know ourselves, I am including two short stories
from North America. There are hundreds of stories
focused on these topics. I chose these simply
because one speaks of how the animals worked on
behalf of the Whole; the other speaks to tending
the sacred nature of Fire (I assume this to be
both the Fire within and the Fire without). As
is customary with many such legends, they are
both humorous and serious.
you have stories to share, please send and we
will post them here at www.shamaniccircles.org.
If you would like to share your plans for the
Solstice with other shamanic Circles, please send
a description to Dan Jordinelli, our Global Circles
Through this type of sharing, we gather in our
consciousness that, just as we are not individuals
"alone" on this planet, each Circle
also lives within a larger Orbit of interlacing
Circles---- blessing, healing, making prayer,
and walking our gratitude together.
In addition to sharing stories, our DrumCircle
shall take time to send our blessings and songs
with the intention to encircle the Earth with
our love and gratitude --- and asking the Wind
Spirit to carry our prayers to other ShamanicCircles
gathering to honor the Solstice. May each of you
feel the Wind brushing you with our prayers.
Blessings and joy,
Spirit Terra Invites You To Join Us As We Drum
To Restore Balance & Harmony To Mother Earth.
Summer Solstice Drum Circle
Thursday, June 21, 2001 Starts Promptly at
We will meet on 20 Acres of Healing Spirit Land.
Enjoy the Energy of the Plants & Animals as
they encourage the Healing of Our Hearts. Our
Drum Circle will allow us to Thank the Great Mother
Earth & the Great Central Sun that provides
Nutrients also. Maybe a Pipe Ceremony too.
Directions: Sage Spirit Terra, 9464 N.
Meer Rd. (600W) Michigan City, IN 46360 From I-94
take Exit 40-B. Go under the expressway to the
first road on the Right at the Visitors Center
- Go North 3 miles to the last house on the left
- It is Yellow. If you get to Frazier Rd or Rt.
# 12 - you went too far - go back - 1st house
on the Right.
Donations Graciously Received for the Use of the
Land. $5.00 to $10.00 or what ever you can - ALL
Please contact Marilee Ann Snyder at (219) 879-3906
(Indiana) 24 hour Voice Mail is (312) 326 - 3261
in the Chicago Area or e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Solstice Drumming Circle
June 22nd 6 pm to 8 pm Goodnow Grove - Crete
Goodnow Grove is just 1.2 miles east of 394 on
We want 100 drums to resound and carry the Solstice
energy to transform the plans for the proposed
Come! Bring your drums, rattles, flutes and Voices!
We want to establish a continuous drumming for
two hours to awaken the land, and ask all the
creatures, beings and spirits to support the effort
to keep the land peaceful and unspoiled!
Ceremony begins at 6 pm. Drumming , Dancing, Singing,
Honoring of the Spirts and the Solstice!
Bring everyone you know! Pass it On!
Shut This Airport Nightmare Down!
Pat O'Malley PatiO50@aol.com
Dan and Carol !
On June 21, our circle will celebrate the Summer
Solstice and will join the larger circle that
will encircling the world. We'll meet very early
in the morning, before sunrise, on the dunes of
the Mediterranean Sea and will welcome the sun
that will rise in the East, by drumming, singing
and dancing. When the sun will be in the sky at
its wholeness we'll walk down to the seashore.
There on the sand everyone of us will draw her
own life's labyrinth and will walk in it.
By re-walking our life's path and by stopping
at milestones in our life's journey we'll honor
the sacred path of life.
Then we plan to make a big labyrinth for our country
Israel in the shape of the double spiral and to
walk in it. In the turning point of the double
spiral, in the heart of the labyrinth in the center,
we'll plant a prayer tree and will send our prayers
for peace in the Middle East.
We are sending you light, peace and love from
Thank you for tending.
is the Summer Solstice chapter from Donna Henes'
book, Celestially Auspicious Occasions: Seasons,
Cycles, and Celebrations. It has much multi-cultural
info and myth regarding the sun.
Donna ask us to post and share this with other
forward this message to anyone you know who is
concerned for the welfare of the earth.
BELTANE AND THE ANIMALS
The ancient Celtic feast of Beltane is nearly
upon us. At this time, the ancestors prayed for
the safety of their herds, lighting enormous blazes
on hilltops as part of the springtime ritual.
Today we see the urgency of prayers for the healing
of animals and our relationship to them, as well
as for the planet itself. Please join in the ceremonial
relighting of Ireland's ancient Beltane Fires,
the Fire-Eye Festival, in your own community:
*Light a Beltane Fire.
From April 27 through May 1, place a light in
your window to signify your solidarity with the
animals and those who tend them. The soft flame
of a candle is a tiny echo of those ancient blazes
(for safety reasons you may wish to use an electric
light). As you light your Beltane Fire each night,
join us in this prayer:
Prayer for Beltane
This is the season when, in ancient times, great
fires were lit upon hilltops to signify the coming
of spring and to pray for an abundant summer.At
that time too the ancient Celtic peoples drove
their herds near the Beltane fires, praying for
the health and protection of the cattle.Now, in
this time of desperate pain for animals and farmers,
we light again the fires of spring in our hearts
and in our homes, in our windows and our spirit.
we do, we remember:
The health of the herds is the health of the people.
The health of the herds is the health of the earth.
The life of the herds is the life of the people.
The life of the herds is the life of the earth.
Lighting the flames of Beltane, we pray for healing:
Healing for the animals.
Healing for those who care for the animals.
Healing for the land.
Healing for us all.
*Join us in daily meditation.
At 12 noon and 6 pm, pause for a few moments and
send your thoughts, energies, prayers that our
relationship with the earth, and especially with
earth's other animals, be healed. The people of
Europe whose herds have been recently devasted
will especially welcome your prayers and energies.
*Gather in solidarity with Fire Eye.
On April 28, Ireland will relight the ancient
fires, both inner and outer. A ceremonial fire
will blaze from the sacred central hill, Uisneach,
while a vigil is kept beneath. The vigil will
be held for 24 hours, and we welcome the distant
support of those who wish to light their own fires.
Send a message to email@example.com
stating who you are, when you will meet and where,
and adding any comments or prayers. Your names
will be read out at the vigil in Ireland, and
your prayers become part of the sacred fire.
You can find information at www.fire-eye.org.
Thank you for sending this to others and for adding
your prayers to ours.
Please check our website for additional information
SOLAS AGUS SIOCHAIN
THE FIRE EYE TEAM