Summer Solstice Celebration
Rock Healing Circle,
The 2009 Summer Solstice Celebration at The Rock
was a joyous occasion.
We gathered at 6:30 PM and began making our
Prayer Ties. With beautiful flute music in the
background and the smell of sage in the air,
we put our prayer intentions into our feathers
and ribbons and then tied them to our Prayer
We began to drum at 7:00 PM.
We drummed around our ancient fire -
(a combination of fire from Pottawatami Indians
from Michigan and a fire from Wales, this being
a combination of fire from 7 continents that
dates back over 1500 years and that was rekindled
at the Midwestern Shamanic Gathering in 2000
-- (Labor Day Week-end -- held in WI. At that
time Pirkko Miller took a piece of coal, brought
it to The Global Shamanic Gathering in Oracle,
AZ, April of 2002, sponsored by Shamanic Circles
Organization, of which Pirkko is a charter member,
and she then brought it to us that same year.)
After a time of drumming there was the Directional
Prayer and the reading of Psalm 19:1-6 and a
Explanations of Summer Solstice were shared
and a reading of Paula Gunn Allen's words about
We did a 'releasing to the fire'
and shared memories of Summer's past.
The ceremony part of our celebration concluded
with words of Rumi about the outer and inner
sun and more drumming and another song.
Then the children (and
some adults) blew bubbles
and enjoyed 'smores' (who
can resist chocolate and marshmellows!).