~Save the Date: January 1, 2013 New Year's Day Sweat Lodge~
is the Winter Solstice, the one we’ve been waiting for! Before I shower you
with Solstice Blessings, I want to remind you of the details of the New Year’s Day Sweat Lodge. January 1, 2013, New Year’s DayGather:
soon afterEnter Lodge:
around 2 pmBegin Feast:
How am I being called to serve?For further details and to RSVP
, please email carla at Hopepeacechamber dot com
New Year’s Day Sweat Lodge is a Hope Peace Ceremonies Tradition.
I hope you will join us. Purification and prayer is a great way to begin the ceremony of the year.
never know what the weather will be. We’ve had warm sunshine, 20 below
wind chill, blizzard, and pouring rain. It’s all good! We will sweat in
any weather conditions. Please your judgment about travel if there is
snow or ice that day.
Here is what the lodge looked like yesterday morning.
Today is the Annual Winter Solstice 24 Hour World-wide Chant for Peace,
held by Peace Chambers around the world. I chanted at midnight this
morning, deciding not to do a formal public gathering this year. If you
want to come over tonight, the altar is still set up. We can chant the
vowels together and share some food. Maybe the moon will shine for us.
Or light a candle and chant at home the five vowel sounds that make up
the creation power of sound: Ah, Eh, EE, OH, OO
News! My friend Iva Peele has made a documentary about her initiation
with Lorenzo, a Shaman of the Q'ero people of the high Andes in Peru.
The Q'eros are the remnant of the Incas who fled to the Andes Mountains
when the Spaniards came 5 centuries ago. Her documentary, The Road to Q'ero: A Journey Home
is a simple, personal film, with the focus on sharing the teaching and
ceremony given by Lorenzo. I saw the film when I visited Iva at
Thanksgiving, and the medicine remains with me as I type this. This
documentary is a spiritual transmission of the energy and teachings. Iva
is making this film available for streaming as a Solstice gift to the
world, today and all day tomorrow, 12/22/12. You may watch it streaming
video at this link:
Winter Solstice: The Age of the Divine Feminine Returns
Photo: ©Iva Peele, Don Lorenzo praying over a mesa
Solstice is the day the Sun stands still. December 21st
is the Capricorn Solstice, and June 21 is the Cancer Solstice. The sun
swings between these marks like a giant pendulum, counting off the solar
year in one complete swing. Energetically, when the Sun stands still, a
This year since last Capricorn Solstice has been a
big year for portals-- with new moons, transits of Venus, solar and
lunar eclipses, conjunctions-- all carrying a swift intensity.
year has felt like the labor pangs of the Cosmic Womb. The Great Mother
is giving birth to Herself. The portals are contractions. We awakening
humans are the baby. We are collectively birthing ourselves into the
returning Age of the Divine Feminine. On this final day of the Mayan
calendar, the end of the 13th Baktun, give thanks for all that has
brought you here. Tomorrow, the next age begins, the return of the Great
Mother. The Divine Masculine greets her with open arms.
Winter Solstice in the North is the Shadow time of year. We divide the
celebration between sober ceremony and merry making. It is a time of
shining light into the darkness. We associate this festival season with
gift giving. It is in the darkness of the shadow that our gifts are
Today I wish you bright blessings, and deep joy. May your
sojourn in the womb today be released into orgasmic birth tomorrow. Will
you commit to being an explorer of an uncharted, brand new You! in this
Today we honor the shortest light of the year, the
Dark Womb. Tomorrow, and Christmas, and Hannukah just past, we honor the
returning light shining in the darkness, and by January 1, 10 days
after Solstice, as we enter the Cosmic Womb of the sweat lodge, we will
begin to perceive the slight lengthening of days, evidence that light
triumphs, and always will.
I wish you joyful holidays, rich gifts
and feasting, warm embrace of family and friends. I will embrace your
joyfully when I see you this holiday and on New Years Day at the Sweat
Solstice Altar for Manifesting