Monday, December 21, 2015

Winter Solstice ceremony in nature

First there is the making of all those winter solstice tree ornaments using melted beef suet and crunchy peanut butter. 

Then there is the addition of bird seed to make another version--this time in muffin cups.

Then there is the walk to the beach on an almost sunny solstice morning to find the perfect place to build a fire...taking care to cover plants with rocks so the heat will not damage them. 

Almost as important as the fire is finding the just right place to sit.

Beginning the longest night wilderness feast with one of each kind of creature and plant that feeds us.

Next is discovering that attention needs to be paid to the tide. 

Oh the tide, the tide.  Which will not wait, but comes strong to our ceremony.

We do finish honoring all our relations in time to decorate the best tree ever.

And receive in the darkening afternoon a gift from the sun shining back to us.

Happy Solstice from the Journey Oracle. May 2016 be a gift of light and wisdom.