My winter solstice celebrations were fantastic and very inspiring. There were two separate celebrations for the solstice, which occurred at the same time in the Alta Vista Gardens to honor this event. I arrived in time to participate in a drum circle while watching the most amazing sunset. Actually saw all the different colors — red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo, and violet. The drums were pounding as the colors streamed through the trees. I had never participated in a drum circle before, but the pounding of the drum did add to the special feelings of that evening.
Later in the evening, Penny led a small but heartfelt ceremony to honor the solstice. A half moon shone through the clouds to create a circle around it. This is something rare, I don’t think I remember seeing such a good circle ever in my life. Since I had been partying with the drums, food, and music crowd, I had not seen how Penny had set up the labyrinth with strings of solar lights. Words to describe I felt walking into that sacred space is that it was beautiful beyond words.. Most of the party crowd did walk the labyrinth, but they were unaware our small group giving thanks for this peace and beauty. Loud music, food, and crowds meant many of them missed a good event. Later in the evening, we picked up the solar lights creating boxes of lights. And Mary was kind enough to share the story of how Raven releases the Sun with me.
It could not have been a better celebration of Winter Solstice for me. The days are getting longer and we can look forward to the New Year. Perhaps someday I’ll figure out how to paint a moonscape and can do one of the moon circle over the labyrinth with all those small lights, but right now that’s beyond my skill level. So instead, I’m sharing this mixed media picture of the sunset on Friday as my gift of thanks to everyone who made the celebration worthwhile.