Celebrate the Return of Light
The northern hemisphere is cloaked in the shortest daylight hours on December 21, the Longest Night. For three days, the sun appears to stand still before starting its ascent from darkness into light and longer days.
The spiritual community of southwest Florida commemorates this seasonal change, much as our ancestors did thousands of years ago, with a ceremony honoring the sun. They gathered at major ceremonial sites, like Newgrange in Ireland for the Winter Solstice.
On December 21 at 4:30 p.m., you can participate in this ritual at the South Lido Beach State Park on the Gulf Side. Gather to celebrate the return of light with a Wiccan-inspired ceremony conducted by Wiccan Patricia Walsh. She will be joined by Laura Kiley on flute, Patricia Cockerill, who leads the meditation, and Jewell Cochara and the Venice Frame Drummers, who will “drum” attendees to the circle. These talented individuals provide the musical accompaniment for international dancer Tahja, who dances the rebirth of the sun.
Attendees are invited to bring their intentions for the rebirth of the sun onto the planet. They will be collected as individual votive candles are lit, commemorating each one. The intentions will then be taken by children and released into the Gulf.
Every year, donations are collected on behalf of the Mayor’s Feed the Hungry Program. A $10 donation provides a Christmas meal for one person. Donations are tax deductible if checks are made payable to the “Mayor’s Feed the Hungry.”
Attendees are asked to bring pencil or pen to write their intentions. Bring a battery-operated votive candle and a flashlight. Bring a chair or blanket to sit on. Men and children invited.
For more information on the Women’s Meditation Circle, contact Jo Mooy at 941-355-1414 or email [email protected].