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Solstice Ceremony on South Lido Beach to Honor the Solar Deities

Nov 30, 2016 07:52PM

On December 21, the northern hemisphere is cloaked in the shortest hours of daylight, making it the longest day of the year. Our ancestors gathered at major ceremonial sites like Newgrange in Ireland to honor the sun during this seasonal change, and now we gather at South Lido Beach to honor the sun's return. On this night of great introspection, we summon the Solar Deities from the darkness and call for a personal return to light. 

Drums will sound a processional as seven-year-old Lincoln Squires brings a light to the circle, celebrating the return of these Solar Deities. A mandala of lights will then be created in the circle’s center of the circle to form an altar for participants to place individual tea lights, representing their wishes for the New Year. As darkness falls the mandala, will be illuminated with all these tea lights.

Ceremonialists include Wiccan Patricia Walsh, The Sun Dance with Dr. Marguerite Barnett, Barbara Gail and Drumrise, Jewell Cochara leading the Venice Frame Drummers, The Threshold Choir singing the Gayatri Mantra and Gail Swanson leading the benediction. Participants are asked to bring tea lights, chairs, blankets and flashlights. 

In addition, donations will be collected on behalf of the Mayors’ Feed the Hungry Program.  This organization feeds thousands of families in need during the holiday season. and is a charity supported annually by the Women's Meditation Circle. The event will be held at South Lido Beach State Park on the Gulf side, beginning at 5 p.m. Men and children are also invited to attend. 


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