Sunday, September 22nd,
Ritual starts at 2:00 pm
Equinox marks a moment of balance, when the sun rises
opposite from where it sets allowing night and day to be
equal in length, after which the nights become longer again.
Balance is what is continuously sought, yet when
acquired it pushes all to the next level of evolution.
Life is a constant, falling in and out of balance.
The Fall Equinox holds the balance between light and
darkness, harvest and sacrifice, receiving and giving, the
inner and outer world, and life and death.
We live in a world where either
all is sacred or nothing is sacred.
The forces of the universe do not see right or wrong
it only keeps evolving in the direction it sets out.
We have conscious awareness and can assist in the
process to shift things in a different direction.
We look at the seeds we planted, which seeds grew and
which did not and of the fruits that grew which seeds will
we save and plant in the future and which ones we have to
chew on, fully digest, and learn from?
All these seeds have
value as they have a story about a juncture in our lives
that is giving us new information for our next choice.
The intention for this ritual
is to look at your seeds you have planted in this year’s
growing season and which ones took off and provided the
fruits that began to feed many.
Which seeds ran up against your own limitations and
beliefs, and did not come to flower?
Which seeds are you excited about and will you
continue to plant in the fertile soil of the shifting
paradigm that allows you to be more of you and serves the
preparation and what to bring:
- Get two life sticks of about ½
inch diameter and the length of your under arm from your
wrist to your elbow.
With colorful natural yarn (wool, silk or cotton)
begin wrapping the stick, in your own unique way that
creates beauty with either one of more colors, while giving
thanks to the one stick for all the feelings, blocks,
limitations, judgments, and beliefs that did not bring your
fruit to fruition.
The second stick you give thanks for all the
feelings, knowing, choices, and flow that allowed that seed
to come to fruit.
- Get a piece of green cotton or
other natural decomposable green fabric of about 10
inches square that you create a symbol of your success
fruit/harvest on. We
want the cloth to have story and particularly the signature
of your success story.
- Bring a seed that symbolizes
what you are excited about that you want to continue to
- Bring a symbolic fruit that
expresses what has come to harvest for you.
- Bring flowers to feed the
- And bring drums if you have
your own water and a potluck dish to share for after the
bring your own plate, flatware and cup.
Esser and friends
through this highly participatory ritual.
According to the Dagara people in West Africa we are now in
a nature year.
Nature is all about change and transformation.
It calls us to our authenticity.
It pushes us to go beyond the literal, the polarity,
and limitations and enter the world of magic where all is
calls us to work in cooperation with nature, find our
allies, and uncover the unedited version of us.
It taps into the imaginal creative force to manifest
America’s Stonehenge is privately owned but is open to the
public. The entry fee is $11 for adults (check for detailed
rates). In addition there is a suggested $5 donation per
adult at the ritual site to cover expenses.
America’s Stonehenge stays
open till sunset on the Equinox.
Bring a friend and please
pass this information on.
For more info
is an inspirational artist, mask and costume designer,
ritualist, teacher, photographer, and performer. She has
exhibited her work in the Netherlands, New York and Boston.
Katja has studied different forms of movement and voice. She
has created sacred ceremonies for the seasons since 1992 for
small and large groups of people of which the summer
solstice at America’s Stonehenge is most well known. She is
very involved in African based spirituality with Malidoma
Somé and the East Coast Village which has brought her to
Africa a few times.
She draws from a variety of great teachers such as Martin
Prechtel and Emilie Conrad. Katja creates rituals and gives
talks at colleges and universities. Katja has sung with
Bonesong, an improvisational sacred singing quartet that
sings in a cave. She performs with the Theater Behind The
Mask in schools through Young Audiences and at First Night.
She created a performance around ‘The Hidden Life of Trees’
with Ricardo Frota in which she appears in a full tree
costume that took her a year and half to make. Katja
launched last year her Apprenticeship program ‘Courting the
Living World’ in which participants activate their intimate
connection to self and planet.
Katja has an extensive website
at which her work can be viewed.