Archive for the ‘Ceremony’ Category

Blessings on the Equinox

Friday, September 25th, 2015

Altar of Perfect Balance - Autumnal EquinoxAt September Equinox we held a ceremony at home with friends to honor this special time and to use its special power for prayer, for ourselves and for the planet.

Each of us laid out two similar personal power objects on the indoor altar which we named “The Altar of Perfect Balance.”  With a beautiful symmetry, the colorful altar radiated warmth and energy.  Our intention was re-balance, re-calibration, re-harmonization, re-juvenation – the re-attaining of a state that is our natural birthright as cosmic beings.

Between two burning candles a round china saucer was filled with water  and then each of us selected a small floating candle, into which we placed our personal prayer for whatever we are harvesting at this time.  It could be a physical project, an emotional state, a relationship, a new way of being, or something else.  In turn each of us lit our candle and placed it into the ocean of life where they floated together in community.  Our prayers were sent on their voyage with great gratitude.  We appreciated the balancing of fire and water energies.

Altar of the Earth - Autumnal EquinoxOn the outdoor altar, which we named “The Altar of the Earth,” we each placed two flowers with a prayer for our dear Mother Earth.  She bears us, sustains us, and ultimately receives our bodies, unconditionally, which is certainly a definition of unconditional love.  We prayed for her well-being and for her balance, including a balance of elements at a time where fire energy is predominant in some places with forest fires and rising global temperatures.

We declared “All at this very moment is in balance.”

Blessings of Balance and Harmony to You ~

Jim and Lisa

Winter Solstice Blessings

Saturday, December 20th, 2014
Path of the West

Path of the West

As we approach Winter Solstice (in the northern hemisphere) I am reminded of the longstanding tradition of burning candles or keeping a fire going all Winter Solstice night. This is done that the light will overcome the darkness and the Sun will return to lighten our lives. It is also a metaphor for the inner light of our Spirit overcoming the darkness and doubt of our lives.

The solstices, equinoxes, and their midpoints are auspicious times for ceremony, as are new moons and full moons. Solstice is at 11:03 pm UT (GMT) Sunday and the new moon is less than three hours later at 1:36 am UT Monday.

This time of darkness, the womb of winter, is a time of celebration that leads to the new year and its opportunities for a fresh start, for making commitments to a better, brighter future. It is also a time to reflect back with great gratitude on all we have been given during the prior year. Add on top of this the seeding of the new moon and this is a truly powerful time for us to plant our ideas, prayers, and dreams into the great mystery of the cosmos.

With great gratitude for your presence in my life ~ Thank you

All Is Right

Wednesday, August 14th, 2013

Blessed sunrise on sacred mountain warms the soul with gladness

Light the candle and lay out stones at lakeside in honor of communion

This place an altar of earth and sun and spirit

Brings the heart into its temple

And all is right


(photo by James K. Papp at Garnet Lake in the California High Sierras)

These Silent Temples Are Not So Silent

Saturday, November 20th, 2010

Altar at the Group of the Cross, Palenque, Mexico

Take me to where the stones speak.  Take me to the silent place within where I can hear.  Take me to where the trees hold me in their arms and the rain dances on my mind.  Take me to where brothers and sisters remember who they really are.  Take me to the place where the path is clear and the way is filled with mystery.  Take me to my home.