On this darkest night when all is at its stillest point let us remember the ancient ones who knew how to honor the natural world around them as they became one in the wild lands that supported and nourished them……
It is just before sunrise on a cold December day some three thousand years before the coming of Christ. For those crouched at the heart of the cave it must seem as though the light has been banished forever.
Then suddenly, a tiny sliver of sunlight strikes the stone slab at the back of the chamber. Slowly it widens, climbs upward, illuminating a number of mysterious carvings, circles, spirals and zig-zag patterns.
For the people seated in the center of the great mound, every symbol has meaning. But by far the greatest significance is the return of the sun itself. The light that enters the dark womb of the earth brings with it the promise of warmth and life to come……..
I celebrate the Winter Solstice each year with a ceremony that includes my family and friends. We gather for two days and nights in the wild places of Nature.
Celebrating around a Sacred Fire as we remember our Ancestor’s, the ancient ones who knew how to live close to the Earth. All present feel fully alive as we drum, sing and pray-we share in the stories of each other’s lives. Nature brings out the aliveness in a person.
I love to share the natural world with the people I meet. www.concentricrings.org
Listening to the language of nature keeps me, and those I have turned on to it, connected in the same way our Ancestor’s were connected to this invisible teaching. They knew intuitively how to respond by living wild and free.
Here’s a little wild food recipe to try for yourself. Happy Celebrating!
1 CUP FRESHLY PICKED CHICKWEED, RINSED AND CLEANED
1 LARGE CLOVE GARLIC CHOPPED
¼ CUP PINENUTS OR SUNFLOWER SEEDS
1 CUP OLIVE OIL
1 MEDIUM HOT CHILI, STEMMED AND SEEDED; WANT SOME MORE HEAT? ADD THE SEEDS
1 TSP. SEA SALT
IN A BLENDER ADD ALL INGREDIENTS AND BLEND UNTIL SMOOTH. IF MIXTURE IS TO THICK ADD A BIT MORE OIL
USE ON PASTA, CRACKERS, IN SOUP FOR A FINISHING TOUCH. OTHER HERBS THAT CAN BE USED IN THIS RECIPE, ARE CLEAVERS AND NETTLES (BLANCE FIRST).
ps. If you arre not sure what herb “chickweed” is drop me a comment and I send you the info.