Midsummer/Summer Solstice is based upon the sacred nature of “solar fire” which influences our lives this time of the year as it did our ancestors. Fire is one of the sacred elements in our world (and the namesake of our spiritual community.) It provides us warmth, light, our body temperature, passion and the ability to grow things. At our Midsummer ritual celebration, we will be creating a sacred Fire as a community. There are some things to keep in mind when creating and honoring a Sacred Fire.
Only natural and ritual items go into the Fire. Like all our events, Spoutwood is a ZERO Waste Facility. Please recycle what can be recycled, compost what can be composted, and take with you any trash items that cannot be recycled or composted. TRASH IS NOT TO BE BURNED IN THE SACRED FIRE. In fact, never throw trash into any sacred Fire in any tradition as it is considered disrespectful towards the “powers that be” as well as those holding the ritual.
We will be creating, dancing and spinning Fire at this celebration. Part of respecting nature is to recognize Nature is not tame. We are part of nature and are called to connect and commune with It rather than control it. Part of respecting Fire is to recognize it can also burn and destroy-please exercise all they common sense you would with Sacred Fire as you would with any other.
After the ritual section of our celebration we will be having refreshments, drumming and dance. Individuals are welcome to bring items to roast in the Sacred Fire (hot dogs, marshmallows, etc.) The eating of these items will represent literally taking the sacred element into our bodies to nourish and sustain ourselves. The roasted food becomes a ritual item at that point and must either be eaten or tossed back into the Fire to feed it.
We look forward to sharing Sacred Fire with you!