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Other Solstice Photo Pages: Summer-01   Summer 04   Winter 02

Celebrating Summer Solstice
2005 and Full Moon

Photographs © 2005 by J R Compton
are presented in chronological order.

A family that drums together...

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A rainbow spiral keeps us turning, and holds us in place.

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The stage is set.

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The drumming intensifies.

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The sunshine gong awaits.

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The script is ready.

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Swirl Man rests before the ceremonies and dancing.

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Solstice celebration essentials are in place.

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The sun is shining.

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We circle to the tune of 219+ people.

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Bradley Ellis of Betwixt & Between guides our way.

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A caldron of fire is ready to receive our Full Moon prayers.

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We've got our red wings ...

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... our white hats ...

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... and our families ...

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... gathered around us.

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All of us, big and small are ...

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... ready to celebrate, ...

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... push into the future, ...

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... and release the past ...

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... drumming all the way ...

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... filling our selves with joy

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... together and alone ...

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while the world watches, wondering.

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We are ready for the future, ...

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... making our own musics ...

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... creating our own sense of belonging, ...

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... and documenting our incremental transitions ...

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... in our own colorful ways.

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The circle circles, ceremonially kicking what we want rid of out ...

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and hanging onto what we wish to keep.

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Circling our circles of men, women and children ...

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... in a giant celebration ...

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... of joy and dancing ...

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... under the summer solstice sunset sky.

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We center ourselves with each other, ...

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... inhale, then breathe out fire, ...

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... roll the energy, and ...

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... spiral it over our heads, like the glowing stars of the nightime sky.

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We sweep clean the past, ...

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... cleansing us with a Full Moon ritual.

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We write our prayers on paper ...

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... and burn them into our future.

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The drumming continues into the fullness of moon,
and a lone dancer dances into the night.

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