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2008 Winter SolstiCelebration

Photographs by J R Compton & Comments by Amy "Moonlady" Martin & J R

lil blonde - Copyright 2009 by J R Compton. All Rights Reserved. No Reproduction in Any Medium Without Specific Written Permission.

 

Families came from all over to be a part ...

 

 

 

boy chewing finger - Copyright 2009 by J R Compton. All Rights Reserved. No Reproduction in Any Medium Without Specific Written Permission.

 

... of the 2009 Winter SolstiCelebration ...

 

 

 

sparkling face - Copyright 2009 by J R Compton. All Rights Reserved. No Reproduction in Any Medium Without Specific Written Permission.

 

... and watch in wonder such marvelous things …

 

 

 

Juggler - Copyright 2009 by J R Compton. All Rights Reserved. No Reproduction in Any Medium Without Specific Written Permission.

 

… as jeweler Russ Sharek juggling a mirror ball on his fingers …

 

 

 

Empty Tables - Copyright 2009 by J R Compton. All Rights Reserved. No Reproduction in Any Medium Without Specific Written Permission.

 

In the Fellowship Hall, empty tables waited…

 

 

 

wrap cake - Copyright 2009 by J R Compton. All Rights Reserved. No Reproduction in Any Medium Without Specific Written Permission.

 

… while kitchen witches from Circle of the Serpent unleashed a snack feast …

 

 

 

woman with plate - Copyright 2009 by J R Compton. All Rights Reserved. No Reproduction in Any Medium Without Specific Written Permission.

 

… infusing their wares with loving cares.

 

 

 

star danglies - Copyright 2009 by J R Compton. All Rights Reserved. No Reproduction in Any Medium Without Specific Written Permission.

 

Valery Guignon, our Mother Yule (the White Witch)'s wand blessed us with the peace of winter, and

 

 

 

Cheek Painting - Copyright 2009 by J R Compton. All Rights Reserved. No Reproduction in Any Medium Without Specific Written Permission.

 

Alyce Payne infused blessings of glitter with love and grace.

 

 

 

weilding baskets - Copyright 2009 by J R Compton. All Rights Reserved. No Reproduction in Any Medium Without Specific Written Permission.

 

To begin the “Worthy” service, Sultan’s Dreams dancers told of a fearful
woman relieved of her emotional burdens to find her own self-worth.

 

 

 

meditate - Copyright 2009 by J R Compton. All Rights Reserved. No Reproduction in Any Medium Without Specific Written Permission.

 

We went within in a yoga-inspired meditation led by Tzivia Stein-Barrett …

 

 

 

palm up - Copyright 2009 by J R Compton. All Rights Reserved. No Reproduction in Any Medium Without Specific Written Permission.

 

… opening ourselves to love …

 

 

 

hands up - Copyright 2009 by J R Compton. All Rights Reserved. No Reproduction in Any Medium Without Specific Written Permission.

 

… and connecting souls to spirit.

 

 

 

Smile - Copyright 2009 by J R Compton. All Rights Reserved. No Reproduction in Any Medium Without Specific Written Permission.

 

Suzanna and Janie Garza, Linda Sprague and Sally Nicolaou reach out in spiritual community ...

 

 

shanti - Copyright 2009 by J R Compton. All Rights Reserved. No Reproduction in Any Medium Without Specific Written Permission.

… and co-leader Rogelio Chapa concluded with a namaste blessing.

 

 

storytellers - Copyright 2009 by J R Compton. All Rights Reserved. No Reproduction in Any Medium Without Specific Written Permission.

 

Twice Upon a Time Storytellers Peggy and Gene Helmick-Richardson gave
their best performance ever with the tale of a lion who thought he was a goat.

 

 

 

Harpist - Copyright 2009 by J R Compton. All Rights Reserved. No Reproduction in Any Medium Without Specific Written Permission.

 

And Geoffrey Ricketts’ tune embedded with metaphor …

 

 

singer - Copyright 2009 by J R Compton. All Rights Reserved. No Reproduction in Any Medium Without Specific Written Permission.

 

… was brought to life in Matt Woodbury's rich baritone.

 

 

 

hands - Copyright 2009 by J R Compton. All Rights Reserved. No Reproduction in Any Medium Without Specific Written Permission.

 

Winter SolstiCelebrations feature performing arts as conduit for spirit —
from MosaicSong’s profound lyrics that spoke deep into our humanity ...

 

 

 

Trumpeter - Copyright 2009 by J R Compton. All Rights Reserved. No Reproduction in Any Medium Without Specific Written Permission.

 

… to trumpeter Chris Curiel of Swirve's contemporary jazz, opening our minds ....

 

 

 

Pianist - Copyright 2009 by J R Compton. All Rights Reserved. No Reproduction in Any Medium Without Specific Written Permission.

 

… and the rich compassionate piano of Michael Goss opening our hearts.

 

 

Amy Laughing - Copyright 2009 by J R Compton. All Rights Reserved. No Reproduction in Any Medium Without Specific Written Permission.

 

SolstiCelebrators’ performances delighted me (Amy Martin, a.k.a.
Moonlady, event founder and executive director of Earth Rhythms).

 

 

 

Singer - Copyright 2009 by J R Compton. All Rights Reserved. No Reproduction in Any Medium Without Specific Written Permission.

 

A song by Tom Prasada-Rao about the “Better Angels” of
our nature reminded us that it’s truly morning in America …

 

 

 

Dream Singer - Copyright 2009 by J R Compton. All Rights Reserved. No Reproduction in Any Medium Without Specific Written Permission.

 

… with rich harmonies by his wife Cary Cooper.

 

 

 

tug dancers - Copyright 2009 by J R Compton. All Rights Reserved. No Reproduction in Any Medium Without Specific Written Permission.

 

Elledanceworks portrayed the caring relationship between
two women, one giving up her child in adoption to the other.

 

 

 

blue swirl streaks - Copyright 2009 by J R Compton. All Rights Reserved. No Reproduction in Any Medium Without Specific Written Permission.

 

Winter SolstiCelebration’s vibrant colors celebrated
our diversity and connection to community …

 

 

 

chorus - Copyright 2009 by J R Compton. All Rights Reserved. No Reproduction in Any Medium Without Specific Written Permission.

 

… symbolized by the multi-ethnic styles and intricate arrangements of MosiacSong.

 

 

Piper - Copyright 2009 by J R Compton. All Rights Reserved. No Reproduction in Any Medium Without Specific Written Permission.

 

The crowd of nearly 1,000 was enthralled by Matt Willis, the Kildaires' bagpiper ...

 

 

Scot

 

… joined by Sultan’s Dreams drummer George Stretch in full Scottish regalia.

 

 

 

Singers - Copyright 2009 by J R Compton. All Rights Reserved. No Reproduction in Any Medium Without Specific Written Permission.

 

In an invocation of values bestowed by nations, a radiant Dorayne Breedlove
presented gifts from the Philippine people; Bear from Native America;
Anusha Das from India; and, not pictured, John Beckett from Britannia.

 

 

 

Kilt Shoes - Copyright 2009 by J R Compton. All Rights Reserved. No Reproduction in Any Medium Without Specific Written Permission.

 

Accompanying the invocation was piper Matt, playing his version of
Black Sabbath’s “American Acrobat” — great with kilt and leather boots.

 

 

 

Sandals - Copyright 2009 by J R Compton. All Rights Reserved. No Reproduction in Any Medium Without Specific Written Permission.

 

Then came time to get grounded to Earth and centered in our bodies.

 

 

 

Dark Church - Copyright 2009 by J R Compton. All Rights Reserved. No Reproduction in Any Medium Without Specific Written Permission.

 

Winter Solstice is about the dark before the light. In the dark ...

 

 

 

color blur composite - Copyright 2009 by J R Compton. All Rights Reserved. No Reproduction in Any Medium Without Specific Written Permission.

 

... we honored our lost loved ones, listened to Cornell Kinderknecht's sacred sound
vibrations, then Jodi Roberts and Monica LeCrone signaled the coming illumination.

 

 

 

planting kiss - Copyright 2009 by J R Compton. All Rights Reserved. No Reproduction in Any Medium Without Specific Written Permission.

 

Once into the light, we blessed each other with chocolate kisses …

 

 

 

kissing forward - Copyright 2009 by J R Compton. All Rights Reserved. No Reproduction in Any Medium Without Specific Written Permission.

 

… laughter …

 

 

 

forward kiss - Copyright 2009 by J R Compton. All Rights Reserved. No Reproduction in Any Medium Without Specific Written Permission.

 

... smiles ...

 

 

 

Forehead Kissing - Copyright 2009 by J R Compton. All Rights Reserved. No Reproduction in Any Medium Without Specific Written Permission.

 

… and the knowledge of our worthiness.

 

 

 

singer - Copyright 2009 by J R Compton. All Rights Reserved. No Reproduction in Any Medium Without Specific Written Permission.

 

Lainey Bernstein captivated us with
her version of “The Light of the World.”

 

 

 

boy with toys - Copyright 2009 by J R Compton. All Rights Reserved. No Reproduction in Any Medium Without Specific Written Permission.

 

A smiling boy clutched his toys ...

 

 

 

little girl in red - Copyright 2009 by J R Compton. All Rights Reserved. No Reproduction in Any Medium Without Specific Written Permission.

 

… and a girl watched intently.

 

 

 

clean dish - Copyright 2009 by J R Compton. All Rights Reserved. No Reproduction in Any Medium Without Specific Written Permission.

 

Behind the scenes, kitchen witches put the final touches on the snack feast.

 

 

 

swirly dance - Copyright 2009 by J R Compton. All Rights Reserved. No Reproduction in Any Medium Without Specific Written Permission.

 

With great swirls of color, dancers led our way around the cathedral ...

 

 

 

drummers - Copyright 2009 by J R Compton. All Rights Reserved. No Reproduction in Any Medium Without Specific Written Permission.

 

… and the drummers of Drums Not Guns and friends …

 

 

through gate clapping - Copyright 2009 by J R Compton. All Rights Reserved. No Reproduction in Any Medium Without Specific Written Permission.

 

… propelled us happily through the ceremonial gates …

 

 

 

bluegreen gate - Copyright 2009 by J R Compton. All Rights Reserved. No Reproduction in Any Medium Without Specific Written Permission.

 

… improvised from dance props when our usual gates didn't arrive …

 

 

 

belly butterfly - Copyright 2009 by J R Compton. All Rights Reserved. No Reproduction in Any Medium Without Specific Written Permission.

 

… concluding our solstice celebration in a swirl of iridescent color.

 

 

 

moose lady - Copyright 2009 by J R Compton. All Rights Reserved. No Reproduction in Any Medium Without Specific Written Permission.

 

Flamboyant Cosmic Caroler Alice Crawford …

 

 

 

exit music - Copyright 2009 by J R Compton. All Rights Reserved. No Reproduction in Any Medium Without Specific Written Permission.

 

… and musicians Chad Evans and son Sidney …

 

 

 

boy in green - Copyright 2009 by J R Compton. All Rights Reserved. No Reproduction in Any Medium Without Specific Written Permission.

 

… delighted everyone — babies …

 

 

 

Mickey's Hand - Copyright 2009 by J R Compton. All Rights Reserved. No Reproduction in Any Medium Without Specific Written Permission.

 

… children …

 

 

 

hug - Copyright 2009 by J R Compton. All Rights Reserved. No Reproduction in Any Medium Without Specific Written Permission.

 

... and adults.

 

 

 

Father X - Copyright 2009 by J R Compton. All Rights Reserved. No Reproduction in Any Medium Without Specific Written Permission.

 

Have your photo taken with our Father Winter, Ed Townley or ...

 

 

 

The Bogeyman - Copyright 2009 by J R Compton. All Rights Reserved. No Reproduction in Any Medium Without Specific Written Permission.

 

... wipe your troubles on Boogeyman, Troy Young's ragged coat.

 

 

 

Glitter Smile - Copyright 2009 by J R Compton. All Rights Reserved. No Reproduction in Any Medium Without Specific Written Permission.

 

And a resplendent Alyce Payne reminds us to carry the unifying
energy of the solstice in our hearts through the year.

Until we meet again Friday, December 18, 2009 at the Cathedral of Hope.

 

~ Many thanks to J R for these wonderful photos. Browse his art,
photo and bird sites while you're here, and visit us at Earth Rhythms to
learn about the group that weaves the memories that bind us. ~

                                         — Amy

 

 

2007 Winter Solstice     2008 Summer Solstice

 

All images copyright 2009 by J R Compton.
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