Solstice

Summer Solstice Sunrise

Summer Solstice Sunrise

 

It was sunrise, Summer Solstice, 21 December. We met at the edge of the water. There was a sliver of time before the torrential rains would arrive. We opened up the Four Directions, calling in the four sons of Tate, the Wind: Wiyohpeyata, Waziyata, Wiyohiyanpata, Itokagata. We added Wankatakiya (above) and Makatakiya (below) and welcomed the ancestors, blessed Great Mystery and thanked beloved Mother Earth. The pelicans arrived. The sea birds sang. We chanted, we gave thanks. We humbly asked for good health for all people: two legged, many legged, furred, feathered, finned, those who crawled in the belly of Earth. We gave thanks to the Standing People (trees) and Stone People (rocks) for their stability and wisdom. We prayed that the breath we shared which had been around the earth many times, inhaled, exhaled through all life, would cleanse and unite us.

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