Solar Eclipse Ceremony 2017
The Solar Eclipse has been a fascinating event since the dawn of time. My first experience of a Total Solar Eclipse was in February of 1979 in Southeastern Washington State. Although decades ago, I still remember the eeriness and awe I felt as I watched the Moon wash over the Sun and the day turn into evening, into night, into dawn and then back to day again. It was a glorious experience!
On August 21, I was fortunate enough to experience another Solar Eclipse. This time, it was only a Partial Eclipse – about 80% – here in Northeast Ohio, but it was still a wonderful experience.
I pondered what I was sensing about this Eclipse for weeks before the actual event. My feeling was that it would be a time of great change and high energy; a season of transition for those who would tap into its power.
After much contemplation, I decided to engage with the Solar Eclipse through Ceremony and Blessing and to conclude with a Sacred Shamanic Journey.
So, I gathered numerous of my Sacred Objects / Relics and set up my Mesa (Altar) in my backyard underneath Grandfather Tree.
When I set an Altar, I spend some time creating it. I try to make it beautiful, meaningful, and capture the essence of what I am sensing for purpose of that Ceremony. Included on the Mesa are my Direction Stones, Snake Rock, Deer Antlers honoring my primary Spirit Animal and Totem, Cups and Chalice, Tingsha cymbals, a Tibetan Phurba (which made its way to me from a deceased shaman to me via the Rev. Katie Jo Suddaby), and various beautifies from Mother Earth, including Everlasting Flowers, Lotus Petals and a variety of plants and grasses from my yard ... and a bottle of wine.
As I mentioned earlier, the Ceremony was on the Eclipse and I sensed it to be a time of transition, thus the Black Mexican Onyx Cup on the left, the Chalice in the middle, and the White Mexican Onyx Cup on the right. In the Black Cup - representing both the Past and the Shadow - i poured Water. In the White Cup - representing the Future and the Light - I poured Wine. In the center Chalice - representing Now ... the mixture of Past and Future, I poured a mixture of Water and Wine.
I opened Ceremony by ringing the Tingsha cymbals, which I obtained from - and were blessed by - the Venerable Geshe Lobasang Dhonyo (Ritual and Chant Master of the Gaden Shartse Dokhang monastery in India).
I then lit incense and welcomed the Directions and Elements: East and Air, South and Fire, West and Water, North and Earth, the Lower World and the Ancestors and Spirit Helpers, the Upper World and the Divine and finally the Middle World and Crossroad where they all meet.
While attending to the Mesa, I spent time in meditation and chanting..
I then drank from the Three Cups. As I did, I recognized and gave thanks for the Past and sat with that for a while. After this, I drank from the Chalice of Now and sat with that, as well. Finally, I drank deeply from the Third Cup: the Future.
Prior to Ceremony, I was in contact with twelve individuals that I felt drawn to bless during this special time. Each person shared their hearts and desires with me, which I wrote down on paper. As I sat with each beloved one's request. I thought of them, saw them in my mind, felt them in my heart and sent much Love to them. I spoke their requests before the Mesa and under the Eclipse. After all were sat with and read aloud, I burned the pieces of paper as an offering to Fire and Air to carry their blessings. I also spoke their concerns into the Phurba and stabbed it into Earth, asking the Great Mother to take the dark, heavy emotions and energies into Herself to redeem and recycle those energies and create something beautiful from them.
As I was concluding the couple-hour-long Ceremony, a White Moth joined me and danced around the Altar. Not long afterwards, a Black Butterfly darted around the Altar. It was so beautiful! The dance of Light and Darkness.
Thanking the Directions and Elements, I released them with gratitude. At that point a large gust of wind came through and scattered many of the Earth Elements on the Mesa throughout the lawn. I then knew it was complete.
[In my next entry I will share about the Shamanic Journey which followed.]