Summer Solstice Ritual Tide Walk '07At summer and winter solstices, the ocean's tides are at their lowest ebb of the year.
This seasonal occurrence has inspired my Moon Circle to take a low tide walk to celebrate Summer Solstice.
There's a tiny island nearby which can be reached on foot only at this time . . . though not without getting your feet wet!
But it's worth it, because it exposes sea creatures never seen at higher tides: sun stars running with half their legs lifted high, slippery sea cucumbers, dark twisting eels, jet-propelled swimming scallops, and more.
On the island itself are ancient petroglyphs, carved by the indigenous people of this land. Women, people with goggles, owls, mysterious forms. . . gently being erased by time.
That which is normally hidden by the depths of ocean and the distance of time, becomes visible to us at this turning of the Wheel.
So this year we chose to do a Summer Solstice Ritual Walk.
Casting the Circle, we invoke the divine within each of us. Our intention: to take the Divine on a walk.
The Divine Within is a feminine deity: Spirit Made Manifest In Matter. In yoga, She is the Kundalini. In many religions, She is Divine Mother.
Whatever you call it, and however you identify with it, the Divine does live in each of us.
And the Divine lives through each of us. Seeing with our eyes, hearing with our ears, and feeling with our skins what it is like to be consciousness intensely focused in a moment of time-and-space.
The Divine also expresses Herself through us . . . . Through our hands and bodies and voices, we send forth expressions of Her Intention into the world.
So we wrap a piece of the Circle around each of us, a separate bubble of the same energy field. And we walk. We see what we can see. We hear what we can hear. We feel what we can feel. We smell and taste life in this moment at the seashore.
With all senses awake to what was around us, we allow ourselves to be conduits for the Divine to experience this glorious world She has created.
The Divine loves this! Whenever She is so present, She brings laughter and joy to the most mundane circumstances.
So in our service to Her, the offering of our bodies to Her purpose, we find heights and depths of pleasure not easily reached in other ways. Our selfless gift brings the most precious rewards.
It can be a challenge to open up a Circle in this way. We may slip into mundane consciousness and speech.
However, this is the essence of spiritual practice . . . to live with this divine awareness in everyday situations.
For a good part of the day, we are able to practice this consciousness with the support of others, in a fun and thrilling mini-adventure.
I wish you the best of the season.
Summer Solstice Ritual Outline