Friday, June 25, 2004

Belen, New Mexico .... Good Friday Morning. The pictures from Sunday's Solstice gathering are now on my computer and ready to roll ... after much angst and hand wringing. Not sure I know how to rectify this challenge, but will know next time I try to download. Some days this technology business is overwhelming ... but I keep on keepin' on ... a glutton for punishment, hehe.

Firstly, I took a picture of the view of the Sandia Mountains across the street from Whole Foods Market just to show you the rural atmosphere of Albuquereque.



On Sunday, June 20th, 10-12 Harmonious Earth Community members and friends gathered at Carol Straw's lovely home in Tijeras in the mountains east of Albuquerque. Carol has a vortex/portal in the rear of her home overseen by an ancient entity called Chakewa (phonetic) and with the assistance of Gary Plapp, who led the solstice ceremony, we paid honor at this location to Mother Earth, Father Sky, and all the directions in ancient Indian tradition; a day of Thanksgiving.

This is Gary lighting the sage for smudging ....



The group first gathered on Carol's patio for drumming and smudging before going to the vortex/portal further into the yard.

This is Carol calling the participants with the Tibetan bowl ....
Theresa is on the right.



This is young Gabriel Fontes and mom, Raquel, calling the gathering with drum and rain stick ....



This is my good friend, Cecelia, looking on ....



More drummers .... Cecelia, Rupali and Raquel ...



Preparing for the ceremony ... the new face is Peggy ... and Gabriel's big sister is barely in the picture on the left.



Mystical Maya, Carol's wonderful border Collie, got into the act.



Sylvia and Betts added to the festivities ...



Gary smudging Theresa ....



We walked out to the vortex/portal and the ceremony begins ....



While waiting my turn, I looked down and saw these sweet, little flowers struggling to appear in the parched surface of the dirt.
The Albuquerque area is in an extreme drought condition.



Honoring our ancestors with cornmeal and water, (nobody had any tobacco; no surprise there) the ceremony concluded.



I have lots more pictures, but this is long enough for now.

Tonight some of us are going to see the movie Fahrenheit 9/11 in Albuquerque. More on that tomorrow. Also tomorrow is our Ham Radio Field Day for 24 hours.

Ciao for now!



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