Summer Solstice Ritual, SF Ocean Beach
Article ID: 15112
Age Group: Adult
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Author: Archer Belladonna
Posted: July 8th. 2012
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Sponsored by: Reclaiming
Location: San Francisco (ocean beach)
Event Date(s): 6/20/2012
Hello, my name is Archer and this was my experience with my first Pagan event: The Summer Solstice Ritual on San Francisco’s Ocean Beach.
I have been solitary for about four years up until this event and never encountering any gathering such as this one. I had always avoided such things out of fear of not being accepted or disappointment. Until one day a friend of mine told her secret, she, was a Witch as well. I was no longer alone and now that I had someone to go with it stirred a new passion and courage to attend an event she was going to.
My excitement radiated off of me even a week before the date and when the time finally came I walked down to the beach. There weren’t many people there yet, but within an hour the beach was scattered with Witches of all shapes, colors, ages and sexes. I was nervous but overwhelmed from the awe of watching these smiling peaceful people getting ready for the ritual. I knew some people there and I was asked to help collect stones and shells from the beach to decorate the sacred fire pit. I gladly helped, excited that I was given a task to contribute.
When it was time for the ritual to start the energy was rising at an extraordinary rate! The chanting got louder and so did that of my heartbeat. I couldn’t help but join in as the energy drew me in. The guidelines and other words and instructions were shared with the group then, it was time to plunge. Another chant was started as we all undressed, and went with our “buddy” into the ocean wearing nothing but our passion and love for our Mother. The water was striking and sharp, but divine and embracing all at once.
Once we had finished cleansing ourselves in the Mother’s womb we joined our brothers and sisters back at the sacred fire where I and others who wished to danced nude to the chants and drum beats until the wicker goddess was thrust into the fire along with the wishes and spells of all who was there. There was excitement and yells of joy then there were two elders who came around with branches contorted into a perfect circle which were also tossed to the sacred fire. The dancing continued and I was awe struck and overwhelmed with spiritual energy for my goddess and god.
Food was shared and I was told, “may you never hunger…” After the ritual we didn’t stay more that an hour and then decided to leave when I noticed that just because the ritual is clean and sober did not mean it was afterward. As we were leaving the beach someone had shot a couple flares off and we decided it was good judgment to leave when we did.
Over all I was blown away by this experience!!!! Absolutely life changing! Now, there’s no way I will miss another ritual with my brothers and sisters. I hope to see you all soon.
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